Today I am sharing my review on its publication day for The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh, published by Berkley Publishing Group.
The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh
Release Date: 17th of November 2020
Format: Digital, Paperback & Audiobook
Print Length: 352 pages (Digital)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
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A woman ready to give up on love meets her match in a man she never expected to fall for in this heartwarming and steamy new romantic comedy by USA Today best-selling author Nicola Marsh.
For almost a decade, successful 37-year-old Samira Broderick has used her bustling LA practice as an excuse to avoid a trip home to Australia. She still resents her meddling Indian mother for arranging her marriage to a man who didn’t stick around when the going got tough, but now with a new job Down Under, she’s finally ready to reconnect with her. And while she’s there, a hot international fling might be just what she needs to get out of her recent funk.
Aussie stuntman Rory Radcliffe has been hiding his stutter for years by avoiding speaking roles. When a job he can’t refuse comes up as a reality show host, he knows he’ll need some help for the audition: a dialect coach. But he finds himself at a loss for words when he discovers it’s the same sexy woman with whom he just had a mind-blowing one-night stand….
Samira can think of many reasons why Rory is completely wrong for her: He’s 10 years her junior, for one, and he’s not Indian – something Samira’s mother would never approve of. Even if things were to get serious, there’s no reason to tell her mother…is there?
The ever versatile and talented Nicola Marsh has become a staple on my blog and The Boy Toy is the third book of hers I have reviewed this year. Whenever I start one of her books, I know I am going to get a great story, will be immediately hooked and most likely be kept up until all hours. I am pleased to say, that this also happened with The Boy Toy!
I don’t need to rehash the plot as the blurb gives enough, but what I will say is that The Boy Toy isn’t just a romantic comedy and does deal with a number of other topics including, arranged marriage, infidelity, divorce, multiculturalism, speech impediments, older woman, younger man and infertility. These all bring extra depth to the story and are used well, but don’t detract away from this being a more lighthearted read.
Samira and Rory are a match made in heaven and have been beautifully created. Their chemistry is off the charts and Samira definitely “Got her Groove back!” on there first meeting! They are two halves that make a perfect whole and I was rooting for them throughout. Other standouts for me were Samira’s mother, Kushi and cousin Pia who are also brought to life beautifully.
Through her writing, it is evident that Nicola Marsh had so much fun with this book, (which was confirmed in the acknowledgments), and she really cares for these characters. I loved the setting in my home town of Melbourne and her vivid descriptions of Indian cuisine, had me piling on the kilos just reading about them!
The Boy Toy is a gorgeous read that fills your heart with so much love and it really is a ray of sunshine, in a world that is so dark at the moment. It is beautifully written, is witty and I was completely smitten with it and it’s cast of such colourful characters. To sum up, The Boy Toy is a very entertaining and enjoyable feel good read and is one I highly recommend.
Thank you to Nicola Marsh, Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Boy Toy, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
Let’s Get to Know Nicola Marsh
USA Today bestselling and multi-award winning author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction…with a twist. She has published seventy books and sold over eight million copies worldwide. She currently writes rural romance for HarperCollins Australia’s Mira imprint, emotional domestic suspense for Hachette UK’s Bookouture and contemporary romance for Harlequin Dare.
She’s a Romantic Book of the Year and National Readers’ Choice Award winner. A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two dashing young heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, barracking loudly for her beloved North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team, and curling up with a good book!
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