REVIEW: The Boy Friend (Platonically Complicated #1) by Mika Jolie


Title: The Boy Friend
Author: Mika Jolie
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publication Date: April 23, 2017

Contrary to this myth, my friendship with Coriander Phillips does not rest on unrequited love or un-actualized lust. We’ve been inseparable since the day I pulled one of her pigtails and she punched me in the gut. 

She’s hilarious, fun to hang out with. Together, we’re like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, wings and beer. A match made in heaven.

She’s the bomb. 

Did I mention she’s smokin’ hot? I’ve checked her out…maybe once or twice. Hey, I’m a guy. 
Seriously, no awkwardness, no secret yearning for our relationship to escalate beyond the purely platonic. I’m the boy friend—the loyal shoulder she cries on, the dispenser of coffee, sympathy, hugs, advice, and affection with no expectations. 

Until the invisible line between friends and lovers became blurry. 

Now I want more. I want her. 

All I have to do is convince her we can be more than friends. 


If only it were that easy.


The Boy Friend has been on my TBR now for a few months.  I saw someone mention it on bookstagram, and since then I’ve been keeping it in my back pocket to read when I had some free time.  With the next book coming out in a few days, I figured now was the perfect time to finally read it.

The Boy Friend is told completely from our hero’s point of view, which is not something that I’m used to in romance.  Normally when we get the hero’s point of view, it is told in alternating chapters with the heroine.  For the entirety of this book we were inside Dean’s head, and let me tell you, it was crazy place to be sometimes.  Dean is funny and charming, but an all around man whore.  Like the title suggests, he does make a great boy friend, but his ability to be a good boyfriend is questionable throughout most of the book.

Dean’s counterpart throughout the story is Coriander, “Cori,” Phillips.  Cori is smart, spunky, and looking to settle down and start a family.  She’s been friends with Dean for 20 years, and is the yin to his yang.  They’re the very best of friends, and he is who she always turns to when she’s in need of a shoulder to cry on, but the downside to that is she also knows every single bad thing about him.  Cori is well aware of Dean’s commitment phobia, and the fact that he’s not interested in any type of real relationship.  He has no desire to get married or have children, and she’s ok with that.  I want to be perfectly clear here.  I ADORED Cori.  She had a take no shit attitude, and she wasn’t afraid to call Dean out when he was being an asshole.  She knew what she wanted and she refused to accept anything less.  It’s because of how much I adored her that I wanted to be in her head.  I wanted to hear what she was thinking, and about her feelings.

Dean, on the other hand, was an idiot.  The joy of reading the book completely from his perspective is that it was a reminder of just how dumb men could be sometimes.  And he was dumb.  I laughed out loud several times at how he perceived the situation, and what his internal thoughts were.  I’ve been married a long time, and to be honest, sometimes I forget what single men can be like, and how they think the world is like.  And while Dean is nothing but a stupid boy sometimes, he was absolutely loveable, and by the end of the book, I was so glad that I got to know him.

Overall, The Boy Friend was much different than a lot of the romantic comedies that I normally enjoy, but I still very much liked it.  These two were a super sweet couple, and I loved how they finally came together.  I also enjoyed the fact that it was a different take on the whole “friends to lovers” trope, especially being all from the male point of view.  It added an entire new layer to the story, and it’s something I can’t wait to see if she continues with the other books in this series.  The newest release that is coming is about Dean’s best friend Lucas, and Dean’s sister, so it’s liable to be a heck of a good time!

4 Stars!

About the Author

8294433.jpgMika Jolie is the bestselling author of the Martha’s Way series. She lives in New Jersey with her Happy Chaos—her husband and their energizer bunnies. A sports fanatic and a wine aficionado, she’s determined to balance it all and still write about life experiences and matters of the heart. Let’s face it, people are complicated and love can be messy. When she’s not weaving life and romance into evocative tales, you can find her on a hiking adventure, apple picking, or whatever her three men can conjure up.
She loves to hear from readers. Connect with Mika on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Amazon.





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