Review – The Stand-In Boyfriend (Grove Valley High #1) by Emma Doherty


The Stand-In Boyfriend by Emma Doherty
Series: Grove Valley High #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 9, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon


Livy Chapman is in love with Jessie Stephenson. It’s that simple. She has been for years but he only see’s her as his best friend. His best friend who copies her homework, relies on her to bail him out of trouble and who he hooks up with other girls in front of.

Enough is enough and when Chase Mitchell, star of the soccer team, and all round Mr. Popular steps in and convinces her that they can do each other a favor by pretending to date, Livy is just crazy enough over Jessie to agree to it.

I mean, Chase is just her stand-in boyfriend. Nothing could go wrong. Right?


Some people might automatically assume that The Stand-In Boyfriend is your typical fake relationship cliché young adult romance, but to all those people out there I have to say…THIS STORY IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A CLICHÉ! Emma Doherty has managed to shed new light into this genre and give readers everything that they crave. She brings us some crazy fun banter, emotionally captivating moments and a deeply complicated romance that brings on all the angst!

Livy Chapman is the perfect leading lady, but the real question is…who will be her leading man? Only time will tell! Jessie Stephenson is her best friend and longtime crush while Chase Mitchell is the star of the soccer team and Mr. Popular. She might think that she knows who she wants, but truth be told she had no clue that Mr. Popular might just happen to be Mr. Right. Of course she has to consider the possibility of opening her heart before she can decide who she truly wants…

I absolutely loved the dynamic of this story and these characters took my breath away. Livy completely captivated my heart and I felt as if I was right beside her as she navigated through this emotional journey. While Jessie didn’t really do it for me as a leading man, my lovable Chase definitely did and I kept rooting for him all the way through to the end. He melted my heart and gave me butterflies all throughout my body.

This is truly one of the BEST high school romances I have gotten my hands on in awhile and all I can say is that I cannot freaking wait for more stories from Emma Doherty, especially with this group of characters! She has gained a new reader and I hope she is ready for all the fangirl moments that are about to come her way!



About Emma Doherty

Emma Doherty was born in Yorkshire, England. She attended university in Newcastle before moving to London. She loves to travel, write, spend time with friends and family and hear from her readers.

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