Not That Kind of Guy – ARC Tuesday Review

Synopsis – Goodreads

An office attraction becomes something more when they’re off the clock in this delightful romantic comedy by the USA Today bestselling author of Not the Girl You Marry.

State attorney Bridget Nolan is successful in all aspects of her life—except romance. After breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, she’s been slow to reenter the dating scene. To be honest, she has more important things to do like putting bad guys behind bars. But with her brother’s wedding right around the corner, she suddenly needs a date and fast. Lucky for Bridget, the legal intern is almost done with his program.

Matt Kido is dumbstruck by Bridget—total love at first sight—but there’s one problem. She’s totally off-limits while she’s his boss. But the moment he no longer reports to her, Matt decides to take a chance. An impulsive decision takes them to Las Vegas where, as the saying goes, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Unless you put a ring on it.

The Good: Multiple Bookish Tropes. Andie J. Christopher, some-what successfully told a story with a conglomerate of tropes. I expected a fake dating/fake marriage romance. Instead what I got was a mixed pot of Insta-Love, a sprinkle of Forbidden Love and two heaping piles of Fake Dating/Marriage. And you know what, I really liked how it was executed. In a lot of ways, these tropes helped the story flow and develop. I really enjoyed the tension between the main characters.

If you’re no stranger to my reviews, then you know what’s coming next, relatable characters. Matt Kido although, a one percenter, is actively aware of his privilege. And in some ways more relatable than Bridget Nolan, a state’s attorney from the South Side of Chicago. Bridget was kind of annoying in the first few pages. However, her reservations about her and Matt’s relationship felt genuine throughout the story. I like that the male characters in Christopher’s story tend to be more sensitive and desire more than just sex. You could tell that Matt genuinely developed a crush on Bridget, even if it was a bit on the nauseating side of Insta- Love.

Also, watching the story and plot progress made the book entertaining. Bridget’s former relationship was definitely a rocky one for obvious reasons. One aspect of relationships that isn’t usually discussed, is how easy it is for two people to be in completely different places when in a relationship. Whether it’s fear of independence, taking the next step or simply just not being on the same page, relationships are tricky for many reasons. Bridget and Chris’s (her ex) relationship showed that.

The not-so Good: Unfortunately, Not That Kind of Guy had a really slow beginning and I didn’t feel fully drawn into the story for the first quarter of the book.

And on a more personal note, I wanted just a bit more smut lol

Overall, apart from the start of the book, I really enjoyed watching Matt and Bridget’s journey. Honestly it was just the kind of rom-com feels that I needed. I recommend this to lovers of contemporary romance who don’t mind seeing a conglomerate of tropes in one book lol 

Publication Date: April 14, 2020

Author: Andie J. Christopher

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Special thanks to Penguin Random House and Berkley Romance  for a finished copy of Not That Kind of Guy! Receiving it, did not affect my review or rating.