Reagan had always prided herself on making levelheaded, practical, analytical decisions about everything. Everything, that is, except where guys are concerned. Which was proven to her, once again, when her “boyfriend” opts to take another girl on their oh-so-romantic trip to his lake house. In order to prevent future heartbreak, she creates a checklist of all the qualities she wants in a man, and vows not to give her heart away again until she can determine if they fit every last criteria.
After scouring campus with her two best friends in her tricky journey, her detective work returns a pile of unworthy rejects, and it seems as though her choices are narrowed down to only two options: the hot stranger who’s inspired her new project, and her best guy friend Ian, who she’s always kept at bay due to his perceived playboy reputation.
Reagan gets more than she bargained for with her new set of rules, however, and is surprised to find that love, and the perfect boyfriend, may have been within reach the entire time. But will Ian’s reputation ruin his chances to prove his worth? And can Reagan let go of her insecurities long enough to even give him a chance?
I think part of what drew me into the story and made it such a fast, yet entertaining read were the characters. I wanted to continue reading to find out what was going to happen next. The day I started the book, I found myself half-way through before I knew it. I guess that's how much I was drawn in. I think Renee did a great job in developing them so they felt like real people. Reagan was the main female lead, and I liked her from the beginning of the book.
When I read about what had happened to her in her relationship, I thought her reaction was interesting – the titular “boyfriend list” she made listing qualities she was looking for in a boyfriend. I also liked her roommate Petra, who was there as a source of encouragement, not to mention she was there when Reagan needed her the most over the course of the book. She was entertaining in her own right, and I definitely liked her. As for Ian, I grew to like him more and more as I continued to read the story. There were times when he could be funny, and I found myself cheering for him a little bit as the story progressed. I'll also state I had a smile on my face at the end of the book.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed The Boyfriend List. Entertaining, and a fast read. I recommend it to anyone who likes college age romance and contemporary romance. My rating is 4/5 stars.