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Peek Inside Her Stand-In Boyfriend

Too busy for a “real” relationship, Lexi Mannis counts on her Stand-In Boyfriend, Mac Northrop. Mac offers (almost) all the perks of a real boyfriend—furniture assembly, a date to big events, and someone to cook for. But they've never been “with benefits,” until one wickedly hot night crosses the line. What Lexi doesn'tknow is that she's running out of time. Because if she doesn't promote Mac to Real Boyfriend soon, she might just lose her Stand-In Boyfriend to someone else...

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This boyfriend business is about to get a whole lot more personal…

Event planner Lexi Mannis has a busy life in Chicago—too busy to have a boyfriend. For special occasions, she has her Stand-In Boyfriend, Mac Northrop. Mac offers (almost) all the perks of a real boyfriend—furniture assembly, a date to big events, and someone to cook for. But they’ve never been “with benefits”…until one wickedly hot night crosses the line.

Mac’s been in love with Lexi for ages. He knows he should probably end it, but dammit, he just can’t. When things get deliciously down and dirty, Mac is certain that he’s made the leap out of the friend zone…until Lexi decides she wants to remain friends. With benefits.

What Lexi doesn’t know is that she’s running out of time. And if she won’t promote Mac to Real Boyfriend, she might just lose her Stand-In Boyfriend to someone else…


"Her Stand-In Boyfriend is sweet and sensuous with a whole lot of friendship rolled in making it that much more special." --Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

" Its short, sweet and simple; a very straight forward romance. I really enjoyed it and was sad it had to end!" --Amber, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752894
Release Date: Jul 28, 2015
Page Count: 149
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: fake relationship, friends to lovers

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By Love2ReadRomance April 26, 2018

I loved Mac and Lexi in Her Stand-In Boyfriend! It a great fun quick read that left me wanting more. I can’t wait to read more from Kelly Jamieson! ...more

Her Stand-In Boyfriend is a great read for when don’t have much time. It’s short, sweet and simple; a very straight forward romance. I really enjoyed it and was sad it had to end! The best part, I believe, about this book is that the synopsis for it, nails it. Mac and Lexi have been friends since co ...more

By Maree August 19, 2015

This short book is right to the point. A bit to fast tracked for me, although the two characters Lexi Mannis and Mac Northrop are two loving people for each other. Lexi who as a event planner finds her close friend much more than a helper. Such a fun story of the two working together. ...more

By Jae (Bookish Bluebird) November 07, 2015

*4 stars*

"All relationships take time and work... If you want it enough, you make it a priority."
Her Stand-In Boyfriend is a quick, sweet and easy read. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Lexi and Mac. Their friendship felt natural. I didn't find the story to be angsty, and the plot didn't dra ...more

Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

While not as steamy as some of her more recent books, Her Stand-In Boyfriend by Kelly Jamieson is no less entertaining. This is a friends to lovers story with a twist; he is Mac the geek turned muti-millionaire tech businessman and he's been half ...more

By Dirty Dayna August 20, 2015

Her Stand in Boyfriend
4 stand in stars

This story had so much more potential but the ending got really rushed. I love a friends to friendzone to more story and this was sweet. The book is less than 130 pages and I think that’s what kills the story for me. The author has no other choice but to just ...more

By Maria Rose April 02, 2016

What a fun and sexy story! It's the classic trope of best friends turned lovers, in this case Lexi and her 'stand-in boyfriend' Mac. They've been best friends since college but since when they met Mac was involved with someone else, Lexi has firmly placed him in the friend category. Unbeknownst to h ...more

By Celestine July 31, 2015

Kelly Jamieson always writes ghost-pepper hot love scenes, and Her Stand-In Boyfriend is no exception. This friends-to-lovers novella hits all the right spicy notes for a hot read on a sunny afternoon.

Tech-whiz Mac has been silently in love with college days gal-pal Lexi for over six years, and two ...more

By Joan July 30, 2015

That was a fun, sweet, and sexy book. If your looking for a quick read with friends to lovers this is a good one. Mac and Lexi are adorable together as friends and when they cross the line Mac really wants it to become serious. A little angst and heartache with a satisfying HEA. ...more

By Kim March 19, 2016

Truly enjoyed this friends to lovers book! It was my first Jamieson novel and I'm looking forward to seeing what other characters she gets me to fall in love with. ...more

By Katherine July 17, 2017

This was more like 3.5 stars. Midway into the story, I wanted to grab Lexi's shoulders and shake some sense into her. Mac is definitely a book boyfriend ;-) ...more

By *P July 12, 2015

4 Star Review

This was a fun quick read. Mac has been friends with Lexi for years and though Mac has always had a thing for Lexi he has never admitted it and has been fine with being friends. Lexi has always been able to count on Mac. He is there for her when she needs him like she has been there for ...more

By Heather in FL March 12, 2016

Probably closer to 3-1/2 stars, but I'm rounding up. This was a friends to lovers story. Lexi and Mac met in college. Mac has always been kinda dorky, but has come into his own as he aged. Lexi has always been his sun but she never knew it. Mac was always afraid if she found out, it would change the ...more

By Amelyn August 03, 2015

Quick, light, fun read that is perfect for summer or anytime you have a couple/few hours to fill.

This book cheered me up today! Great friends became great lovers, and a HEA was bound to happen, if only these two characters would open their eyes to their own feelings and the feelings of the other. Th ...more

By Angel August 20, 2015

Her Stand-In Boyfriend by Kelly Jamieson  
Copyright Night Owl Reviews
3.5 Stars
Her Stand-In Boyfriend is a friends to lover’s romance involving Lexi and Mac, who have been friends since college. Mac has had feelings for Lexi for six years, but she has kept him in the friend zone. Once Mac comes to ...more

By Bette July 20, 2015

This light, fun, sexy read will give you an afternoon of complete entertainment. A straight forward friends to lovers romance with great characters, great writing, and a quick pace.

Lexi and Mac have been friends forever but friends without benefits is gone after one wicked night. Mac has been in lov ...more

By Erica July 28, 2015

In typical Kelly Jamieson fashion, I just adored this one. Lexi and MAc are quite the pair, and I was captivated by their story - the dynamics, the plot, everything. Entertaining and charming, Her Stand-In Boyfriend is the perfect romance for a summer day.

I was so caught up in the story! I started r ...more

By Catherine July 15, 2015

Lexie and Mac have been friends forever. The trouble is--Mac is really in love with her. One day they cross the line and although Lex is content to be friends with benefits...Mac is no longer willing to settle for less than forever.

I really love friends-to-lovers stories and Kelly Jamieson is one o ...more

By Kristy May 05, 2018

Best friends turned lovers

This was a good read. This was a complete story with no cliffhangers. I wished it was a little longer. This was the first time reading anything by this author and I liked her writing style.
Overview. Lexi was an events planner. She would ask her best friend Mac to take her ...more

By Melinda May 14, 2017

Fun Read

Lexi and Mac have been friends since college...Both have careers and when they need a plus one they are there for each other until they have a night together....Mac wants Lexi but she wants a friend's with benefits..until he says no....Will Lexi accept or fight for them... ...more

By Bel June 19, 2017

Really enjoyed Mac and Lexi's story. Mac was a real catch. The best friend, funny and caring and in love with Lexi. Lexi took way to long to realise she loved mac, he was way too good for her. A bit rushed at the end, would have loved an epilogue. Will read again. ...more

By Tamla Jones December 14, 2016

Seriously Hot!!!!!

I love stories about two people that are close friends and they cross that line into much more. They go through so much turmoil trying to uncross the line when the best thing for them is to move the relationship forward to something much more exciting and sexy ...more

By Cecy June 30, 2017


This was a short and sweet read. The author unexpectedly added depth to a very basic plotline. I will def give her another try. ...more

By Yamile July 06, 2017

A very simple and charming story of love between friends that might end up to something more than one would think. A great easy read. :) ...more

By Monique August 01, 2020

Worth the Read! ...more

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Kelly Jamieson

About the author

Kelly Jamieson

Kelly Jamieson is the author of over thirty-five romance novels and Novellas. She writes the kind of books she loves to read--sexy romance with heat, humor and emotion. Her writing has been described as "emotionally complex", "sweet and satisfying" and "blisteringly sexy". She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white) and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey. She is the author of the popular Heller Brothers Hockey series and the Rule of Three trilogy. Visit her website at or contact her at [email protected]

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