She owns The Heartwood Inn. He needs the land the inn sits on to impress his boss. Neither one of them will give an inch. But will they give each other their hearts?

Alissa Heartwood captains a fishing boat and is the pastry chef for her family owned and operated empire on the island of Carter’s Cove. With the arrival of summer and all the festivities on the island, she feels lonely and left out. If only she had a boyfriend to waste her afternoons with…

Shawn Newman used to be exactly that boyfriend. Sure, they were together in high school eighteen years ago, and he’s only going to be on his hometown island for a few weeks anyway. He just needs to get the Heartwoods to sell their land…and maybe he needs to kiss Lissa under the bright South Carolina moon.

But the Heartwoods aren’t interested in selling, and Alissa is resistant to his reappearance in her life. As Shawn rediscovers the beauty of the island where he grew up, Lissa confesses that she isn’t looking for long-term, and he agrees to a few weeks of “fun.” Nothing serious.

As they spend more time together, Alissa thinks she might have made a mistake.  Can Shawn and Alissa take their relationship out of the fun zone and into something more serious?

Titles in the Carter’s Cove Beach series include –  Boyfriend By Mistake – Accidental Sweetheart – Bodyguard, Not Boyfriend – Not Her Real Fiancé –  Pretend Protector –

Title:  Boyfriend by Mistake
Series:  Carter’s Cove Beach #1
Author:  Elana Johnson
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  June 25, 2019
Publisher:  AEJ Creative Works
My Rating:  4 stars

I love a good enemies-to-lovers romance, especially when the two have a history that also plays into their current situation and BOYFRIEND BY MISTAKE covers all those bases very well.

Lissa and Shawn were relatable characters.  I completely understood both of their sides, and maybe there was blame to place yet who hasn’t done something foolish and stupid in their teens?  I know I sure did.  Shawn’s decision to not follow through on his mission comes early on and that made all the difference to me in respecting the man he’s become.  Lissa broke my heart a few times, it always seemed that just when things were going right something went wrong for her.  And again, there’s that respect thing.  When she made mistakes she owned them, it might have taken a bit of time but she did own them and that mattered to me.

I enjoyed this opening story to the series very much.  An island small town, a tight-knit community, interesting secondary characters that I hope to know their stories one day, and a couple that worked together, made mistakes and learned from them to find their own happy ever after.  I’ll be following this series – and I would definitely recommend it if you love a good romance with some drama along the way.

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