Heartthrob by Katie McCoy Review

4 Smooches


Move over, Colin Firth – there’s a new Darcy in town!

Jax Hawthorne is Hollywood’s sexiest bad boy. I’m a glorified secretary who thinks color-coding my library is a wild Friday night. So when he shows up after all this time wanting to make good on our childhood deal to tie the knot, it’s not because he can’t resist my perfect credit score.

He needs a fake girlfriend to rehab his reckless image, and I’m the (safe, sensible) girl for the job. I would be insulted… if the proposal didn’t come with an all-expenses-paid trip to England while he shoots a new movie version of ’Pride & Prejudice.’

Goodbye, my dumpster fire of a dating life. Hello, steamy nights with a chiseled hunk who knows all the right moves.

Soon, I’m knee-deep in the English mud – and on-set drama. But all our fake-smoldering is getting my very real panties in a twist. It turns out, Jax is so much more than just a reckless playboy. He makes me want to forget our ‘arrangement’.. and break all the rules.

Can our pretend romance turn to something real? Or will scheming actresses, control-freak PR crews, and a pesky little thing called love ruin the best (fake) relationship of my life?

Find out in the hot, hilarious new romance from Katie McCoy!


Jax and Penny may have known each other when they were younger but they have both grown up into very different lives. Jax is living the high life as a sexy, successful actor with the bad boy image thrown in. While Penny is living a very much opposite, mundane kinda life. So when Jax rings her out of the blue with a proposal to be his fake girlfriend to help clean up his image, Penny sees no reason not to. Things don’t stay simple for long however and soon this fake relationship starts involving, not fake and instead very real emotions and feelings. But with Hollywood, actresses and drama getting in the way, it won’t be easy for these two want to try and turn something fake into something real.

“It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that trying to find a decent guy to date in New York City is a damn near impossibility. Especially if you are—as my ex-boyfriend so charmingly put it—a grade-A, Type-A control freak with a stick up her ass.”

I don’t always love the whole Hollywood actor bad boy thing. I feel it can sometimes become quite boring and predictable BUT Heart Throb definitely pulled me back into enjoying this genre and I couldn’t get enough of Jax and Penny’s relationship!

“He tasted like salt and lime, and something dangerous. Pure Jax. We were in our own little world, and my head was spinning. Somewhere, a part of me was freaking out over the fact I was making out with Jax Hawthorne, but that part was muffled by how much my body wanted him, and just how good he felt.”

I LOVED LOVED LOVED Penny. I thought she was a brilliantly thought out heroine for this story. She was smart, funny, beautiful inside and out, and had a lot more to her than Jax first thinks. I thought she was the perfect match for our hero. Jax definitely has his “I’m the bad boy of Hollywood” moments but you can tell he generally cares for Penny. When he starts to realise there is more than just this fake relationship between them, we see a kind, sweet and caring side to Jax that just adds to his already sexy and confident personality.

“She was still fighting this connection between us, but after that kiss in the treehouse, I know. She felt it. All of it. And now it wasn’t a case of if, it was a case of when. And I could be patient. Because she was worth the wait.”

I would definitely class this as a rom-com read but it’s also a lot better than many of those already out there. There’s just something about the way the author writes the story and the characters that has you really connecting with this book and desperately wanting to get the HEA you need this book to have. It made me laugh, smile, angry, and ‘ahhh’ at the romance. I felt everything I want to feel for a romance novel that keeps me entertained. Jax and Penny’s story isn’t all hearts and roses and there was plenty of drama to keep this story flowing well and kept me wanting to turn the pages. Just a great all-round romance read!

“And for a brief moment, I had it all. But I was too stupid to see it for what it was. The reason everything was good, and I was happy and fulfilled, was you.”



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