#Review ~ Boyfriend Maintenance (A 425 Madison Story) by Lauren Helms #Excerpt

Posted April 29, 2019 by Loredana in 2019, 4 stars, Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Excerpt, Loredana, Our Review, Series / 1 Comment

by Lauren Helms
Genres: Contemporary Romance

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

RELEASE TOUR FOR Boyfriend Maintenance by Lauren Helms
Emmy King became a disgraced high-society princess when she walked away from her family’s
money. Jake Harper is the sexy yet uninterested apartment building’s maintenance man. When the
two agree to help each other out, they quickly realize the more time they spend together the more
the lines get blurred. The fifth book in the #mustread series, 425 Madison Avenue, is now live.
Read Boyfriend Maintenance by Lauren Helms today!
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About Boyfriend Maintenance
My bad reputation is coming back to haunt me. Now, I need a date for my brother’s wedding just to
keep the vultures at bay. I’ve noticed Jake around the building and he’s the perfect man for the job.
The thing is, I don’t actually have what I promised in return for his help, but I don’t want this to end.
I’ve seen Emmy and she’s out of my league, but that doesn’t stop me from taking her up on her offer
and upping the ante. I have rules, however, the more time we spend together the more the lines get
blurred. Her lie made her more like me than I ever thought possible. Too bad liars don’t do it for me.
A little boyfriend maintenance goes a long way…
After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.


I’ve reviewed many of the books in this anthology, and this one tickled me. Jake has an effortless about him – he was probably my favorite character of all. Getting to know him was very interesting. The same with Emmy. While I did enjoy the story, I think my overall feeling was I wish I could have gotten more… More “what was up with the skeeball?”, “what about Levi?”, and “what about Becca??”. I can only guess that if you were to read Lauren Helms, then you would get a lot of these answers. So from that angle, the author did a phenomenal job of giving teasers about the characters and making you want to read her other books. She’s got me on the hook for Levi and Becca for sure.

Our protagonist, Emmy, had a lot going for her. We learn a lot about her backstory and you come to admire her for her need for independence and desire to make her mark on the world. There were times when I wish I could have gotten to know her a bit better, but I think the taste of her home life with her parents definitely suits the needs of the story. I love a woman who knows herself, and that is certainly Emmy.

A part of the fun of the story comes from how things evolve between Jake and Emmy. There are certainly moments when I would like to kick Jake in the man bit for his stupidity…because well, they are supreme moments of stupidity. However, he does have great redeeming qualities.

Overall, the only issue that I found with this story is how the ending felt rushed. Things were going well, the flow of the story made sense, and then the ending wrapped up too quickly. If the author could have slowed it down a bit, I probably would have given it 4.5 stars.

I give this a thumbs up and dub it a fun read!

*Each story is completely standalone.
Copyright @ 2019 Lauren Helms

“Oh, well … hello there, hot stuff.” Mrs. Jenkins stands in the open doorway of her apartment.
Her arm slides up the doorframe slightly awkwardly as she leans into the frame. She’s
attempting to look sexy in a Japanese silk kimono robe. It’s a red floral print that hangs
nearly to her ankles. She has surprisingly good posture for a seventy-year-old woman.
Her husky voice is seductive as she gestures for me to come in. I have to mentally prepare
myself every time I have a work order for unit 2007. Which is normally once a week.
Mrs. Jenkins is a retired Broadway actress. She hit her stride when she starred in the hit
musical Chicago in the mid-seventies. Dorthy Jenkins is a dramatic, wealthy retiree who just
happens to hit on me every time I’m here. She may be a tad lonely, so I deal with it.
“Good afternoon, Mrs. Jenkins. My work order says that you’ve got faulty smoke detectors.”
Honestly, that seems a bit suspicious since we worked through the entire building updating
the detectors less than six months ago.
“Dorthy, darling. Please, stop calling me Mrs. Jenkins. You make me feel like a cougar.”
I raise my eyebrow at that. More like a puma since she’s got to be at least forty years older than me.
I set down my toolbox and scan the living room for the unit’s central detector.
“All right, Dorthy. You’re having issues with the smoke detectors? Let’s just take a look.
I’ll get these fixed up in no time.” Really, I just want to get out of here. The longer I’m in this
apartment, the more cheek pinches I get. And I’m not just talking about pinches to my face.
She gets a little bolder with each visit. Not looking forward to the day she takes it too far.
Her flirting seems harmless though. She just really appreciates those “hot young thangs.”
Her words, not mine.
“Well, no rush. I’ll just pour us a little nightcap.” I don’t mention it’s only four in the afternoon.
“Will two fingers do, Jake? I’ve always preferred two.” She waggles her eyebrows.
I divert my eyes. The sexual reference catches me off guard and I feel my face heat.
Clearing my throat, I shake my head. “I’m sorry, Dorthy, but no drinking on the job.” I pull out my
step ladder so I can reach the smoke detector.
“You’re such a good boy, darling. I admire that. I’ll just have a nip and enjoy the show.”
Just like she normally does. Unfortunately, she isn’t the only 425 Madison resident to watch
me while I do my job. I’ve worked in this building for nearly three years now. Growing up, I
never had dreams of becoming a maintenance man, but I’ve always been good with my hands.


Author Info:


Lauren Helms has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review
website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing.
Lauren decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. While working for a video game
strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best–video games and romance.
She decided to take the plunge and joined NaNoWrimo and a month later, she had her first draft.


About the 425 Madison Series
Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in
fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.
The series features stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore,
Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, and C. Lesbirel.
Join these authors as they come together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy.
Featuring some of readers’ favorite tropes: second-chance romance, best friends sibling romance
to a good ol’ enemies to lovers romance. We’ve got you covered with a sports romance, a fake
relationship and even an ugly duckling or two. Don’t forget a brother’s best friend and falling for
your soul mate. Maybe a little love triangle as well. Each tale offers you something new, something
different. After all, 425
For more information, visit the series website ➝ www.425madisonseries.com
Follow the series on Facebook ➝ https://www.facebook.com/425MadisonSeries
them here:
The next books in the series are coming soon! Add them to your Goodreads shelf today!
Love Under Construction by Aubree Valentine, Book #6
An Enemies to Lovers Romance
Release: 5/16/19
Back for More by Sylvia Kane
A Brother’s Best Friend Romance
Release: 6/6/19


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One response to “#Review ~ Boyfriend Maintenance (A 425 Madison Story) by Lauren Helms #Excerpt

  1. lauren

    Thanks for the thumbs up! Trust, me if I could have kept writing for these two, I would! But there was a word count max and Emmy and Jake wanted me to write so much more. Don’t worry about wanting more Levi… you’ll get it. Promise!

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