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Release tour, excerpt, & review: Boyfriend Maintenance, by Lauren Helms (425 Madison Series)

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!

Only on Amazon + Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited



About Boyfriend Maintenance
Emmy 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.
*Each story is completely standalone.

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the tour for the latest in the 425 Madison Series, Boyfriend Maintenance! Have you ever really, really needed a date for something and would do anything to make it happen? This story is about Emmy who is facing her brother’s upcoming wedding festivities which include facing her ex that is still interested in her, as well as, her father and step-mother that are constantly and overly disappointed in Emmy from foregoing her huge trust fund to make her own career choices. Jake, the sexy maintenance guy at 425 Madison is tired of the residents throwing themselves at him, content to work and save up for a new home, although occasionally using an app to meet a girl. Suddenly, all his normal rules about work, women, and dating are thrown out the window one evening when a tenant makes him an offer that he can’t refuse.

Hats off to Lauren Helms for creating the wonderfully yummy Jake! I loved Emmy’s character also, but something about Jake just made me feel all warm and fuzzy! He was unique character and I loved the banter between him and Emmy. Especially once things were out in the open about Emmy’s mysterious and secret hobby that kept her geeking out with her phone all the time. There were times with Emmy that I just wanted to shake her and remind her that she was her own person and didn’t have to tolerate her creepy ex or evil step-mother, but besides that, I loved her character.

Boyfriend Maintenance isn’t my favorite from the 425 Madison series, but I did really enjoy this one. A prominent theme in this one is the importance of honesty, being open with one another, etc. Considering Jake’s incredible aversion to lying, I found his choice to “date” Emmy interesting. Then there were several times I wanted to jump into the book and yell at him, “pot, meet kettle.” Another huge theme was about accepting yourself and being proud of yourself. Jake had hang-ups about his life growing up and his middle-class lifestyle. Emmy had issues about breaking away from her family and their money.  Their story certainly was a good reminder to love yourself and feel worthy of love from others despite upbringing, finances, career choices, and so on.

This was a cute addition to this series which I have loved! Lauren Helms’ writing is flawless and I love how she inserted such different characters into 425 Madison.

*Thanks to Forever Write PR & Lauren Helms for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!


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 ➝
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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


This release event is brought to you by Forever Write PR – Forever your source for all your

writing needs.



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