Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for HOT BRITISH BOYFRIEND by Kristy Boyce! Today I am very excited to show you my aesthetic board for the book, plus my interview with Kristy, plus a pretty bookstagram picture! AND after all that, you can enter to win a print copy of the book for yourself! Don’t forget to follow along with the rest of the tour and learn more about Kristy too!
Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce
Published by HarperTeen on February 9, 2021
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend.
When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she vows to avoid making the same mistakes as she did with the last guy she liked. Which is why she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested in—if he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his.
But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her.
If you could trade lives with any book character for a day, who would it be and why? What about a week? A month, year, or forever?
If it was just a day then I’d like to trade places with Elizabeth Bennett. I’ve always been a Jane Austen fan, and I think it would be so interesting and fun to experience a true day in the life of Elizabeth. (If possible, she’s with Mr. Darcy, lol!) But I don’t think I could make it for more than a day though—I need all of our modern day conveniences!
For longer than that, I think I’d trade lives with Cimorene from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles (an older MG fantasy series). I loved that series growing up and her life would be exciting without having too much drama!
What would you do if you spent the day with Ellie? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
I would love to spend the day with Ellie! I’d definitely want to be in England together and I think our first stop would be the Kew Botanical Gardens. I have a feeling we could both spend a lot of time there! She didn’t get to do much shopping when she was in London so we could spend time there going to bookstores and searching for Cicely Mary Barker fairy figurines. And a day together wouldn’t be complete without afternoon tea!
If Ellie were to hang out with characters from other books, who would they be and why?
I’d love for her to hang out with Anna, Étienne, Isla, and Josh from Anna and the French Kiss and Isla and the Happily Ever After. I have a feeling Ellie would get along well with them and they could do more traveling around Europe together. ☺
What was your favorite bit of research you ended up not using?
Okay, this is kind of weird, but at one point I thought I might have Ellie do a project on Chernobyl for school. I had watched the Chernobyl miniseries on HBO and went down a rabbit hole of reading more about it. It is an unbelievable tragedy, but I also found it fascinating. Ultimately, I decided it wasn’t the right choice for the book though.
What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from Hot British Boyfriend?
I have a lot of favorite scenes, but one is definitely the conversation between Sage and Ellie where Sage reveals she sold her extra condoms, given to her by her mom, to get money to buy earrings. I was laughing as I wrote it and it still makes me smile every time I read it.
Were there alternate endings you considered, or did you always know where the story was headed?
From the very first spark of an idea, I always knew that View Spoiler »Ellie and Dev would end up together. There was never anyone else but Dev (sorry, Will!). « Hide Spoiler Some of the details shifted around, but the general ending never changed…which made writing it a bit easier. 😉
Kristy Boyce lives in Columbus, OH and teaches psychology as a senior lecturer at The Ohio State University. When she’s not spending time with her husband and son, she’s usually writing, reading, putting together fairy gardens, or watching happy reality TV (The Great British Bake-Off and So You Think You Can Dance are perennial favorites)
Fleeing the country after a public rejection: the best idea ever or the worst idea ever? Let me know what you think in the comments and have a splendiferous day!