Book Review – The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh


Title: The Boy Toy

Author: Nicola Marsh

Publisher: Berkley

Publication date: November 17th, 2020

352 pages

3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

For almost a decade, successful 37-year-old Samira Broderick has used her bustling LA practice as an excuse to avoid a trip home to Australia. She still resents her meddling Indian mother for arranging her marriage to a man who didn’t stick around when the going got tough, but now with a new job Down Under, she’s finally ready to reconnect with her. And while she’s there, a hot international fling might be just what she needs to get out of her recent funk.

Aussie stuntman, Rory Radcliffe, has been hiding his stutter for years by avoiding speaking roles. When a job he can’t refuse comes up as a reality show host, he knows he’ll need some help for the audition: a dialect coach. But he finds himself at a loss for words when he discovers it’s the same sexy woman with whom he just had a mind-blowing one-night stand…

Samira can think of many reasons why Rory is completely wrong for her: he’s ten years her junior, for one, and he’s not Indian–something Samira’s mother would never approve of. Even if things were to get serious, there’s no reason to tell her mother…is there?


I listed to The Boy Toy on audio as my first foray into trying to improve my auditory processing – and it was largely a success. I’m so happy to be able to read via audio now so that I can read while driving to work or doing chores at home. This book is set in Australia, so it makes sense that the audio was done in an Australian accent.

This romance features age gap (younger man, older woman), insta-attraction, and the MC is Indian and her mother is trying to set her up with another Indian man. However, Samira’s mother set her up with her first husband who cheated and dismissed her when she had fertility issues. Basically, Samira wants nothing less than to be set up by her mother again. But when a one night stand with a much younger man steals her attention, she may have found what she was looking for all along.

I didn’t live this one, and I didn’t hate this one. There was a lot of steamy, spicy scenes that were open door, so for my clean-preferring friends here’s your warning. These two go at it more often than they have actual conversations. Which might speak to why I didn’t buy the romance between the two. Attraction & lust, sure. But love? Eh. I feel like more could have been done to show an emotional side to the relationship rather than just a physical.

Certainly one you could miss, but I think there is a companion novel coming and I’m open to testing it out.

Happy reading, folks!

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