Spotlight & Excerpt: The Boyfriend Whisperer 2.0 by Linda Budzinski

Hi everyone! Today on the blog, we have a special little treat for you -- author Linda Budzinski reached out to us about featuring an excerpt of her latest novel, The Boyfriend Whisperer 2.0, on the blog, and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you today! But first thing's first: let's learn a little more about the book!



Title: The Boyfriend Whisperer 2.0
Author: Linda Budzinski
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Kindle, 196 Pages

Summary: Alicea Springer was Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises’ top success story. That is, until her dream date, Ty Walker, dumped her a week before prom. Now it’s senior year, and Alicea has taken over the business and given it an upgrade using an automated matchmaking program designed to help her classmates find their perfect match. Alicea has no interest in using the program herself. She already knows who her perfect match is … Ty. She doesn’t need an app to tell her that (or worse, match her up with someone else). In a moment of weakness, Alicea allows her friends to convince her to give the program a try. To her horror, it matches her with the last boy on earth she'd ever want to date — Darius Groves, the class deadbeat. When she and Darius are paired up for a class project, Alicie learns there's more to him than his bad reputation. But the more she spends time with Darius, the more she questions their match. They have so little in common. Why did her program match them?  Can Alicea defy the odds and make a match of her own heart’s desire? Or will the matchmaker remained unmatched?

Now that you know a little bit about the book, it's time to share the exclusive excerpt with you! Here we go:


I sit and nod toward his notebook. “What are you working on?”

“A report.”

“Duh. For what?”

Darius leans toward me. “Español.”

“Can you read it to me?” I don’t know a word of Spanish, but I like the thought of Darius speaking it to me.

“Sorry,” he says. “It's not ready.”

“That’s okay. I want to hear what you have so far.”

He shakes his head. “Maybe when it’s done.”

“Mmhmm. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that what you said about your mixed media project?”

His eyebrows shoot up. He's clearly surprised I remember. “So I did. And so I will. When it’s done.”

“Right.” I purse my lips.

“Hey.” His eyes hold mine. “I mean it.”



I hold out my pinkie. I haven’t done a pinkie promise since I was, like, eight. I’m not sure if I’m regressing or if this is just an excuse to touch Darius’s hand.

Darius’s eyes never leave mine as he takes my pinkie in his. “Pinkie promise,” he says.

“Okay, then.” I start to pull away, but he tightens his grip and draws my hand in closer toward him, slowly, closer and closer until it is inches from his lips. I hold my breath as he ducks his head, eyes still trained on mine, and kisses my pinkie nail.

Whoa. That was ... unexpected.

Lastly, now that we've (hopefully) gotten you interested in the book with the excerpt, let's learn a little bit about Linda herself!


Linda Budzinski

Linda Budzinski is the author of four young adult novels: The Boyfriend Whisperer 2.0, The Boyfriend Whisperer, Em & Em, and The Funeral Singer. When she's not writing, she works in nonprofit communications and outreach. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Joe, and their crazy pup, JoJo. A sucker for romance and reality TV and (of course) matchmaking, she has been known to turn off her phone’s ringer when watching “The Bachelor.” Her favorite flower is the daisy, her favorite food is chocolate, and her favorite song is “Amazing Grace.”
We'd like to thank author Linda Budzinski for reaching out to us and allowing us to share this excerpt with all of you today! Hopefully you'll be adding The Boyfriend Whisperer 2.0 to your TBR -- we know we are! :-)

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