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YA #35: HOT BRITISH BOYFRIEND (Contemporary Romance)
Kristy Boyce
Mentored by:
Sabrina Lotfi and Carrie Allen
Book Title:
Hot British Boyfriend
2018 Entries
Contemporary Romance
Word Count:


After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. Ellie crashes the Honors study abroad trip to England, intent on rebuilding her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than a hot British boyfriend. Willoughby is so gorgeous and charming he could be the lead in an Austen novel. There’s only one problem: Ellie knows nothing about his interests and every time she mentions hers—like gardening and Harry Potter—Will’s eyes glaze over like she’s giving a calculus lecture.

Ellie might not be an honors student, but she’s willing to major in “British Boyfriend” if it means keeping Will. She convinces Dev, an academic overachiever, to teach her cricket rules in exchange for help with his own crush. Even though he teases her about “UK Ken,” studying with Dev ends up being weirdly fun. His study habits rub off and soon her chemistry homework is vying for attention with cricket. And that’s not the only thing vying for her attention. Ellie needs to decide if her perfect British boyfriend is the perfect boy for her.



By the end of tonight, I will be Andy Keating’s girlfriend. I leap over piles of dirty clothes and shimmy past the fairy gardens that fill my window ledge as “Take On Me” replays for the 100th time. I land on a discarded dress—the third I tried on tonight—and go sliding across the wooden floor. Usually I don’t listen to eighties music, but this isn’t just another song. This is our song.

Crystal will be here any minute to pick me up. I need to finish my makeup, but it’s hard to think of anything but me and Andy dancing to this song at the smoothie shop.

11 responses to “YA #35: HOT BRITISH BOYFRIEND (Contemporary Romance)”

  1. This sounds like a lot of fun. I’d love to read more. Please send your query and full manuscript as word doc attachments to hilary@ktliterary.com with PitchWars in the subject field. Can’t wait!

  2. Sarah Landis says:

    Hi! I’d love to read this one! Please send to slandis@sll.com. Thanks!

  3. Andrea Cascardi says:

    What a great premise! I’m hooked and would love to read more of this. Can you send the full manuscript to andrea @transatlanticagency.com with PitchWars Mentee and the title (great title, too, by the way!) in the subject line? I’ll be eager to continue the story. Thank you!

  4. Karyn Fischer says:

    Hi Kristy,

    This sounds like so much fun. I would love to read more! If you’re interested, would you mind sending me the first 25 pages? You can query me at http://www.QueryMe.online/1325/PitchWars. To find out more about me, feel free to visit http://www.bookstopliterary.com/info.html.
    Thanks and I hope to hear from you!

    Karyn Fischer
    BookStop Literary Agency

  5. Carrie Hannigan says:

    Hi Kristy!

    I really love what you have here. Will you please send me the full manuscript as a word doc attachment to channigan@hsgagency.com ?

    I can’t wait to keep reading.

    Best wishes,

  6. Jenny Bent says:

    I would love to see this. Can you please send the full ms to me at info@thebentagency.com. Please put the query in the body of your email and #pitchwars in the subject line. Thanks!

  7. Jennifer Unter says:

    I’d love to read more. Please send the first 50 pages as a Word attachment to assistant@theunteragency.com. Thanks!

  8. Laura Bradford says:

    Love the title! I’m in! Adorable hook and your opening is great. Please send me the full ms + synopsis at laura@bradfordlit.com and put Pitch Wars in the subject line. Can’t wait to take a look!

  9. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hello! I’d love to take a look at the full manuscript of HOT BRITISH BOYFRIEND. Please send it along as a word document to tara@emliterary.com at your convenience.

    Thanks so much!

    Tara Gonzalez
    Associate Agent
    Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Inc.

  10. Hillary Jacobson says:

    Hi Kristy,

    I would love to read this! Please send the full manuscript as a word document to hjacobson@icmpartners.com.

    My best,

  11. Weronika Janczuk says:

    Please send to weronika@d4eo.com:
    + query letter in email body
    + Word .doc with first 50-75 pages
    + subject line, PARTIAL REQUEST – PITCH WARS – TITLE