I received this book for free from ARC, provided by author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Rules of Love #1
on November 14th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: ARC, provided by author
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Two people. One fake relationship. What could go wrong?
When virgin Shannon Travers gets fed up with her friends demanding that she find a boyfriend, she enlists the help of tattooed, mohawk-rocking graphic design student Jett. He’s more than happy to play along with their Fake Relationship, including the Ten Rules of Fake Dating that control-freak Shannon comes up with. Even if he likes to violate them. Repeatedly.
But what happens when Fake Dating starts to feel… not fake anymore? Will Shannon be willing to let go and embrace the first thing in her life that’s ever felt REAL?
I made a last minute decision to read this book, finding a few spare minutes in my hectic reading schedule to fit it in. I am SO glad I found the time! There are a ridiculous number of contemporary romances out there that sometimes they start to blend together. Whenever I pick one up, I always find myself wondering what the author will do to make theirs stand out. Chelsea’s writing definitely has a unique voice that has wound its way into my heart! It’s so sassy! The dialogue and the chemistry between Jett and Shannon is impossible to fake and I found myself getting lost in it. It’s natural, in that it is smooth but it is also awkward. I can totally relate to Shannon’s ability to say the wrong thing.
Jett just may be my new book boyfriend! *swoon* He isn’t your average heart throb. First off, he’s NICE! I know, right? Totally out of left field! So often the love interest is a “bad boy” and I’ll admit that I’ve been taken in by their swagger before. On numerous occasions, actually. But Jett has officially managed to dispel the bad boy appeal. He is genuinely a good guy and this just makes him more attractive. Whenever I read a book with a borderline abusive or controlling love interest, I can’t help but think about all the young girls who will read the book and think that this is the ideal boyfriend for them. Meanwhile, they should be running for the hills when a boy tells them what to do, or who to be. Jett would never tell a woman who they can be friends with, or how to dress. He is the new ideal. Read this girls, and be inspired!
Oops! I apparently just told young girls to read this book. Nope, it’s for mature readers only. Just in case though, I should throw in a warning to mothers. This book contains mature subject matter and dialogue. Thous even while it is mature, it is not profane. There are abundant swears and sex scenes, but nothing over the top.
I have one complaint, and it’s one I’ve made before. The copy of the book I received was deceptively short, when I suddenly reached 80% and it was the end. WHA?? Crap! The last 20% is another short story! Boo! I wanted more Jett and Shannon! On the plus side, Yay! I got a bonus story! 😛
Looking forward to the sequel, especially since I have a pretty good idea who might star in it…
“Wake up, princess,” a male voice I only sort-of recognize says in my ear. My eyes are slow to open and I’m staring right at a chest I don’t remember falling asleep on. I lift my chin and meet a set of gorgeous brown-gold eyes.
“Hey,” he says, his voice soft as I realize I’m lying on top of him. At some point during the movie, he’d shifted under me and brought both our sets of legs up on the couch and laid back, pulling me so we’re front to front. My boobs are completely squished into his chest, which is the first thing that makes me try to shift off him.
“Um, hey,” I say as I struggle to get off him, but there’s no place to put my hands, so I end up trying to roll and he tries to help me, but I end up tipping too far off the couch, banging the back of my head on the coffee table and landing on my side on the floor with a crash.
“Oh my gosh, are you okay?” Is he laughing?
“Ow,” I say. I’m awake now. There’s a sharp pain in my hip, and in my skull. Jett reaches down and hauls me up.
“You’re laughing at me,” I say as I feel the back of my head.
“No I’m not,” he says, while trying to contain his laughter.
“Asshole,” I say, but he’s still holding onto me.
“Where does it hurt?” he says, finally showing some concern.
“The back of my head and my hip banged on the floor. That’s gonna leave a mark.” He walks around me and tenderly moves my hair out of the way to look at my soon-to-be-bumpy head. I go all tingly again, and the pain fades just a little. This guy is better than Tylenol. And then I feel something warm right where the bump is and I swear her just kissed it.
“And your hip?” he says, his voice low.
Is it possible to die from anticipation? Because I think I just did. Jett crouches down and I swear I’m going to have a seizure if he does what I think he’s going to do.
And then he very carefully places the lightest of kisses on my hipbone and OH MY GOD I SWEAR I CAN FEEL HIS LIPS THROUGH MY JEANS AND I’M GOING TO DIE NOW.
Chelsea M. Cameron’s Bio:
Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.
Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)
Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.