For Real by Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: Rules of Love #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: November 20, 2013
Format: eARC, 210 pages
How I got it: From the 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 received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
For Real was such a fun read. Was it predictable? Sure. Did I care? Not even a little bit. I loved it just as it was. I don’t think I would have changed a thing.The characters were charming and so very likable. The writing was great; just as I’ve come to expect from Chelsea. The book was funny and awkward at times and super sweet and had a bit of heat. Angst-free and unsurprising, For Real gave me everything I want in a good new adult romance.
“There it is again. The reminder that I’m a card-carrying member of the Virginity Club. I wish I had some good reason, that I was saving myself for Jesus, or my parents had put the fear in me, or told me that if I had sex with a boy that my ears would fall off and I’d gain forty pounds, but I have no such excuse. The truth is, boys were gross. Part of me is still semi-convinced they have cooties.”
Shannon reminded me a lot of myself when I was in college. (Except I didn’t think boys had cooties… then.) She was smart and charismatic. She didn’t do so well in the love department, though. Her friends were all up in her business, insisting she find someone and lose her v-card. One night they went too far, IMHO. Totally bad girlfriend behavior, but it all turned out for the best when she was “rescued” by the ridiculously charming and sexy Jett.
“What is supposed to be a kiss to seal our Fake Relationship feels… like the first real kiss I’ve ever had.”
After a night of talking and bonding, Shannon and Jett find out they have something in common: their friends spend a little too much time worrying about their love lives. They decide to team up in a fake relationship to get their friends off their backs. They create a list of rules by which they will abide and they set a deadline for terminating their fake relationship. Problem is, the longer they spend together, the less fake their fake relationship feels. They have more in common than they realized and soon they’re breaking the rules and not really even trying to fight their attraction.
“I care about him. A lot. I’m not sure if you could call it love, but it’s something real close to that. Or at least it’s the closest to love I’ve ever come.”
I absolutely *adored* Jett. What wasn’t to like about him? He was smart and sexy and he treated Shannon well. He made a fantastic fake boyfriend, even if he didn’t follow the rules all the time. He and Shannon had very real chemistry. And, I mean, he made her origami! It was so cute.
I’m thrilled with the first book in Chelsea’s new Rules of Love series. I love a good HEA and this one delivered. Despite the fact I have no idea when it’s coming or whose story it is, I can’t wait for the next book in the series. (Fingers crossed that it’s Javi’s story. He was an interesting character and, though he certainly had flaws, I liked him better than Shannon’s friend Hazel.)