My Sweetest Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: My Favorite Mistake #2
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Format: eARC, 368 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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The past will always find you.
Jos Archer was the girl with the perfect life; until the night it all came crashing down around her. Now, nine months later, she still hasn't begun to pick up the pieces. Even transferring to a new college and living under the watchful eye of her older sister, Renee, isn't enough to help her feel normal again.
And then she meets Dusty Sharp. For reasons Jos can't begin to fathom, the newly reformed campus bad boy seems determined to draw her out of her shell. And if she's not careful, his knowing green eyes and wicked smile will make her feel things she's no longer sure she deserves.
But even as Dusty coaxes Jos to open up about the past, he's hiding secrets of his own. Secrets about the night her old life fell apart. When the truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together;or tear them apart for good?
My Sweetest Escape is the second book in Chelsea M. Cameron’s My Favorite Mistake series. It’s a standalone series, but there’s character overlap. I happened upon My Favorite Mistake, the first book, last year before I started blogging. It was a fantastic read, and the start of my love affair with Chelsea’s books. Hunter and Taylor were such vibrant characters and their chemistry was fantastic. I hoped for more of the same with My Sweetest Mistake, but unfortunately it fell just a wee bit short for me. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book. I did. I just didn’t connect with the characters in the same way as I did the first.
Jos Archer was the girl who had it all, but she’s fallen apart, and been sent to live with her older sister, Renee so she can go to school and pull herself together. We never really get to know “perfect Jos,” since the story begins after the night everything fell apart. It takes quite a bit of time before we find out exactly what happened that night and, when we do, it’s understandable why she would be broken and feeling guilty. I felt sympathy for Jos, but I just didn’t like her that much. Something about her really rubbed me the wrong way and I’ve been unable to figure out just what it was.
She meets Dusty Sharp through her sister and her friends. He’s a giant puzzle, but a yummy one (to me, at least). It took awhile until I got a read on him, he played everything pretty close, so it was difficult to figure him out. But once I did, I adored him. He and Jos have an immediate attraction and, in the end, have more in common than I originally thought. They worked well together.
What I truly loved about the book was that we truly got to know a lot of characters. Taylor and Hunter are back, as are Renee, Paul, Darah and Mase. And my new favorite secondary character ever: Hannah. Hannah needs her own book. She was amazing. Sassy, spunky and real… and a fantastic friend to Jos. I’m so sick of bad girlfriend behavior in books, so Hannah truly was a breath of fresh air. I love how the dynamics of these characters was explored. The relationships and friendships felt real. The dialogue was great. The only thing was, I felt like sometimes all these characters overshadowed Jos and Hunter, but I don’t know that it’s a bad thing.
As I’ve come to expect from Chelsea, My Sweetest Escape was well-written, with well-developed and interesting characters. It was a fair bit angsty, a little sexy and had a surprising twist that connected the characters and truly shocked me. It was a good, quick, read. I hope there’s more to this series (cough, Hannah, cough) because I do find it enjoyable.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.