Series: Rules of Love, #1
Author: Chelsea Cameron
Published: November 20, Createspace
Format: Ebook received for review
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?
Shannon Travers is a junior in college; a young woman with corporate dreams and living the good life. Also, Shannon is a…. VIRGIN!! *Collective Gasp* While still holding your V Card isn’t a bad thing, Shannon’s friends seem to think she needs to just get on with it already, and their good intentions kind of take on a jerk reaction, and that leads Shannon right into Jett’s arms.
While Shannon is a bit of a bookworm that is sometimes a bit clumsy, she is a thoughtful and caring friend. I really liked her throughout this story, and I felt she was a relatable character. She has a wonderful smart ass inner monologue, to match a drifting though process, and the both of them together had me giggling to see what she was really thinking.
Jett… whew. He’s a wonderful guy. Jett is an Asian hottie, sporting massive dragon tattoos and a mohawk. I’m not sure why, but I think this might be the first romance I’ve read with an Asian male in the lead, and I loved it! It was definitely a treat to change up my view a bit, and Jett was definitely the perfect candidate for that. He is quiet and thoughtful, but at the same time he is extremely playful and caring. He has a protective side, especially when it comes to Shannon. He has an affinity for making origami cranes, is a wiz at graphic design and has a large heart - Yep, I definitely put Jett Nguyen on my “Super Hot” List (that I just made up…)
“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.
He looks up at me from his crouched position and his face is oh so serious.
“All better,” he says and his voice hitches a little and I realize that if I just turned my body, he would be face-to-face with my downstairs. Well, not like my downstairs has a face. It does have lips though…
Fake relationships in romances are awesome!! They always lead to real romances, but it’s the fun of getting there that really brings it home for most of us romance fanatics. In For Real, the fake relationship came with ground rules. It also came with two people who were obviously perfect for each other, and they had terrific chemistry. When it came time to start discussing how to end the fake relationship, I was tempted to just stop reading. I had this perfect vision of Jett and Shannon in my mind, and I didn’t want to mar it with something negative. However, the end result is something wonderful, so if you feel like quitting – don’t. (wink!)
The whole of this book wasn’t very dramatic, and not really sexual at all. For me, it is definitely on the younger side of NA. However, it was so much fun and really just enjoyable read, I found myself not caring about the lack of sex. There is a special treat in the form of Jett’s roommate, Javier. Javier isn’t really about first impressions in this book, but once you get to know him, you discover he really just has a wealth of love for Jett, and immediately that raised him, like, ten notches on my “Awesome Character” List (which I also just made up…)
Chelsea Cameron’s writing is really great, with an easy and light feel to it. I didn’t want to put this book down, and I will definitely be looking into reading other books of hers. I found For Real to be the perfect weekend read, and if you are looking for something to read I would definitely recommend it!
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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.
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