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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: My Favorite Mistake

Review: Drea
Title: My Favorite Mistake
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: My Favorite Mistake #1
Format: paperback
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: Aug 27 2013
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Length: Novel
Setting: Maine
Subgenre: Contemporary New Adult
Heat level: Mild
Buy: Amazon, B&N
Rating: 3-stars
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Drea's Review:
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The university’s housing department has sent a male as the fourth roomie for Taylor’s dorm room. Hunter is the hot bad boy every girl hates to love. But Taylor can’t let him weasel his way in, no matter how many cute songs he writes for her. Not with a past like hers.

I adore books where the hero and heroine are at odds in the beginning, including wonderful verbal sparring. This book definitely had a heroine who was at odds with the hero, but he was very rarely at odds with her. The sparring wasn’t particularly clever and it was a repetitive format: Hunter makes a lame innuendo or outright pass at Taylor, she sputters and lashes out—rinse and repeat with the occasional escalation to physical violence on her part. The repetition went on far too long (for a good 70% of the book).

Based on the number of reviews on Goodreads, it looks like this was self-published first with very favorable response. I don’t really see the draw. I realize many people read for the escapism experience, but I prefer my contemporary romance to at least have the grain of truth to it. This contemporary romance reads as a fantasy simply because the hero is simply too perfect, even with his troubled past.

That said, it flowed quickly, mostly because the book was primarily made up of dialogue. The romance is sweet. I suppose it’s believable, I mean what girl wouldn’t eventually fall for the perfect Hunter? And the ending was nice. I may have wiped away a tear or two.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a big fan of verbal sparring myself, I see it as the perfect foreplay. Great way of putting it, Drea, I read CRomance for it's realism and like you I get turned off if it reads more like Fantasy.