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?
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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.
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Within the first few pages of For Real by Chelsea M. Cameron I fell in love with the humor and wit in the storytelling. Not only is the dialogue between characters often sarcastic and spirited but the protagonist, Shannon Traver’s, inner monologue is clever and often times downright hilarious.
Ambitious and determined, shy and reserved, Shannon is a 21 year old virgin crumpling under the pressure of her friends’ urges to “take the plunge.” The only logical solution - fake a relationship and convince her friends she has done the deed. The lucky fake boyfriend is Jett Nguyen, a tattooed hottie and graphic arts major with a Mohawk and a love for…origami?
The relationship, or fake relationship as it were, that ensues is refreshing. Both characters are sweet and on the shy side, they value love and a steady relationship and are so dedicated to their futures they have to be convinced that love is even worth the time and effort. This is not your typical story about the stereotypical tatted bad boy, or the damaged girl that only love can heal. Instead, this is a heartwarming story of finding that someone with whom you can truly be yourself, who is your best friend, and with whom you feel whole. Not only do these characters connect through their faked relationship but I really loved how each also empowered the other to learn and grow. Shannon gains the confidence to stand up to her friends and Jett gains the courage to face his family for the sake of his sister.
For Real is really a 5 star read right up until the end which I thought seemed rushed and sort of out of the blue. It seems like a lot was still left open and with it being a relatively short book I thought there was still ample opportunity for more resolution. Hopefully this means we will see more of Shannon and Jett or even their best friends, Hazel and Javier, in the future.
Overall this is a light, funny, and enjoyable read with plenty of comic relief. It is cute and sweet with endearing characters, and an original storyline. It just goes to show that love can be complicated and has the potential to break your heart, but it can be wonderful, supportive, and joyous if given a chance.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
About Michelle Tikal:
I am a stay at home mother of three small children. I met my husband in high school and we have been together for almost 15 years now. I love to read and whenever I have free time (is there such a thing?) I can always be found with my reader in hand. I love contemporary and New Adult romance, the more angst the better. I'm a sucker for a happy ending and cannot pass up a hot rocker read.
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