Author: Rachel Harris
Series: Book One in the Series of the Same Name
Published By: Spencer Hill (September 30, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.
With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.
But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.
I knew from the moment I opened the first page and read it that Aly and I were going to be great friends. I love when a first chapter, a first page, can capture me right away and I feel that instant connection with a character. It is so rare when it happens, which makes it all the better and memorable when it does.
I wasn't wrong about that first page either. As Aly's tale unfolded I grew to love her and Brandon more and more. There is just something that is so hard for me to resist when it comes to a sweet slow burning friends to lovers story. In fact, I CAN'T resist them and seldom even try.
Throw in Harris' ability to draw a person in with her incredible writing abilities and you have a story that I completely was wrapped up in and didn't want to end.
This was such a heartwarming adorable read. This book will be one of my favorites of the year simply because it made me smile and even get teary eyed while reading it and lately, it has taken a lot for me to do that, especially in this genre. For me to be able to walk away with this one a happier, more relaxed person, with a warm fuzzy feeling inside should be enough for anyone to pick this up too.
Simply put, this was stinkin' adorable and I loved every minute of it and can't wait for the next book to be out.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
I so rarely read contemporary romances, but I love it when they're sweet, and I especially adore the friends to lovers trope. I have yet to read anything by Harris but she sounds like a fabulous writer. Most of my friends adore her work.ReplyDelete
Lovely review as always, Ali!
Thanks so much Maja!Delete
It's nice now I want to be friend with Ali too. I love to have a character like that. I didn't know about this one but the cover is really cute. Great review!ReplyDelete
This is a super cute read, I hope you try it.Delete
This one sounds like a really cute read! You've totally sold me on this book, I hadn't even considered it before. I hope I can get my hands on this book seen, I need a cute contemporary romance in my life right now.ReplyDelete
This book is seriously adorable and needs to be read by everyone. :)Delete
Is this a new cover? I could've sworn I saw a different cover for this before!ReplyDelete
It sounds cuuuuute :)
I don't think so but I could be wrong.Delete
I'm so glad you loved this, Ali. I'm going to purchase a copy later and I'm excited to read it. I absolutely love Rachel Harris. She is the queen of cute books for me. :)ReplyDelete
She really is!Delete
I haven't had the opportunity to read any of Rachel Harris' books (shame, shame, shame). This one sounds like a good starting point. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Ali.ReplyDelete
This is a great starting point!Delete
"For me to be able to walk away with this one a happier, more relaxed person, with a warm fuzzy feeling inside should be enough for anyone to pick this up too."ReplyDelete
SOLD ALI! That's all I need to know about this one. All the books I've read lately have been dark and gritty, so I'm ready for the warm fuzzies:)
Warm fuzzies are always good. ;)Delete
Sounds like this might be a good choice for me to read, after I get through that big pile of dark/horror books I'm working on right now lol.ReplyDelete
This would be perfect then. ;)Delete
An insta-connection with the protagonist is usually a good sign, as is being hooked from the first word of page 1. Then, you go and throw out 'fav book of the year' and I can no longer resist one-clicking this title. Beautiful review!ReplyDelete
Yay! Thanks Carmel, I hope you love it too. :)Delete
Great Review Kindlemom, it's a rare and beautiful thing when you become friends with the characters from the get go. Glad this one did it for you!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Debbie. me too!Delete
I saw this.on NG & found the cover to be cute. I'm gearing up for a cute read myself, need to break my fantasy streakReplyDelete
Yep we all need these cute fluffy breaks once in a while.Delete
I am going to need a sweet, fluffy feel good romance after I get through October. I grabbed a copy of this the other day so I will plan for it in November or December :)ReplyDelete
This will be perfect for that Heidi!Delete
I love it when I click with the main character. :-)ReplyDelete
Anna from Shout with Emaginette
I really do and it really does help a story go from good to great. ;)Delete
I have heard so much about this one and I truly love that cover. It's so easy to love the book when you connect with the character right away. Amazing review :)ReplyDelete
It really is and thanks Tanja!Delete
Aws love ones like that. Smiling is a very good thing :) I have one of hers on my tbr pile I think. I'll need to go searching :)ReplyDelete
Do Anna, you should definitely try her work.Delete
aw, this does sound really cute! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for stopping by!Delete
GREAT review! Yayyy! I am so glad you liked it! I cannot wait to read it.ReplyDelete
You are going to love it Becca!Delete
I haven't read any of her books yet but this sounds amazing!ReplyDelete
This is a great place to start!Delete
aww yay for adorable books and characters you can actually connect with!ReplyDelete
I know!! So much fun. :)Delete
Aww sounds cute! Can't wait to read this one! :DReplyDelete
I really hope you do try it Lola. :)Delete
You had me at "sweet slow burning friends to lovers story." I am going to ask my local bookseller if they have copies. I'm fairly easy to convince. ;D So excited to read this now! You've got me pumped. ;)ReplyDelete
Yay! I hope they have it and you are able to read it!Delete
I actually haven't read a novel by Harris yet but am so glad to see you loved this as much as you did! I've seen this cover around quite a bit and it's adorable but now you've sold me on the story inside as well. Great review, dear! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Keertana!Delete
I'm a BIG fan of adorable heartwarming reads so I know I need to get my hands on this one. Lovely review!ReplyDelete
You really do, I know you will love it just as much as I did. :DDelete
Slow burning friends to lovers story. YOU KNOW that is something I am going to love. Oh I am very excited for this one!ReplyDelete
Michelle @ Book Briefs
It is fab, you are going to love it!Delete