Friday, April 5, 2013

Review: My Favourite Mistake


My Favourite Mistake (My Favorite Mistake #1)
Taylor Caldwell can't decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him.

On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome, blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he's a tattooed, guitar-playing bundle of bad boy. Maybe that's why Taylor's afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn't want to get burned, so she needs him gone before it's too late.

Hunter himself has been burned before, but Taylor's sexy laugh and refusal to let him get away with anything make her irresistible. Determined not to be kicked out of her life without a fight, Hunter proposes a bet: if she can convince him she truly loves or hates him, he'll leave the apartment--and leave her alone. The problem is, the more time they spend together, the less she hates him, and the more she moves toward love.

But when the man behind Taylor's fear of giving up her heart resurfaces, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever.
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Publication Date: February 15, 2013
Kat's Review

This is the second book I've read by Chelsea Cameron.  I reviewed Deeper We Fall a few months ago, and although I liked it, I enjoyed this one more.  I wasn't sure how much I was going to like the book at the beginning, when the main character reacts to a situation in a way that made me think that perhaps I wasn't going to like her, or that was going to annoy me throughout, but that didn't happen.  In fact, all of the characters grew on me. 

Taylor took a little bit longer to like, but her friends made me laugh from the start.  The main love interest, Hunter, was also instantly likeable.  Despite his bad boy looks, he didn't do anything to actually earn that reputation during the book.  He was cocky at times, but he treated Taylor well and was kind to her friends.  Actually, all of the guys in this story were nice guys, and the relationships that formed between Taylor's friends and Hunter's friends were fun and true to life.  Not everyone hooked up, they just hung out like normal college kids do, settling into a routine and having fun.  It was kind of refreshing to see a book with a group of college kids who have relationships that have their ups and downs but who don't go over the top with their reactions.  There was only one scene where something like that happened, and even that scene wasn't crazy.

Hunter and Taylor both had their demons, but they managed to help each other deal.  I enjoyed watching Hunter  be the one to help Taylor through her issues.  He was the one to stand up and be the rock that she could lean on, despite his carefree demeanor.  Sometimes it gets tiring reading books where the girl has to babysit the boy or somehow get him to grow up.  Hunter pretended to be simple and carefree, but when push came to shove, he was already a responsible adult who was kind to others, loyal to his friends and family, and devoted to the girl he loved.  In short, what a real man should be.  There were some games at the beginning, but nothing where anyone gets hurt. 

Rating: A Good Read

I borrowed this from the library because I had already read something from Chelsea Cameron, and I'm glad I did.  There are a few elements to the story that were similar to a few others I've read, like the bet at the beginning, but they faded into the background as the story progressed.  The characters treat each other with respect, and the ending made me smile.  I liked it.

Purchase:  My Favorite Mistake

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