Book Review: For Real by Chelsea M. Cameron + Giveaway

Book Review: For Real by Chelsea M. Cameron + GiveawayFor Real by Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: Rules of Love #1
Published by Createspace on November 11th, 2013
Pages: 192
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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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?

Because one of the first things you learn in this book is how awesome the movie Mean Girls is (though you people should already know the awesomeness of this movie!), this book review is going to consist of a lot of Mean Girls memes. HA.

 

Shannon is a 21 year old college junior who is still holding on to her V Card. Her friends are doing everything they can to help her lose that card. They even go as far as to be total assholes about it. Shannon’s holding on to her V Card because the only thing she’s worried about right now is getting through college and making something better of her life (or maybe it’s because she recently watched Breaking Dawn..)

breaking dawnWelp, that would certainly ruin a determined college student’s plans…

 

Anyways, back to my review…Shannon is a virgin, she plans on staying a virgin and she wants to get her friends off her back…Enter Jett, a cute tattooed graphic design student she “met” at the coffee shop. He just happens to cross paths with her again after some insane stuff goes down between Shannon and her friends and he rescues her from said situation.

After a few discussions about nachos…  The two of them come to an agreement to fake date so that they can both get their friends off their backs… after a few days, it doesn’t seem so fake..

Speaking of Nachos, there was mention of dessert nachos in this book. I instantly thought of something like this:

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 Dessert Nachos (without the fancy creme fraiche and berry salsa that the recipe calls for). Really I just imagined Elephant Ear flavored tortilla chips ( fried flour tortillas with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top) with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Syrup on top of them. OMG that sounds amazing, I might have to try this soon. 😉

I really liked this book, though it was shorter than I thought it was going to be. Shannon and Jett were amazing characters and I instantly fell in love with them. Shannon’s friends, however, I thought were total bitches. It’s apparent that none of her girlfriends have ever read an issue of Cosmo (or at least the section about Real Life). If they had, they wouldn’t have pulled the shit they did to her.

If it had been me who had friends who done that, I would’ve pitched a bitchfit.. and been all:

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fuckyou

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Unfortunately, she doesn’t do that..and a couple of weeks later her friends  realize what douche canoes they are and Shannon finally gives it to them. After that, all is right in her world with her friends…and they all think that being  a virgin is….

fetch

(I just wanted a reason to use the term “so fetch” in this review… hahah)

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Seriously, I really did enjoy this book. It was a cute read, though somewhat shorter than I thought it was going to be. Boo! I wanted some more of Shannon and Jett! I loved how they kept calling each other “Fake Boyfriend/Girlfriend” during their “Fake Relationship”. I also loved that they continued that when they finally became an actual couple and started calling each other “Real Boyfriend/Girlfriend”. That was downright adorable.

The only good supporting character in this book was Jett’s best friend/roomie Javi. He’s a dude, so he’s allowed to be a douche bag, but he was an entertaining douchebag.  Her friends..that was just ugh, I did not like the way they treated her.. I am glad though that they finally pulled their heads out of their asses.

As for Shannon’s virginity, when she and Jett finally get around to taking care of business Chelsea did not sugar coat it. In every book I’ve ever read, it seems that any girl who loses her virginity has about 5 seconds of discomfort and then 15 seconds later she comes 6 times. THAT IS NOT REAL LIFE, THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN! We all know that! Chelsea was “For Real” (Pun Intended, ha!) and wrote a very realistic losing the virginity sex scene that even takes place in the back of a car!

This was the first book in the Rules of Love book series by Chelsea M. Cameron. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. Are we going to meet River? Is this story going to be about Javier? What’s going to happen?! I will most definitely be reading it!

Oh yeah….
mean girls

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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. CameronDeeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron
Published by DRC Publishing on January 24, 2013
Pages: 453
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.

My thoughts…

Warning: This review may be a bit spoilerish.

I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand I liked it. But on the other hand there were a few issues I had with it.

The heroine loathed the hero for half of this book. And then all of sudden it sort of turned into insta-love. I’m not really a big fan of this element. I just felt sort of confused. I can honestly say that I haven’t read a book where the heroine really had actual hatred for the hero. It was just odd to me.

Speaking of the hero. I liked Zan. He’s loved (insta-love wasn’t on his part) (sorry if spoilish) Charlotte since they were in high school, but never told her. I was actually really happy when they started hanging out together.

Charlotte aka Lottie blames herself for what happened to her best friend Lexie. She’s carried around a lot of guilt since the accident that caused her best friend to suffer brain damage. Not only does she blame herself, but she blames both Zan and his brother Zack.

Zack was something else. I didn’t really care for the guy at all. Towards the end things sort of spiral out of control for him.

The secondary characters I liked and found them to be interesting.

There is sort of a bombshell within this one. Maybe I should say it’s more of secret that’s being kept. This secret when it is revealed makes for a more interesting read. I didn’t really see it coming and thought it made the book all the more better.

The sexual content is comparable to mainstream romance. It’s not overly explicit in nature, but is well written. There’s not really a ton of it within the pages of this one though.

Overall, I can say I liked this one. There is a companion novel that’s entitled Faster We Burn that is already out. I’m planning on reading it at some point. It’s Katie and Stryker’s book and I liked both of them in this one.

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