Book Review: My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron

My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. CameronTitle: My Favorite Mistake
Series: My Favorite Mistake, Book 1
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Sensuality Rating: Sensual
Source: library
Published: August 27, 2013 by Harlequin

Two secrets. One bet. Who will break first?

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 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 either truly loves or hates him, he'll leave the apartment;and leave her alone.

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.

Reviewed By: Laura

Why I Read This Book: I’ve always been a sucker for a dare/bet. While I’m not much into gambling, I believe in putting your abilities to the test. When I read about the arrangement that Taylor and Hunter created for living in the same apartment, I was hooked! Honestly, the character descriptions sound a bit worn now, but luckily, these two surpassed this boring rendition of who they are with flying colors!

What I Liked: Hmmm, can I just say all of it? Seriously, the witty repartee, the real problems they faced (alone and together), and the magnetism between these two is unreal. Taylor is acerbic with good reason and still coming to grips with a traumatizing past. Honestly, I’m amazed she was doing as well as she was considering the incident she and her sister survived. And Hunter isn’t all rainbows and sunshine either. He puts up a good front and handles himself well, but sometimes it’s just not enough. He’s suffered as well and doesn’t know how to handle the reality of all he has lost, so he ends up creating new ways to distract himself and those around him.

The believability of their situation is what sold me on this story. While I’ve never seen coeducational housing like this, it’s not unheard of. Their attraction and repulsion are genuine and the situations they face are understandable and relatable. Even their passion just feels right.

What I Didn’t Like: While the blurb alludes to it, this book should come with a trigger warning. Taylor was a younger teen when she saw her sister being sexuality assaulted by a boyfriend, who then turned on her. While they did put him in jail, the emotional trauma she faces can be difficult to read, especially when trying to integrate that with a budding romance. While I didn’t feel completely blindsided by the depth of this struggle and the awfulness of the incident, it was enough to make me uncomfortable.

Overall Impression: If you can read through the difficult parts, which when taken into context create a lot of great opportunities for our main couple to grow, then this is a must read! I honestly couldn’t put it down. Even the background characters are quite wonderful to watch. While I kind of wish there was more hot and heavy action, I think it was tempered just right for how the novel was written. Fans of Beautiful Disaster will really enjoy this one!

Laura’s Rating:
4 1/2 Frogs

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