Recently I’ve had a lot going on. A few years ago, I went back to school to pursue my degree in Creative Writing. I’ve spent the last few weeks desperately polishing papers and assignments to prepare to graduate. I also decided that this would be a great time to break everything I own. There’s pretty much been a parade of repair people going through the house in the wake of my clumsy destruction.
With all this activity, I missed out on the book birthday of all the awesome known as CRAZY STUPID FAUXMANCE. But now, graduation is finished, the garbage disposal is working again and the refrigerator no longer has an icemaker that spews chunks at random intervals. So, in case you missed it, here’s a bit about Shellee Roberts’ super fun book. My review is below.
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
After Mariely Hinojosa and Cabot Wheeler both break up with their significant others at the same party, Mariely sees a way to get even with both of their exes. Everyone knows that the best way to get over a breakup is a hookup—a fake hookup, that is. Three weeks, all fun, no strings, and definitely no heartbreak at the end.
But somewhere between the sweet hand-holding and melt-your-mind kisses, their fake relationship starts to feel less like an act and more like the real thing…but Mariely’s a free-spirited girl from the other side of the tracks, and Cabot’s the hot trust-fund guy from the Hills.
They’d never work for real…
First of all, let me just say that I always love a good fauxmance. As I am sure most of you are aware, a fauxmance is where two characters pretend to be in love, often for revenge or to please demanding relatives, but wind up falling for each other for real.
This is definitely a revenge and recover story. Cabot Wheeler’s is a cheater while Mariely Hinojosa’s boyfriend hides a game-changing secret. It’s Mariely who comes up with the plan for she and Cabot to pose as a couple. Neither of them are ready to date but both are eager to escape the stigma of being dumped. When they’re thrown together, both Cabot and Mariely find themselves falling for each other and their relationship outlasts their desire to show up their exes.
This book is a lot of fun and absolutely perfect if you like fake romances. Cabot and Mariely are students at a Texas-based, performing arts school that serves as the perfect backdrop for the novel’s shenanigans (LOVE that use of Taming of the Shrew!). And as much as I would characterize this as an easy, pool or beachside read, it does have a some truly poignant moments, especially between Mariely and her ex, Jacen. While the romance between Mariely and Cabot ends on a satisfying note the book resists the temptation to make easy scapegoats out of their respective exes.
This is the third title in Entangled’s Creative HeArts series. When I picked it up, I was a bit concerned that I hadn’t read the other titles, but that didn’t wind up being an issue. Characters from elsewhere in the series are present here, but not in a way that interferes with the reading experience. Also, it’s great to know that we’ll be seeing more of this couple in the next books in the series.
I really enjoyed CRAZY STUPID FAUXMANCE and it came along at the perfect moment for me – when I really needed to have a little fun. I recommend this for anyone looking for a light romance or for anyone like me who loves a good fake romance.
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