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?
I love Chelsea M. Cameron New Adult stories. Although For Real was different, I really liked this new story. It's full of fun, real and romantic scenes that would make you keep reading until the end.
To me, the main character, Shannon, was a regular girl with a mind of her own. Meaning that she didn't care what others thought about her being a virgin or that when her friends were being "mean" (although mean won't be the accurate word I would like to use here), she wasn't scare of flipped them off or tell them what she thought. I really liked that about her. She also reminded me, from time to time, throughout the story to Emma from Glee with her OCD? But Shannon with her weird "repulsion" for intimate contact with boys.
Despite of her being a secure woman, sometimes she's also insecure and that's when the real factor enter this story: showing us readers, that after all, Shannon is a human girl with pushy friends that ended up asking a hot and tattooed stranger to be in a Fake Relationship because of the pressure she felt.
However, I have one thing to complain about. Knowing the strong side of Shannon, I don't know why she couldn't tell her friends to go for a walk (to not say something more rude) when they pushed her to kiss boys or to loose her virginity. And for her friends: You guys suck!
On the other hand, "thanks" to the pushy friends, Shannon gets to know the hot and tattooed stranger that asked her in a cafe to watch his laptop while he phoned someone. That hot was, ladies and gentleman, was no other than Jett. He's sweet, a decent and nice way and is the perfect boy for Shannon. They are simply too cute together.
Their relationship grows while trying to go through this Fake Relationship, but it's pretty obvious that the attraction was there from the first glimpse to one another. That's why makes the reader laugh, because it's like you know they are going to like each other and end up together, before the characters realize it.
As you can imagine, the plot was well paced and although it's predictable, it keeps you interested the entire book, making impossible to skip anything.
Overall, For Real was a nice read and a quick one for me. I think that those Book Addicts who seem to be unable to stop reading New Adult stories would love this one, with a change of scenery and a sweet story in the middle. So if you are one of those readers, I recommend this book to you.
Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.
Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)
Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, Listen coming out in 2014.
Grand prize winner receives a $100 Amazon Gift Card and Crane bracelet. 5 Runners up receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card and Crane bracelet