October 17, 2013

Review: My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron

October 17, 2013
What happens when a girl who finds it hard to trust the male race, and a guy who doesn't believe in fate but believes in luck are thrown into a dorm room due together? Can they figure out how to not tear each others heads off?

In order for Taylor and Hunter to survive the semester as roommates, they strike a bet. Little did they know that they will give their all, including their hearts in the bet. They let the chips fall where they may.

Title: My Favorite Mistake
Series: My Favorite Mistake #1
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: September 29, 2012
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

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.

When I first read the blurb for this book, I was afraid it would be too similar to Beautiful Disaster. It turned out to be different than what I expected, and I mean that in a good way. The only similarities, other than a college setting, are the roommate situation and the bets. I also expected that majority of the book will revolve around Taylor and Hunter, but their roommates and family and friends have big roles too. The banter and humor between all of them will surely leave readers in a fit of laughter throughout the story. From the very first line, I was hooked like a fish to a line. I was laughing with tears, mentally high fiving Taylor. It's rare for a book to put you in that condition from the first line.

Taylor is a hoot. She's got more than a backbone; she's got a set of balls with a sharp tongue (maybe I shouldn't put those in the same sentence), a red-hot temper and a mean right hook. Taylor knows no filter even if it hits her in the face. She will just hit it back to where it came from. She's strong, and she's a fighter.

In most books, we come across many love interests who are the typical arrogant, bad boy, rock star types, but Hunter is nothing like that. He's got problems due to a troubling past, yet he has a heart of gold. He's a southern gentleman. A guy with his acoustic guitar. What's not to love about Hunter? Almost nothing. Of course perfection is nearly impossible even in fiction, so I'm not going to use that term. Hunter went through trying times as a child that still haunts him well into adulthood. Because of that, he tries to be the son his aunt and uncle raised him to be. 

Taylor and Hunter's love confession during Taylor's first time came to a surprise to me. Kind of. Even though we are in Taylor's head the entire story, she still seemed to be in flux when it comes to her feelings for Hunter. Then all of a sudden, in the heat of the moment, she blurts it out without hesitation. As for Hunter's feelings, as flirtatious coated in a devil may care smirk and tattoos he adorns, it's clear that he does love her. It's in his actions and the looks he gives her. In the end, past all their banter, fights and pasts, they truly do love each other. Also, I like that there is no messy third parties in the picture. The girl with trust issues fell in love with a guy with commitment issues. Their bets turned into their favorite mistake.

It's nice to see that they have found their HEA. Taylor, Tawny and Hunter have been through a load of crap to last two lifetimes in their past, and it was liberating to see that they all have overcome it and grow from it to help them move forward with their lives. Even though an epilogue would have been a nice cherry on top, the last chapter was (cute) enough to have readers indicate where their futures are headed.

About the author
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.

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