"OMG the feels in this book. Probably one of my all time favorite books." -Sam, Goodreads Reviewer
Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.
Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.
With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge...or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can't have.
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Not Okay, Cupid
By Heidi R. Kling, Stephen Morgan
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Seven Days Till Valentine's Day
Psyche was not naturally either very strong or very brave, but the cruel power of fate made a virago of her.
That day was like any other typical day at Sunny Coast High: the shrill of bells, a quick flirt at the lockers, and my schedule loaded with AP classes so I could get into the college of my choice — hopefully the same one my boyfriend Jay had gotten into. We were inseparable, and if I got into the same college, we could seamlessly transfer our high school romance to college, to engagement, to marriage, to — well, I had it all figured out. And with Valentine's Day only a week away, I had every reason to believe it would work out just the way I wanted it to. We'd be crowned Cupid and Psyche at the Valentine's Day Dance, completing our legacy as most in-love couple. It would be the arrow in the cap of our already perfectly planned out year.
I had no reason to suspect that this day would change everything forever.
I spun my locker combination to the right to shake out the code —
"Hey, Basil," a low voice behind me said.
I jumped — then recognized the voice.
"Hey," I said without turning around. It was obvious who it was. He was the only person on the planet who called me Basil. Which rhymes with Hazel. Clever, right? Groan. But I couldn't help the little smile on my face when I heard his familiar voice.
"That's some way to greet your best friend's brother," he said. "Really. I'm hurt."
I finally turned around, an indignant smirk already in place.
Felix James, my BFF Kimmy's goofball of a brother, was standing there with his hand across his chest, feigning heartbreak like he owned this piece of real estate. Then, as if that gesture wasn't dramatic enough, he leaned forward, placed a large palm against the orange locker, and stared at me like I was the chocolate malt his straw was about to slurp up.
Good thing I knew the last girl in the world he'd be interested in was me. And an extra good thing — I had the good taste to fall for boys of a much higher caliber than player Felix James, even though the way he was looking at me made my ears hot.
"What do you want, Felix?" Despite how organically good-looking he was, Felix drove me crazy. Heck, maybe because he was so good- looking. I could never look past how casual he was with girls. Didn't he want something serious? Something permanent? You know, like me and Jay.
Nope, Felix was like my total opposite. Maybe that's why we'd been natural-born teasing enemies since we were little kids — he was constantly harassing me and my friends, turning slumber parties into nightmare fests with fake snakes on our pillows and ghostly flashlights on the walls at midnight.
He was bad enough when we were kids, but once we were teenagers, his antics only increased. He was constantly in trouble at school (he couldn't care less about his grades). And all the stories Kimmy told me about the girls he snuck into his room at night — the ones he made climb out of his window before dawn so they wouldn't get caught — made me shake my head.
Felix ... would he ever grow up?
He kept staring at me.
"Go away, Felix," I said, avoiding eye contact as my heart thudded with annoyance. You know I heard that one of Felix's latest conquests not only had to sneak out of his window, she had to do it so fast that she was still half naked? Mrs. Applewood down the block thought she was hallucinating or having an inverse reaction to her medicinal tea for stomach upset when she saw this girl trotting down the road in her panties and a tank top.
"No chance," he said. "I need your help with a location mission."
"Location mission?" Arching an eyebrow, I skimmed down his surfer-fit chest (he had lucky genes) to the saggy pants he insisted on wearing.
"They're new," he said, my criticism obvious. "Last year's were starting to fade." He grinned proudly. "Too much use."
"No one cares about your stupid theme boxers, Felix."
"Not stupid, Cupid." He grinned again.
"Wow. Clever." I shook my head, forcing a frown.
That was another annoying thing he did. Insisting on seasonal boxers. St. Patty's Day coming up? Felix's shamrocks will cue you in. Easter in a week? Guess who will be sporting Bugs Bunny boxers — nonironically, I might add. (He always had a thing for the holidays.)
My boyfriend Jay would never wear Rudolph or pastel eggs on his boxers. Then again, he wore briefs. He was everything Felix wasn't, aka Mr. Right versus Mr. Wrong.
"So ... Baz ..." Felix said. As usual, my insults had rolled right off his broad shoulders. "Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching. Any big plans with the Crown Prince?"
Crown Prince. My boyfriend Jay. Soon to be crowned Cupid.
And he was the perfect boyfriend. Likely he'd made reservations at the little French café we loved. He'd order us a salad to split, maybe the fondue if we were going to go hog wild. We'd split the dessert — he really watched his calories, but this would be a special occasion — and maybe even a café au lait. I couldn't wait!
"I'm sure we do have big plans. But knowing Jay, it's probably an elaborate surprise."
"Lucky you," he said sarcastically.
"I know. I am lucky. As is he. For I" — I fanned my face like I was shouting from atop Juliet's balcony — "am the perfect girlfriend."
"Hey! I am! Just because you're Mr. Never Commit to Anything Ever, you don't have to knock down the rest of us. Commitment is awesome. It's real."
"Yeah, yeah. I'm sure it is."
"It is! Just because you'd never commit to something real and deep and honest like Jay and I have, doesn't mean you have to make fun of it."
"Oh, yes. You know me," Felix said, but a flash of something crossed his eyes — hurt? No way. Not Felix. "Anyway, I'm sure you are the perfect girlfriend. Lucky Jay."
"He is lucky."
"Yeah. I hope he knows he is." He said that seriously holding my eye for a second longer than necessary.
"Nothing. Not that I'd know anything about that — a perpetual bachelor. That is I."
"That is me."
He raised an eyebrow. "You're a bachelor? I thought you were a girl. Then again, those pants are quite conspicuously male."
He eyed me up and down. My stomach flip-flopped when his eyes landed on my middle. I slugged him in the arm.
He rubbed where I'd hit him like it had hurt, but the smile on his face said otherwise. "So have you seen my fair sister, or what?"
"Pull your pants up, please, if you'd like to continue this conversation. No one wants to see your ... little cupid," I said, getting revenge by glancing down his hoodie and toward his low-slung shorts. I laughed out loud at my hilarious joke.
"Hey! Who says it's little?" he retorted, insulted.
Score one for the Baze!
"People talk, you know. Even those girls you date have at least a first-grade vocabulary."
"You're such a snob," he said, mock offended.
"And you're disgusting."
"Oh, yeah?" He smirked. "Who's looking?"
"It's hard not to look when your pants sag to your knees. I'm surprised you haven't received a referral for that. Oh. I know! Maybe Cupid will bring you a belt for V-Day. Get it? V-Day. No wonder you're excited to celebrate."
"Virgin? That's your department."
That hit below the belt and he knew it. Who cared if I was a virgin? Jay and I were waiting for the perfect moment. That's how Jay was. Gentle. Kind. Patient. Opposite of Player of La Playa.
"You're an ass."
"Yeah, well. You don't get a rep like mine for nothing."
His eyes darkened a little and darted away from mine. For a second I felt almost bad. But then again, he'd pushed me. The virgin comment was not cool. Even if I had played a little dirty before he pounded that one into the outfield.
He tugged his pants up little, as if this act was a sort of apology, and I glared at him.
"So. Where is Kimmy? Seriously," he said. "She's been AWOL all day, and she's supposed to give me her Econ notes before fifth period. I'm dangling off a cliff in that class, Baze. Seriously precarious situation."
"Precarious. Big word for such a little cupid."
"You're treading on thin ice, sister."
I laughed. Felix was all bark and no bite. Always had been. Talked a good game, always. Never followed through on a threat. He'd say, "I'll get you, girls!" And it would be like ... the same plastic hand in the freezer again. Ooh, scary. That was his pattern. It was like he never got truly angry about anything! Always the smirk. Everything was always a joke. Que sera, sera.
Whatever, man. I had things to do, plans to make, and a real life to lead after high school. So did Kimmy. Kimmy had plans! We'd spent so many nights scouring the Internet for the Best Possible College Options. We both wanted to major in theater with a minor in a foreign language. We were going to be roommates and have the cutest dorm room on our floor.
Jay would visit on weekends.
It would be perfect.
"Well, I haven't seen her, either."
And I hadn't since yesterday, when we met for coffee before school like we always do at Café Au Lai, the velvet-sofa'd book café a block away from school that we both adored. The one with the indie music and the faerie chimes that jingled when we opened the door. I got warm and tingly inside just thinking about it.
But she hadn't met me there this morning. And I hadn't seen her since we got to school today either, which was pretty odd, now that I thought about it.
Maybe she'd sent me a text? We weren't supposed to have our phones out at school, so I covertly checked it without taking it out of my purse. Nada. "No, haven't heard from her," I said.
"That was a close one," he said with a smirk. "You were almost caught."
"Ha friggin' ha." But he was right. I was nothing if not a rule follower.
"That's weird," he said, eyeing me strangely.
"You two are usually joined at the hip."
He surprised me. I didn't think he was that astute.
He leaned closer. Our heads were only inches apart. "But what if you're lying? You still have a froth mustache from your café au lait."
"You must be marathoning Sherlock on the BBC," I said. "Because normally you can't see the keys in your own hand."
"BBC?" He winced. "I would never. Saving that fluff for you, frothy."
He swiped at my upper lip and I ducked.
"You're disgusting," I mocked.
"So where is she?" He backed up a little, giving me some much-needed space.
Say what you would about Felix — I'd probably say it first! — for all his faults, he knew when he was taking it too far.
"I'm not lying. I did go to meet her at our usual spot. I waited ten minutes! Nothing. I did get my own coffee drink when she didn't show up, so you're right about the froth. But I don't know where she is. I assume ... class." I shrugged sarcastically. "Oh. Class. It's this place where we gather together with a teacher — that's a trained professional who delivers material to students. And students are us. We attend 'class' — air quotes and all — to 'learn.' It's probably too complicated of a process to explain to you ..."
Laughing, I ducked out of his playful slug.
"You're hilarious, Baze. You're killing me. Perhaps Comedy Central will pull you up on the panel for a Celebrity Roast of yours truly."
I put a hand over my heart, faux shocked. "A roast of Felix? Now that's something I'd attend. No. Scratch that. Not only attend, I'd host. I'll talk to Kimmy about it. Maybe for your next birthday. What do you say? You can get some birthday boy boxers to match."
I was positively giddy.
We often got like this when we bantered. At first I hated him, then once we were engaged in a full-fledged verbal slugfest, I got a weird high from it. It was so safe to mess around with him. If I said this kind of thing to Jay, he'd be so offended, so hurt. But Felix just laughed. He was like ... my practice boyfriend. Safe like a cousin. Even if we were the last two people on earth, there was no chance we'd ever get together, so fighting like this was just ... fun.
He was laughing, too. Obviously he felt the same.
He rubbed his forearms, and I noticed his sand-crusted hair. He must've come straight in from surfing (hence the desperation for his sister's econ notes). The light hair on his arms was coated with a powdered sugar-like substance that told me he hadn't showered after. Which was why he smelled like the beach. Fresh, salty. Amazing.
I shook my head and almost slapped myself. Felix was a lot of things, but amazing?
"This is why I will be an excellent journalist," I pointed out. "I pay attention to the minute details in life that others miss."
"It's a decent fall-back plan. If hosting Sunny Coast's Roasts doesn't work out."
"Maybe I'll do both. I am quite ambitious."
"True. Not all of us are Miss AP This and Miss Honor Roll That," he said. "Though I do find your scholarly quests quite admirable ... when they aren't driving me crazy. So I do need to locate my sister."
For a second he almost looked sincere.
The way his glacier-blue eyes — seriously, so light blue they were almost translucent — looked at me was making me exceedingly uncomfortable. Maybe he was a vampire? That would explain his affinity for midnight activities and his strange taste in overly eye-lined women ...
Heaving my heavy backpack over my shoulder, I planned my escape route. Under the defined biceps, and into the hallway. AP English was about to start, and I had a paper due on my favorite Jane Austen book, Emma. My thesis was that Emma gets the shaft just because she's the triple threat: attractive, witty, and rich. I thought she was hilarious. And infinitely curious and helpful.
"I need to find Jay before class starts."
Jay. My boyfriend. My reliable, loyal, good student and prominently athletic boyfriend. The boyfriend who always arrived to school prepared. My boyfriend who always planned our dates impeccably, so I never had to sneak out of his room, slither down his drainpipe, and run home naked, causing old hippie ladies to hypothesize they were having acid flashbacks from their herbal tea.
I couldn't wait for Valentine's Day!
I wondered what he had planned for me this year. Last year it was a romantic picnic on the harbor with non-alcoholic champagne, Brie cheese (splurge!), and gluten-free bread. He even remembered a knife and a red picnic blanket.
Jay was nothing if not detailed.
Bringing up Jay was definitely a smart move. Nothing disarmed another guy like mentioning another. Felix already looked like he was ready to ease off.
"See ya, Tom Cat," I said.
Sure enough, his arm recoiled and he let me go. "Meow," he said back, pretending his fingertips were claws.
It was our running gag.
His mother had a thing for this old black-and-white cartoon, Felix the Cat, and had named him after the black-and-white feline. I'd been calling him Cat since I was like, five, just to piss him off.
I pantomimed claws scratching him back, and that was that.
Or so I thought.CHAPTER 2
The youngest and most beautiful was Psyche. Her admirers were far and many, but her heart was set only on one.
I got to class just a couple of minutes late and sat there distracted, pretending to take notes. Was it just me, or was Basil getting cuter every day?
Sure, she was probably dressing up for that D-bag boyfriend of hers, but certainly he wasn't the only one who noticed this Bazition. (Basil transition. Get it?)
I was afraid she might have lost her virginity to the jerk, hence the teasing about it. I was thrilled to find out she was still ... well. I don't want to say pure or something gross and sexist like that — a woman's sexuality is a powerful thing — but what I mean is ... Hazel is just ... special. And I'd hate to see her waste it on that creep, even if she thinks he's great. And maybe he is. I mean, I've never seen him be anything but polite and attentive with her, but ... Baze was, like, better than a sister to me. She was never quite as annoying as my own sister (who I deeply loved, naturally, but who could really drive me nuts). Baze was always like ... the girl I held above all the rest.
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The story starts off strong, right before the action which I felt appropriate because it's right before the inciting incident so I never had time to get bored. A wonderful start! It was easy to get immersed into the story so I sped through this book and loved almost every second of it! I doubt most of what happens in the story is believable but it sure is entertaining! I like Hazel and Felix, both are both interesting characters but they do lean close towards their stereotypical archetypes of RomCom characters but they do differ a little. I like how the author dove deeper into Felix's background and growth where we learn that he's more than he appears. We learn that he became the way he was because of his past and while I'd like to see him confront it more, I understand that it wasn't quite relevant to the story. Personally, I'd have enjoyed seeing a more flawed Hazel. She's described as perfect but I didn't get that vibe from her in the story. We see she's not perfect, if anything, I'd describe her as "safe" as she likes making the best safe decisions. I can't really pick out a major flaw other than having bad judge of character. She is relatable but not a character I would say that stands out or is particularly memorable. I would have liked to see more layers of development with them both main characters, especially Hazel. There were some inconsistencies with the physical description of characters which threw me off in the story. It got to the point where I had to stop reading and flip back to confirm the inconsistency but eventually got more consistent. The pacing, the character's voice, and author's tone sounded fantastic to me, I feel they are the one of the best parts of the book. I often found myself chuckling and laughing at the antics the characters had gotten into or had said. This is one of the stronger aspects of the story which I loved and would love to see more of in future books. Now I felt that the conclusion could have been better. The characters just made the wrong choices so I feel like things could have turned out differently than how it did. It would have been clever to end things in a different way if they had only thought of it (Highlight to read: Reverse roles of "Never Been Kissed" Prom Scene anyone?). Or maybe take a higher road but the characters didn't and I felt that was a disappointment. I also felt like a character could have gotten redemption for their choices. However, the heroes weren't willing to let that happen and I feel that it could have been a touching moment and a nice way to end the story. Still the end is satisfying and as is expected so you'll be happy with the end. Essentially, don't expect character growth or development but if you love an adorable romance and emotions flying everywhere, this book may be for you. I would have loved to have rated this book higher if the characters had more development and the ending had been more clever, touching, and maybe some redemption. Overall, if you enjoy RomComs that make you feel warm and fuzzy with a few laughs, you'll find it in this book. 3.4 out of 5 rating for me! (A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)
This had teen angst written all over it, which is right up my alley, and I was not disappointed. Hazel is heartbroken when her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend, Kimmy. When Kimmy's older brother, Felix, comes up with a plan to get back at the two cheaters, Hazel's heartbreak turns to anger and she's ready for revenge. Things go from zero to awkward in under a minute when Hazel and Felix share a steamy kiss in the cafeteria to prove a point. Lifelong friends with a complicated relationship, each begin to see the other in a new light. But this is teen romance, so there is no easy path to happiness. Hazel thinks Felix is a player, and Felix thinks he's not good enough for Hazel, regardless of their budding feelings for one another. Plot The plot centers around Felix and Hazel's relationship and their revenge plot. Even though the reader is perfectly aware these two belong together, the assumptions and miscommunication drives conflict. It's not especially groundbreaking and there's no real plot twist, but it's a satisfying fun, fast read. Characters I liked Felix and Hazel, and they were both well developed. At times, though, they sounded too much alike. Told from dual points of view, I found them thinking in similar patterns and using the same phrases far too often for such different people. On the other hand, best friend, Kimmy, and ex-boyfriend, Jay, were harder to believe. I know best friends steal boyfriends, but Kimmy never came across as developed enough for me to really understand what drove her to do that. And Jay never made sense to me. I never understood why Hazel would ever date him, much less want him back. He was pretty two-dimensional. Ending I liked the way the story wrapped up, that it wasn't an easy path to get there, and that might have been the only real surprise for me. What Didn't Work for Me 1. Hazel/Jay. I don't see these two being together at all and Hazel seemed to get over him rather quickly. 2. Dueling POVs. As I mentioned above, the two characters sounded too much like each other, I often had to look back to see who it was. 3. Flat Supporting Characters. I never saw Kimmy and Jay as real people. They served a purpose in the story, but they didn't get any real development. What I Enjoyed About Not Okay Cupid 1. Felix/Hazel. These two had a ton of chemistry from the opening scene, even before the whole cheating thing teamed them up. 2. Angsty romance. My favorite kind and this one had it in spades. 3. Revenge. Although the main plot was about extracting revenge, it didn't unfold as planned, and that made the ultimate revenge so much sweeter. 4. The locales. Living in So. Cal, even though the seaside town was fictional, I could totally picture as any of the beach communities near here, which added a sense of realism. 5. High school drama. It's nice to know that some things never change, no matter how long it's been since I graduated. Bottom Line Not Okay Cupid is a sweet romance that manages to contain a fair amount of heat. A fun, fast read. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Not Okay, Cupid is a very cute enemies-to-lovers story that threw in a touch of best friend's brother with a fake relationship/revenge plot just to keep things interesting. It's my first from this author, but it definitely won't be my last! The characters of Not Okay were on the youngish side of high school, even though they were upperclassmen--and that was really okay. It's nice to see teens acting like teens instead of mini adults. They spoke and thought in italics, parentheses, and exclamation points; they were essentially good kids who had respect for their moms and sometimes made silly choices but essentially tried to do good. Hazel McCallister thought she had her life all planned out--she was going to go to college, marry her perfect high school boyfriend, and live happily ever after somewhere in the suburbs--much like her mom had tried to, before Hazel's dad died. Finding out her best friend had stolen her boyfriend just before Valentine's Day threw a bit a of wrench in the works. As the story goes on, it becomes clear to the reader at least that Hazel was probably only sticking with the boyfriend (and possibly her best friend as well) because his presence in her life made her feel safe and anchored--she really didn't have deep feelings for him, and seriously, the guy was a bit of a tool. Her former bestie's brother, Felix, witnesses Hazel's public shaming in the caf and jumps to her aid with the promise of a revenge plot against the two. Felix James has long been the best friend's brother that lives to torment Hazel; but it's pretty obvious early on that the antagonism--at least on his end--definitely has more than a touch of pulling-the-pigtails-of-the-girl-you-actually-like to it. Really, it reminded me quite a bit of the Anne Shirley/Gilbert Blythe dynamic from the early years, which is definitely a good thing :) He throws himself full speed ahead into the "get back at Jay and Kimmi to make Hazel feel better" idea and soon finds out that spending more time with "Hazel Basil" makes all the girls he's been "seeing" pale by comparison. Felix and Hazel's relationship was a slow burn, and it felt very realistic. I liked that they moved slowly, even though Felix was supposedly having much more adult-type relationships with the girls he'd been with before; Hazel was clearly not ready for that at all. Their reasons for each questioning the other's feelings for them made sense, and the way they finally got together was adorable. The book left me with warm and fuzzy feelings all around. (Plus, Felix wears holiday-themed boxers! I'm not a fan of the wearing your pants around your ankles so everyone can see your underwear trend, but I do enjoy seasonal underwear and guys who are confident enough to wear it.) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I just don't know what happened with this book, what happened with the author in this book. I read Paint My Body Red from this author which I really REALLY liked , even though I kinda hated Paige at the start. That story had that unique, deep and realistic feeling in it. Having said (or write) that, I just don't know what happened in this book. I like well-done cliché, or a simple cliché with a little bit of a twist. What we have in Not Okay Cupid is just a cliché, not well-done and without a nice twist. I think my biggest problem with this book was Felix's POV. It's obvious the author tried but for me Felix's POV was a fail. Guys don't talk like that specially not a 17-year-old. " The colors were so pretty together, the tangerine and aqua, which I always found myself staring at it." But even though I didn't love it, I can still say it was a sweet, cute and a fast read story. It had some humor in it. It was something light. **ARC received via Netgalley.com, thanks Netgalley and Mrs. Altenburg for the e-copy.**
Not Okay, Cupid is the story of how two teenagers fall in love in a unusual way. Hazel thought she had the perfect life with good grades, a perfect boyfriend named Jay and a best friend named Kimmy, until one day when her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend. Felix is Kimmy's brother and hates what her sister did to her best friend and wants to help Hazel get revenge on the both of them for what they did. Felix sets up a plan to get revenge on his sister and Hazel's scummy ex-boyfriend at the school's Valentine's Day dance but realizes that he has feeling's for Hazel that he never thought would have. Even though Hazel is getting over a broken heart, she also starts to feels something for Felix but doesn't want to say anything. The night of the dance brings the plan out in the open and a ending that will make it bittersweet for two people that never thought it was possible to be in love. This book will make you stay up late in the night just to finish it so you know what happens with Hazel and Felix, This may be a original story line but it puts a whole new spin on the getting revenge on a ex-boyfriend and falling in love with who's helping you. I could see this being a perfect book to read anytime you want a break from heavy reads! Thank You to Heidi R. Kling for writing a feel good book to escape from the heavy story line books we tend to be reading! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
3 stars Not Okay Cupid was a sweet and cute read just wished there was a little less inner monologues going on as it did get a little repetitive at times. The characters were entertaining and the plot was ok. I think Not Okay Cupid would be a hit with a younger reader.
**Thanks to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** Before I start off my review, I just want to tell you that you seriously need to check out Entangled's Crush line, because the books are literally so swoon-worthy. They're just such cute contemporary reads that are perfect if you're in a reading slump! I've read almost all of the ones that have been released so far, and I've LOVED every one. Not Okay Cupid follows Hazel who recently found out that her boyfriend was cheating on her with none other than her best friend. Mind you, this happened very early on and I was just sitting there feeling so bad for Hazel wondering how her best friend and boyfriend could possibly do this to her. She immediately gets very upset and doesn't know how to handle the situation, so her best friend's brother, Felix, comes to the rescue. He tells the school that the two of them are dating now, and soon enough, they get everyone to believe it. However, before long, it might not be all for show anymore. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I don't know why, but there's just something about light-hearted contemporaries that make me incredibly happy. I adored Felix so much. He was just so hilarious and big-headed but he was also very sweet deep down and would do anything to make sure that Hazel was okay. It's very possible that he has cared about Hazel longer than he'd ever even admit to himself. Hazel was also a great character. I felt so incredibly bad for her that her boyfriend was cheating on her best friend though! What kind of best friend did she have? The best friend just kept claiming that she couldn't help her feelings which just left Hazel to be completely alone. One of my favorite things about this book was the dual POV. The reader gets to get inside both Hazel and Felix's mind, which was pretty awesome. It was great because you could read about them slowly falling for each other yet they never admitted it to one another till later on. I know that I'm definitely going to check out more by Kling in the future and until then I highly suggest you give this one a read!
thought that this was a very good read by Heidi R Kling!! Yes, of course the revenge thing with a fake boyfriend has been written before, but Heidi did a great job with this one making it her own. I loved reading it and seeing where she was going to take it. I think this one is going to be a hit for her!! Hazel is a young lady that has everything going for her when all the sudden her world shatters around her when her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend. Everyone at school knows what happened and now they are all watching her to see what she is going to do next. Hazel is just going from day to day and trying to deal with everything when her best friends brother, Felix, comes up to her at school and acts like he is interested in her and tells Hazel to just play along. Felix wants to make her ex jealous and make him regret what he has done to Hazel even, especially since it was his sister that did it to her. I did like this about Felix. He was more worried about the situation and how it happened as opposed to who had done it. Felix could have totally taken up for his sister and left Hazel out to dry, but he didn't and I think that is what made me come to really like him in this story. As the days go by, Felix is determined to get revenge with Hazel on her ex-boyfriend. There is a school Valentine's Day dance coming up where they are going to choose a Cupid and a Psyche for the school. Felix comes up with the idea to humiliate Hazel's ex-boyfriend on that night to get revenge, but will Hazel be able to follow through with their plans? Will Hazel realize before it is too late that she has to either choose Felix or revenge? The love that ignites between Felix and Hazel during the whole plotting process is unmatched. Sometimes things happen for a reason and when we are going through it all we don't want to hear that. I totally believe this was the case with Felix and Hazel. If Hazel's ex had not cheated on her, she would not have know how Felix can be so protective and caring. You need to read this cute read to find out how things end with Hazel and Felix. Do they end up being together or do they go their separate ways after revenge has been taken? I can't wait to see what Heidi R. Kling has in store for us next. I am sure it will be something just as good if not better than this one!
This is a great teen romance which just goes to show that the most perfect of plans are just made to be wrecked – and usually in ways you’d never dreamt of! That was certainly the case for Hazel McCallister who has her perfect life planned out only for her perfect best friend and Hazel’s perfect boyfriend decide that they’re perfect together, without Hazel! Felix James is the perfect anti-heroic figure, the brother of Hazel’s now not so perfect friend and he’s disgusted by his sister’s behaviour so plans to help Hazel get revenge on the cheating couple by the two of them having a fake relationship. The plans, like so many others in reality are doomed to go wrong as instead of being fake they both end up wanting a real relationship but aren’t convinced the other feels the same. Oh what a tangled web is woven as this new couple build on their childhood relationship, developing it into something so much more meaningful. It is also a tale of betrayal and revenge, where the nature of that revenge is questioned to the very end. This is a well written story, with a great sense of humour and brilliant characters in a carefully developed, wholly entertaining plot. I particularly liked how Hazel slowly discovers that the annoying brother of her best friend is so much more than she’d assumed in a very positive way. Assumptions about others are so easy to make and it is only by really getting to know others that more than might be initially thought. A delightful teen romance that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to teens and adult romance lovers alike. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.
This was a sweet YA romance with a revenge-for-cheating sub-plot. There was nothing new or imaginative about the story and the hea was predictable, but teens wills enjoy the journey that the Hero and Heroine go on. It was a quick read that I didn't have a hard time finishing, but the inner dialogue of both POV's was rehashed and repetitive. as the book progressed. Even though, the inner dialogue could be repetitive, I never felt like it was too immature for the intended audience. The writing is well-developed as are the characters. For a quick read, the author does an amazing job with the back stories, giving the reader a clear reason as to their behavior and misunderstandings. I absolutely loved Heidi Kling's previous novel, Paint My Body Red and was excited to read another book by the author behind that evocative novel. I knew from the synopsis that this was not going to be the psychological ride that "Paint" was. Overall, it was a sweet and entertaining teen romance and a nice way to spend a rainy afternoon. I was provided an ARC for my unbiased review.
An old tale of cheating boyfriends and betraying best friends gets a revamp in this YA, humour-filled story, starring Felix and Hazel. Written from the perspectives of both of them, you are with Hazel as she learns about her boyfriend, Jay, and her best friend, Kimmy, now becoming a couple even though Jay forgot to mention it to her. School is tough and to find out in the school cafeteria is a hard one. Felix isn't prepared to let Hazel deal with it by herself, so he puts a plan in motion. Well written, humorous and with plenty of opportunities for reflection and passion, this story is light and thoroughly enjoyable. Movie references from the 80's abound, including one from The Princess Bride! I would have no hesitation in recommending this. * I received this book from Entangled Publishing / NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!