Fake It by Jennifer Chance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the second book I've read from Jennifer Chance, and it did not disappoint.
I read Rock it, and loved how fun, easy and carefree the story read. The story and writing reminded me of one of my fave authors today, Laura Kaye.
This book picks up where Rock it left off, this time is the story of Anna, another housemate of the girl from book one. This time the hero is Jake, their neighbor.
Anna feels pressured by her friends to have a romantic life, so, in order to get them off her back and keep her ex at bay, she makes up a fictitious boyfriend. But, when it's time to produce said boyfriend during a weekend wedding, Anna is going to have to find someone to pose as her imaginary boyfriend or fess up.
Did I mention the guy is smoking hot, and a biker?
Anywho, Anna is uptight, workaholic, and after running into Jake at a bar, Jake is relentless, pretty much offering to pose as her fake boyfriend. From there, things take off, sparks fly (among other things), and the uncertainty of where their 'fake' weekend as a couple is going to end up once the weekend is over, gnaws at them both. Needless to say they hit it off and have an awesome time.
I'll leave it there, because I don't want to give away spoilers.
All I can say is Anna needed to lighten up. I found her character kind of dry and insecure. Not to mention my pet peeve about her description. Curvy. She's curvy. And he likes her curves.
Me: that's great!
Curvy. And her boobs. He loves her boobs. He touches them, fondles them, stares at them bounce, touches them again.
Jake: I love her curves. Her curvy frame. And her plump breasts...
"Anna's tantalizing curves..."
"She had poured her curves into a slinky pink dress..."
"her lush curves drawing his eye..."
Me: I know, you've told me repeatedly.
"had a few too many curves to fit into any current style of clothing in stores."
"...body with all of its curves..."
Me: For the love of everything sacred! I get it. She's curvy.
As the reader, for me to notice the use of the word so much made me wonder: Is that a way of telling us she's a plus size? If she is, fine. Hell, more power to her. But when told to us -- repeatedly -- it felt like overkill. She's curvy, and that's fine; to me, her weight shouldn't be an issue. I wouldn't expect to read a book where the heroine is described as skinny or thin over and over again. How he loves her flat chest, her skinny square frame, her size zero body. If it did, I'd be writing the same thing on said review. Well, you get my drift.
Other than that, the book is fun, quick, easy read like the first one, and I can't wait to read the next installment in the series of Rule Breakers. Jennifer Chance is quickly becoming one of my fave authors - the kind I'll one-click just because it's her book :)
This book can be read as a standalone, and there's no need to read the first one -- although, you should read Rock It, for the sole reason that it's awesome and you'll be missing out. Can't wait for the next book! :)
**ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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