Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.
Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.
This book was one delicious sweet cupcake that will definitely melt and warm your heart. When I first read the synopsis of this book, I knew it was going to be a fun read. The story was so cute and sweet and even though it was a overused fake relationship trope, I really enjoyed this book. Taylor and Evan are so adorable in this and I loved how their fake relationship slowly turned into something real. I liked every aspect of this book and might re-read it in the future. It’s my first book from Jenn P. Nguyen and I’ll definitely look forward to more books from her.
The Story starts with Taylor wakes up to find herself beside the school’s bad boy surfer Evan McKincley. Taylor doesn’t remember anything about what happened in last night’s party after getting drunk and how’d she end up in Evan’s bed. Next day rumors starts spreading in the entire school that she has slept with the school’s bad boy and was tagged as a slut. Taylor has a reputation of being a Ice Queen, straight A Student, running for Valedictorian and aspiring to be a lawyer. When the rumor goes out of control affecting her academic life, she makes a deal with Evan to be her fake boyfriend until everything cools down. Evan and Taylor are perfect opposites of each other but opposites always attract and although it was a fake relationship they can’t help getting attracted to each other and starts to enjoy each other’s company.
Taylor is labelled as a Ice queen but if you get to know her, she’s really a nice girl who is aspiring to become a lawyer in the future and doesn’t want any distractions. She is a relatable character and I really liked her in this book. Evan is also a great character and I’m surprised to find that he isn’t completely bad boyish as I thought he would be but still I love him. I’m glad he wasn’t a typical bad boy with tattoo’s on his arms, who wears black, hangs out with wrong crowd and has too much baggage to handle. Instead Evan is confident and fun character but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t not have any issues. Both Taylor and Evan have their own issues to deal and they find relief in each other’s arms. I loved the slow burn relationship between Taylor and Evan. The romance is the best aspect of this book, It was totally swoon worthy with late night star gazing, sweet kisses and touching pinkies. There isn’t any triangle but there is another love interest Brian who’s used to be Taylor’s crush. The secondary characters are also nice especially Oreos, Taylor’s cute dog.
The plot is predictable but it’s well executed and trust me you’ll definitely love reading this book. It’s one of those books that’ll lift up your mood. It’s a perfect YA read that doesn’t have sex or hot steamy romance but it’s highly entertaining read if you’re into sweet, cute and fluffy contemporary read. The pacing is perfect and I had a smile on my face through out most of this book. I liked the writing! It’s simple and fun and just the way I like it. The book finally concluded with a perfect ending with lots of smiles and giggles.
Overall, It was fun and entertaining! Honestly, I wanted to give this a 4 stars because it does have some minor flaws but still I can’t help giving it a 5 stars. It’s a great YA read with perfect amount of romance, fun and drama.
Do I Recommend it?
Absolutely! I highly recommend it to everyone.
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