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Blog Tour: For Real by Chelsea M. Cameron {Review+Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the For Real blog tour hosted by InkSlingerPR!
Today I am excited to share my review and a giveaway with you all!

For Real
   by: Chelsea M. Cameron

Publication Date: Nov. 20, 2013
Publisher: Createspace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by InkSlingerPR and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 210 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

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?
My Review:
I love Chelsea's books. They are full of cuteness! And this one was so much fun!  I love the whole fake relationship turned real angle. It is SO much fun to watch two characters pretend to be into each other and then watch as lines begin to blur and all of a sudden they find themselves about to burst from sheer wanting one another. *girlish squeal*
Ok, I'm ok. Seriously. Anyways! I liked Shannon as our protagonist. She was sweet and kind, but she did let her friends walk all over her and dictate how she should lose her V-card. I had a hard time liking them. Jett and Javi were WAY better friends than they were. Yet, they are just people too and let's face it. People make mistakes. Often. While I struggled with her friends, I did think they genuinely felt bad after they realized what they were doing.
While I liked Shannon, I adored Jett. OMG. You could NOT find a better guy. I loved the friendship they formed and how comfortable they became with one another. Yet, as comfy as they were, there was always that underlying sexual tension that had me on edge. Shannon is pretty stubborn about her feelings for Jett, where he wears his heart on his sleeve a bit more openly than she does. To get her friends off her back, Shannon enlists his help and so the fake romance begins. Their Fake Dating Rules are HILARIOUS and I love how they kept breaking them. Shannon enjoyed Jett's company and his touches and kisses way more than a girl who is just 'pretending' should and vice versa for him. There were some really awkward moments between them, as Shannon is a virgin, and I was dying at some of her inner monologue.
"I haven't had a whole lot of penis experience, but I know it's not small. Actually, it feels kind of terrifyingly big. I'm glad I don't have to fit it inside me. God bless the lucky girl who gets it. That sounds so weird."
As I said, Jett is just a good guy through and through. He wants to make Shannon happy, even at the expense of his own. He listens to her, does sweet things for her, and he really made me swoon. He knows how to treat a woman and I was rooting for him all along.
I also ended up like Javi's character. Javier is Jett's roommate and can be a bit much to take. He's wild, unbridled, and likes to drink and hook up. How these two remain friends is really humorous, because they are like night and day. Yet, I think there's a lot more to Javi than meets the eye and I would LOVE to see a book about him. He and Shannon have a few introspective moments with one another and I really liked how caring he was of his friend.
Overall, this was a cute, fun read about two people who realize that sometimes faking it isn't as easy as it seems. Especially when feelings get involved.
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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  1. Awesome review girl! I really liked this book too. It was so funny and cute and I love these fake relationships that turn into real love also. Jett was so awesome and sweet. I agree with you, he totally wore his heart on his sleeve. I loved Shannon and thought she was really funny. Her friends definitely frustrated me but I was so surprised by how good of a friend Javi was. I also loved that there wasn't a bunch of drama and angst.

    1. Yay! My thoughts exactly Chelsea! Sometimes books don't need drama and angst to move them along!

  2. Jett and Shannon seem like great characters! And I really love your enthusiasm in this review. Great job!

    1. Thanks Andrea! They were really cute characters!

  3. "Fake Dating Rules"? Haha, that already sounds hilarious! And OMG, that quote was too funny. I love it! I'll have to check this one out. Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

    1. LOL! They were such funny rules too! I was like, girl. Where are you coming up with these?! Chelsea has a really fun writing style and I love how her personality blends into her writing.

  4. Oh Jessica, this sounds like a lot of fun! I like the fake relationship to real relationship trope too, so For Real appeals to me. I'm happy to see how much you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Brandee! This was a quick, cute read and definitely worth checking out!

  5. This is a new to me author and I can't wait to dive in! Just grabbed the book : )

    1. Yay! Chelsea is so much fun! I hope you enjoy it!


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