Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication date: April 10, 2017
Format: I received a copy of the book from the publisher as part of the release day promotion as well as for a honest review as part of a blog tour.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XRJHV86/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
Opinionated, unconventional Ayla Hawkins isn’t the type to use blackmail, but sometimes a girl has to stand up for what’s right. So when she catches Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler doing something decidedly un-perfect, Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on her side—in the form of her new fake boyfriend.
One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the terms of their agreement end, their fauxmance will, too.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features adult language, sexual situations, and plenty of girl power. Reading may result in swooning, laughing, and looking for a Luke of your own.
This book was a very sweet read, as I usually expect from a Entangled Crush book. The characters were all loveable, and the plot was something that I already knew that I loved. Another bonus was that I had already read another book from the author, and already knew that I loved her style of writing.
Let’s start off with introducing Alya, the main female character of the book. She’s fierce, even though she doesn’t accept that fact all the time, and she’s not afraid to stand up for anyone else, but has a bit of a harder time standing up for herself. Luckily, she has her best friend, Chloe who takes care of that part. She’s also a theatre nerd as well as the newspaper editor but in true high school fashion where the jocks take over everything, they are both tremendously underfunded. In order to try and make a change, Chloe convinces Alya to run against the most popular girl for senior class president. Of course, this involves a scheme to make people notice her.
And this is where Luke comes in. Just wanting to let loose and have a bit of drunken fun, he and his buddies end up destroying famous statues in the park, where Alya just so happened to be at, and she catches a video of them. While on the outside he seems collected and the popular basketball jock that he’s supposed to be, inside he’s falling apart. His family isn’t making enough money and he’s the one that’s working long hour jobs as well as taking care of his brother, not to mention having to keep up his good grades in order to keep his scholarship.
It doesn’t take much convincing for Luke to agree to be Alya’s boyfriend in order to save himself from getting turned in for vandalism.
This was a great book about two teens who never would have thought they had something in common, not only overcome their differences, but also realize there’s a lot more in common than previously thought, and this creates an amazingly sweet relationship, even if it started off as blackmail.
One of the things I loved most about the book was Luke’s little brother, Landon. He’s a buffer zone, and asks the difficult (or in most cases, not appropriate questions) that had to be asked anyways. And given his family situation, if you do not feel bad for him at all, I swear, you do not have a heart.
This book reminded me a bit of Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon (or at least the part that I read of Blackmail Boyfriend). The overarching concept is the same, but the settings are different, and while I have not yet completely had the chance to finish reading Blackmail Boyfriend, I liked them both, and if you enjoyed reading Blackmail Boyfriend, definitely give this book a try because it’s probably right up your alley.
There’s so much more to the book, but I hate having to spoil things, and in order to let you find out the ending on your own, I’m going to end the review here.
Overall, I liked the book and I give it a 7/10 (4/5 stars). I liked the plot and all of the characters a lot, and the writing style was one that I’ve already established that I liked, and the author did not disappoint. If you like a shorter romance book, that starts of deception but turns into something real, I am telling you, go and pick up this book and you will probably like it a lot.
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