REVIEW: One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley

Romance, Contemporary

Fandom Hearts #2


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4 Stars Rating

Fake relationship tropes are one of my favorites so I loved watching these two go from pretending to real. Jake and Hailey had great chemistry and they were pretty much on fire whenever they were around each other. I love fake relationship romances because there’s always lots of tension between the characters as they try to keep things impersonal when not in public.

Jake was so perfect and I loved everything about his character! I’m always leery about famous characters because they can often be overly arrogant but Jake was an excellent beta hero; he’s nerdy, passionate about his work, and isn’t used to the fame he’s getting. He might have messed up a few times with Hailey, but usually it’s because he was trying to help or frustrated over other things.

I just never really connected with Hailey and though I enjoyed her, it made it harder to feel sympathetic toward her and to truly enjoy her. A lot of this comes from the fact that I don’t have much in common with Hailey, so that’s on me not the author. But I did struggle a bit with how hard Hailey made her relationship with Jake. He had to work for every second and Hailey was very quick to jump on him for a wrong, no matter how simple or innocent. Hailey was her own worst enemy in this book and it was just a bit tiring by the time we got to the end.

Seeing more of Cressida really has me hoping we get a story for her. Her agoraphobia makes her a challenging and interesting character and I would love to see her grow and find her confidence. We got to see a little bit of it at the end of this book and I hope to see more.


Content Notes

Themes
Celebrities, Actors
Fake Dating
Nerds/Geeks, Cons/Cosplay


Book Details

Jake Reese needs a decoy girlfriend. Fast. The lead actor of the popular TV show, Mystics, is tired of losing his shirt to overeager fans. Literally. Which is why a chance meeting with gothabilly bookworm-slash-barista Hailey Frost seems almost too perfect to be true. Hailey is not impressed with his TV fame and is desperate to save her family’s bookstore. It’s a match made in Hollywood, but as the two pretend to date, fan fiction becomes reality. Can this OTP become canon?

Published by SMP Swerve on July 25, 2017

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