Title: Incriminating Dating
Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 235 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: April 10th, 2017 by Entangled Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book was really amazing. It had me laughing, swooning, I had so much fun! This was exactly the kind of read that I needed and I easily finished it in two sittings.
Ayla is tired of school politics, she decides it’s about time for some change due to which she enrolls her name for the class president against the most popular girl in high school, Jenna. But Ayla’s a nobody and to make everyone notice her, she has to do something big. She hits the perfect jackpot when she captures a video of the the school star player, Luke vandalizing the school property. She blackmails him to be her boyfriend until the election is over but when feelings come in the way, it’s up to Ayla to decide which path she should choose.
The plot of this book was no surprise, it was definitely cliched but the execution won me over. I have read a lot of fauxmance stories but I have to say, this is definitely one of my favorites, more so because the characters felt so real, they were not devoid of flaws which made them much more realistic. With a little push from Ayla’s bff, Chloe, Ayla decides to run for the class president against Jenna, one of the most popular in their school but she doesn’t know how to get people to notice. With dumb luck, she sees with her own eyes how Luke and his friends vandalize the school property and she captures it and uses it to blackmail Luke. The story was pretty fun to read about and I was never bored for a second.
I loved Ayla’s character from the very start and I could relate to her so much. She is also one of the girls who is not skinny or just perfect like most of the protagonists that we usually get to read, in fact she is on the other side and this was quite a refreshing change. Although she decides to blackmail Luke, but her conscious is always aware of the fact that she is doing something wrong but she never crosses the limit, in fact she was quite the opposite, helping out Luke whenever possible, taking care of his kid brother (who was adorable btw) and Luke was definitely swoon-worthy. He had no way out when Ayla blackmails him, he reluctantly agrees to play the part so that she doesn’t rat him out but I loved their friendship which made their chemistry perfect!
The relationship between Ayla and Luke developed slow and steady, it didn’t feel forced which was an added bonus. Another fact that I really loved about Luke was that no matter her what her size was, his feelings were genuinely real. And Ayla was so real, she always stood up for the right and when the dress fiasco occurred, I felt so proud of her and how maturely she handled the situation. The ending was definitely realistic, about how things went down and I would love to see a little payback to Jenna and I really hope Chloe is the one who takes it. I felt so bad for Luke’s situation about his home, he so didn’t deserve that but I was glad how everything turned out for him at the end.
Overall, Incriminating Dating was a super cute read! I immensely enjoyed how the plot was executed and I fell in love with the characters. I really loved the romance between Ayla and Luke and I sooo wanted more. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.
So guys, what do you think about this book? Do you want to give this one a try? Is it in your tbr yet?