Series: Rules of Love #1
Publisher: Self Published on November 11, 2013
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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?
“And then he very carefully places the lightest of kisses on my hipbone and OH MY GOD I SWEAR I CAN FEEL HIS LIPS THROUGH MY JEAN AND I’M GOING TO DIE NOW. He looks up at me from his crouched position and his face is oh so serious. ‘All better,’ he says and his voice hitches a little and I realize that if I just turned my body he would be face-to-face with my downstairs. Well, not like my downstairs has a face. It does have lips though…”
“I can’t help myself as my eyes move lower and take in the rim of his underwear that peeks out from under his jeans. I can’t tell if he’s wearing boxers or briefs. Or that weird hybrid thing. Boy underwear is confusing, but I suppose that’s nothing compared to girl underwear. Thongs, bikinis, boyshorts, hi-cut—”
Favorite Character: Jett.
“As soon as I drive past the ‘Welcome to Saltwater, Maine, the Prettiest Fishing Village’, I start cursing my mother out under my breath.”
My Musings: For Real was an great read. It follows college aged virgin Shannon after her friends try to force her to lose her virginity once and for all. So Shannon enlists the help of graphic design student Jett to be her fake lay and eventually, fake boyfriend. Jett agrees and they come up with a list of Ten Rules of Fake Dating. But when real feelings start developing, will they be able to let themselves love each other–for real?
“‘Were you safe?’ I really should tell her that I hadn’t slept with Jett. But instead, I say, ‘Yes. We were safe.’ I think I have a medical condition. My mouth has divorced my mind and is speaking on its own.”
The characters in this novel were very dynamic. Shannon was a control freak. She needed to be in control of anything and everything that affected her. It was a bit annoying at first, but it came to be a idiosyncrasy that made her character unique. It was also nice to see her let go of some of that as her and Jett’s relationship grew.
Jett was a fantastic character. He was a graphic design student who went along with Shannon’s seemingly crazy plan. He really cared for her and looked out for her, even though he wasn’t obligated to. I loved reading his character because Jett was real. He wasn’t perfect like most book boys, and I find that special.
“‘Madam, Sir. I hope you have a splendid and sex-filled evening. I’m off to have one myself. May all your condoms be resilient and hole-free. Farewell!’ He salutes us and then leaves. ‘Is that Javier sober?’ ‘Surprisingly, yes.’”
For Real also had some humor. Between Shannon’s friends and Jett’s friends, I was constantly in a state of laughter. It really brightened up the story and made it more interesting than it already was. There weren’t too many dull moments, what with Shannon’s freak outs, fights with friends, and Jett constantly toeing the line of the rules that they had set.
“I look up at the boy with the dragon tattoos and the mohawk and the paper cranes. I care about him so much that I don’t know how I can stand it. He fills my head and my heart and I know that this, right here, is real.”
The thing that I loved most about this novel was the romance. Even though it started off as a fake relationship, it was so cute! The two of them obviously cared for one another, even though they claimed to be just friends. I was seriously rooting for them the first half or so of the novel. The tension between the two was palpable. It was an adorable romance to watch grow and develop.
“‘So I’ll see you tonight?’ I say, pretending that it’s no big deal that I’m going to be without him for a few hours. Really, it shouldn’t be a big deal. I can function without him. I just…don’t want to. I don’t know who I am anymore.”
For Real was a great contemporary romance that I definitely recommend–especially for those who enjoy fake to real relationships. I know I did!