Genres: College, Contemporary Romance, Fake Relationship, Neighbors, New Adult, Romance, Sports
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They say nothing compares to your first kiss,
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss…that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he’d f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he'd never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist...
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren’t REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist…
Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.
I’m a big fan of Ilsa, I mean I think I have read Dirty English like twenty times by now and Filthy English was awesome too, so I was super excited when I heard about this book. I also have a tendency to really love the whole fake relationship dynamic too, plus add in some college backdrop and I am more then happy to jump right in and get lost in this book.
So when we meet Sunny right off the bat you know that she hasn’t exactly had the easiest life, she’s running away from home when we meet her in the prologue, and the way she is running you know life has been hard. When the book really starts though she is well into college, just like Max is. Sunny has sworn off jocks after her last boyfriend cheated, and Max is not looking for anything other then football especially since his last girlfriend faked a pregnancy to trap him.
I have to admit I love the way these two met, I mean having a groupie crash into your parked car and drive off so you have to go next door to your neighbor and demand her information is kind of a hilarious meet cute. I liked how stand up of a guy Max was, right off the bat willing to help her or even pay for the damage (granted he just really wanted to keep him image clean because he really wanted the Heisman). But you could tell right away how much chemistry was between them. It was easy to see how they ended up with a good solid friendship between the two of them. Even after they strike the deal for Sunny to be Max’s fake girlfriend in the exchange for some cash and a reputation bump for Max.
I really liked how both of them were just likable. Their flaws were understandable. They were easy to relate to, each having come from hard family situations and being quite focused on their own goals. They had super great chemistry and Isla knows how to right a super hot love scene, so there really wasn’t much not to like about this book. There were some moments where I wasn’t on board with the characters actions, but I totally got why they did what they did.
That being said, I did have one big issue with this book. Throughout the book Sunny is kind of harassed by an unknown party, Max to a lesser extent. It’s creepy, Sunny is clearly uncomfortable and sometimes scared and/or in danger. There were a couple of possibilities in the book, you have Max’s jerk of a rival, his ex-girlfriend, Sunny’s ex-boyfriend (although I never thought it was him), or maybe the guy who likes Sunny’s best friend, who knows. Of course you firm up who it is by the end of the book, but honestly it’s never confirmed. And it’s addressed in like two sentences at the end, like just glossed over. I wanted closure on this storyline, I wanted to know who it was for sure, I wanted them to incur some kind of punishment or some acknowledgement publicly as to who was responsible and why, something. It felt unresolved to me, which was a big bummer for me because I loved every single other element in the book.
That being said, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment, I still liked the book, I still love Isla’s writing style, and I will still be picking up any book Isla writes as soon as it comes my way. High recommend (and serious check out the English books too).