Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: (My Favorite Mistake #1)
Published: August 27th 2013
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
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Synopsis: Two secrets. One bet. Who will break first?

Taylor Caldwell can’t decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him.

On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he’s a tattooed, guitar-playing bad boy. Maybe that’s why Taylor’s afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn’t want to get burned, so she needs him gone before it’s too late.

Hunter himself has been burned before, but Taylor’s sexy laugh and refusal to let him get away with anything make her irresistible. Determined not to be kicked out of her life without a fight, Hunter proposes a bet: if she can convince him she either truly loves or hates him, he’ll leave the apartment;and leave her alone.

But when the man behind Taylor’s fear of giving up her heart resurfaces, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever.

Review: If you think about it, nothing in My Favorite Mistake is a standout. The plot? Same old, same old. The characters while witty still lack substance that I want in my characters. There’s nothing that will make it completely different from the other books in this genre. A genre which is heavily saturated with the same old and I must add very routinely formula. Some can make it work while others tried but failed to do so. I guess this time I am inclining to the latter.

Hunter Zaccadelli is Taylor Caldwell’s new roommate. He’s brash, good looking and music lover. Taylor is not amused with their situation and asked him to leave. But Hunter was too interested to leave her alone so he proposed a bet which not only the room is on the line but their hearts as well.

Hunter and Taylor has dynamic that surprisingly far more developed than the bunch I read.  But not enough to thoroughly impress me (these days I’m quite hard to please, sorry). Their bantering is amusing and at same time sizzling because you can feel that there’s enough sexual tension between them to ignite the room. And with that I can say that their relationship wasn’t forced. I liked how their relationship evolved. So for the romance I gave it an average score, likable but not really that toe-curling one for me.

I know that I’m reading New Adult is when I know that the male lead or often times both leads have tragic past. And this one is no exemption, the heavier the problem the more complicated the relationship could be. It is always that dark past that hinders them to be together. And this case is true for them. Hunter is burnt by his past and so is Taylor. Her personality while I find admirable and funny in some parts was just defense mechanism of what has happened to her and her sister. I understand why she was standoffish, sometimes when directed to Hunter I still found it funny but it makes me think that if it was really her personality (in an authentic way) or just to hide her real feelings. Even though it was written in her POV, I found myself not completely connecting to her in a personal level, which is why I didn’t enjoy it that much.

Regardless, this book is one of the better ones. This a romance book and I liked how he story weaved Hunter and Taylor’s lives together that gives way to a very interesting couple. I’m absolutely sure that even though you don’t like it that much, just like my case now, you will still find some bits of the book very entertaining particularly the part when the two argue and they have smart remarks for each other. Or when Taylor was peeping on Hunter while he was sleeping. And Taylor, girl, you shouldn’t be giggling at a time like that.

I received an eARC from Harlequin  via Netgalley. Thank you.

Preview Quote: “Love is simple. You fall and that’s it. You’ll work the other stuff out. You just gotta let yourself fall and have faith that someone will be there to catch you.” — Hope (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)