Sunday, 17 November 2013

Review: For Real (Rules of Love #1) by Chelsea M. Cameron

For Real (Rules of Love, #1)For Real

Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: Rules of Love
Publisher: Self
Release date: 14th November 2013

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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?

Review: 3 out of 5 stars

For Real is the first book in Chelsea M. Cameron’s Rules of Love series.

For Real to me is the sort of book you go to when you are after something more light-hearted without the unnecessary angst or drama that usually comes in an NA novel.

Our main heroine is Shannon Travers who is fed up with her friends trying to get her to hook up with any random guy to lose her virginity; Shannon was a character I could connect with, she knew what she wanted to do with her life, she focussed on her schooling and studies and she was awkward with the male species until she meets graphic design student Jett Nguyen who she plots a plan with to begin a 'fake' relationship to get their friends off their backs.

Jett was a sweetheart, despite his outward tattooed bad boy appearance he was kind-hearted and really understanding when it came to Shannon and her unusual quirks and habits. I could understand why he would agree to being her pretend boyfriend for a short time to make life a tad easier for both of them.

This is the sort of romance I like, slow to build and built on a friendship first but with a load of chemistry and wanting in between, it was great seeing them come together. The plot is unfortunately nothing fresh but it was entertaining despite its predictability; I was actually waiting for some drama to sprout and was relieved when nothing really eventuated.

At the beginning of the book I was quite miffed at Shannon’s so called friends after what they did to her but over the course of the book they grew on me as did Jett’s room-mate Javier, I think his story will be quite interesting.

Overall, a well-written, enjoyable read with great characters and a nice HEA.


Chelsea M. CameronAbout the author: Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, My Sweetest Escape (January 28, 2014), Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn and For Real (November 14, 2013) and the novella, Christmas Catch (November 1, 2014).

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare, Neither, and Neverend, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles and Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy. The second and third books in the series, Silence and Listen, will be out in 2014.

Her Adult Contemporary Romance titles include Sweet Surrendering, and coming soon, Dark Surrendering.


  1. This sounds sweet Sharon, and I love fake relationships :)

  2. This looks like an adorable read and I like that there's no unnecessary drama. I do like relationships that grow out of a pretense relationship and this one sounds like it's slowly developing but I have to say that I agree that it's not unique.
    Lovely review, Sharon.

  3. This sounds like a fun, relaxing read. Great review.


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