Rebekah L. Purdy
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Opinionated, unconventional Ayla Hawkins isn’t the type to use blackmail, but sometimes a girl has to stand up for what’s right. So when she catches Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler doing something decidedly un-perfect, Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on her side—in the form of her new fake boyfriend.
One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the terms of their agreement end, their fauxmance will, too.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features adult language, sexual situations, and plenty of girl power. Reading may result in swooning, laughing, and looking for a Luke of your own.
This YA fake relationship story was so sweet and adorable!
Ayla and Luke have attended school together since kindergarten but they have completely different groups of friends and really don't know each other at all. When Ayla sees Luke defacing statues in their town, it gives her the opportunity to blackmail him into helping her win the election for class president so she can save the non-sports related extracurriculars. Once these two really get to know each other, they realize that they have so much more in common than they thought they would. But the plan is to end their "relationship" when the election is over. Will they keep their plan or try to turn their fauxmance into a romance?
Ayla was such an awesome character. For a high school senior, she has clear plans and a solid self image. She stands up for other people and is one of the most selfless characters I've read in a long time. Luke has the strength to carry the world on his shoulders, which he often needs to do. It was great to see him opening himself up to Ayla and finally catching a break. This book deals with some intense themes but was able to show how a great support system can change outcomes. There were so many great characters in this book that I read through it in one sitting!
*This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*