Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Source: Netgalley via publisher*
Rating: 5/5 stars
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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.
Please excuse my language, because My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron was fuckably amazing and I mean that in the highest praise possible. I am just absolutely smitten with Cameron’s writing, characters, and the romance she built up in this novel. I’m kicking myself for not reading this sooner and now that I have, I can honestly say that Cameron’s books will forever be on my auto-buy list for sure!
Main character and narrator of the whole book, Taylor, was not entirely likable at first because of her temper and anger issues. However, this was the best for Taylor’s character because she won me over bit by bit as I got to know her. I got to see her grow as a person scarred by a traumatic past and watched her accept and admit her feelings to where she learned to embrace her happiness rather than push it away. Taylor was expressive, feisty, and one intense person. She had snark with fire and bite that totally handled Hunter from the very beginning. What I loved most about Taylor was seeing both sides to herself. There was the strong, brash, and no damsel in distress side and then the broken, scared and vulnerable side she tried to tuck away. Also noteworthy was Taylor’s smart tongue and her ability to throw a mean ass punch!
While I thought Taylor was a great character, I have to admit that Hunter stole the show and became the heart of this book. Yes, Hunter was a douche asshat nearly 80% of the time, always making a move and hitting on Taylor, basically driving her nuts. But the other 20% of him was pure charm and sweetness that made up for everything. How could I possibly resist a guy who believed in luck, who was clean and neat with his belongings, can dance, can sing, played guitar, wrote cheesy grin worthy songs, and can cook!? Hunter didn’t care what other people thought, was confident, flirtatious and just plain ol’ fun. Any man who can bake a cake and can sing Love Story by heart has my heart. It was the little things Hunter did for Taylor that had me head over heels in love with him.
Only Chelsea M. Cameron can have me hooked by the first sentence alone. I was basically a goner and struggled with wanting and not wanting to finish the book all at once. I just enjoyed every single part of this book. I fell in love with Taylor and Hunter as they fell in love with each other. I just adored the way they tried to hide their attraction to one another by their crazy arguments and even when they were getting along just fine. They were so adorable, I was just giddy with happiness every time they were on page together. Their relationship was odd, but I was so diggin’ it. I thought Cameron balanced the darker aspects of Taylor and Hunter’s individual secrets and demons well with the witty banter and swoon worthy moments. Nothing overshadowed the other and I found myself to be really entertained, but also caught up in the emotions the characters were feeling while reading. I believe Cameron has a talent not only for storytelling but for creating characters one can truly love and invest in wholeheartedly and I felt this way in this novel with each and every character. There is just something about Chelsea’s writing that is natural, so easy and makes me feel content each and every time I close a book of hers.
Overall verdict on My Favorite Mistake:
Hated it? - Nope.
Loved it? - More than the stars.
*Thanks to Harlequin HQN for sending a copy for review purposes
I was not compensated for my opinion.
"The first time I met Hunter Zaccadelli, I punched him in the face."
"I'd like to."
"Piece of cake. Or toast, in your case. I'll stuff your toast, baby."
"Are you aware that I am in the position to grab your dick and break it off if I wanted to?"
"Just wrap it before you tap it, Kid."
"You are my business. I made you my business. I want you to be my business."
"But I'm a freak. You wouldn't want me."
"I don't want anyone but you."
"I wanted to crawl inside him and hide."
"Don't worry baby. I'll protect you."
"I'm not scared."
"You're going to make my head gigantic."
"I'd love you even with a giant head."