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.
Self-published bestseller Cameron (Faster We Burn) weaves a tender story about two damaged people who are reluctant to love, but all too ready to spar. Within minutes of meeting Taylor Caldwell, Hunter Zaccadelli corners her in a bathroom to prove a point. She hauls off and slugs him, square on the jaw, and plants her knee in his groin for good measure. It seems that the University of Maine housing department, in its infinite wisdom, thought the two students would be ideal roommates. Taylor disagrees vehemently. For Hunter, though, rooming with a beautiful woman holds a certain appeal, injuries notwithstanding. Forced by circumstance and bureaucracy into an uneasy truce, Hunter proposes a deal: as soon as Taylor can prove that she either truly hates or loves him, he vows he will move out. In the meantime, they begin to share secrets and steamy encounters. Cameron strikes a careful balance with the pair s love/hate relationship that entertains, despite a predictable outcome.
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Taylor and Hunter met when he became their roommate in college. She was shocked that the school would not even give her notice about his arrival. They get along like oil and water as they try to survive living in the same room.
As they get to know one another, and even have a class together, they discover they actually have things in common. And when he cooks.... well everyone is happy. Hunter is just as closed off as she is, as they both have pasts that were filled with pain and secrets.
Hunter also has the hots for Taylor. She is attracted to him as well, just does not want him to know it. Everyone around them sees it though.
This was such an amazing book about love, loss, pain, and even sacrifice. I started out hating Hunter right along with Taylor but soon fell under his spell also.
I could not put this book down! Loved it from the beginning to end! I wish there was another book about Taylor and Hunter's story!
Review: My Favorite Mistake, by Chelsea M. Cameron
It’s becoming harder and harder to win me over with contemporary romance novels, lately. I find that I’m somewhat picky when it comes to books that sound too similar to ones I’ve already read. So I try to find something different. My Favorite Mistake was one such book that seemed like it could offer something different for me.
One of the things that hooked me in from the beginning was the way Cameron was able to write about college life for these characters, and make me feel like I was back in college again. There was a familiar atmosphere to it all. I did find it a little hard to believe that a college’s housing department wouldn’t have accommodated Taylor’s request to not have Hunter as a roommate. I dont’ have much co-ed dorm experience, but if someone’s uncomfortable, it’s their job to remedy the situation. But after accepting this, I was back into enjoying where the story went and how the author used this detail to her advantage.
The characters are fun to get to know, and again, they act and feel like real college students. There’s nothing extraordinary about them. They go to class, study, hang out together. The focus given to college life in this book isn’t something I find in others. There’s normally a focus on characters and romance, not setting. Hunter was a great character once we get to see a big more of him. Taylor, the narrator, was good as well, if sometimes a bit much to handle reading about from the first person. Seeing her character from the outside might have let me feel for her, or understand her a bit more. They both have their issues that make them who they are and I think the way their conflicts grew into a childlike game, and relationship evolved was a nice touch. There were times when I couldn’t tell what’d happen next. Would there be a fight or a more tame civil moment? It kept me guessing.
Overall I was pleased with the book. It’s a good sign when an author can get me to like the male lead and feel like the romance was never forced. There are many memorable secondary characters in here as well. With this being my first time reading Cameron’s work, I’m looking forward to the others I have on my Kindle.