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For Real

(Rules of Love #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  3,042 ratings  ·  281 reviews
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. Ev
Paperback, 210 pages
Published November 20th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published November 11th 2013)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
3.5 (closer to 4) SWEET STARS!!


I’m a fan of this author’s previous work like My Favorite Mistake and Deeper We Fall so it was a no-brainer that I’d have to check out her most recent release For Real. While this book wasn’t as emotionally in-depth as the others, Shannon and Jett’s story was a sweet, FUN read that grabbed my attention from the very beginning to the very end.

The premise of this book is a bit cliché since so many YA/NA authors write different variations of the “virgin heroine” them
Jenny - Book Sojourner
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013, e-arc
2-1/2 Stars

Sigh. I wanted to like this one. I really did. It had several elements that I thought could really work: quirky girl, quirky boy, origami cranes, dragon tattoos, virgin twist. The storyline had potential. But there were things that just didn't work for me. So overall it was a short, sweet story, that just fell flat for me. So to be fair, I'll give 5 pros and 5 cons of the book. Warning: the following contains a few spoilers.

What did I like?
1. Jett. I liked Jett. A lot. He is a great
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it

What an amazing, lovely, sweet, funny, cute, charming and enticing read! For Real is just awesome. I was on the cloud nine, filled with this warm, fuzzy emotions and with butterflies in my tummy, all the time while I was reading it. This is a great read in one sitting book, that will take you onto a crazy, hilarious, romantic journey. My heart beat so fast and I just couldn’t make the silly grin disappear from my face. It was so, so good! Perfect new adult read for fans of pleasurable, a
Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
For Real is a sweet New Adult romance told from the perspective of the heroine, set in college and full of shiny 'new relationship' and university-type activities (studying, coffee shops, bowling and parties with friends, etc). If your general reaction to 'new adult' is "eww, sugar shock and no sex!" then know that this story does indeed have sex and the narrative doesn't skimp on the details, although it takes a while to build up to and it isn't gratuitous.

All the characters in For Real are int
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
For Real completely blew my expectations out of the water. I knew that I had absolutely LOVED My Favorite Mistake but I just didn’t expect to get that level of quality out of another romance. Yes, I’m a snob.

And, yes I was wrong.

Shannon is a virgin. And she’s tired of her friends giving her crap about it. One night they push her too far and she snaps. (Seriously, they go way too far – how she managed to stay friends with those guys is beyond me). She meets Jett (well, re-meets – they’d briefly m
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow I didn't thought i'd like this book but surprisingly I did. I mean, fake boyfriend is such a cliche but this story is kind of cute and funny, soooo ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This was all over the place. Could be so much better.
Overall sweet and short but with a lot of hit and miss things.
Cristina Buzoianu
Dec 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
I've read other books by Chelsea and loved them, but this... It just wasn't for me, at all. I found it to... childish? To say it mildly. That kind of fooling around would have worked for a high school sophomore couple, but not for a University junior... that's my opinion.
And I really can't stand the virgin girl with a crazy friend who searches everywhere for a stranger to pop her cherry kind of plot.
Jun 17, 2016 added it
Shelves: dropped-dnf
DNF @18%

I read only one book of this author (My Favorite Mistake) and didn't like it. And this one isn't my cup of tea as well. Sorry but I don't like the characters and the story-telling at all.
Michelle Tikal
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Within the first few pages of For Real by Chelsea M. Cameron I fell in love with the humor and wit in the storytelling. Not only is the dialogue between characters often sarcastic and spirited but the protagonist, Shannon Traver’s, inner monologue is clever and often times downright hilarious.

Ambitious and determined, shy and reserved, Shannon is a 21 year old virgin crumpling under the pressure of her friends’ urges to “take the plunge.” The only logical solution, fake a relationship
Kathy Ann
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, romance, college, rc
Shannon Travers is tired of her friends pushing her to go out and lose her virginity. So one night out she picks up the first tattooed bad boy she finds and goes home with him and comes up with a plan. Jett makes a perfect fake boyfriend to convince both of their friends that they are dating and wildly in love. The joke is on them when their fake relationship rules aren't enough to keep them from having real feelings for each other.

This was a delightful romance by Chelsea M Cameron (author of My
Torture. That's what this was.

The story/plot.
Ridiculous. Plain stupid and boring.

Nothing happens. NOTHING.
Shannon fights with her friends.
Runs to Jett.
Avoids Jett because she might have feeeelings for him, goes back to her friends who she ends up fighting again.

And the circle goes on and on.

Jett and Shannon decide to have a fake relationship you see, shittiest idea ever so that their friends would stop bugging them. How can this be done properly? You write a pair of stupid rules, that you
Chris- Bookaddict
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet, fun read. It was a cute, quick read for me. It did not have a whole lot of emotions, or a grab you and pull you right in storyline. Yet it was still a great read for me.

Shannon and Jett were fun. They had small flaws, but when all was said and done their relationship made this story really sweet. They started out as friends having a fake relationship and once the feelings started to build for each other things changed for both of them.

Chelsea did a great job with this story.
Alisha B.
I'm not even rating this....

She is a junior in college who is the only virgin left out of her group of friends....She's just toooo much of a control freak to do the big nasty.....

Ohhhh but gets better.

Just because she's a virgin doesn't mean she can't get off....several times a night.

Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.75/5

Review coming soon!
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really cute read and I enjoyed both the H and the h, which isn't very typical for me. ...more
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was a sweet short read. I enjoyed this tremendously!
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
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What I Expected: a short, sweet story about a virgin who's friends are meanie heads and a boy with an outer-shell that only she can break go on an adventure with their hearts and end up with a typical HEA

What I Got: that and more

For Real is adorable. In the beginning though.....I was a bit worried. At the start of this novel the writing style just wasn't for me. The characters felt like paper and their voices just weren't strong en
All Booked Out
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is the Third book of Chelsea's i have read, i am waiting for the bubble to burst, it hasn't!

I am soo in love with this one, it had the beautiful build up of friendship, although with a whole heap of Sexual chemistry, it isn't filled with sex, but Lots of reference to it. If you are expecting a Sweet Surrendering sort of book, you are not getting that HOT bonk buster. But I didn't miss out, I enjoyed this just as much, i oohed ahhed, jum
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it
For Real was a quick, sweet read - nothing mind-blowing, but very nice entertainment for a Sunday afternoon nonetheless. Shannon is a college student who is taking her studies very seriously. She has nothing against boys and dating, she just hasn’t met the right guy to fit in her schedule yet. Her friends don’t seem to get it though and are constantly trying to hook her up with someone. One evening the girls are spending the night out and the talk for Shannon’s virginity and non-dating is once a ...more
Alissa Evanson
Nov 15, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars... Really wanted to LOVE this book since I absolutely LOVED My Favorite Mistake.
This book was fun and sweet. I loved Shannon..She was so freaking funny. I couldn't stop laughing at her thoughts. Jett was so sweet and and I could tell right from the beginning that he had feelings for Shannon...REAL feelings...Not Fake.
I would rate this book 3.5 stars just because I hated not having Jetts POV. I think that would have added so much to the story. Jett was bit different than most guys in
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Andrea Heltsley
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Chelsea Cameron rocked this book like she always does when she writes. I immensely enjoyed reading it. It took me one sitting to read.

Poor Shannon. Her friends are so darn pushy. I really felt for the girl. Then there is sexy Jett. I liked his character. He was a little unusual and that really went with the flow of the book.

The romance in this book is sweet, but not too over the top. It also wasn't too steamy as to ruin the love story or cheapen it. I really respected that.

I don't want to spoil
Lauren ♥ Inked in Chapters

3.5 stars
You can read this and other reviews at Madison Says

For Real was… really cute.

Shannon (great name, btw) Travers is a 21 year old virgin. *gasp* Does that even happen now-a-days?! Yes, yes it does. It always makes me giggle when characters are shocked by someone waiting for the “right one” to come along. Not everyone is down for doing the hump and dump. I personally think it’s rather romantic.

Anyway, back to the story…

There it is again. The reminder that I’m a card-carrying member of the
Chel (The Procrastinator's Corner)
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
Also posted on The Procrastinator's Corner

Rating: 3.5/5 stars



Shannon is the type of character who's not just uncomfortable being intimate with guys, she is disgusted by them. Remember when we were kids and we were dead scared of cooties? Shannon is twenty-one and she's still acts like that. But then she meets Jett. Jett who looks like your classic bad boy with tattoo-covered body. Jett who's not really a bad boy but an all-too nice guy and a very respectful one at that.

I don't thi
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pretending
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

It started out as a rouse to get her friends off her back and off her v-card. What’s wrong with being in college and still holding on to it? Does it make her a pariah? To get her friends off her back, she sought the help of a tattooed, hot graphic design student, Jett. He’s enthusiastic to go along with their fake relationship. They even made their TEN RULES OF FAKE DATING. But when the moment they spent more and more time together, and they started breakin
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
I made a last minute decision to read this book, finding a few spare minutes in my hectic reading schedule to fit it in. I am SO glad I found the time! There are a ridiculous number of contemporary romances out there that sometimes they start to blend together. Whenever I pick one up, I always find myself wondering what the author will do to make theirs stand out. Chelsea’s writing definitely has a unique voice that has wound its way into my heart! It’s so sassy! The dialogue and the chemistry b ...more
Kimberly Rinaldi
Nov 14, 2013 marked it as to-read
“Sex is one of those things that’s a complete loss of control. You give yourself up, in your most vulnerable state, to another person, and they give themselves to you.”

Shannon is a 21 year old virgin and her friends can’t stand it. They want her to just go out there, pick a guy and bang him. Easy, right? Wrong!

"I don’t think I’m ready for that. For the…intimacy. I mentally gag on the word.”

"The truth is, boys were gross. Part of me is still semi-convinced they have cooties."

So when Shannon runs
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have a HUGE complaint about this book, HUGE – it was too short. I loved the characters so much and really wanted to see more of them, here’s hoping that we get to see Jett and Shannon again in the second book.

Told in first person narrative from Shannon’s perspective. She is one of the most adorably awkward characters I have ever encountered. Her direct address to the reader makes the story more personal and endears Shannon further. She is a genuinely ‘nice’ person although lacking in self conf
Lustful Literature
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it

“Sex is one of those things that’s a complete loss of control. You give yourself up, in your most vulnerable state, to another person, and they give themselves to you.”

Shannon is a 21 year old virgin and her friends can’t stand it. They want her to just go out there, pick a guy and bang him. Easy, right? Wrong!

"I don’t think I’m ready for that. For the…intimacy. I mentally gag on the word.”

"The truth is, boys were gross. Part of me is still semi-convinced they have cooties."

So w
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Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times/USA Today/Internationally Best Selling author from Maine who now lives and works in Boston. She's a red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader, and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, getting brunch with her partner, tweeting, and playing fetch with her cat, Sassenach. She has a ...more

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