Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope utilises one of my absolute favourite romance genre tropes - the fake relationship! I absolutely love these stories.Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope utilises one of my absolute favourite romance genre tropes - the fake relationship! I absolutely love these stories. When the chemistry starts a-flowin' and the lines or "rules" start getting blurred and confused, they often end up like some sort of competition as to which character can carry on pretending they're pretending the longest! Think of some of the best ROM-COMs like The Proposal, The Wedding Date, Pretty Woman, Green Card - they all use this same theme.
I also especially love it when they're combined with a healthy dose of opposites attract, as is the case here.
The set-up: After Luke Prescott catches Meg Matthews graffitiing school property, he sees the perfect opportunity to solve two of his most pressing problems present itself in one pretty, red-headed package - he needs a fake girlfriend, and Meg will do nicely. For Meg, this proposition isn't exactly well-received, but what choice does she have? And so, a deal is struck - she'll pretend to be Luke's girlfriend for reasons unknown, and he won't tell the school who the town's mysterious graffiti vandal is.
I really enjoyed Luke and Meg, and Rules of Persuasion is narrated by both of them equally. As the fakery begins and their real relationship underneath the ruse progresses, we start to see who both of them really are, instead of the misconceived opinions they both start out with. For Meg, she kinda gives off bad-girl vibes with the black clothes and the motorcycle, and she's sure Luke is nothing but a spoiled little rich kid. There's much more to both of them, of course, and watching them discover this was highly entertaining and very sweet.
I've got to say as well - I absolutely loved the little green notebook where they'd write their rules for one another! I'd grin each time they whipped it out to add or amend something. So cute!
Rules of Persuasion would be perfect for fans of sweet YA Contemporary Romance, opposites attracts storylines, and romances based on some sort of deal, bet, or, as in this case, outright blackmail, that turn into more!
I'm giving Rules of Persuasion 4 stars ★★★★
An Advance Reader Copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review....more
Dare to Fall is a YA contemporary based on teens dealing with tragedy and loss. Sadly, it doesn't ever really fulfil its destiny or have enough depthDare to Fall is a YA contemporary based on teens dealing with tragedy and loss. Sadly, it doesn't ever really fulfil its destiny or have enough depth to be effective, and while I enjoyed parts of it, overall I found it very underwhelming.
I picked this up because I do love an emotional gut-ripper now and then, and YA contemporarys that sound like they'll achieve this for me feature regularly on the wheel of genres I like to rotate. Unfortunately, this was not the book I was looking for. It had the potential to be based on its premise, but it consistently fell short of delivering what I assume was its intended effect. There were a number of what should have been major clangers in the storyline; some "oh shit" moments where someone says something or finds out something shocking. Each of these were undermined by the fact they were quickly resolved and forgiven within five pages.
Character-wise, I actually spent the first 60-70% of the book not really liking Kenzie. I couldn't help but think she'd been selfish for abandoning Jaden when his parents died, even though I knew her reasons why from fairly early on - I just didn't find those reasons justification enough for ditching him, without explanation, right when he needed her most. However, when I finally heard her voice her reasons fully to Jaden, it did make a sort of sense and I did then retract that opinion slightly.
Overall, this book wasn't for me. I didn't hate it, but it just never really resonated with me the way I know books like these can.
2 stars ★★
A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in order to garner an honest and unbiased review....more