Review: My Favourite Mistake by Chelsea M Cameron
Labels: 4 Stars, Book Review, Chelsea M. Cameron, Contemporary Romance, New Adult · Posted by Amy Logg at 10:34
Series: My Favourite Mistake #1
Author: Chelsea M Cameron
Published: 28th Sept 2012
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased paperback
From the beginning it's clear that Taylor is hiding a 'dark secret' in her past. She doesn't trust guys and comes across as a little aggressive towards them - even being labeled as the Ice Queen in high school. We are given a enough snippets and hints as to what her secret is that we have a pretty good idea as to what happened. However the main point of the story is not guessing what her issues are, but watching her overcome them - this is the strongest part of the story.
Sharing a room with Hunter forces Taylor to confront her demons and soon she starts to see that not all men are bad. Hunter works hard to break through her cold attitude and as they learn to live together, they start to realise they may not want to live without one another.
Is it unlikely that a college would be assign a guy as the new roommate to 3 girls and do nothing about it when they complained...well yeah. But do I care that it's not 100% accurate of real life...no way!! I read these books for entertainment and that's exactly what this book did! The ending was super sweet and made kinda jealous of Taylor.
While Taylor does struggle to deal with her past, she doesn't always come across as weak, in fact quite the opposite. She stands up for herself both physically and verbally (which did create some funny scenes). However for those who don't know her, this creates the impression that she's a 'man hater' - something she's never worried about in the past. But with Hunter on the scene he see past this and challenges her view of men.
Hunter is the typical tattooed bad boy. From the moment we meet him he's arrogant and unapologetic about his confidence and flirtatious personality. He's the kinda guy that gets under your skin, but you just can't help but love him. He occasionally shows a vulnerable side, which Taylor brings out in him. Oh and he can cook...yummy
We also have some really good supporting characters with the other two roommates, Renee and Darah, Renee's on and off again boyfriend Paul and Hunter's cousin Mase, who also happens to be Darah's new love interest. The interactions between all these characters made for some of the best scenes in the book and also supplied plenty of laughs!
At first glance Taylor and Hunter are quite different, but on a deeper level they are actually very similar. It's not just that they both have pasts they are trying to escape from, it's more than that. They share similar interests, in particular music and both have a similar sense of humour. I believed the attraction between them from the beginning, and loved watching them grown closer throughout the book. Hunter is sweet and protective of Taylor, which was really sweet to see from such a tough guy.
I loved how Chelsea has written a book with some heavy subject matter, but was able to maintain a lightness with plenty of humour. The dialogue is sharp and couldn't stop laughing at some of the conversations.
This was a really great start to a series, with a fresh and fun family of characters that I can't get enough of. I'm looking forward to reading My Sweetest Escape next, which follows Renee's sister, Jos!
Sexuality: medium-strong / sex scene
Language: medium / frequent f words
Drugs & alcohol: medium / some underage drinking