Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae + Featured Freebie

Friday Night Alibi
Rising star Cassie Mae introduces New Adult readers to a practical soon-to-be college freshman who seems to have everything—until a special guy shows her what she’s been missing.

In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.

Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black., and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.

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My Rating: 5 Roses

I. LOVED. This. Book. Absolutely, utterly amazing! Everything about it was perfect. So funny, so sweet, and a brilliant book. Friday Night Alibi is definitely my new favorite summer read. I don't even have enough words to say how much I loved it.

I don't think I've ever had a book make me laugh this much. I was literally laughing out loud during this entire book. And when I wasn't laughing, I was smiling so widely that my cheeks hurt. Thank goodness I was in my room when I read this because my family would have wondered if I had lost it. This book was just so funny. And not cheesy funny, or cliched funny. Genuinely, hilariously funny. That made this book a very fun book to read. Ms. Cassie Mae definitely knows  how to write with humor.

Kelli was a wonderful heroine. She was just so realistic. And very easy to relate to. She the kind of character that you would love to be friends with if she were real. On the surface, she's a goody goody girl who does everything that a perfect Sundale girl should do. She contributes to charities, goes to church every Sunday, visits the country club, and never gets into trouble. Basically, totally boring. But, underneath that, she was a barrel of laughs. She knows how sweet her reputation is and uses it to earn money and a Friday Night Alibi. You want to go somewhere that your parents (read: trust fund jailers) wouldn't like? Talk to Kelli and for a small fee, she'll use her reputation to assure your parents that you were with her doing something perfectly acceptable.  Her voice as the narrator of this book was most of what made it so funny. Reading her thoughts as she matched wits with Chase was hilarious. She was just great, definitely worthy of being a book BFF.

Chase was just as perfect. Like Kelli, he was so fun to read about. While on the surface, he seems carefree and lighthearted, there was more to his character. He had depth as a character and a sad past that made him seem more real than he would have otherwise. And, after reading about him, I will never see oranges in the same way again :) He was so sweet and funny and utterly adorable. He's definitely gotten onto my list of best love-interests. Move over boys, here comes another book boyfriend.

The romance was brilliant. Because this is a New Adult book, the romance was definitely steamier than YA, but it was still tame, so a younger audience can feel free to enjoy this book. There were still tons of swoon worthy moments that had me sighing. And Kelli and Chase were really sweet together. Beneath all that banter and teasing, they really were perfect for each other and a cute couple. Both of them met their match, wit for wit. They were just wonderful together.

The plot was fast paced. I was completely and utterly riveted the entire way through. I didn't even want this book to end because I was enjoying it so much. While this book was LOL worthy, there were more serious moments. Kelli and Chase both had to deal with some issues and there were secrets in the past. And the ending was completely perfect and sweet. When I finished this book, I was left with a huge smile. Just remembering it as I'm writing the review has me smiling. 

Friday Night Alibi was a brilliant, lovely summer read. It was lighthearted, funny, and so sweet. It's just the kind of book that puts a smile on your face. If you're looking for a brilliant book, you definitely need to read this. I believe this book is launching the Flirt imprint at Random House and, if this is what we can expect, I can't wait to see more. And I'm definitely excited to see more from this author. Simply amazing!

*Thanks to Netgalley and Random House: Flirt for a copy!
Featured Freebie:
Today, I have a summer reading New Adult romance that I adored: Wicked Games by Jessica Clare and Jill Myles . Go forth and get it for free!

Abby Lewis never pictured herself on the survival game show, Endurance Island. She's just not the 'survival' type. But when her boss offers her a spot on the show and the opportunity of a lifetime, she packs her bags and heads to the tropics to be a contestant. 

Once in the game, it's clear that Abby's in over her head. The game itself is full of competitive, aggressive people, and no one's more aggressive than sexy, delicious - and arrogant - Dean Woodall. Sure he's clever, strong, good at challenges, and has a body that makes her mouth water. He also hates Abby just as much as she hates him. That's fine with her; she'll just ignore the jerk.

But the rules of Endurance Island are working against them. Abby and Dean are teamed up - alone - on the beach. It's either work together, or go home. Stuck with no one else's company but their own, they learn they do make a good team after all.

And that with just a little bit of kindling, the flames of hate can quickly turn to flames of passion. This book features enemies, lovers, enemies who become lovers, and lots and lots of tropical heat...

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