Author: Emily Franklin & Brenden Haplin
Release Date: February 1st 2011
Source: For Review from Bloomsbury (thank you :D )
Fans of romance don't need to look any further than the fauxmance brewing between teen idols Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers—known on their hit TV show as Jenna and Jonah, next-door neighbors flush with the excitement of first love. But it's their off-screen relationship that has helped cement their fame, as passionate fans follow their every PDA. They grace the covers of magazines week after week. Their fan club has chapters all over the country. The only problem is their off-screen romance is one big publicity stunt, and Charlie and Fielding can't stand to be in the same room. Still, it's a great gig, so even when the cameras stop rolling, the show must go on, and on, and on. . . . Until the pesky paparazzi blow their cover, and Charlie and Fielding must disappear to weather the media storm. It's not until they're far off the grid of the Hollywood circuit that they realize that there's more to each of them than shiny hair and a winning smile.
It is a typical romance book. Light, fluffy and pretty predictable. Did I expect anything more? No. Did I care? Hell no! I love some light relief. Not every book has to impact your life for it to be enjoyable. It was a bit of fun and I loved every moment of it.
I have a thing for love/hate relationships. I love banter. I love wit. I love bickering. I love sexual tension. It is very fun to watch play out and this book had BUCKETS of it. From the start the bickering was there though I would have liked a slightly smoother transition towards the end.
As explained in the summary the two have to escape the paparazzi after being outed as a fake couple. I would have liked this to happen a little earlier than it did and for the stay to be longer but hey-ho. It was definitely my favourite part of the book.
Both characters were very likeable. Jonah/Fielding started off as a bit of a jerk but as the novel progresses he becomes a lot more likeable. Jenna/Charlie was a little obsessive and reminded me of Rachel from Glee. Still loved her though ( I love Rachel). The duel narration was really effective, allowing the reader to see what was going on in both of their minds and how they felt about each other.
The ending was fine. Predictable, yes. I would have liked a little more substance than given. I felt it could have been developed more but it was sweet none the less.