My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron
New Adult Contemporary
Released: September 4, 2012
Reviewed by Mandi
The New Adult genre is new to me. I believe it encompasses books with protagonists that are college aged. This appeals to me because we are past the high school age that is sometimes too young for me, and on to new sets of problems. My Favorite Mistake starts with Taylor Caldwell in her sophomore year. She has two good friends she is sharing a quad dorm room with and they expect a new girl to show up to take the fourth spot. But instead, when they open the door, Hunter Zaccadelli is standing there with his suitcases. Knowing this is a co-ed dorm, they still never expected to be actually placed with a man. A very handsome one at that. Taylor draws the short straw, and ends up with him sharing her room.
Hunter immediately labels him a douchebag and asshole. And let me stop here and address this because pretty much from the beginning, Taylor got on my nerves, and it really didn’t improve throughout the book. Taylor has this big dark secret that no one knows about and she refuses to share with anyone, but as the reader you know it is bad and most likely why she hates men. But, her behavior is so ridiculous, selfish, obnoxious and just bitchy, I honestly had no idea why Hunter would be attracted to her. And why he gets labeled the asshole. Yes he is cocky, and flirts, and smirks and has tattoos and plays guitar. Possibly could be riding the ‘bad boy’ edge. But he is also extremely kind, patient, friendly, good natured. All Taylor does is secretly lust after him, and give him the virtual finger every time they have a discussion. And yet Hunter pursues her.
Hunter has secrets too, which of course Taylor demands to know, even going behind his back to find out. Hunter’s parents are both dead, but he was raised by an aunt and is close with that family. He is a brilliant musician, but would rather become a lawyer than pursue his music dreams. He has several good friends who we meet in this book, and just seems like an all around decent guy.
After many, many pages of Taylor refusing to let Hunter get close, they both finally divulge their big secrets, and that paves the way to a 180 degree turn around where Taylor is in love and can never, ever live without Hunter again.
I also felt like Taylor’s secret….didn’t justify her aversion to men as extremely as she displayed it.
A heroine I didn’t like and a romance that took too long to develop. This one didn’t work for me.