Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Friday Night Alibi

With her fresh, charming, and hilarious take on New Adult romance, Cassie Mae introduces readers to a soon-to-be college freshman who’s cashing in on her sweet reputation—and the unlikely guy who turns her life upside-down.

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 twenty something, 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.

My Review
3.5 Stars

Ok, the whole concept of someone’s alibi is definitely fresh and not one I have read before. Beyond that I spent the entire book laughing out loud!  This book was such an unexpected pleasure to read.  It just put me in a good mood the whole time I was reading it. The character of Kelli was bored and enterprising. She’s not your typical heroine and that made me like her even more. The hero, Chase was not her usual type at all. I loved the first meeting and was laughing so hard I almost cried. He’s definitely the king of cheesy lines.

This book was a fun read. It had so many funny moments. At the same time I felt like we really got to know the characters. This was no love at first sight story. You really got the feel of their relationship and how it grew as did their feelings. We also got a healthy dose of family relationships/drama. The reasons why Kelli chose to become a Friday Night Alibi was part of this.

A couple things that bugged me: At times the characters were overly childish. Case in point, the hero and heroine refer to each other for much of the book as Stinky and Moron. The other thing is how quickly the relationship with Kelli’s father is repaired. After a lifetime of leaving her at home while the parents went gallivanting off, the relationship is magically cured with a couple conversations. I think not. That would have been a slow road.

As far as Kelli’s best friend, I had really mixed feelings about her. She was a good friend but there were times I wanted to be like, “you call THAT being a friend?” But she redeems herself. The author did a fine job of illustrating how sometimes Kelli made it hard to be that friend. Bottom line, this is a fun, light-hearted read that is worth your time to check out.

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