Published by Harlequin HQN on 27 August 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Two secrets. One bet. Who will break first?
Taylor Caldwell can't decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him.
On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he's a tattooed, guitar-playing bad boy. Maybe that's why Taylor's afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn't want to get burned, so she needs him gone before it's too late.
Hunter himself has been burned before, but Taylor's sexy laugh and refusal to let him get away with anything make her irresistible. Determined not to be kicked out of her life without a fight, Hunter proposes a bet: if she can convince him she either truly loves or hates him, he'll leave the apartmentand leave her alone.
But when the man behind Taylor's fear of giving up her heart resurfaces, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever.
*I received a free ARC of My Favorite Mistake from Harlequin via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
My Favorite Mistake is made of awesome! Great story, excellent characters and anticipation galore. Both Hunter and Taylor have their own very dark secret they try to keep hidden, and they don’t do relationships. They don’t fall in love. They don’t share.
To say Taylor is upset when Hunter shows up at her door to inform her and her two friends, Renee and Darah, that he’s their new roommate is an understatement. She has no place for a boy in her life, let alone in her dorm. And Hunter is so cocky she hates him on sight, of course, it doesn’t help that she has a deep feeling of not ever being able to trust any man. My Favorite Mistake is a beautiful story of two broken people, they don’t need anyone to fix them, but a little help to be able to mend themselves isn’t out of the question.
A character driven story, My Favorite Mistake kept me up reading most of the night, and I dreamed of Hunter and Taylor for the little time I was able to sleep, only to continue reading as soon as I woke up again. These two characters have made bantering into an art-form, and the anticipation of them maybe being more than word-sparring is so well done! I laughed, I cried, I smiled, I cringed, I nodded my head in agreement. And My Favorite Mistake is the first book to enter my favorite 2014 shelf.
The writing is from Taylor’s point of view, but the way she observes Hunter helps the readers to understand him almost as well as Taylor. A lot is also in dialog, and those are both hilarious and hard. Coming from a dark place, they both have some pretty mighty demons to battle, and Taylor doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to fight hers. She really didn’t count on Hunter making her battle those by having her battle with him, though. And their word-plays are truly great. I fell completely for both of these characters very early on in My Favorite Mistake, and that love only grew and grew throughout the story. I would love to read more about them, even if everything is more or less resolved in the end.
The plot is pretty straight forward, but it all seems so real that it was a great pleasure to read. And it is refreshing to read a contemporary new adult romance where the romance almost takes the back seat to the characters and their growth. And as I said before, the anticipation is one of the things that made me love My Favorite Mistake so much. There is no insta-love, neither Taylor nor Hunter needs to have a special someone in their lives to feel worthy, but as they get to know each other better through exchanging barbs, they realize that life can be even better if both the good and the bad stuff can be shared with someone else.
I also have to add that I must have something that attracts me to characters who can play music – Hunter got to me from the moment he showed up with his guitar, and he knows how to use both that and his voice to his advantage. Some of the sweetest moments happened when Hunter was playing his guitar. The sensitivity shone through, and it was as if those were some of the times he really let his true self show. Taylor is a very strong character in many ways, she can take care of herself, she knows how to defend herself, and she is all prickles and hard exterior. At the same time, she’s vulnerable and I loved to see her grow and finally be able to share her past with her friends. My Favorite Mistake really hit me in all the right places, and I highly recommend it to all readers who enjoy contemporary reads.
The bouncer looked like he was probably on the football team and greeted Mase like they were long-lost friends, doing that weird one-armed hug, back-pat thing dudes do when they don’t want to hug.
When I came back from the shower, Hunter was in bed, shirtless and in just boxers, sitting with his back against the wall, guitar in his lap. It was a scene most girls would have swooned over.
Hunter was breathing quietly, but his disturbance in the room was unmistakable. I didn’t know why, but guys breathed differently than girls. Deeper somehow.
Sweet Christ it was like I’d died and gone to breakfast heaven. I really hoped he wouldn’t use his cooking skills as leverage for sexual favors. for this, I might have to give in.
We wandered with our smoothies a little more. I popped into the bookstore to see if they had the new book I was waiting for. They had one copy left, and I did a little happy dance in the aisle as I snatched it up, giddy.
“I wouldn’t know. I’ve never been down south.” “Well, I’ll just have to take you. I don’t want your first experience to be with someone else.” “You’re talking about traveling, right?” “Right.”
“Don’t worry, baby. I’ll protect you,” I sad. “I’m not scared.” “Liar.” “Sex goddess.” “Wuss.” “Beautiful.” I sighed. “You’re going to make my head gigantic.” “I’d love you even with a giant head.”