Sunday, July 14, 2013

ARC Review: Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: July 29, 2013
Publisher: Flirt/Entangled
233 Pages

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.

Friday Night Alibi is the story of Kelli Pinkins, good little rich Christian girl, who spends her Friday nights locked in her room playing X-Box, watching movies, or doing anything that doesn’t require her to go out. Why? Because she’s an alibi. People give her money to pretend that they were hanging out with her while they are with other people, people that their parents wouldn’t approve of. 

Sounds…boring, right? Well, Kelli thinks she’s doing good and therefore doesn’t mind staying in. Her parents are never home, so to her, it’s good to feel wanted. Then she meets Chase. Adorable, hilarious, dorky Chase. (Can you tell I love him?) He was just what this book needed. He brought humor and light to this dull world of country clubs and tennis playing that Kelli inhabited. He teased her, challenged her, takes care of her when she’s sick (he brings her oranges and orange juice because he didn’t know which she would want more), and deals with her alibi gig. For most of the book, Kelli did not deserve Chase. 

I found the book to be a bit predictable, but it wasn’t a big issue for me. There was enough amusement to keep me reading. It was just enough of a new take on a familiar premise. I struggled to like Kelli for a good portion of the book only because she was fighting herself and I could see how much it was hurting her. The way she treated Chase sometimes was horrible and her naivety was cringe worthy, but she did finally grow. The scene with her father toward the end of the book was one of my favorites and I’m glad the author didn’t shy away from having an involved parent. 

I enjoyed Cassie Mae’s writing style and hope that the smart banter and witty responses are present in her other work, which I look forward to checking out. 

I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley for my honest opinion and review.

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