Friday, 29 November 2013
Review: Switched by Cassie Mae
Released: December 2nd, 2013
Ever since high school, Kayla has been crazy for gorgeous football player Talon. But before she could muster the courage to tell him, he became a hot item with her beautiful BFF, Reagan. The only person who knows Kayla’s secret is Wesley, Talon’s best bud—and he’s got it bad for Reagan. Now they’re all in college together, hanging out 24/7. For Kayla, seeing the two lovebirds together is absolutely unbearable. So Kayla and Wesley hatch a plot to drive them apart before Talon has a chance to give Reagan the Christmas gift she’s been waiting for. Soon enough, the once happy couple is fighting. Reagan suddenly can’t get enough of Wesley’s goofy sense of humor, and Talon seems to be paying more attention to Kayla than a guy who’s “only a friend” ever should. But just when everything seems to be falling into place, Kayla and Wesley accidentally spend a night together and discover a hitch in their plan they never considered: that switching partners may not lead to a perfect ending after all.
Switched is a fun read and a welcome addition to the New Adult romance genre. I liked Cassie Mae's writing and plot - it was just like reading a script for a 90s teen film, and there's nothing wrong with that!
There's a love square going on in this book, rather than a love triangle. Allow me to explain: Kayla likes Talon but Talon is dating her BFF Reagan, and Wesley likes Reagan who's dating his BFF Talon, so Kayla and Wesley come up with a plan to split them up. It's all very underhanded and a bit mean if I'm honest, but everything happens for a reason and it all works itself out eventually. Though not in the way I was expecting!
Before I say anything else, I need to mention something that bugged me throughout the whole book. Who on earth is called Talon?! That's genuinely his legit name, but every time I read it I found myself thinking of an eagle or an owl. I know there are many odd names out there (most of which I encounter in YA fiction), but where did this one come from? Are people actually called Talon these days? If they are, I've never met one!
This book was a tad predictable for me, but I still enjoyed it and it did have a few surprises that I didn't pre-empt. There isn't as much sexual content as other NA books I've read, which I don't mind at all and actually welcome. There doesn't always need to be super sexy scenes in order to tell a story convincingly, and that's one area where Cassie Mae succeeds. I'm looking forward to reading more by her and the Flirt imprint!