They couldn’t be more opposite, the Hollywood actor and the hometown girl, but all they need is a little convention magic to become the perfect ship in Cathy Yardley’s One True Pairing.
Jake Reese needs a decoy girlfriend. Fast. The lead actor of the popular TV show, Mystics, is tired of losing his shirt to overeager fans. Literally. Which is why a chance meeting with gothabilly bookworm-slash-barista Hailey Frost seems almost too perfect to be true. Hailey is not impressed with his TV fame and is desperate to save her family’s bookstore. It’s a match made in Hollywood, but as the two pretend to date, fan fiction becomes reality. Can this OTP become canon?
4.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
Yup, that was a whole lot of perfect for Lenore. I was sucked right in, and entertained from start to finish. I loved the humour, I loved the characters, I loved the romance, I loved the geek stuff, I loved the celebrity aspect… Seriously, it was just my kind of book, you know?
Hailey was all sorts of unique as a heroine. Not just because she embraced her rockabilly style, but because she was hiding a childhood growing up with grifters, and damage from time spent in the foster system. I liked that she was both tough and independent, but she was also using her sisters as a crutch to avoid being vulnerable. It was surprisingly easy to love her.
Jake was just uber adorable. I just wanted to hug him. He was so sincere, and kind, and caring, and passionate about what he loved. I will admit that I saw the Susie thing from like a mile away, and so just kept waiting for him to figure things out. I actually anticipated that resolving with Hailey as a catalyst, but I was satisfied with the way it went anyways.
And I liked the two of them together…you could really feel their draw to each other, and the chemistry and sexual attraction. Seriously, it was hot. But, even though it was hella fast, I still really enjoyed the development of their relationship due to spending so much time together in a short span of time. And I found it amusing how tongue in cheek Ms. Yardley was having Hailey despise insta-love in stories and then giving Hailey a fast love story herself. I’m sure it will bother some people, but I loved it. I’m not an insta-love hater though (not a lover, just not a hater).
And the secondary cast was pretty great too, from Hailey’s sisters to Jake’s co-stars. It’s definitely setting up future stories, you can totally tell.
Honestly, other than totally guessing the Jake side story, the only other thing I was meh on was the stalker storyline. It felt a little thrown in last minute, and like just a plot device. But I loved so much else in the story, I don’t even care.
Any book that can make me tempted to fight through sleep and keep reading, even though it’s 3 am, is my kind of book. I did manage to resist, but I was epically tired. Can’t wait for more in this series. Gotta go back and read Level Up now, though those characters are only loosely mentioned in this one…it stands alone pretty well. I concur with the title: Jake and Hailey are my OTP!