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I Belong

Review: Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae

Title: Friday Night Alibi

Author: Cassie Mae

GenreYA Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication DateJuly 29, 2013

Format: Ebook, 233 Pages

ISBN-10: 0345548817 (Flirt/Random House)

ISBN-13: 978-0345548818 (Flirt/Random House)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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 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.

Quick & Dirty: Funny Contemporary read that had lots of laugh out loud moments, sweet romance, and a beautiful love story.  The drama was a little overdone, but overall a good book.

Opening Sentence: So . . . You need an alibi?

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Kelli Pinkins has the perfect reputation that she totally uses to her advantage. She has started a business for trust-fund kids that need an alibi. She is your date night alibi, the girl you’re dating, or the best friend that your rich parents dream about.  While in reality she actually hangs out at home playing XBOX Live most weekends to keep her cover and not be seen. So her social life is none-existent, which is totally fine with her, relationships are a waste of time and she can really use the money.  She has a trust fund coming her way to, but she wants to venture out on her own without her parents money.  Then everything comes to a halt when she meets the gorgeous infuriating Chase Marroney.

Chase is so different than any other guy Kelli has ever met.  With his insufferable cocky attitude and quick comebacks he is driving Kelli nuts, but not in a totally bad way.  The more she gets to know Chase the harder it is to stay away.  He sees through the front that she puts on and seems to understand her better than anyone ever has.  Opening up to Chase could mean getting her heart broken, and also it would destroy the business she has worked so hard to build.  Kelli has to decide what she is willing to risk for love.

Kelli is a funny and smart girl with a lot of insecurities.   She has quite an attitude and mouth on her that she uses to hide how she is really feeling.  Growing with parents that ignored her has made her doubt any kind of relationship in general.  She really is a good girl, which I liked about her, but it also made her come across as immature at times.  She was a frustrating character for me, and I had a really hard time connecting with her.  There were times when her dialog was annoying and I felt that her sarcasm was a little overdone.  Some of her decisions seemed to solely be about adding drama to the story, and it made them feel fake.  Overall, I liked Kelli, but she has a lot of flaws that made it hard to relate to her.

Chase is a really sweet and gorgeous guy that I actually really liked.  He comes across as super confidant, but really underneath he is slightly awkward and unsure of himself.  His story is a mystery and it was interesting to figure him out.  He is really cute and patient with Kelli, which I found endearing.  Their romance was sweet and full of lots of cute moments.  I thought that he was a great love interest and he was a really well developed character with lots of depth to him.

This was a fun read for me.  It really was pretty hilarious to watch Kelli and Chase banter back and forth.  It lightens the mood of the book, but the story was still laced with more serious issues that pulled on your emotions. I liked the characters, I just wish that I could have related more to Kelli.  The romance is cute and the sexy times are pretty mellow.  Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a funny contemporary book.

Notable Scene:

And hello . . . it’s not a bad looking face, even though it’s got the typical college scruff. At least it’s not like Crumby Beard. His eyes are bluish greenish grayish, but that’s gotta be the crazy lighting in this place. His brown hair is short, like Joseph Gordon Levitt’s. Oh, JGL is freaking fine. I fell in love when I saw that one bike show he was in. He’s just got that cute baby boy face even though I’m pretty sure he’s totally oldville. And slap on some scruff and heck, you got the guy in front of me.

Not that I’m thinking he’s cute or whatever.

“Hello?” He smiles and taps his fingers against the edge of the table. “Did my charming opening line sweep you off into silent fantasies?”

Wow. If I thought he was cute, (I didn’t!) I totally don’t anymore. He may as well have said, “Look at this big crack down my body.

That’s right, I’m a talking butthole.”

“I don’t talk to people I don’t know.” Or people who step on my fingers. “Sorry to burst that ego bubble.”

He smiles even bigger, and for some odd reason, I find it irritating. I want to smack it off his face.

“Do you need help out?” He extends his hand, but I swat it away.

“No, I’m fine here, thanks.”

“You always hang out on disease-infested floors?”

FTC Advisory: Flirt/Random House provided me with a copy of Friday Night Flirt. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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