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I am a voarcious reader who resents the time she spends sleeping and working as it leaves less time for my kindle

Currently reading

American Gods
Neil Gaiman
The Dream Hunter
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dragonswan
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Taking Chase
Lauren Dane
Don't Let Go
Marliss Melton
Bait
Annie Nicholas
Second Grave on the Left
Darynda Jones
Last Man Standing
Cindy Gerard
One for the Wicked
Karina Cooper
Kill Shot
Liliana Hart
My Favorite Mistake - Chelsea M. Cameron Oh wow this hits all of my previously identified New Adult/Young Adult checklist:

1. Written in the first person POV – check, although not done badly

2. Obsession with describing clothes, hair and make-up of all protagonists – check, although not annoyingly so

3. Angst - parental abuse, ex-boyfriend abuse, mad stalker, rape victims, death of first boyfriend, substance abuse, death of mother from cancer, in the witness protection programme (I made that one up but I bet there's one out there) – check

4. Arts - one of them is a dancer or a musician or a singer and/or a tattoo artist - check

5. Tattoos and/or piercings generally - check

6. Both protagonists being, quite frankly, as thick as pig shit. These books take mutual misunderstandings to a whole new level of "he said, she said" when in most instances by page 50 anyone with half a brain would have said "hey, what are you talking about, I didn't stand you up/leave you/sleep with your best friend" and that would be that! - there's a bit of this but not much

7. Usually explicit sex scenes and/or obsession with the heroine's so-called V-Card - check

I also thought of a few more to add to the list based on this book and the one I read afterwards

8. Having stupid names – no one in these books has a name like John Brown – checkTaylor Caldwell and Hunter Zaccadelli

9. The guy giving the girl a stupid nickname - check Missy

10. Someone has oodles of money – enough for a teenager to buy a house/car/engagement ring – check

11. Some sort of stupid bet – check

So, the actual writing was good and the story was so-so – a question for you Americans out there, I get co-ed housing but would a college really expect a boy and a girl to share a bedroom? Or, as I suspect, is it merely a plot device to get a girl and a boy to share a bedroom? I can't imagine many parents being happy to find out that their precious daughter is dressing and sleeping in the same room as a strange boy. Also, why wouldn't the housing office be more supportive if a girl said she felt uncomfortable having a strange boy in her bedroom?

This one really cranks ups the angst to new levels: murder suicide witnessed by a child, attempted rape, attempted child molestation, cousin in a wheelchair, giving evidence in a parole hearing, estranged parent …

The best I can say about this is that it was better than the one I read after it. Maybe I'll give these New Adult/Young Adult books a miss for a while they are way too formulaic