Title: Incriminating Dating
Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Ayla Hawkins is ready to stand up for change in her high school. But winning the election for class president against popular Jenna Lee will be impossible without a miracle. When she stumbles upon Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler defacing public property and catches it on camera: cue miracle. Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on Team Ayla—in the form of her new fake boyfriend.
One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The pressure of maintaining the perfect facade when his reality was crumbling around him had become too much, and next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. Opinionated. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the election is over, their fauxmance will be, too.
This book was fantastic. I read this book in one day because I could not put it down.It was a perfect little package of romance and a classic contemporary novel. I loved the plot although I will admit it was a little bit cliche.
Simply put, Incriminating Dating was about Ayla Hawkins and Luke Pressler. They are in the fake boyfriend and girlfriend situation. As the story progresses, they start to get to actually know each other and the rest is history.
I loved Ayla. She was such a good character. She was complex, sassy, stood up for what she believed in, and more. She also has an awesome name. Now onto Luke, he is the epitome of a swoon worthy guy. He will definitely be on my book boyfriend list! :)
I think this is a standalone, but I would love to have a sequel. Overall, this was a phenomenal book with great characters and I highly recommend it!
About the Author:
Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids), she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.
1. What is the inspiration behind incriminating dating?
I actually got the idea for the book a long time ago (like 4 years ago), but didn’t have time to write it. I kept having this scene with a not so popular girl catching a popular boy committing a crime and deciding to blackmail him rolling through my head. I’d set the idea aside and when my editor asked if I’d write another book for her, I instantly thought this one might actually fit. And some of the parts about Ayla working for the school paper and being censored actually came from some things that happened to me when I wrote for my school paper.
2. What is your favorite book (if you can pick one!)?
OMG, my list is endless (LOL). But I think the couple that come to mind that I’ve read several times are: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, How I live Now by Meg Rosoff, The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith, and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.
3. What is your favorite candy?
EEP, another toss up (hahaha). I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Reese’s Pieces…(although I wouldn’t pass up chocolate in general).
4. What is the best part about writing?
Being able to share my stories with readers and having them connect with them. And I LOVE hearing from readers.
5. What is the toughest part about writing?
Deadlines. LOL. Because I have a full time day job and kids, it’s hard to sometimes balance everything.
6. What is your favorite scene in incriminating dating?
OMG, I love a lot of them. But I’d have to say either the scene where Luke and Ayla are on a hayride together, or they’re in the photo booth together. Partially because we get some “swoony” moments (hahaha).
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Goodreads 2017: 81/100