Friday, October 25, 2013
Review: Switched by Cassie Mae
Cassie Mae redefines the New Adult genre with a novel that answers the eternal question: What do you do when you’re head over heels for your best friend’s guy?
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.
As far as New Adult is concerned, this story is pretty tame. I've read Young Adult novels with more steaminess than this one, so this story could safely be read by that age group, too. That said, it was a cute story with a lot of complications that were funny and heartwarming and made me smile. I loved all of the characters (okay, well, Reagan got on my nerves a lot), more than I thought I would, considering that two of them were trying to break up the others for their own selfish reasons. I fluctuated between wanting them to succeed and wanting them to fail and then wanting them to realize that they really belonged together and not with the ones they thought they loved.
There were a lot of twists and turns in this story and although I began to be suspicious of Reagan and Talon a little more than halfway through (and I was right about what I suspected, but I won't reveal that. If you want to know, you have to read the book for yourself), I was pleasantly surprised by the way things turned out in the end. So if you're looking for a sweet, funny romance, this is the book for you.