Title: Not Okay, Cupid
Author: Heidi R. Kling
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication: January 11th 2016 by Entangled: Crush
Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart…
Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.
Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.
With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge…or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.
WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can’t have.
Hazel McCallister’s life is as perfect as can be — until she catches her boyfriend cheating with her childhood best friend. With her life turned upside down in an instant, Hazel feels incredibly small and powerless… heartbroken. But her best friend’s brother comes up with a perfect solution — a revenge plan. A fake relationship to make her ex jealous enough to come back to her and get together — only for her to dump him the way he did. Should be easy enough… right?
This book was adorably cute! The romance between Hazel and Felix developed slow and steady, with a perfect pacing, and I absolutely loved their banters. 😀
His eyes flickered down to my mouth, and he did that little eyebrow-raise thing, so I had to slug him.
We were just like ten-year-olds!
Reading the blurb, I’d initially feared Hazel to be some kind of shallow princess. Thankfully, she wasn’t at all like that. She had a past that added depth to her character, and she was generally a fun, smart, sweet and caring person. She’d thought of Jay as her perfect boyfriend and Kimmy as her best-friend-forever and had planned out her entire future with them, only to have it all shattered before her eyes. I liked her relationship with her mum and how she was willing to do anything to keep her happy and stress-free.
She had enough weight on her shoulders; I wanted to be light as feathers: a tickle, not a heavy pack weighing her down.
Felix was a sweetheart. Initially, he comes across as a casual, no-strings-attached kind of guy, but he really is so much more than that. As the older child, he helps out his mum by working at the diner and cooperating with her in just about anything else. He was a total Mama’s boy, and I found that so sweet!
“I just read this article that says when your kid hugs, you should never be the first to let go.”
“Does it say that you need to squeeze with the strength of an Amazonian python?”
She held me even mightier. “I just love my boy!”
I didn’t even try to resist. “I love you too, Ma.”
I basically adored everything about Felix. 😛
Jay and Kimmy were… I don’t even know what to say about them. At least with Kimmy, I could try and see her mindset (shallow as it was), I could try and understand why she did what she did. But with Jay, there’s nothing to explain his cheating except for the fact that he was a complete idot and an annoying douchebag. I mean, seriously:
“Lentils are great for you, Hazel.”
“Good for you.”
Jay misunderstood her sarcasm. “No. Great for you.”
Not Okay, Cupid was an entertaining read. The plot was simple and predictable, but done nicely. The writing was fluid and easy, the pacing was smooth, and the characters were natural and relatable. Hazel and Felix were perfect for each other and I was wholeheartedly rooting for them. (Felix always brought on a silly grin on my face — point for him!) I also loved the little snippets about Psyche and Cupid at the beginning of chapters, and the ending chapter from their perspectives was really sweet!
I definitely enjoyed the book. 🙂