Not Okay Cupid by Heidi R. Kling
on January 11th 2016
Also by this author: Paint My Body Red
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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.
So far, I’ve found Entangled Crush’s books to be light and fluffy contemporary reads that are loaded with high school drama. Some of that drama works for me, but some of it just feels like overkill. In the case of Not Okay, Cupid, I thought it was sweet at times but the drama did bother me at certain times. However, the awesome banter between Felix and Hazel kept me going. I’m always a sucker for the brother’s best friend and also the best friend’s older brother trope, and this was no exception. There’s just something about these types of relationships that feels more real due to the longtime history that exists between the two of them. So to summarize, some aspects of the book really worked for me while others fell a little short. I recommend this to anyone that wants something short and sweet, filled with plenty of drama within the pages!
Truthfully, I think it was the characters that were my favorite part of the book. Specifically, Hazel and Felix and the witty love-hate friendship to relationship that built. I’m not always a huge fan of fake relationships, but I felt like in this case, it allowed for the pair to get to know each other in a completely new way. While I did enjoy both Hazel and Felix, I wasn’t a fan of the supporting characters, Hazel’s boyfriend and her best friend (also Felix’s sister) who had an affair together. I felt like her best friend’s character wasn’t fully explored, she never was genuinely sorry for what she did and that bothered me a lot. I wanted more depth to the character.
As I already said, definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for a lighter read. Yes, there’s a lot of drama, some of which I think the book would have worked better without, but it was still a quick fluffy read which I needed. While you’re at it, check out some of the other Entangled Crush titles, because the majority of them are very cute!
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I watched in horror as Kimmy’s lips grazed Jay’s ear. He leaned back and laughed. What the heck was going on?
“Oh God!” Hazel said, grabbing my hand. “Look at her hand.”
Kimmy’s hand was riding high up Jay’s shorts. High, high. Like top of thigh high. The kind of move that usually let me know a girl was ready to get down to business.
“Dude,” I said, because what else could I say?
Hazel swallowed. “Did you know about this?”
“Me? No way. Hell no. I’ve been looking for her all day, too. Look, Baze, don’t overreact. We don’t know anything. Who knows. He might have…lost a match and she’s…comforting him. Or his turtle died and they’re planning a eulogy together?” I was grasping and we both knew it, but I couldn’t stand to see that pained look on her face. “I once heard the best eulogy for a frog. It was amazing. It was all about the life cycle from tadpole to amphibian to…”
“Shut up, Felix.”
Hazel brushed past me and barreled toward them. It was no turtle eulogy, and I knew it. I mean, I didn’t know I knew it, but I knew the look of two people who were digging on each other, and those two were certainly all about the other one. God, poor Hazel.
Oh no. There she goes.
I had to follow her. I had to help.
“Excuse me,” I said to a group of three ladies in my way. Two of them grinned at me, one glared. The glaring one was a girl I’d forgotten to call back. I ducked, sheepishly, with a little apologetic wave, and came out on the other side.
I’d never even heard Hazel raise her voice, never mind cry. Never mind cry in public. But I didn’t need to use my astute Sherlock skills to see Hazel was on the verge of doing all three. She stopped close to Jay and Kimmy, like she was verifying what she was seeing was real.
One more intimate touch from Kimmy on Jay and that was it. Hazel moved in for the kill.
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