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Review – Artificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle

Review – Artificial Sweethearts by Julie HammerleArtificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle
Published by Entangled: Crush on July 10th 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 229
Source: Publisher

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying student golf coach, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.
So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they’re both taken. Definitely not. And it’s not butterflies that makes a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long—so long that Sam wishes it were real.
But Tinka keeps people at arm’s length—she’s always been second best, even to her parents. And her relationship-for-show could crush everything when she realizes she’s done with fake, pretend, and second-best.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains bikinis at the lake, a lot of making out in dark theaters, and a meet-cute you’ll read twice.

Tinka Foster is blindsided when she comes home from boarding school and finds out her parents have relocated to North Pole Minnesota. She sees a whole new side to her parents including their new friends who have a son they are trying to hook her up with. Sam Anderson is her next door neighbor. Sam is also having issues with family members trying to set him up with random people. He catches a glimpse of Tinka and tells the person he is not wanting to date that he’s dating Tinka. When they meet and Tinka finds out she’s furious at first. She then sees merit to a fake relationship. It could solve both their problems.

In an Oyster Shell – A really cute romance with great characters.

The Pearls – I always like the stories about people who pretend to be in a relationship. It almost always works out to be something more. Even though this is a storyline I’ve seen before, the settings and characters breathe new life into it.

The characters were adorable. Tinka was a spunky heorine. Tinka was a flawed character that got redeemed throughout the story. Sam was a guy-next-door type. The two of them together made for a cohesive match. There were strong supporting characters that added a nice layer to the story.

The romance was nice. It had a nice pacing to it. It wasn’t an instant romance but built up over the course of the story. The end result of the relationship made the story worth reading.

The Sand – The ending could have been a little more fulfilling.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About Julie Hammerle

Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write “for real,” she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.

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