Book Review: Switched by Cassie Mae

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.

Release Date: December 2, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli

Every once in a while I get what I call "reading fatigue" and I look for an easy, simple read.  I want a book where I don't have to work hard at remembering the "rules" of the fantasy or paranormal world, and I want a stand-alone novel, so I can have plenty of closure.  Switched was perfect for me, and I read it during a stressful time, so it was a really nice reprieve from my reality.

Switched was a flirty and fun read.  It was pure escapism fiction for me.  I was invested in the story from the very first line.  I really felt for Kayla, being so in love with her best friend's boyfriend.  I spent a majority of the book rooting for Kayla and Talon...until I started to see the signs that maybe Talon wasn't the perfect guy for her.

There weren't' a lot of surprises in Switched as far as the plot goes. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.  It made the book light and easy to read.  I did have a couple of complaints, foremost, Talon's name.  Seriously, his first name is Talon.  Every time I read "Talon" I thought of a predatory bird.  It drove me nuts!  Talon's name made me objectify him and it actually made it harder for me to like him.  My other complaint is that Kayla was so selfish for most of the book.  She forges ahead with her plan to break up Talon and Reagan and rationalizes everything she does by saying it's for their own good.  Not an admirable character trait, and not something I could easily identify with.  Kayla's saving grace was that she recognizes this about herself by the end of the story and vows to be different.

Overall I really enjoyed Switched.  It's not a life-changing read but it was a lot of fun while it lasted.  I'd definitely read this author again.

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1 comment:

  1. Glad this book could help you escape for a little while :) Thank you so much for this review!



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