Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Review: Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Rae

Title: Friday Night Alibi
Author: Cassie Mae
Author Info: Website|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: New Adult
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 29th July 2013

Tell Me About It
In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.

Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black., and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.
My Thoughts
Need an alibi for Friday night? Dinner date, movie night?  You name it Kelli has it covered, for a price.  Kelli is the Friday Night Alibi for those who don't want to lose their trust funds by dating the wrong type of person.  Kelli Pinkins is the ideal girlfriend or friend to be associated with.  The only person who know about Kelli's business is her best friend Sadie, her gamer friend on Friday nights, and the people she is an alibi for.

Friday Night Alibi is another book I failed at taking review notes for.  I began reading and when I went to bed I realised I was half way through and hadn't really made any notes.  The characters feel down to earth, even though they are trust fund babies, and while I can see where Kelli was coming from with her Friday Night Alibi 'business' it made it hard for her to get out and meet people herself, to be a teenager like everyone else she was being an alibi for.  She works so hard keeping everyone else's cover, it limits her ability to go out an meet others, and actually take a chance at being in a real relationship.

I loved Chase from the moment we meet him and how we meet him, just from the casual way he reacts to seeing Kelli under an air hockey table, and then getting a tennis ball hit on his butt, that seriously made me laugh out loud.  He is the perfect person for Kelli, not taking any crap off her and giving as good as he gets.  The pranks these two play on each other had me laughing and cringing in pain at the same time.  As the friendship between Kelli and Chase develops I love how its realistic, and slow, it actually feels like a true friendship has formed before it jumps straight into the relationship part, and even then there is a lot of denial.  When it finally comes down to sharing feelings I approve of how Chase stood his ground and made it clear to Kelli what he wanted and why.

Friday Night Alibi is a quick read that I not only stormed through, but also really enjoyed.  I would definitely read more books by Cassie Rae, especially if we get to re-visit some of the characters in this book.

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