It Had to Be You

James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter?

Level-headed, book-smart Edelweiss may have traveled the world thanks to her dad’s job, but when it comes to friends and boys, she knows exactly nothing. Newly enrolled in boarding school, Edel is now on a mission to learn it all. James says he’ll help her experience the ultimate high school life—if she’ll be his fake girlfriend. And fake is perfect, because he’s exactly the kind of player she’d never date.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains red-hot romance, all the feels, and a soul-mate bad boy.

Lizzy Charles has created a sweet cliché romance by showing the beauty in interracial relationships. It’s one of those ‘junk food’ books you read for a guilty pleasure, not because you’re trying to have some kind of an epiphany.

Charles developed her characters well within her story but not to the point you’d lose interest. She even managed to show the pitfalls miscommunication or lack of it can have on a relationship. Shockingly Charles even gave her character some backbone by making them take personal responsibility for being less than perfect.

The point of views become a real treat to the reader as you’re able to get the story fleshed out with distinctly different personalities. It’s a very short story so you can easily finish it in an afternoon and receive a pleasant break from life in the process. Her book flows well and even if some of it feels like it’s been recycled from every other romance novel or cheesy teen drama, Charles has a great writing style that’s all her own so you still end up feeling glad you spent your time with it.

Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to review this book.

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