Title: Breaking the Rules of Revenge
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Mallory Jones is tired of being the girl who stays home and practices French horn while her identical twin, Blake, is crowned homecoming queen. So when she has the opportunity to pretend to be Blake, she takes it. At Camp Pine Ridge, she will spread her wings and emerge a butterfly. Or at least someone who finally gets kissed by a cute guy. That is, until bad boy Ben Iron Cloud shows up, ready to get revenge on Blake—aka Mallory.
If it weren’t for that infuriating girl, Ben wouldn’t even be at camp. Luckily, he now has six weeks to soak up some rays and get even with his nemesis. But the more time he spends with Blake, the more he realizes she’s nothing like the girl he thought she was—she’s kind and innocent and suddenly way too tempting. And soon enough, revenge is the last thing on his mind. Unfortunately, the girl he’s falling for is keeping a major secret…
Disclaimer: This book contains a super-hot bad boy out for revenge, all sorts of camp hijinks, and a girl who realized she’s been a butterfly all along.
Received an ARC from Netgalley on behalf of Entangled Crush Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Have you ever seen The Parent Trap? You may have seen the original 1961 version with Haley Mills, my personal favorite. Or you may only know the 1998 version with Lindsey Lohan, when she was young, cute, and innocent. Now you know how long ago I am talking about. Well this story is similar with a few differences. First, difference this story has nothing to do with getting parents back together. Second, it has more a prince and the pauper kind of switch-a-rue.
We have a pair of sisters. Identical twins, however they couldn’t be more different. Think of Disney channel’s original series Liv and Maddie. Blake is the popular, athletic, beauty queen of her school. She is also completely self-absorbed. She is a flirt and craves being the center of attention. She wants to be the girl that all girls want to be and all guys want to be with. Mallory on the other hand is on the complete opposite spectrum. She loves to be in the library surrounded by her friends Austen, Dickinson, and the Brontë sisters. She loves romance stories (a girl after my own heart) and loves the day dreams that come from them. She stays under the radar, not many people realize that Ms. Oh-So-Popular-Blake has a sister. Hidden behind her glasses, French horn, and lack of confidences, Mallory is always in the shadow of her sister.
When Blake gets into some serious legal trouble which causes her father and the District Attorney to come up with a suitable punishment. The punishment – seems to an outside perceptive (such as me) – to not fit the crime; however, Blake feels as if her entire world falls apart at the thought of being forced to go to summer camp for the next six weeks of her summer. Blake comes up with a plan to switch her Mallory. Mallory sees this as her chance to live like Blake. She didn’t think thought Blake’s life would be so messy with drama.
Ben is stuck going to summer camp because of a horrible, selfish, drama queen, who pulled a ridiculous prank at the school, and blamed him for it. He can’t stand Blake and the drama she has all around her. So when he sees her at camp he is determined to make her life as miserable as she has made his. But Blake is acting different. She isn’t being the same Blake that he has known this past school year. Something about her has made him start to like her, which is not part of the plan. The more he actually spends time with “this Blake” the more he realizes she must have more layers to her then he ever thought.
Mallory doesn’t know what to do, she is falling for Ben (the heart throb from her school, HARD). She is scared though. Is Ben falling for Blake or her as Blake? Mallory world goes all topsy-turvey when an unexpected visitor makes an appearance at the camp, making Mallory’s life worse.
The story was pretty good. I liked Mallory. She is reserved, non-confrontational, and kind. I think we all at times want to live in someone else’s shoes, until we realize that being true to ourselves is more important. The grass is not always greener on the other side, and that is what Mallory realized.
The story has a HEA, and is super cutie.
Makes you want to go back in time to summer camp.
Parental Advisory: Bullying, hot kissing, talk about virginity, make-out sessions, problems with the law, some underage drinking.
Shortly after graduating from law school, Samantha had three children and started writing novels. She never looked back, though she suspects her husband has. Ruby’s Misadventures with Reality is her first book, but hopefully not her last.