by Julie Hammerle
July 10, 2017
Blurb from Goodreads: 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.
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
Still looking for a beach read and love YA romances? Grab a copy of Artificial Sweethearts, Julie Hammerle’s next installment in her North Pole, Minnesota series. You can read my review of the first in the series, Any Boy But You, here.
Tinka and Sam make a cute couple that I enjoyed reading about. Tinka is trying to deal with all kinds of issues, some of her own making and some made by her family and friends. As the blurb says, she’s good at keeping people at a distance, but I don’t think she is near as bad as her friends seem to suggest. She seems conscientious and just got in over her head when away at school. Baking is her dream and her escape.
Sam is a nice guy who doesn’t have a lot of experience with girls, even though he’s incredible. (What’s up with that?) He’s even too nice to say “no” and gets himself into trouble.
While the writing is light and the plot perhaps a bit clichéd, Hammerle brings in enough touches that make it her own. It’s a perfect beach read or for that time when you just need something sweet and cheery.
I’m looking forward to the next installment!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Buy link from Amazon: Artificial Sweethearts
4 out of 5 butterflies