On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome, blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he’s a tattooed, guitar-playing bundle of bad boy. Maybe that’s why Taylor’s afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn’t want to get burned, and even though her other roommates adore him, she wants him gone before it’s too late.
Hunter himself has been been burned before, but the fact that Taylor calls him out on his crap and has the sexiest laugh ever make him decide maybe love isn’t a lost cause. They make a bet: if she can convince him she truly loves or hates him, he’ll leave the apartment–and leave her alone. The problem is, the more time they spend together, the less she hates him, and the more she moves toward love.
But when the man who holds the key to Taylor’s fear of giving up her heart resurfaces and threatens to wreck everything, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever.
I was super excited when Chelsea approached me with reading an ARC of My Favorite Mistake. I had this on my TBR list and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It was all the better when I got to read it early. I was excited for some drama and secrets with a damaged, tattooed bad boy and a seemingly uptight also damaged girl. Seemed like it would make for a quick read and also check off lots of boxes!
Told from Taylor Caldwell’s POV, we meet Hunter Zaccadelli on move in day at UMaine. Taylor and her two roomies, Darah and Renee are waiting to find out who their fourth will be, when super hot Hunter walks in. Of course, because Darah and Renee were already roomies last year, they’ve decided to bunk together this year…that leaves Taylor stuck with Hunter. She fights this tooth and nail. Going down to the residence office and trying her damnedest to get Hunter out of their apartment. But, it’s a co-ed hall, and that’s how it works. So they make a bet. If she can prove she either loves him or hates him, he’s gone at the end of the semester. No questions asked. But he’s the one that decides. And she’s not sure how to convince him she hates him. Because she does, right?
They both have their secrets. Neither is willing to spill. This makes for great tension between them, because they are roommates after all, and it’s common to get to know your roommates. Taylor really keeps EVERYONE at arm’s length in her life. Aside from her one friend, Megan, who knows her whole story, the rest is only known by her mom, sister Tawny and her absentee dad. To let anyone else in would mean opening those old wounds. Because of this, falling in love is also not an option.
Hunter slowly wears Taylor down. And I loved it. Their chemistry and the evolution of their relationship was great. Hunter wouldn’t give up on Taylor. He was really just beyond yummy. As the story went on, he got more and more delicious and I wished he was real! :)
There was so much drama surrounding both of their secrets, you weren’t really sure which way their relationship was headed at any given point. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t go into the specifics, but I loved how Chelsea presented the secrets to us as readers. We experienced that pain with both of them. Through this, though, they were able to not heal each other, but heal themselves. And I loved that.
The other characters in the book were also fantastic! Darah and Renee are Hunter and Taylor’s other roomies and I love how they get in on the Hunter and Taylor drama. Tawny, Taylor’s sister, is so loyal and honest and actually really complements Hunter’s personality well. Then there was Megan, Taylor’s best friend and the only one to know her secret outside her family. She sheds great light on Taylor’s dilemma and helps her come to terms. There’s Hunter’s friends, Sean and Dev and then his cousin Mase, and again, they’re all fun and help round out the story. I loved all the ways that the characters connected in small groups, all together, and individually. It was great. For all of them, but of course mainly Hunter and Taylor, it was really a lesson on leaning on others for support and being okay with people knowing your past and hoping they can help you move forward into a better future.
I would love to see more of these characters honestly. I think that the book as a whole was a great story, but once it really got going and had great momentum, it ended. I wasn’t ready for it to be over. For that, I would love to see where this could all go further. I give this story 4.5 stars and recommend to those that like college romance in the new adult genre. There’s strong language (which I appreciated because, let’s face it, it’s college), sex and loads and loads of angst. But at the end of it all, it’s a great story, about falling apart in order to come back together.