Personal Foul by Jerica MacMillan
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I don’t think I can sink any lower …
Somehow I’ve ended up blackmailing a girl into pretending to be my girlfriend. Let me back up. I’ve known Charity since high school. Well, we went to the same exclusive prep school, anyway. We weren’t friends, though.
Now we’re at the same university, and her friend group keeps crossing paths with mine, much to her obvious dismay. Given how vocal she is about disliking me, it’s become a hobby of mine to needle her more anytime the opportunity presents itself. She makes it so easy, getting all red and fiery every time I make even a halfhearted effort to rile her up.
She’s a little spitfire. And maybe I’m a masochist, but I kinda dig it. Problem is, she clearly hates me. I only make it worse when she begs me to keep a secret I stumble upon, and instead of saying sure, no problem, I tell her she has to clean my apartment. Then one of my teammates discovers her there, assumes we’re dating, and before I know it …
We are. Or at least we’re pretending to. Problem is, I actually like spending time with her, even though she hates my guts. Except the longer we spend time together, the less she seems to hate me after all … And the line between pretend and reality starts to blur.
Can we overcome our terrible beginning and make our fake relationship real? Or will all our secrets tear us apart in the end?
Personal Foul is a full length standalone enemies to lovers romance featuring a hot, bossy football players and the shy girl from high school he blackmails into being his girlfriend. Full of heat and heart with an HEA guaranteed!
This is my first book by Jerica MacMillan and honestly, I’ve read better. The first part of the book was slow, and I just couldn’t see the two protagonists ever getting on the same page. The second half of the book was better with the characters finally coming of age and vowing to be better people, but it seemed too late. Also, the ending wasn’t satisfying to me. I just didn’t feel these two would have a happily ever ending what with their differences and personal family issues.
Dylan is very unlikable with his arrogance and sleazy way of blackmailing a girl who is going through a bad time in her life. He thinks it’s funny to see how far he can go to get her riled up and promises to keep quiet about her father’s insider trading if she cleans his apartment in a tiny maid outfit. He claims he’s liked her since high school, but considering he was part of a group that made her life hell, I find that hard to believe. Yes, he does start to change and apologizes later, but he didn’t redeem himself in my eyes.
Charity has a chip on her shoulder with the way she lies to her new friends and hides her family’s new wealth. She also assumed people’s feelings and tended to write them off. Yes, she was bullied in high school, but she promised herself she would make new friends who understood her. What does she do? She doesn’t tell her roommate and BFF anything about herself for 3 years. She does need to learn to stand up for herself and just tell Dylan to fuck off, but she lets him walk all over her. She does finally open up and come clean to everyone, but I was disappointed how she lets Dylan’s asshole parents walk all over her.
Though Charity’s roommate was a bit overwhelming with her pursuit of a football player who wasn’t into her, I liked her dedication and support for her friend Charity. Charity’s sister, Hope gives out good advice and her adorable daughter Grace is a hoot with her lovely tea parties. Dylan’s sister is a spoiled princess, but she is an instant Charity fan and loves her brother.
Unfortunately, this romance fell short for me. I was hoping Dylan and Charity would grow more but became discouraged at their childish demeanor and unacceptable behavior.
Thank you to Ms. MacMillan for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jerica MacMillan has been reading romance since she stumbled into the paperback section of the library as a middle schooler. And it’s been an ongoing love affair ever since!
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