Review | Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

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Title | Not Okay, Cupid
Author | Heidi R. Kling
Genre | YA Contemporary, Romance
Pages | 234 pages
Publisher | Entangled: Crush
Series | None
Release Date | January 11th, 2016

Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart…

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.

Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.

With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge…or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.

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As an advocate for all things romantic at the moment, this book is perfect for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time reading about love but need their regular fix of it. Heidi R. Kling, perhaps one of my favourite Entangled authors has you covered with another one of her fantastic novels.

“Oh, yes. You know me,” Felix said, but a flash of something crossed his eyes—hurt? No way. Not Felix.

If you regularly read this blog, you’ll notice that for a British girl, I read a lot of American publishing house Entangled books. They’re usually cute and sweet and just what I need to get me out and over a book hangover. Perfect right? Yet I found that Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling managed to hit the spot right where I need it, while the others barely managed to find it. It was fresh and new, though kept inline with all my usual points regarding Entangled books.

“Haven’t you heard? Revenge is the best medicine for heartbreak.”

Felix and Hazel decided to get revenge on Hazel’s ex, who has up and left her for her best friend. It’s an absolute rubbish thing to do, or to have done to you, and I don’t think I’d ever allow a man to treat me as such. But still, Hazel decides to use Felix, her best friends brother to hurt her ex. A little bit silly of you ask me, because revenge is definitely not the best medicine and it will not make you feel better.

Unfortunately, I cannot tell characters this because they are fictional. So of course, my predictions always come true. While I really liked this book, the whole ‘don’t get mad, get even’ plot seemed too infantile for myself. It never works and to even put the idea forward seems a bit ludicrous. Also, as we have seen in many other books (i.e, To All the Boys etc) faking relationships always ends in one party catching feelings for the other.

It is a difficult matter to keep love imprisoned.

The characters are cute and have a little depth, but their depth seems to let the book down a bit. I would describe the as an ‘airy’ read because its light and soppy – something to encounter if you just need a bit of fluff or have a few hours to spare (e.g train journeys). As usual, I read before I go to bed, so reading this soothed me and made me feel quite happy. Felix is a sweetie and Hazel you just want to hug. They do make an adorable couple, even if they aren’t brought together in the most normal way.

I’d advise you all to give this book a try. The cute nature of it made me smile uncontrollably, so I definitely recommend it if you need a pick me up. I have to admit that I am now interested in Heidi’s other works, so stay tuned for more reviews on her work in the near future.

4 stars

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Still unsure on whether this book is the one for you? Have a look at what other bloggers have to say.

Thecrazyperfectionist says “Not Okay, Cupid was an entertaining read. The plot was simple and predictable, but done nicely.”

Tasha @ Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books says “To sum it up, this is is a fluffy, funlight read that will have you laughing, squealing and leave you in a good mood.”

Cris @ My Tiny Obssessions says “This book made me laugh… out loud… in very public places!

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