Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Book Review: Smitten by Lacey Weatherford

Crush Series - Smitten (#2)

Author: Lacey Weatherford
Genre:  YA Romance
Published:  Moonstruck Media 2013
Pages: 352
Rating: 4/5
Read: February 2016

Life is good. Cami is away at her dream college with her dream man by her side. She thinks if she can just get through with meeting Hunter’s family that everything will be perfect. Little does she know that life’s about to turn upside down again when Hunter is called to infiltrate a gang whose specialty is chopping and racing cars. His contact happens to be a beautiful curvy girl who is the gang leader’s sister and he has to pose as her boyfriend. Communication with Cami is basically forbidden to help keep his cover.

Hunter, however, can’t stand being away from the girl he really loves, and he sneaks away one night to meet her across town. He doesn’t know the gang leader, Ripper, has suspicions about him already and he’s following him to see where he goes. He surprises Hunter and Cami, and Hunter quickly introduces her as his foster sister who is having some car trouble. He thinks all is well until he discovers he has one serious problem. Ripper likes Cami and decides to pursue her, drawing her into the same dangerous world he’s supposed to bring down.

Can he keep his cover without having Cami get caught in the crossfire? Will the two of them survive having to watch each other fake it in the arms of another? Or will their hot stolen kisses destroy everything?


I really enjoyed this novel!  The second book to the Crush Series was full of action and several plot twists, from Cami getting caught up again in another undercover adventure, to the very end of the book.  One of the biggest twists was right near the end but Lacey Weatherford kept the reader on their toes throughout the whole thing!  In the end Roberta was the biggest enemy... but you will work that out as you read it... I don't want to give everything away!

For me I'm amazed that Ripper cannot see right away that the foster brother and sister are into each other.  But I think his character was meant to see only what he wanted to see, which in his case was Cami.  How awful!  I loved how Hunter and Cami's relationship had to change but they continued to steal moments away together to pursue each other!

It was a very lovey dovey novel, where Hunter/Dylan felt a huge amount of Love and lust for his girlfriend.  The novel when it is written through the hero's eyes made me think about how our own partner's might view us in such a nice light.

I enjoyed a lot of things from this novel.  I got the romance side of things just by reading about the interactions between Cami and Hunter... I got the adventure through the undercover mission and through the many stolen kisses.
Crazy things happen in this book, however I did feel that the ending closed the series quite well... it could have only been a two book series... but I am still looking forward to reading book three, Love... and I'm not going to lie... I'm already 100 pages in! <3

The line below is my favourite because even though Hunter is supposed to not to anything to jeopardise the operation, he still watches over Cami by whacking the person who has been holding her for a couple of weeks.  It probably helped get out a lot of frustrations due to Hunter not being allowed to hold his girlfriend, and Hunter having to put on a show with Rippers sister.

Favourite Line:
Hunter didn't reply to my remark, instead quickly jumping out of the door and striding towards Ripper.  I sat there, dumbfounded as I watched him swing back and punch Ripper in the face. (Ch. 22)

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