Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #3
Published by: Entangled Teen on April 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.
Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.
As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.
Well, and the stalkerazzi.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: Seven Day Fiancé, The Fine Art of Pretending, You're Still the One
One Line: A sweet and fun contemporary read with one heck of a swoonworthy guy!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
After loving My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and it’s sequel, A Tale of Two Centuries, I couldn’t wait to dive into My Not So Super Sweet Life. Just as I suspected, I loved it! Harris’ writing is just as fun and sweet as it’s always been and I loved revisiting these characters. Even though this one has way more drama and real feelings than the other two books, I really enjoyed the story and watching it all unfold.
In this story, Cat has to deal with the crazy antics of her estranged mother. I definitely did not like her mother at all. While she wasn’t outright mean or anything, she was careless, selfish, and had no love for Cat whatsoever. Poor Cat! She knows her mother is trouble and everyone says so, but a small part of her can’t help but want to work things out with her, figure out why she left her and try to forge some kind of relationship with her. I was honestly surprised she felt that way about her mother, but I understood it. She needed to learn for herself what her mother was truly like. I think Harris did a great job with how their relationship went and letting the reader see Cat’s feelings and what was on her mind through all this.
Easily the best part of this story was Lucas. Hand down! I loved his POVs and just being inside his head. He’s such a genuinely good guy, loyal, sweet, and super swoonworthy. He definitely proves his worth in Cat’s world in this book and I liked that not only do we get to see how much he helps Cat with her troubles, we get to see how he handles his troubles. Even though Cat really cares for Lucas, it’s obvious she’s still guarded and hesitant and I love how he basically sweeps her off her feet and shows her how much she means to him. I swear, I wanted to shake Cat and be like “DO NOT let this boy go”! He was just plain awesome.
If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll definitely want to give this one a read. It’s just a sweet, easy, fun read. Perfect as Spring or Summer read, for sure. I’m seriously hoping a certain new character introduced in this book will get his own book because I’m dying to know more about him. Looking for a fun YA contemporary read with a bit of romance? Look no further than MNSSSL!
Austin chuckles as I step forward, reverently skimming my fingertips over the body. The Ferrari Enzo is rare. Only four hundred of them are even in existence. Made completely out of carbon fiber, this baby can go from zero to sixty in three point three seconds. It’s a street legal racecar.
Stroking the tapered nose, I say, “What I wouldn’t give to get under her hood.” Cat elbows me in the ribs, and I tuck her back against my side. “Don’t worry. I want to get under yours, too.”
She rolls her eyes like I’m an idiot, but a smile twitches her lips.
“Man, go for it.” I look back to see Austin shake his head in disgust. “It’s only collecting dust anyway. Another one of my father’s toys.”
His eyes harden as he stares at the car, and I can tell he means it. My palms itch to accept…but that’s not why we’re here. We’re here for Cat, and she’s more important than a car. Even my dream car.
“Maybe some other time.”
“You got it.” Austin hops in his truck, guns the engine, and rolls down his window. Music pours out, and he raises his voice to say, “Seriously though, go wild in there. A cleaning crew comes every Friday to restock the place, so mi casa es su casa, all right?”
I press a kiss against Cat’s hair, tightening my grip around her shoulder. “Thanks, man.”
He nods. Transferring his attention to the girl in my arms, Austin’s smirk drops as he reaches back to lower the music. “Cat, you know we’ve got this, right? You’re part of Less’s family, which means you’re now part of mine. Between the three of us”—he tosses a glance in my direction—“we’ve got you covered. No one’s gonna mess with you. You hear me?”
A small shudder rocks her frame, and an intense loathing of Kate Lyons floods my system. Cat squeezes my hand, somehow sensing my emotions, and says softly, “I do. Thanks, Austin. For being cool and letting us chill here for a while. I appreciate it.”
I know that was big for her. It’s been a process to accept help and to trust that people have her back. There’s my silver lining in all this. Maybe she’ll finally see that she’s not alone.
Austin’s normal smirk returns. “Hey, Alessandra called me a dashing hero, which I’m pretty sure is Shakespearean for awesome. Hooking you up scored me major points, so looks like we all win.”
Cat laughs, and he winks. The truck inches forward, and we step back, watching as he drives down to the gate where security stops him. Apparently, the fact that this house is his doesn’t matter; Jack subjects Austin to the same treatment I got earlier. Austin doesn’t seem to care. With a good-natured shrug, he glances back at us with a smile, salutes Jack, and then hops back into his idling truck, apparently passing the inquisition. Thrusting his arm out the open window, he takes off, blaring music trailing behind him.
Silence falls, and we’re alone.
Or, as alone as two teenagers can be with a large security detail several yards away. Cat sags against me, releasing a heavy breath, and I tighten my hold around her.
“Nothing,” she says. “I don’t want to do anything. I don’t want to think, I don’t want to talk. I just want to spend the rest of the day in ignorant bliss and pretend I’m someone else. I’m not the daughter of a Hollywood diva; you’re not the son of a music mogul. Skeezy dudes aren’t waiting to snap a picture of us making out or of me picking my nose. We’re just a normal, everyday couple, with a huge, stinking house all to ourselves.” She shifts her head back to give me an upside down grin. “But don’t be getting any ideas. We’re a PG-13, everyday couple with a house all to ourselves, you dig?”
Smiling, I touch my forehead to hers. “Have you seen PG-13 movies lately? I can definitely work with that rating.”
Cat smacks the side of my thigh, but it’s her genuine, full-body laugh that sends the sting. It’s like an electric jolt straight to my chest. I would do anything for that sound. To keep that beautiful smile on her face and the fear out of her eyes. After years of feeling lost, moving back and forth across the world, I’ve finally found my home. This is where I belong.
And I’ll do anything to protect what’s mine.
About the Author: As a teen, Rachel Harris threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels. As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends.
She grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother and staying up late sneak reading her mam’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.
She homeschools her two beautiful girls and loves watching reality television with her amazing husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with readers!