Author: Cassie Mae
Published: December 2nd 2013
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Ever since high school, Kayla has been crazy for gorgeous football player Talon. But before she could muster the courage to tell him, he became a hot item with her beautiful BFF, Reagan. The only person who knows Kayla’s secret is Wesley, Talon’s best bud—and he’s got it bad for Reagan. Now they’re all in college together, hanging out 24/7. For Kayla, seeing the two lovebirds together is absolutely unbearable. So Kayla and Wesley hatch a plot to drive them apart before Talon has a chance to give Reagan the Christmas gift she’s been waiting for.
Soon enough, the once happy couple is fighting. Reagan suddenly can’t get enough of Wesley’s goofy sense of humor, and Talon seems to be paying more attention to Kayla than a guy who’s “only a friend” ever should. But just when everything seems to be falling into place, Kayla and Wesley accidentally spend a night together and discover a hitch in their plan they never considered: that switching partners may not lead to a perfect ending after all.
This sounded like one of those "Oooh!" kind of stories. The whole romantic partner switcharoo kind and those are so fun to read because they can be hilarious and heartwarming. And this one is exactly that.
I can relate to Kayla a lot when it comes to her feelings for Talon. It was almost like going back in time for me actually. 'Hey, I like him, he likes someone else, I'm sad, then he acts like he likes me, and I'm confused.' (giggles quietly to self) The interactions between this foursome were sometimes amusing and then there were those real life kind of moments where you cringe internally. The romance built up wonderfully, and not in the way you expect it to, which is what made it all the more better. Wesley and Kayla have this perfect friendship and you can't help but stand on the sidelines and cheer for them to discover what this could be.
I have to say, I really adored Switched. While this one is listed more as New Adult, it reads more like YA and has a feel of both worlds, although more YA in my opinion. It had it all--realistic situations and well-structured romantic tension--and I had to keep reading. Cassie Mae was amazing at capturing these moments and I need to read more by her now!