One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley 3 Stars!
They couldn’t be more opposite, the Hollywood actor and the hometown girl, but all they need is a little convention magic to become the perfect ship in Cathy Yardley’s One True Pairing.
Jake Reese needs a decoy girlfriend. Fast. The lead actor of the popular TV show, Mystics, is tired of losing his shirt to overeager fans. Literally. Which is why a chance meeting with gothabilly bookworm-slash-barista Hailey Frost seems almost too perfect to be true. Hailey is not impressed with his TV fame and is desperate to save her family’s bookstore. It’s a match made in Hollywood, but as the two pretend to date, fan fiction becomes reality. Can this OTP become canon?
I love Cathy Yardley’s writing. I love it in this book too. Her words just pop off the page.
She creates great characters. Jake is such a lovely sexy human. Halley is fierce and loyal and funny.
My favorite parts of the book are the most feminist ones. Yardley does a great job thinking about the small oppressions and aggressions on selfhood and imagine a world in which the heroine calls them sees them and calls them all out. Loved it.
She is sexually assertive and clear about her sexual needs. She calls Jake out when he tries to “do” for her when she can handle things herself or it really isn’t his business.
Jake is reflective and apologies. He has never been told these things and really processes what she says. That is hot. There is also a good bit that deals fandom and the objectification of Jake.
I love Haley’s sisters and Jake’s fellow actors. I adore pretend dating plots though really they just should have dated.
However, the rest of the plot was wonky, tired, and unneeded, I don’t want to give out spoilers but it would have been a much better book if it stayed with the basic conflicts and not pour all the extra sauce on.
I am really interested in the sisters getting books and I will read them happily.
I was given this book for my honest review. So there you have it!