Series: North Pole Minnesota #2
Author: Julie Hammerle
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Published Date: July 10, 2017
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, YA
My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5
It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying student golf coach, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.
So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they’re both taken. Definitely not. And it’s not butterflies that makes a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long—so long that Sam wishes it were real.
But Tinka keeps people at arm’s length—she’s always been second best, even to her parents. And her relationship-for-show could crush everything when she realizes she’s done with fake, pretend, and second-best.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains bikinis at the lake, a lot of making out in dark theaters, and a meet-cute you’ll read twice.
I love reading fake romance books because I'm always interested to see if they will fall for each other for real or just go back to being friends, etc after the romance need is over.
Artificial Sweethearts did not disappoint.
Tinka and Sam are from two different worlds it seems. Sam is expected to help everyone in the family and make sure everyone is okay, after the death of his mom. While Tinka is left having to constantly please her parents after a death in the family left them heartbroken. Together they share stories, memories and how hard it is to live up to the expectations placed on them by others. All while having a fake romance to avoid family chosen bf/gf relationships. The big question is though will they actually fall for each other? Or will they be able to end the summer as nothing more than friends?
Overall I really enjoyed this story. First, it's Christmas in July and Christmas is one of my favorite holidays so an excuse to celebrate it I am all for. Add a character who changes throughout the book and goes from keeping everyone at arm's length or just simply pushing them away when they get too close to someone who is able to have good relationships I'm all for as well.
We all know I'm not much of a romance reader, but as it is summer and I have been reading so much fantasy, and historical fiction recently I figured it was time to read a contemporary book. This one did not disappoint and I actually enjoyed the romance/relationship for a change. The tension between Sam and Tinka was really the driving force in this book as it caused them to do or say certain things to try and keep things even.
The friendships that are also shown while very rocky at the start, I really grew to like and it was nice to see characters actually work through their problems, instead of just jumping over them and everything being all sunshine and rainbows.
If you're not much of a romance reader than I would still say this is a good choice as it's a fake relationship that deals with so much more.
Thank you to YAReads, NetGalley and Entangled Teen for an e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest review and as a part of this blog tour!