November 16, 2014

REVIEW: For Now (Rules of Love #2) By, Chelsea M. Cameron

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Two people. A relationship with no commitment. What could go wrong?

Javier Cruz definitely isn’t relationship material, but that suits Hazel Gellar just fine. She’s not a girlfriend girl and doesn’t plan on ever being one.

But after a mind-blowing, bed-breaking night, she knows once isn’t going to be enough. Fortunately, Javi feels the same way. And it's not just the sex. Javi is funny and complicated and Hazel loves being around him, even when he drives her nuts.

Will she and Javi make the choice to be together for longer than just right NOW? Or will their hangups about romance be the end?

When I started For Now I knew I was going into it without having read the first book in the series. It focuses on a different couple but we get introduced to both Javi and Hazel. While you don’t have to read the first book to enjoy or even understand these characters, it would be a good idea for you to do that. Javi and Hazel’s frenemy relationship started in the first book so I missed seeing them meet.

Hazel Gellar has too much going on in her life to ever think about starting a relationship with someone that goes past one night. She is planning on law school and when she is not in school she is working in a bar to pay for school. She doesn’t have any family support so she is doing this all on her own. I liked Hazel. She was really focused on her schooling but she also knew when to have fun and release some stress. She never let Javi get away without having the awkward what does this mean convo that a lot of lead women seem to be content to let the men walk away from. Hazel didn’t really let Javi get away with any of the usual BS and drama a lot of other characters are content to let happen. When Javi was being moody and grumpy she told him to talk about it or leave, she wouldn’t let him ask questions he wasn’t willing to also answer, she talked about her feelings the minute they started to change from for now to more.

Javi Cruz has never and will never be boyfriend material until he meets Hazel. His family situation isn’t any better than hers since he comes from a family of criminals. Now he has realized what he wants and he is willing to do anything to get it. Javi’s character was laughable in the beginning. The first couple times we meet him he is hitting on Hazel with blatant innuendos and pick up lines. Once we got to know him we learned there was so much more there than a playboy. He is can cook, he is really smart, takes a million classes, and it super charming. (Oh and he is so good in bed he breaks your bed). Once Javi gets that Hazel will not let him get away with anything he was pretty open with his past and even his feelings. While he wanted to move fast you can see the way he looks at their relationship and it makes sense.

There are very few books that I have read that show a couple work through things with very little drama. Javi and Hazel worked through their insecurities and reservations together as a couple. Their relationship was genuine, real, and honest to me.

I also love that the author gave us an ending for the couple in the first book as well. We got to see them after the HEA and see them work through problems of their own even though the book wasn’t focused on them. The story was well written and I personally loved that it was set in Maine. I noticed a couple of them where and that makes me happy. Being from Maine myself there are not a lot of books, that I can say I have read, that have been based there. I really liked reading this story and I would love to read the first one. If you are in the mood for a contemporary without a lot of drama, has amazing characters, and a story filled with romance and humor this book is definitely for you.

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