Artificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle is a young adult novel that is scheduled to be released on July 10th, 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC… SYNOPSIS: 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.
About the author: Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write “for real,” she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.
My thoughts: Artificial Sweethearts is a fun, sweet romantic read. I really enjoyed being swept away in this young adult romance novel all about a fake relationship. While I found that the plot line was somewhat predictable and lack luster, the overall story was really sweet. I do feel like the fake boyfriend/girlfriend story has been told before and there really is not much of a way to make it any different. Overall, I found this to be a fun read but a read that makes me feel like I have read it before and I know how it will end. **I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.**