Author: Christa Jeanne
Type of book: Mexican male/American female relationship, culture clash, vegan vs carnivore, comedy, interracial pairing, working hard, hiding, failures
Year it was published: 2014
After being dumped by the last bad boy she’s ever going to date, Calliope meets her Hispanic prince charming. Peter Delgadillo is the perfect gentleman, sure, but he’s also extremely easy to look at with a flirtatious grin, naturally tanned skin that just radiates over gorgeous muscle, and the potential to be Calliope’s passionate Latin lover who whispers sweet Spanish nothings into her ear. Hmmm. If only she could convince him that she is his Caucasian love goddess. However, Peter wants to remain in the ‘just amigos’ category. Well, that is until a pipe bursts and they are forced to stay with Peter’s mother. He confesses that in order to ease his mother’s ailing heart, they need to act like a couple in love. Pretend to adore one another? Play the part of the adorable girlfriend while getting to touch, fondle, cuddle and cozy up to the man that she’s been madly in love with for years? No problemo!
However, nothing is getting past Peter’s mother, Margarita, who is not fond of the new white girl who doesn’t speak the language, doesn’t know the culture and doesn’t eat meat! With quite the language barrier and culture shock, Calliope struggles to keep her end of the bogus relationship bargain especially when she begins to realize that their friendship may break her heart. Oh, and then there’s Peter’s brother, Eddie, who threatens to blow the secret wide open because he knows it’s all an act. With a love triangle right out of a Spanish novella, Calliope tries to figure out what’s real and what isn’t so her heart won’t take another blow.
One white girl, one fake boyfriend who should be The One, one ice cold Margarita who’s determined to drive her out and the one guy who knows it’s all a sham. It’ll be a wonder if this white girl will survive in la casa…
The main character is Calliope, a beautiful blond haired blue eyed woman who is in love with Peter, but the trouble is that Peter isn't returning the emotions back to her. Calliope is very outspoken, and stands up for what she believes in, no matter the costs. She also is best described as brave, especially when going against Margarita. Margarita is Peter's and Eddie's mother who seems to be a complete opposite when it comes to Calliope, at least in the meat part. (Calliope is a vegan, while Margarita eats meat and does her best to make Calliope run away.) Margarita is also not easily shocked by life. Peter is Calliope's best friend, and she has a major crush on him as well. When it's just he and Calliope, he's a gentleman, while when he's at home, he becomes mother's boy. Then there's Eddie, Peter's elder brother who works hard and does his best not to let Margarita mess with him. Eddie and Calliope also clash from time to time, and I have to admit that's it almost as fun as watching her and Margarita clash.
Life is unexpected
The book itself is written is written in first person narrative from Calliope's point of view. I think the story is more focused on the plot rather than how the characters have changed, and I feel that there wasn't enough time to get them to change and to admit certain things about themselves.
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I really didn't expect this book to be so hilarious and so unexpectedly funny! The author is really good at hitting your funny bone over and over in the most unexpected ways. The whole time I was reading, I always ended up laughing when Calliope and Margarita clashed. And some situations, wow. (Imagine eating something meaty and listening to a vegan woman telling you about how it was killed and so forth. Or imagine being caught doing something and instead of the mother reacting with horror, she has a "been there seen that" attitude.) I was very close to rating it five stars just for how hilarious it is, but I feel that the resolution was a little too sudden for me, and I guess I had difficulty understanding a few things, one being how a character is extremely manipulative, and whether or not an important event happened. Oh, love the cover by the way.
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(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)