Ayla always stands up for the people who need it. She genuinely cares about fellow students, important issues and school clubs for everyone. She wants her voice to be heard, which is why she's in the running to become Senior Class President. Her opponent fights dirty, so Ayla needs a little extra popularity on her side. When she catches a few basketball stars doing something they shouldn't have done, she uses it to her advantage and blackmails one of them, Luke.
Luke knows he's done something risky and stupid, just to feel free for a while. Being caught could cost him his entire future. He hopes that nobody has witnessed the incident, but when Ayla approaches Luke to tell him what she saw, he realizes she has a lot of power over him. Luke has to date her to make her more popular. That way she will reach more people and can give all the students at school a voice, not just the jocks and cheerleaders. Luke reluctantly agrees. Ayla isn't the type of girl he usually dates, but when he gets to know her better he finds out he likes her a lot. She might have blackmailed him, but she doesn't make demands and is actually really nice to him. Luke doesn't have any trouble to make his fake relationship believable. Will Ayla get what she wants and will Luke's scholarship stay safe? Will they come out unscathed or will both Luke and Ayla end up with a broken heart?
Incriminating Dating is a great story about two teenagers from very different backgrounds who have much more in common than they initially thought. Luke's life is all about pretending and with Ayla he can be himself. That was endearing to see. His home situation is difficult and reading about his crazy schedule brought tears to my eyes. Ayla's much happier at home than Luke, but at school she doesn't have such a good time. She has a wonderful best friend, but she's being bullied and censored. I loved how strong she is. She stands up for herself and for others and she shows her bravery over and over again. She's honest and she doesn't hide behind an image, what you see is what you get. I immediately loved her. She's fun, enjoys the good things in life and she's smart and creative. At first it seems like they're opposites, but when she gets to know the real Luke, the way he is outside school, things change. She's actually perfect for him. Luke is caring and sweet. He's responsible and works hard. He has quite a few problems, but is always there for his little brother and Ayla takes some of the weight off his shoulders. Luke actually cares about her campaign and does everything he can to help. Those things were both amazing to witness. Luke and Ayla are beautiful people inside and out and it's what I liked the most about their story.
Rebekah L. Purdy writes about keeping up appearances, struggling, having too much responsibility and bullying in a fabulous empathic way. Ayla is Luke's rock and Luke gives Ayla confidence, which is something precious. Their connection is genuine and very special. At first their conversations are uneasy, but soon they find out they can talk about anything and I loved how Rebekah L. Purdy handles this transition. She's written a terrific meaningful romantic story with plenty of depth.
If you love moving romantic stories about meaningful subjects Incriminating Dating would be a great choice.
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About Rebekah L. Purdy
Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids), she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.
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