Title: Mr. Popular
Author: Nicole London
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Rule #1: Do not vote for Mr. Popular.
Rule #2: Do not talk to Mr. Popular.
Rule #3: (Most importantly, and above all) Do not fall for Mr. Popular...
Liam 'Mr. Popular' Carter will always be the closest thing to the "walking plague" in my eyes. His cockiness seeps through his every move, and no matter how many state championships he wins with the basketball team, he will forever be a "loss" to me.
Because he's my older brother's best friend, I'm forced to tolerate him, and he's forced to tolerate me. In fact, unless my brother is around, we happily ignore each other every chance we get.
It wasn't always this way, though...
Several summers ago, we both attended the same summer camp. A place we returned to year after year. We became friends--close friends, but right when I thought he could possibly turn into my everything, he made it clear that what we had was nothing.
Now that's he's a senior, and I only have to deal with him for one more year, I've vowed to keep repeating the same set of rules to myself. Especially since he seems so hell-bent on wanting to talk to me for some reason, and especially since he seems to be staring at me every time we're in the same room together...
Rule #4: Always follow rules #1-3...
Rule #5: (OMG what the hell are you doing?) Do not KISS Mr. Popular...
Review by Lisa Kane
Liam Carter is the "it" guy-gorgeous, smart, talented-the one that every guy envies and every girl wants. He's Mariah Dawson's older brother Zach's best friend.
If I'm ever granted my wish of personally kicking one person off this planet, that person will definitely be Liam Carter. )Also knows as Mr. Asshole Mr. Popular) Star of the basketball team, top cheater on the national Spanish exam (there's no way he scored higher than me), and man of my nightmares, Liam walks through our school's hallways as if he owns them.
Mariah's a sophomore in high school and Zach and Liam are both seniors. Zach is overly protective of Mariah. And that's an understatement. Ever since their dad died, he's become a self appointed protector-he makes sure that no guy thinks he has a chance with her. Of course, Zach is a total manwhore. It's not just a different girl every day-there's lots of days that there's often two in one day.
What most people don't know is that once upon a time Liam and Mariah were close. They both went to the same summer camp every year and there they became friends. But then Liam broke Mariah's trust and she didn't want anything else to do with him. But they are thrown in each other's universes and have to deal with hanging out. I know they are young, but I have to admit, Liam has screwed up more than once and I can well understand why Mariah has a hard time trusting him.
Suddenly it seems that Liam thinks about Mariah as more than Zach's little sister. But she shuts him down every chance she gets. Can he break through Fort Knox?
The thing is that the world sees Liam as this crazy talented basketball player that has colleges lining up to recruit. But he has no interest in sports. He wants to study to be a doctor and he takes studying seriously. Yeah he enjoys the attention, but he doesn't need it. Mariah is the only person who seems to get that.
I actually feel really bad for him. It's like I'm the only one who sees how he really feels about playing basketball.
Of course this is high school and that means drama...lots of drama. Just when Mariah opens up her heart and lets down her guard-BAM! She regrets it and Liam has his work cut out for him.
"The only reason we haven't spoken in months is because you hold a grudge better than anyone I know," he says. "You really need to stop giving yourself reasons to hate me."
Liam is a good guy, Mariah is a treasure, but sometimes it seems like fate (and scheming ex's) is against them.
I'm not sure if this is going to become a series or not-I have to say, Kelsey is hilarious and I would love to see her give Zach a run for his money!
"And as a matter of fact, I've never loved any of my girlfriends until you. Like a lot, sure, but it was never like this."
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Nicole London is a hopeless dreamer, author of Resentment and the co-founder of The Indie Tea, an inspirational blog for indie romance authors. When she's not at Starbucks chatting books with her best friend, she can be found plotting her next travel adventure with her husband.
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