Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae: Interview and Review

Cassie Mae Blog Tour BannerToday I’m thrilled to be a part of the FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI blog tour. Love contemporary romance? Interested in reading more NA books? Then this is the book for you!

17704532In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.

Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black, and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.

Cassie Mae and the MC of her book have agreed to stop by WRL to answer a few questions I had for them (You’ll see Cassie’s answers in purple and Kelli’s in blue.):

1. Kelli, you and your best friend came up with a way of sharing your kisses with each other using ice cream. There are some seriously awesome flavors throughout Friday Night Alibi. Which was your favorite flavor?

Oh, absolutely that first fan-freaking-tastic Orange Sunset Delight kiss. Serious drool. I think I could have a kiss like that every time and not get sick of it.

2. Cassie, speaking of kissing, which was your favorite kissing scene to write?

It changes every time I answer this question, lol. I love the kiss after Chase plays his violin. Mostly because that whole scene was cute, and it was an added scene ;)Publisher asked for another kissing scene, and I said okay! and gave them that one.

3. Kelli, you started your alibi business as a way to get money so you could travel the world. I assume you’ve already planned out your trip. Where are you going first? Why?

This is so hard! I want to go everywhere, so I’ve planned lots of trips. But first on the list would have to be somewhere cold so I can snuggle up to a certain guy under the covers while we watch snow fall out the window. Or try to at least, if he’s not distracting me. New York in the winter maybe.

4. Cassie, if you could join Kelli on her travels, where would you want to go?

Egypt. I’d love to hop on board a camel!

5. Kelli, you and Chase have unique nicknames for each other. Do you think you’ll continue using them throughout your relationship?

Probably. Whenever we’re teasing each other. How weird is it that I get all popcorny over a nickname like “Stinky”? But I do! I kinda like it, because he totally challenges me and puts me in my place at the same time.

Plus, “babe” and “sugar buns” aren’t really our thing ;)

6. Cassie, you write Friday Night Alibi as New Adult. There’s been some discussion on whether or not this category is just YA with sex. What made you decide NA was the right category, and do you agree that NA is just YA with sex?

I wrote a whole blog post once on how NA is not sex. There isn’t any sex in FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI because it didn’t make sense for the story. That would be why there are no vampires or angels or elves… because it didn’t make sense.

NA to me is a category, like YA. It’s about the age group. MC is 11, book is Middle Grade. MC is 16, book is Young Adult. The NA genre is being classified as sexed up YA because that is what it is filled with RIGHT NOW. But I’m hoping to see some more comedies. I want NA fantasies, paranormals, science fiction, so on and so forth. They may or may not include sex, just like YA or Adult may or may not include sex. It’s all about what makes sense for the story being told.

I think there is a NA audience not being reached because of the “sexed up YA” label. I’m hoping FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI (and my future NA books) will be a breath of fresh air in the genre.

Brilliant answer, Cassie! Thank you both for joining me today and suffering through my questions=)

Now, on to the review:

Kelli is witty, smart, funny, and confident. She knows what she wants and she has a brilliant idea of how to get it… Being the alibi for the trust fund kids who don’t want their parents to know who they’re really going out with. Since Kelli is well-known and liked in the community and a good girl to boot, she’s the perfect person to be your alibi for the night, and at only one hundred bucks per alibi (two hundred if short notice) it’s a deal worth taking.

But, complications arise in the form of a client’s parents, a Joseph Gordon-Levitt look-alike, and a best friend bent on finding Kelli her epic love.

I loved this book. I’m not usually one to read contemporary romance, but I fell in love with this book after just a few short minutes. Cassie Mae has an amazing voice and it was difficult not to get carried away with the story. The characters are real, and even though they all have a lot of money, I felt I could connect with them on many levels.

This is definitely a book I will read again and again and would recommend to everyone. Just be sure to eat ice cream while reading it=)


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