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ARC Review: Influenced by Kelsey Clayton

Welcome to the Swype House,

where the secrets are bigger than the…

The rules are simple:

Fake it for the cameras.

Do it for the views.

Don’t kill each other.

It felt like an easy yes when I was invited to change my bio from, “Kaia Blakely, college student,” to “Kaia Blakely, newest influencer at the Swype House.”

Then I met Declan Royce. His profile highlights his looks and his humor, but it ought to read, “Owner of an ego so large, it was given its own zip code.”

Suddenly, not killing each other feels like an impossible task.

So yes, it was death threats we were whispering in the background of that viral video, not sweet nothings. So no, there’s zero reason to keep the #Kailan hashtag trending.

Except that it’s our job. So it looks like we’re adding another rule to the list:

Don’t let anyone find out the truth.

This isn’t at all what I expected from a story about influencers and I loved everything about it. I was pulled in from the first page. Kaia is such a likeable character and so real, despite the fact that she’s on this influencer journey. I had concerns going in that the tension was going to come from mean girls or players, but there’s nothing stereotypical or cliché here. This story is so much fun. The supporting characters aren’t just fluff either, they play a huge part in Kaia and Dex’s story and they’re all excellent. I loved every single one.

The characters have real depth and they’re all very much characters in every sense of the word. Although this is Dex and Kaia’s story, it’s an ensemble cast but the author does it perfectly. I was never bored or annoyed with the other characters, they’re all interesting and very likable. Dex was a bit tough to like in the beginning but he redeemed himself fairly early in the story so it was easy to root for him. This is another great book from an author who’s quickly becoming a favorite and I can’t wait for more. I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

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