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Peek Inside Incriminating Dating

Ayla Hawkins wants to affect change in her high school by running for class president. But she’ll need a miracle to win—enter Luke Pressler. If he can pose as her fake boyfriend, she’s got the election in the bag

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What's a little blackmail between classmates?

Opinionated, unconventional Ayla Hawkins isn’t the type to use blackmail, but sometimes a girl has to stand up for what’s right. So when she catches Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler doing something decidedly un-perfect, Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on her side—in the form of her new fake boyfriend.
One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the terms of their agreement end, their fauxmance will, too.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features adult language, sexual situations, and plenty of girl power. Reading may result in swooning, laughing, and looking for a Luke of your own.


"Lovely swoon-worthy novel. I do recommend, especially to nerds who love comic books and superheroes—Ayla is one of us. ;)" ~Sabina, Goodreads

"It’s a very well-written story and it is almost impossible to put down. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it for any lovers of clean YA romance." ~Olivia F., Goodreads

"Ayla and Luke are a new favorite couple for me." Kristi, Goodreads

"This is the first book by Purdy that I've read, but it won't be the last. [...] The characters are compelling, the story takes some genuinely unexpected turns and has a satisfying ending. Everything you want from a YA romance." ~Hayden Q., Goodreads

"A sweet high school romance with lovable characters." ~Erica, Goodreas

"I totally love a great fauxmance and want a Luke of my own. Incriminating Dating does have some mild adult language and sexual situations, but it has plenty of awesome girl power, and the combination kept me riveted to the book!" ~Victoria B., NetGalley

"[Incriminating Dating] was fantastic. I read this book in one day because I could not put it down. It was a perfect little package of romance and a classic contemporary novel." ~Shoshi Reads

"I'm a sucker for these boy pretends to be girls boyfriend books...this one didn't disappoint." ~Sarah B., NetGalley"Cute story that has the perfect blend of teenage angst, high school drama, romance, and growing up and finding your path in life. Definitely recommend!" ~Victim of Books

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759268
Release Date: Apr 10, 2017
Page Count: 266
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: blackmail, enemies to lovers, fake relationship

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By Sarah March 24, 2017

(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“This might be a fake relationship, but it was beginning to feel pretty real to me. The problem was, what would happen once the election was over?”

This was a YA contemporary romance, featurin... ...more

By Suze April 14, 2017

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... ...more

By Monique April 10, 2017

I am impressed at how much I enjoyed this!!! If you are looking for the perfect summer contemporary then look no further. This delicious read is all kinds of fun.

I love comtemporaries that deal with real life problems and this book dealt with lots of issues that are think are relevant and real to...


By Megan April 10, 2017

I'm part of the blog tour for this book! Check out my blog on April 14th for an excerpt and a guest post from the author:

Ayla Hawkins knows where she’s going in life. She’s editor-in-chief of her school newspaper; she’s just landed the lead role in her schoo... ...more

By Alison April 17, 2017

Three and a half stars.

Ayla Hawkins is an idealistic drama club, gaming, school newspaper editor nerd. But when funding for the drama club and the newspaper at her high school are cut yet again to buy new uniforms for one of the sports teams her best friend urges her to take a stand and tun for c... ...more

By D.M. March 22, 2017

I enjoyed Luke's story in this book. He is a complex character with so much to offer and a great guy. His home life is the best part of this novel.

Ayla, I didn't like as much. Overall she was okay she just had her moments. Ayla is a super geek. She dresses in sci-fi t-shirts and plays video games... ...more

By Sabina March 25, 2017

I loved reading "Incriminating Dating' so much that when it came to the climax when things got complicated I just couldn't stand the thought that Luke and Ayla may be torn apart. Gosh, that was suspenseful! I loved the way these two people, coming from different social groups, found out that they... ...more

By Kristi March 23, 2017

I received a copy of this from Entangled Teen through netgalley.

Ayla and Luke are a new favorite couple for me. While it sucks that Ayla blackmailed him, I'm so happy she did. I loved that while she was confident in so many things, she also freaked out about a lot. Especially when it came to how... ...more

By Sabrina March 22, 2017

I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love these cute simple reads. The characters are loveable. The situations a little more believable than a lot of novels out there for teens. I don't have to worry about inappropriate scenes. The main characters... ...more

By Erica March 26, 2017

A sweet high school romance with loveable characters.

I chose to read this book because this YA author is new to me and the title was being offered on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Incriminating Dating blurb said I’d find a story of blackmail between classmates and it delivered j... ...more

By Priscilla April 09, 2017

I actually liked this a lot.

Our female lead was very family oriented, she had great parents, she was cool and smart. And I really believe it had to do with the influence her parents had on her. They were very balanced on what they let her do. I loved her friendship with Chloe. I love she fought... ...more

By Catherine March 31, 2017

*Given a copy by Entangled Publishing, LLC through Netgalley for an honest review*

First I have to say I've never read a story like this before and it was a very fast read! Going into it I expected just a blackmailing, fake relationship type of story but there was so much more to that. It mention... ...more

By Gata Leitora / Cat reader April 14, 2017

Ayla is desperate, her theater class can not raise funds for a presentation and the newspaper of the school where she works is threatened to close because the director only wants to invest in sports. She and her friends may have no chance of getting a scholarship to college if that happens. After... ...more

By Emily April 11, 2017

Raw, real, rough. These works describe the book, the characters, the emotions, the whole book. I don't think I've read a book with such raw and real emotions. There are so many great aspects to this story as a whole that you just need to read it. This one of those books you stay up late to find o... ...more

By Olivia March 28, 2017

“Incriminating Dating” was a really cute book that follows two high school seniors, Ayla and Luke. We bounce back and forth between their two perspectives, which works out perfectly. Ayla is pretty much the opposite of Luke. She is nerdy with Star Wars themed purses, working on the school newspap... ...more

By Annelise April 14, 2017

Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from Entangled Teen Crush through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

*~.Book Analysis.~*
Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader :)

I knew Incriminating D... ...more

By Sarah April 10, 2017

I'm a sucker for these boy pretends to be girls boyfriend books... this one didn't disappoint. Ayla and Luke are likeable characters. Ayla is frustrated with the funding cuts for the arts in her school and happens across PERFECT, popular Luke involved in some vandalism She uses this to help her b... ...more

By Poulami (Daydreaming Books) April 11, 2017

Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

* I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was really amazing. It had me laughing, swooning, I had so much fun! This was exactly the kind of read that I needed and I easily finished it in tw... ...more

By Laura April 10, 2017

This YA fake relationship story was so sweet and adorable!

Ayla and Luke have attended school together since kindergarten but they have completely different groups of friends and really don't know each other at all. When Ayla sees Luke defacing statues in their town, it gives her the opportunity t... ...more

By Rubina April 04, 2017

A usual cheesy high school romance perfect for every romance reader. Check out my full review of this book and more amazing books at ...more

By Cathy April 12, 2017

This was an absolutely adorable quick read that had me rooting for the main characters. They are adorable together, because really if you think about it, having a fake boyfriend at any time will always lead to some kind of trouble at some point. It also makes for a very entertaining book and Rebe... ...more

By Tia March 29, 2017

I received an ARC of Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy from NetGalley in exchange for this honest review. Thank you Rebekah, NetGalley, and Entangled for this opportunity!
Someday I will be tired of fake dating stories. Today is not that day.
Ayla is a super quiet girl with a big attitude a... ...more

By Kendal April 11, 2017

I really liked this book, but I had a few issues with it that kept me from giving it five stars. Alya "blackmails" Luke into being her boyfriend. I love books like this. It was the whole reason I picked up the book. However, the day after she blackmails him, he's telling her stuff that no else be... ...more

By Sara April 27, 2017

Oh I really loved this! It was so cute! And now I am totally in love with Luke. He was so sweet and caring, and hot and amazing and protective! The perfect boyfriend!
I also liked Ayla. She was really sweet, caring and brave. She was an amazing girl. And I really enjoyed seeing them falling in lo... ...more

By Lovely Loveday April 10, 2017

I recently got the opportunity to read Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy. I fell in love with the characters and story line from the very beginning. Purdy does an outstanding job creating the characters, settings and plot line. The story has two points of views, one from Ayla Hawkins and a... ...more

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Rebekah L. Purdy

About the author

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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