Book Reviews, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Influenced by Kelsey Clayton

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Influenced; Influenced #1
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: June 10, 2022

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Enemies-to-Lovers/Fake Dating Romance

Author: Kelsey Clayton

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Influenced is a whopper of a book and there was a lot to cover and at the center of the story it revolves around…influencers. Yes, the very thing that drives our society on what’s hot, what’s not and what will get you cancelled faster than the latest tanking TV drama.

I loved the idea, the plot, and ALL the characters!!!!

Influenced is set in an entirely new world, with new characters and a whole new plot development. Set in LA, the perfect backdrop to the rich and famous and living in the public eye, the book’s main characters are Kaia and Declan, but we are also introduced to all of the other members of Swype house. Perhaps adding more girth to this first book in a new series, we get to know the other cast personalities while diving deep into the MC’s romance story.

Kaia is a newer influencer who is invited to live in Swype house, a house inhabited only by other influencers. They each have their own unique niche so they don’t step on toes, but they also collab to boost each other up. It’s a positive environment, or should be. The very first day Kaia arrives Declan makes it very well known he doesn’t like her and does everything to make her feel unwelcome, to the point that he starts losing followers and could end up getting cancelled.

What is the solution? Since Kaia has only gained support and love since moving into Swype house, why not show everyone the stunts Declan has pulled were equivalent to pulling a girl’s pigtails in elementary school, right? Let the fake dating begin.

Declan has a hard time admitting his faults, but underneath all of his swagger and bullheadedness he’s not a bad guy. Kaia and Declan actually are a sweet couple and their chemistry, especially after all the enemy type build up, is explosive, but what happens when the fake dating turns into more?

Neither expected to feel…well, more, but it’s only fake…right?

The premise of this series and the new world that has now been established makes me giddy with anticipation to read each character as they get their own book. It’s going to be great as this series continues to build and each character falls. I can hardly wait.

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.

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