This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: New Adult Romance
Released on October 21, 2014
I chose this one while I was new to NA and wanted to try many new to me authors and established my tastes for what I liked and didn’t like in the genre. At this point, all that has gelled. This one has been sitting a while and unfortunately, when I finally picked it up to read, this one fell on the not so like side for me. I want to be clear that this book and the author are rated highly and it’s just my personal quibbles that seem to be at fault here.
The story opens with Brinley Dawson attending a party with her best friend, Mason. They were invited by a guy who is interested in Brinley, but she is not interested in him. They are only going so Mason can meet a girl he is interested in. Brinley doesn’t drink because of her alcoholic mother and she is still a virgin. In fact, after a certain fiasco back in high school that was painful and haunted her until she graduated, it left her on the innocent side of things when it comes to guys and gals. So it is with mixed feelings that she encounters the guy responsible for her high school horror story at the party. He extricates her from Noah, the guy interested in her and then seems to be interested in her even though she has seen him with the slutty beauties who put out and he takes what they have to offer.
Alright, so that’s as far as I got.
This is told first person perspective and I think it alternates between the hero and heroine though I only read from her perspective.
What got to me was the way the heroine is drawn and how the situation was shaping up. I think ultimately, I felt too old for this story. The heroine is an innocent and virgin sexually, she is naive with not a lot of street sense though she thinks she’s down with the worldly wisdom, she misreads people often it seems, and she’s crushing on a guy she claims to hate while letting a guy she isn’t into get his hopes up. The drama is bubbling in that pot and all set to boil over, probably more than once if I were to hazard a guess. I don’t have the patience to see it through.
The writing was easy to read and pulls the reader in. The college setting, actions, and characters were drawn well, and would probably do nicely for me any other time. I think those who love the Contemporary NA College Romances might want to give this a go.
I rec’d this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.