Author: Renita Pizzitola
Publisher: Random House
Pub Date: October 21st, 2014
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Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?
Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.
Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?
I am complete sucker for New Adult love stories, even if they are the most cliché thing ever. Lets take a love triangle, a “Perfect Princess”, an awful roommate, and misunderstood drama and write yet another book. It’s not that it was a bad book or that it was badly written, its just that its been done before. I couldn’t help rolling my eyes every other chapter. It could have been worse, I could have rolled my eyes every other page.
Brinley is your basic good girl, she’s had her struggles and dealing with everything she forgot to look in a mirror and realize she’s actually super hot. To be honest, what made Brinley different was that she was relatable. She did try to be attractive and she wasn’t this bubbly happy personality. She just flew under the radar. The only person who truly saw her was her best friend Mason. He helped her all through high school and they ended up in college. He’s a player and on more than one occasion he has offered to take her virginity which is just disgusting anyway you look at it. Then the stereotypes really begin with Brinleys roommate Fallon, whose a little to friendly with the opposite sex and Ryder.
Oh Ryder, where to even begin. He tells us a lot that he’s broken and damaged but we never get to see it. Other than an anger management problem, he didn’t have any other reason to be so damaged. Well except the fact the he had a new girl every night, but that seems more like a personal problem. A cause and effect issue. I do have to say, without all the whining he would be one of my favorite leading men.
Those are the characters, the actual story is ehh. The romance is amazing and probably my favorite part. Its kind of a high school sweetheart stories? They shared a kiss in high school that set the bar for any other kiss. Any other kind of dialogue was better skipped. The plot line was predictable, there was the usual girls night out where the hot guy saves her from the groping weirdo.
Overall it’s a cute love story with a bit of twist, average at best and a fast read.