Review: How Not To Fall by Emily Foster

Reviewed by Joanna

Here’s a smart NA story for your delectation, with a focus on sexual exploration between Annie, our narrator, an undergraduate in medicine, and Charles, the man of her fantasies – a 4-years-older postdoc at her research lab, with blond good looks and a side dish of attachment disorder. Well.

At the beginning of the tale, earnest Annie is gearing up to ask Charles for a sexual relationship. She thinks they have A Thing, and despite being inexperienced, wants to explore that before she goes off to Boston for eight years of medical school. She is whip smart but doesn’t see herself as pretty, so is nervous he’ll refuse. [Read more…]

Review: Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

Reviewed by Joanna

Do you ever get the feeling you’ve read a book before? Maybe it’s because this sort of story is right up my alley, it was both familiar and reassuringly good. This is a new adult college romance, and our heroes are Olivia and Braxton. She’s a Texas ranch girl, he’s a bad boy from Boston, complete with tattoos, scars and a thick accent. Scahs. Ahhcent.  

They meet on her first day at college when he bowls her over – literally – then unapologetically kisses her before helping her up. Swaggering Brax has quite the reputation, and Olivia is warned off him a number of times, but she can’t withstand his charm as he dogs her steps. [Read more…]

Review: How to Date a Douchebag: The Failing Hours by Sara Ney

Reviewed by Joanna

Zeke (Ezekiel) Daniels is a douchebag. Unlike Oz, the douchebag in book one of this new adult series, Zeke’s quality of douchiness comes more from his terrible attitude problems, rather than screwing around. He’s such a sour puss.

“My parents must have known from the beginning that I was going to be a sinner—that’s why it sounds like they named me after two books of the Bible. Lord knows I’m no saint.”

So it’s no surprise when mousy scared Violet, who is assigned to tutor him, takes one looks and runs a mile. She’s not alone in her reaction. Everyone dislikes the guy. Women sleep with him for his incredible looks and body, and for his face being on billboards around campus as he’s such a hot wrestling stud, but they hate him otherwise. His friends don’t much like him either, nor does his team, and his coach has had it. [Read more…]

Review: How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney

Reviewed by Joanna

Jameson wears cardigan and pearls, particularly when she goes to the campus library. This way, she won’t get hit on by douchebags. Also, she likes cardigans. Who doesn’t?

The crew of douchebags in the corner, that’s who. One, Oz, gets bet $500 by his wrestling team cronies that he can’t get the virginal-looking girl to kiss him. [Read more…]

Review: Undeclared by Julianna Keyes

Reviewed by Joanna

Kellan 2.0 is the star of this tale. In book one of the Burnham College series, he’s the super-popular and super-slutty housemate of Nora, and best friend to Crosbie, the hero and heroine of that tale (oh, how I love Crosbie). Kellan got gonorrhoea, and had to track down all his previous sexual partners to inform them and find the source. He’s not exactly the hottest proposition for a hero in his own right, but this funny and easygoing guy appealed to me then, and I was excited to read his story.

Kellan’s about to start his third year at Burnham college, and has returned home to small town Avilla for a few days at the end of the summer to see his family. There, he bumps into his childhood friend and enemy, Andi. [Read more…]

Review: The Goal by Elle Kennedy

goalReviewed by Joanna

Big series fan right here, and I’ve been hotly anticipating the latest NA installment of sexy ice hockey players and the strong ladies who claim them. In this case, featuring an accidental pregnancy.

The protagonists of this story are college students Sabrina and Tucker. She’s highly ambitious, intending to get into Harvard Law. He’s an ice-hockey player. Or in Sabrina’s eyes, just one step up from a dildo. Albeit an attractive one. [Read more…]

Review: Kicked by Celia Aaron

kickedReviewed by Joanna

College American football is the setting for this novel but with an awesome twist – not only are there hot muscular guys to drool over, but our heroine, Cordy, is also on the team. She’s a kicker for the Billingsley Bobcats as it gives her a partial scholarship for college even though she’s all about regular football (soccer). The school needs to show equal ops; she needs the cash. Great set up. The problem is Trent, the super sexy team quarterback. He’s more trouble than Cordy needs. They’ve got something in their past and I was intrigued from the get go to find out what, because Trent is way into our girl whilst Cordy is not having any of it. [Read more…]

Review: Losing it by Cora Carmack

losing itReviewed by Joanna

Bliss is a virgin in her last year of acting college. She’s possibly the only virgin she knows and she’s desperate to lose this unwanted affliction.

Her friend persuades her to consider it a simple physical act and not a big deal, so off they go to a bar and Bliss lands herself a ridiculously handsome and horny Englishman. He’s reading Shakespeare in a corner whilst waiting for a locksmith and he’s never done anything like this before. Can’t say I’d believe him but Bliss takes him home all the same. [Read more…]

Review: Undecided by Julianna Keyes

undecidedReviewed by Joanna

You know when you pick up a book and it’s so bang on to your tastes you love it from the off? = me with Undecided.

I like college NA, I like the player-falls-in-love trope, I like people having hidden depths and I like this well-written book. A lot.

To the plot – Nora Kincaid is in her second year at college and trying to live very differently than her wild first year. She screwed around, got arrested and failed her courses. This year she’s moving house to be with a boring and studious flatmate and promised herself, her parents and the Dean of the school that she won’t make the same mistakes again. Nora Bora is a la mode. [Read more…]

Review: Maybe Matt’s Miracle by Tammy Falkner

maybe matts miracleReviewed by Joanna

Now I’m on the fourth in the Reed Brothers series, and Matt’s the brother in the frame. Matt had cancer but survived it, thanks to a special chemical trial his sister in law Emily’s family paid for. He’s been in remission for two years now, but sadly a friend of his who was also on the trial didn’t make it.

Kendra died leaving her three kids in the hands of her half-sister who she doesn’t even know. Skylar is a newly qualified attorney who now has to play mother to a sixteen year old boy and two little girls who don’t know her from Adam. Luckily, Matt’s on the scene and already has a bond with the teenager and can help her out. [Read more…]