Carpool (Milford College, #1)

Carpool (Milford College, #1)

by Noelle Adams

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The last thing I want is to share a forty-five minute commute with the most obnoxious (and attractive) man I know. But I can't afford a new transmission right now, so I'm stuck with Marcus for at least a month.

He promises to be good, but Marcus Greene is never good. And I'm not sure how long I can resist him.

Carpool is the first book in the Milford College series about the faculty and staff of a small liberal arts college.

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BN ID: 2940156449507
Publisher: Noelle Adams
Publication date: 07/17/2019
Series: Milford College
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 661
File size: 263 KB

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Carpool (Milford College, #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 30 days ago
It's about people so normal it's shocking. So often authors gravitate towards characters so unlike their readers, and we sop it up. This was good, no mansions, no exotic places, just true life. Well worth your time.
LibrarianSGP 17 days ago
When good girl Jennifer’s car breaks down, she has no choice but to ask Marcus, her nearest neighbor and hottie bad boy from her childhood, if she can carpool with him to their jobs at small Milford College nearly an hour away. Growing up, her grandmother warned her away from him, and she’s always felt that he treats her with disdain, so the thought of having to spend so much time with him over several weeks fills her with dread. Is it because she doesn’t trust he’ll behave or that she really doesn’t want him to? When you pick up a Noelle Adam’s book, you generally know what to expect: a short, sassy, steamy novella full of either second-chances, friends to lovers, brother’s best friend, or any other number of familiar romantic tropes. This story is no exception, and is a delight to read. Fans will eagerly await book two featuring Jennifer’s colleague and friend Beck. I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Victory Editing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
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Anonymous 30 days ago
Good story.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 3 months ago
3.5 stars--CARPOOL is the first instalment in Noelle Adams’ contemporary, adult MILFORD COLLEGE erotic, romance series of novellas focusing on the men and women who work at Milford College, a small liberal arts college in Virginia. This is thirty-two year old, Director of Facilities Marcus Greene, and twenty-eight year old, financial assistant personnel Jennifer Raleigh’s story line. NOTE: CARPOOL was originally released as a newsletter serial in the author’s email newsletter. Told from first person point of view (Jennifer) CARPOOL follows the building relationship between thirty-two year old, former bad boy and current Director of Facilities Marcus Greene, and twenty-eight year old, financial assistant personnel Jennifer Raleigh. Growing up in Sterling, Virginia Marcus Greene’s reputation as a trouble maker preceded his introduction to our story line heroine. With her car in for repairs, and with no other option for commuting the forty-five minute drive to Milford College, Jennifer Raleigh reluctantly approaches the only person she knows who may be able to help her out with transportation between work and home. Enter Marcus Greene, a man Jennifer believes despises the ground upon which she walks, but the man with whom she will fall in love. What ensues is the back and forth, acrimonious relationship and building romance between Jennifer and Marcus, and the potential fall-out as miscommunication and misunderstanding, and a pattern of failed relationships threatens to destroy Jennifer and Marcus’ fragile hold of one another. Throughout the story our couple struggle with their one on one time enclosed in a car together for forty-five minutes. Marcus and Jennifer make ‘small talk’ about everything and nothing getting to ‘know’ one another yet revealing very little about their lives and themselves. The relationship between Jennifer and Marcus is one of immediate attraction but Marcus’ teenaged reputation as a troublemaker has followed our hero into adulthood, affecting friendships, and the possible relationship with the woman with whom he will fall in love. Hoping one day Jennifer will ‘see’ the real Marcus Greene, Marcus offers up a friends-with-benefits relationship as they get to know one another over the upcoming weeks. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text but I struggled to feel any real palpable, sexual attraction or energy. Perhaps if we had Marcus’ perspective we would be more aware of his emotions and mind set as it pertains to relationships and his struggle to ‘close the deal’. The secondary and supporting characters are few. We are introduced to Jennifer’s grandmother; assistant professor of history at Milford College and Jennifer’s best friend Beck, as well as her best friend from high school Giselle. CARPOOL is a story of preconceived notions and discrimination based upon youthful exuberance and childhood mistakes. The premise is engaging; the romance is flirty; the characters are energetic but struggle with the little things that shouldn’t matter.
beckymmoe 3 months ago
Oh my goodness, this was just adorable! I loved Jennifer and Marcus's story. Told in single POV, first person (Jennifer's POV), it's an enemies-to-lovers, slow burn, sweet and sexy, angsty but but not OTT about it, tale. Jennifer's known Marcus forever--and disapproved of him from the very first minute of their acquaintance. He's the town bad boy to her (extremely) good girl. She's never hidden how she's felt about him--heck, no one in town has--and so when she needs to ask him if they can carpool (translate: she needs a ride to work for goodness knows how long while her transmission is rebuilt; it's not carpooling in the strictest sense since she's not really reciprocating beyond financially) it's pretty much the last thing she wants to be doing. But they live in the same town and work at the same 45-minutes-away college, so it's really the only solution that makes sense. She's both relieved and apprehensive when he agrees to her request--she needs to get to work, of course; but almost two hours together in the car a day, five days a week for who knows how long? This could go very badly. Or it could go very, very well. ;) The more Jennifer gets to know Marcus, the more she finds herself liking him. Then she discovers (to her initial horror) that she might be more than liking him. We're only getting her POV, though, and throughout Jennifer is often more than a little bit clueless about things, so although the reader (like Beck, Jennifer's BFF) is pretty sure that Marcus likes her too, it takes a bit longer than one might expect for anything to start happening on that front. Once it does, though, buckle up--because they get hot and heavy pretty fast, and it's delicious. They are derailed more than once along the way, essentially by miscommunication--most more or less caused by one or both of them misinterpreting one (or more) of their earlier conversations. For the reader this is frustrating but not as annoying as miscommunications often are, because you can see why they went in the direction they do and they both stay in (beautifully flawed) character throughout. When they finally, finally get to their HEA, it is just lovely, and I put the book down with a happy sigh. Beck looks to be the heroine of the next book in the series, and I am here for it! Please write fast, Ms. Adams :) Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
anapjm02 3 months ago
This book was a surprise serial that the author Noelle Adams presented her followers a few months ago. It is the first of a series about Milford College, a smaill liberal college. In this book we meet Jeniffer and Marcus. She is the good girl who takes care of her grandmother and works at Milford at the financial department. Always the girl next door, she has been curious about the neighbours son bad boy Marcus. They are now grown ups work at the same place and he has straighten up his life but has never been understood. Jeniffer needs some help since her car is on the shop and need carpooling for a few weeks and Marcus is the one who lives the closest. There you go... Romance in a car! Noelle Adams is such a good author! She can create characters that are threedimensional and really look humans, they are not just words in the paper... Nothing is trivial about these characters and the story. I just loved the book!!!
astroyic 3 months ago
Sweet With Some Heat! What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a story, that was filled with animosity, lust, and need and so much emotion and love. This story pulled me in and didn’t let go until the last page. The characters, are incredibly sweet together and I loved their chemistry. I was expecting this player of a man with Marcus but who I got was so incredibly kind and generous. But he is stuck in this small town where no one wanted to forget his past mistakes and his bad boy reputation. I liked his characters development and growth throughout the story. He is so much more than anyone wants to give him credit for, until She comes into his life. I really liked Jennifer a lot. She is the good girl, but she still feels the same surge of excitement, dislike and danger she has been experiencing since she was a girl, whenever she sees Marcus. So it is incredibly hard for her to ask him for a ride and to even contemplate about being in the car alone with him. Their time together to and from work, forces them to get to know one another. and their simmering attraction grows. I loved them coming together. It’s sweet, fun with a nice amount of emotion and drama mixed in. As well as some sexy times. She sees the real him, not the bad boy that she has been warned to stay away from her whole life. But she wants and needs more. Towards the end my heart might have dropped a bit and I wanted to strangle Marcus but I love the drama that was created. I was on the edge of my seat turning the page dying for my HEA. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Lashea677 3 months ago
She thought she had him all figured out. Turns out, she couldn't have been more wrong. Noelle Adams simplifies complicated with a sweet, less than obvious courtship in Carpool. Marcus and Jennifer are neighbors and colleagues. He pushes her buttons, just by breathing. When her organized life is disrupted by an unexpected expense, Jennifer reluctantly turns to Marcus. As she gets to know the man behind her nemesis, she starts to discover she never knew him at all. Carpool rode shotgun into my heart. If less is more, Adams exceeded all of my expectations.