Staying On Top (Whitman University)

Staying On Top (Whitman University)

by Lyla Payne

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Sam Bradford has it all--he's the #2 tennis player in the world, plenty of girls want to date him, and he'll never want for money. At least, that's what he thought until his accountant stole everything and disappeared. Interpol has no idea where to start, and neither does the American F.B.I., so Sam figures he'll just have to take care of his body and play a few extra years to make it back.

When Blair Paddington, the accountant's daughter and a friend of a friend at Whitman, shows up and claims she can help Sam get his money back he's torn between wanting justice and the very real possibility that Blair is just as big a con man as her father. When she promises not only money, but justice, Sam agrees--but only if he can go along on the search.

The two of them set off on an adventure neither rich kid is prepared for--cheap hostels, the same clothes three days in a row, and nothing but a backpack of possessions--so they can fly under the radar as college lovers on a winter break. In spite of Blair's shady family, her daring and resourceful personality strike Sam's interest and he finds himself falling for the one girl he shouldn't.

When they finally find her father, the truths that come to light not only make Sam question his affection for Blair, but could cost him more than money--if they can't work together one last time, neither of them may be going home. Ever.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148900986
Publisher: Author Published
Publication date: 12/07/2013
Series: Whitman University , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 158,149
File size: 462 KB

About the Author

Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us – past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey.

If you want to know more, please visit her at

If you’re a fan of Young Adult fiction—science fiction or otherwise—please check out her work that’s published under the name Trisha Leigh.

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Staying On Top (a Whitman University novel) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
allbookedout More than 1 year ago
Arc received in exchange for an honest review.  This is Sam & Blair's Story. This is only my second Whitman University Book, I came late to them, loved the other one I read, Be My Downfall, and as you can see.....I freaking loved this one too! What a Story! Not only did I have the romantic, will they, won't they? going on in my head, and that was some Sexual Tension I can tell you.... but it was filled with the intrigue of this Girl helping her Dad with this massive Con! I hated Blair at first, she helped her Dad steal $30 off Sam and now she was going on a wild goose chase....but with intent to steal more. Poor trusting Sam... But, after a while Blair isn't the B*tch Con artist i thought and with such a spark between them and all the time spent together they really  start to connect and I had an amazing time seing Sam break down Blair's walls piece by piece to show her that people care and she doesn't have to be alone....but when the truth comes out, Blair knows she is going to regret letting Sam in.  Oh...I loved my mini break, travelling with them. Bed Bugs and all ;-)
Emily-SBDR More than 1 year ago
Staying On Top was my introduction to Lyla Payne and I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future! She put a fresh spin on the deceit trope, and added in a hilarious couple to boot. Sam and Blair are polar opposites that find solace with each other. Blair is tough, and hard-hearted, where Sam is sweet and open. Their bickering and chemistry sucked me in from the get-go and never let up. I was all set to read another college based new adult novel, and got a fun-filled globe-trotting adventure instead!  "For the first time in maybe my entire life, it felt okay to sit next to someone and not worry that they would hear a million confessions in the silence." ~Blair Blair and Same set out on an adventure to get Sam's money back. Money that was stolen by Blair's father. So, you can imagine Sam's hesitance to accept Blair's help in this endeavor. Nonetheless, the two begin searching high and low for her father and get into some pretty tight spots along the way. While Blair has her own motives at the beginning of their trip, they quickly become null and void as Sam worms his way into her heart. Sam, is definitely a charmer. From the minute they started traveling he has been the King on Innuendos and pervy yet, hilarious, commentary. I was chuckling throughout the entire book. Between the banter from Blair and Sam to the rough trail they follow there was never a dull moment.  "But as stupid as it sounds, I've never felt this way about anyone- like nothing would be real if I couldn't tell you about it. Don't give up before we give it a try." ~Sam It all comes to head though, when secrets are revealed and Blair must make decisions about her future. I totally adore sweet, and charming male leads but, I think Blair might be my favorite character in Staying On Top. She has always had to be so strong, and it has turned her somewhat bitter. That all changes with Sam, and she finally finds a backbone where her one weakness is concerned. Overall, Staying On Top is an enjoyable read. It was fun, steamy, and hilarious. It was refreshing to read a light-hearted, and light on the angst book. Sometimes I get so deep into the angst, I need a breather and this was just the book to give me a entertaining and delightful reprieve. Would I recommend it? Absolutely! I definitely added all three predecessors to my TBR list and can't wait to read all about the other couples' stories :) Happy Reading! *ARC provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hooked on the whitman series and this was a great read!
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
The premise of this book grabbed my attention more than just because it was part of a series I have been enjoying since I began reading it. I had a pretty good idea where the storyline would go, but I didn't care one bit. I liked Sam in the previous novel and I was interested to see how he would hold up in a book of his own. I wasn't disappointed. Sam had pretty much everything I look for in a main male character: questionable past with the ladies, a willingness to change and LOADS of sex appeal. Blair was interesting in her own right. It was easy to see how conflicted she was about what she was doing. The chemistry between Sam and Blair was undeniable. I'm sucker for a happy ending, but I like my stories with a little conflict, too. I feel there could have been more of the latter in this book. I mean, after all, Blair was pulling a pretty big con on Sam. I think that aspect could have been focused on more. All in all, I really enjoyed this book. Sam and Blair's adventure was right up my alley. I enjoyed them as a team and as a couple. Staying on Top had a great mix of sweet, sexy and funny moments. I hope this isn't the end of the Whitman University series. I've really enjoyed my time with these characters and hope to continue it. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.