When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie's fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn't know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.
Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with--and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.
The girl worth the most points? Sadie
|Publisher:||Spencer Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Nikki Urang fell in love with books at a young age and looked forward to reading a book with her mom before bed every night. By day, she's an alcohol and drug counselor. By night, you can usually find her writing. She loves to dance even though she doesn't get to do it much anymore, and hates coffee. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two stubborn cats.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was kind of on the fence while reading The Hit List. It has most of the usuals for a New Adult contemporary romance. It was inspirational and enjoyable, but with enough drama that I gave this book some side-eye more than once. The premise is unlike anything else I've read before, though. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about "The List", but I was relieved that it didn't overpower the book and there was so much more to The Hit List than that. There is so much tension between Luke and Sadie. You can just feel it jumping off of the pages. But. I just didn't like Sadie that much. There's a touch of instalovelust that soured me from the beginning. But as the book progresses, she grated on my nerves instead of growing on me. She's all about that drama... and I'm just not. Though, there is plenty of character development that shows off Nikki Urang's writing skill. Her ability to draw me into the world despite my reservations is a testament to that. All in all, I think The Hit List is a solid New Adult read. Devout fans will fall in love with Luke and Sadie, I'm sure. Even though it wasn't my cup of tea, I see it being a really good read for others more into New Adult books! **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
I wanted to read The Hit List because I am drawn to books about dancers. I have never done it, but I guess that is a lot of little kids' dreams. Then I read about the list, which is giving guys anonymitiy to sleep with or otherwise score with girls. I haven't read anything quite like it and I knew it could lead to some hard core emotions and heart break. The main character, Sadie, has just transferred to LA after an injury with her ballet partner and ex-boyfriend. She has a lot pain inside and trust issues now. While the scene of dancing and that special bond you get from working with the same person for years, dancing with bodies aligned and the chemistry, I could definitely relate with her pain and fear of trusting again. She wants a new start, but the magazine article that was written about her and Patrick is the first thing to shadow her. Then the teachers drop the bomb shell that instead of individuals performing for the prestigious Fall Show, everyone will be auditioning and if accepted, dancing with a partner. The Hit List made me and Sadie question all of the guys. I knew that only 12 were playing according to their numbers, but it casts suspicion on any guy that talks to her or asks her out. She has no intentions of putting her heart out there. But she is paired with known player and flirt, Luke. He is so frustrating-- he can be patient, sweet and attentive one minute, and then the next ignoring her or finding yet another new girl to flirt with, But as Sadie has panic attacks as Luke gets to close while dancing, we get to see the side of Luke that not many others do. He works to gain her trust, and Sadie's attraction to hot bad boy only grows and it confuses her. So, besides the romance, I also like the friendship. Her roommate Brielle and token gay friend Adam both hang out with her, hoping to draw her out and let her have an outlet as well as convincing her to have some fun. But I do appreciate the realism that although she goes out occasionally she puts so much focus, intensity and time into practicing and keeping up her talent. Now, I know that for story purposes there has to be other conflicts going on to help the plot, but some aren't very realistic in how much time you actually have to put into classes and practices to get and maintain talent to be at a ballet school. Honestly, it did get a little too angsty at times, and I know that its the emotion coming out, and her fear, but she does say she's giving up too easy. I like that the teachers just mostly try to avoid and ignore the drama, telling her to take a water break and get right back to it instead of getting mad or taking a moment of weakness to seriously. I liked the ending, and I never would have guessed who was behind the lists. As far as that it did feel a little rushed and that forgiveness or justifying it without repercussions was a little hard to be okay with. But I liked where Sadie ended up, how she grew as well as getting to know the other side of Luke. Bottom Line: Good drama and romantic tension
Nikki Urang really knows how to tell a good story that I just couldn't put down! Regardless of how I felt about the characters, from beginning to end, I was completely committed to finding out what was going to happen to everyone... even though I have no knowledge of any sort in regards to professional ballet, dance, tap, etc. The author gave me just enough info to understand what the characters were doing and what they were trying to accomplish without missing a moment or lacking in the stories momentum. After having her heart ripped apart and recovering from a dance injury, both faulted by her old dance partner back in New York, Sadie moves to L.A. to try to get a fresh start and pick up where she left off, without a dance partner. However, life can never be that easy... but she's determine to do what she has to do to stay on top, with no strings attached to her old life and without creating any new ones in her new life, she is going to work as hard as she can to prove to herself and her instructors that she is the best. With high hopes to not only make it into the Fall Showcase where she'll be able to perform in front of some of the biggest talent scouts, with the hopes of landing her dream job, but also win a scholarship of sorts to go to London, Sadie will only trust in herself to accomplish her dreams. But the instructors and department heads have made other plans. Everyone must be partnered in order to audition for the Fall Showcase. Not only that, someone has started a "Hit List", a game where guys try to hit on and score with the top 10 girls on the list. And Sadie, who just wants to be left alone, is on the top of that list. And then Luke happens. Not only is Luke the biggest player on campus, his parents are also prominent figures at the school, but he has just been assigned to be Sadie's partner. Sadie has only been on campus for just a few short days, and she is completely overwhelmed and is starting to have panic attacks. How will she ever get over her trust issues in time to impress her peers and make her dreams come true??? The main issue between Sadie and Luke is communication. The back-and-forth banter, the hot-and-cold mood swings usually would cause me to say enough already, let's move on. However, for Sadie and Luke's story, it works. Every moment that they had together, good or bad, made them reflect and grow as individuals. Everyone's made mistakes. And they learn to accept theirs, each others, and more. It was really refreshing to see such honest and raw character development. Also, Sadie was completely shattered not only by her ex-partner's, Patrick, betrayal and his involvement in her injury, but also, the fact that he was the only constant trust that she had in her life since her father past away and her mother blocked her out, is completely understandable and heartbreaking. At times, she seems a bit whiny and too quick to place 100% percent blame on Patrick. But, being that she was so young, so in love, and so trusting, one can understand that this was an extremely traumatic experience and time for her. And no one can truly understand her emotions unless they had physically and mentally went through what she had to go through, alone. Again, the author has definitely created some memorable characters in THE HIT LIST. I highly recommend it - a good quick weekend read you won't regret! *An eARC was sent to me by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
I'm not now nor have I ever been a dancer. I don't have the body type OR the coordination required. But no matter, I am obsessed with dancing. So many of my guilty pleasure movies and TV shows are based around dance and dancers. I've seen Center Stage and all the Step Up movies hundreds of times. I never miss So You Think You Can Dance. I've read a fair few dance books, and while I enjoyed them at the time, none of them really stood out. Until now, that is. I've been eagerly anticipating The Hit List since a friend featured it as her Waiting on Wednesday post a few months ago. It SO lived up to my expectations. The Hit List was a great, fast read. While I admit it was the combination of dance and "the game" that initially drew me to this book, it was the wonderful characters and their development that sucked me in the most. Sadie and Luke were great main characters, but there were some fantastic secondary characters in this story as well. I would love to see The Hit List turned into a series that tells different characters' stories in each new book. There's so much potential here with the other characters. I'm already hooked on them. I'd be thrilled to get the others' stories. (Starting with Brielle and Adam, of course.) I was a fan of the thought of Sadie and Luke from the first time they set eyes on each other. Yes, I was a little weary of Luke and his outward image and reputation. Sure, I hoped he wasn't just playing with Sadie for the sake of the game. But damn, the boy was swoony. He was pushing her out of her comfort zone and challenging her to be a better dancer. He was supportive. I mean, he had his jerky moments, but I was willing to look past them because I was sure there was more to him than met the eye. Sadie was a great protagonist. She was real. She was flawed. But, at the same time, she's someone I could see myself being friends with. I'm a fan of the new adult genre and all the things that come with it. Yes, I'm talking angst and sexy times here. The Hit List might have been fairly low on both the angst and blatant sexy times, but the sexual tension is incredible. Sadie and Luke have tons of chemistry and, even when they try to fight it, it jumps off the page. So good. It's also big on feels, and that alone made me love it. I was completely connected to these characters and definitely felt all the feels. If you're a contemporary romance fan and this book isn't yet on your radar (and your TBR list!) it should be. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.