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Love on Campus
By Jessica Ruddick, Alycia Tornetta
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Jessica Ruddick
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I walked down the icy sidewalk, sliding a little on a patch of ice and almost busting my ass. Motherfucker. There were reasons I didn't schedule classes before noon. It was too damn cold, too damn icy, and too damn early.
The letter in my pocket was dead weight, and I pulled it out to double check the time and location.
Student Academic Services Center, Room 341. Friday, 9:00 a.m.
I shoved it back in my jeans pocket.
I'd missed the first appointment, which was scheduled for Monday. That resulted in one letter, two phone calls — both before eight thirty a.m. — and three emails, which was why I was up and dressed at this ungodly hour: to stop the harassment.
If I wanted to be hassled about my grades, I would visit my dad.
I entered the building and climbed the stairs to the third floor. The door marked 341 led to a tiny waiting room that barely fit the two already occupied chairs. I signed in at the front desk and leaned against a wall to wait.
I didn't have to wait long.
A girl came around the corner holding a file folder. She was wearing a black suit with her dark hair pulled back. Her skin was bronze, but it wasn't fake like most of the tans around here this time of year. It was just her skin tone.
She looked me over like I was a piece of gum that needed to be scraped off her shoe. Huh. That was not a look I was used to. What bug crawled up her ass and died?
"Come with me, please." She turned and passed through a door that led to a sea of cubicles.
I followed her, my gaze drifting down to her ass. Well, looks like this morning isn't a total loss.
She had a nice ass.
I followed her past the cubicles and into an office where a middle-aged man with a bad comb-over was chomping on a doughnut, getting powdered sugar all over the papers strewn on his desk.
He licked his fingers and motioned for me to sit.
"Josh," he repeated. "You're probably wondering why you're here."
I didn't say anything. I didn't even know this guy's name, but I felt like I was back in the high school principal's office after my buddies and I streaked butt-ass naked through a senior assembly that one time.
"I'm Dr. Weathersby, Director of Academic Services. Whenever we have a new recruit, I always like to personally welcome them aboard."
"New recruit?" I repeated. Last time I checked, I hadn't signed up for anything.
He stood, and a blanket of powdered sugar fell off his lap like snow. "For the next semester, you'll be reporting here for academic counseling twice a week."
I leaned back in my chair. "No thanks."
"No thanks. I don't need counseling."
Dr. Weathersby chuckled. "It appears you do, Josh. You're one semester away from being dismissed from the university."
My stomach plummeted into my shoes and then bounced back up again.
"We want all our students on academic probation to succeed," he continued, "which is why we've implemented a support system for those who need it."
"I don't need it," I muttered, leaning forward and putting my head in my hands.
I was a slacker, but I wasn't stupid. I'd nearly aced my SATs.
But now I was about to flunk out.
Sure, I skipped class sometimes, but didn't everyone? And sure, I'd failed a few exams — okay, classes — but I had no idea all my grades had sunk so low.
Maybe I should actually read the mail and emails from the university.
"It was nice meeting you, Josh." Dr. Weathersby held out his hand. I stared at him blankly. I hadn't heard a damn word he'd said.
I stood and reluctantly shook his hand.
"You'll be in good hands with Ms. Welch."
I looked over my shoulder at the girl who'd brought me to the office. I'd forgotten she was there.
"Follow me, please," she said.
I shoved my hands in my pockets and followed her, feeling like a damn dog being led around on a leash. I wanted to kick the door, punch the wall ... something.
This fucking sucked.
How quickly could I get out of this mess?
She stopped at one of the cubicles and somehow managed to squeeze herself behind a desk that was much too big for the space.
I raised my eyebrows. No way. She could not be my academic counselor.
She gestured to the folding chair in front of the desk. "Have a seat."
Holy shit. She was. This could get interesting.
I wedged myself into the chair, my knees smashed against the desk's metal paneling.
She opened the file and spread out some papers. "It says here your major is history."
I frowned. "It is? I thought it was finance."
She flipped to another page. "No, that was your major two majors ago." The girl literally looked down her nose at me. "You've been through six majors in the last two years." Her voice dripped with distain.
This was bullshit. Who did this chick think she was, judging me?
I nodded. "Sounds about right." I twisted in my chair to stretch my legs out, crossing them at the ankles. Might as well get comfortable for the interrogation.
She looked at me briefly, her dark eyes narrowing, then returned her gaze to the file. "So back to your major — "
"We should probably change that to finance."
"You've taken four courses that count toward fulfilling the history major requirements," she continued as if I hadn't spoken. "It looks like you've fulfilled all of the general ed classes, which isn't surprising considering the ... variety in your coursework."
I smiled, widening my grin when I saw that she was grinding her teeth. "They say variety is the spice of life."
"We're required to meet twice a week." She pulled a paper out of my file. "Judging from your schedule, it looks like your mornings are wide open. How about eight thirty on Mondays and Thursdays?"
I crossed my arms, waiting a beat. "You know, on second thought, let's change my major to engineering."
She folded her hands. "Mr. Davidson, is this a joke to you?"
I almost snorted. Mr. Davidson was my dad, and this girl couldn't be more than a day older than me.
I smiled again. "Why would it be a joke?"
Normally I wasn't such a jerk. Most girls would even call me charming. But something about this chick just made me want to push her buttons, and it was so easy. She left them all hanging out there. Not to mention the godforsaken hour I had to get up this morning didn't make me inclined to play nice.
"There's no indication in your file that you have any motivation to actually graduate."
The smile faded off my face.
"You're in your third year here," she continued, and I couldn't help but think she sounded smug, "but your number of academic credits classifies you as a sophomore. It looks like you've taken the minimum course load every year."
I didn't say anything, and she looked at me expectantly. "Well?" she said finally. "Do you have anything to say for yourself?"
"Sure." I leaned forward. "What are you doing Saturday night?"
* * *
"Excuse me?" I must have misheard him.
"Saturday night." He grinned, as if he weren't sitting across from his academic counselor, as if he weren't on academic probation, as if he didn't have a care in the world. "You doing anything?"
I tried to control the flaring of my nostrils. None of my grad classes had covered how to handle a prick with a "God's gift to women" complex.
"Excuse me." This time it was a statement — and my exit cue. I shimmied out from behind my desk, trying very hard to feel professional, but failing. These cubes were designed for kindergarteners, not grad student interns.
I kept my back straight as I walked toward the kitchen, all the while feeling his gaze on my ass. Guys thought they were slick, but what they didn't realize was that women had a sixth sense about these things.
Once safely in the kitchen, I closed the door firmly behind me and grabbed a paper cone from the water dispenser. I hated those things — who ever thought it would be a good idea to put liquid in a container that couldn't be set down?
I filled the cone with cool water and held it against my forehead.
After a semester of shadowing another counselor, I was used to dealing with misguided students, students who partied too hard their freshman year and let their grades go to the wayside. Some of them had actually cried while sitting across from me in my cube. I could handle tears.
I couldn't handle flippant.
I'd dealt with a few unfortunate souls who probably shouldn't have been admitted to the university in the first place. Those cases were difficult — when I knew the student wasn't going to make it, but as their academic counselor, I had to help them try anyway.
Josh Davidson wasn't like that.
I could tell he was far from stupid.
Lazy? Yes. But stupid? Not so much.
Which made his behavior completely unacceptable in my book.
People who squandered their God-given talents pissed me off. Some of us had to work ourselves to the bone to get ahead.
But this wasn't about me. It was about me doing my job and helping Josh achieve to his full potential.
I took a deep breath, drained my water, and squared my shoulders. I had to go back out there.
I walked slowly through the maze of cubicles. Josh was right where I'd left him — taking up most of the space, lounging with his legs stretched out and his hands folded behind his head in the hard, plastic chair. Somehow he made it look comfortable.
"Excuse me." My cheeks flushed as I realized that was the third time I'd used that phrase. Squeezing past him, I settled back behind my desk.
An apology was on the edge of my lips, but I held it in. Judging by the smirk on his face, he wasn't going to apologize for his inappropriate behavior, so I wouldn't apologize for mine.
I cleared my throat and looked down as his schedule again. "So, eight thirty on Mondays and Thursdays?"
He shrugged. "Mornings aren't really my thing."
My nostrils flared. I didn't bother to try to stop them. There was no point. Instead, I folded my hands on my desk. "What exactly is your thing?"
He shrugged again, running his finger along the edge of my desk. "I'm more of an evening person."
"This office is open from eight to five."
He smiled, the kind of lazy, self-satisfied smile you'd expect to see on a cat that had just spent an hour licking itself. "Then I guess this just isn't going to work out, is it, sweetheart?"
"Excuse me —" Sheesh, I really did need to expand my vocabulary, but that was all I could think with what was coming out of this guy's mouth. "You can address me as Ms. Welch. And despite your best efforts to dissuade me, I am here to help you. I expect to see you here in this office Monday morning at eight thirty."
I stood and held out my business card, a clear sign that it was time for him to leave.
He reached out, but instead of taking the card, he took my hand in his and pulled it to his lips. Then he freaking kissed my hand.
"It's been a pleasure, Ms. Welch."
He sauntered out with my card in his hand and a smirk on his face, leaving me with my mouth hanging open.CHAPTER 2
Hitting on my academic counselor probably wasn't the best idea I'd ever had, especially since my offer was facetious. In other circumstances — ones where Ms. Welch didn't have a stick lodged firmly up her ass — I'd be happy to take her on a date. Get her out of the suit and put her in some normal clothes, and she'd be hot — more than hot.
Ms. Welch. That was another piece of bullshit. Hell if I was going to call her that. As I descended the stairs, I looked at the business card she'd given me. Brianna. That was her name.
As I pushed through the exit, the cold slammed into me, and I zipped up my coat. I hesitated on the stairs of the building, not sure which direction to go. My first class wasn't until noon. Despite my academic probation and slacker ways, I'd actually attended all of my classes so far this semester. Granted, that had only been a week, but still. I should probably go to the library to study or something, but instead I turned toward downtown, where there was a local doughnut shop. It closed at eleven, so it'd been a while — maybe freshman year — since I'd been up early enough to get there before it closed.
A couple of familiar faces came toward me on the other side of the walkway. Ordinarily, I'd be happy to see these two, but not right now.
I ducked my head and kept walking, positioning myself behind a guy who had to be a linebacker. I was pretty tall, but this guy was a beast.
"Cori, hey," I said, stepping off the path to allow others to pass. "I didn't see you."
Her furrowed brow told me she saw through my bullshit lie. Still, she disconnected her hand from her boyfriend Luke's and stood on her toes to give me a hug.
I hugged her back, feeling guilty. I nodded at Luke, my fraternity brother who lived down the hall from me in the house. The two of them had been through a rough patch recently, but I was glad to see they were back together.
"What are you doing here?" Luke asked.
I grinned, trying to seem more like my normal self. "What? On campus?"
"Well, yeah," Luke said. "It's before ten."
He made a good point. The only reason I had willingly gotten out of bed before ten in the last few years was to tailgate for a noon football game.
"Maybe I'm turning over a new leaf."
Luke just laughed. To Cori's credit, she didn't laugh, but she did grin.
"I haven't seen you much lately," Cori said. "We need to hang out."
"I did try to hang out with you," I said pointedly. "But you guys had other plans."
Cori blushed, and I almost felt bad.
Nah, I didn't feel bad.
Since the two of them had gotten back together, they'd been spending a lot of time behind locked doors. I made a habit of banging on Luke's door whenever I walked by. Just because.
She punched my shoulder lightly. "We're hanging out tonight. Bonfire?"
"You got it."
She smiled and laced her hand back through Luke's. "Make sure your guitar is tuned."
* * *
I threw another log on the fire, watching the flames dance in the black inky sky. There was no moon tonight, and without the fire it would've been pure darkness. It was still early — just after seven — but I was restless.
What if I actually flunked out? I sure as hell wasn't going back home to my dad's house. No fucking way. I'd rather camp out on the sidewalk in a refrigerator box than deal with that shit 24-7.
I could get a job.
Yeah, right. I hadn't had a job since that stint flipping burgers my senior year of high school. It'd lasted about two weeks. And it didn't pay that well from what I could recall.
"Fuck," I said out loud to no one.
My buddy Brad walked up with his girlfriend Amber in tow. Amber was actually Cori's best friend. When their sorority, Alpha Delta, was paired with our fraternity for the year, a bunch of my brothers ended up dating Alpha girls. I wasn't one of them. If I stayed with a girl two weeks that was a long time, and I was smart enough not to dip into the pool of girls I'd be forced to see all year.
Drama wasn't really my thing.
"Hey." I turned back to the fire.
"Help me with the cooler." Brad gestured to the house.
I started to walk in that direction, but I had to stop to wait for Brad, who was making sure Amber was all tucked under a blanket in her camp chair before leaving.
Fucking A. Things had changed around here. Even the cooler had changed. Instead of cheap beer, it was filled with fruity wine coolers. Chick drinks. This time last year, it would've been just us guys sitting around the fire. Now that Brad and Luke had other halves, they were attached to them at the hip. The guys had had girlfriends before, but these two were different.
I liked them. Don't get me wrong. Amber and Cori were great, especially Cori. But I kinda missed the good old days of getting drunk and doing stupid shit with the guys.
Now they were all responsible and stuff.
It kinda sucked.
It really sucked.
Which was the mindset that had gotten me on academic probation in the first place.
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Genre: New Adult, Romance Age: 18+ Recommendation: Yes, particularly to those who like Liz Reinhardt and Katy McGarry Type: Series Summary: It was entertaining but not a very deep read. -snobbish/aloof female lead +interesting male lead +funny dialogue -predictable Full Review: Wanting More is the second book in the Love on Campus series by Jessica Ruddick. Set to be released March 28, 2016, this novel follows Bri Welch, a grad student and academic adviser who meets the campus party boy, Josh, and their subsequent relationship. This story is told from both Josh and Bri’s POV. I am always a bit hesitant when reading a novel told from a mixed male and female point of view because they are usually either really awesome or really terrible. In this case, the dialogue was believable but the story was just OK. The relationship between the two was entertaining but it didn’t insight any emotions. I wasn’t stressed or pissed or sad or even elated. There was no throwing my e-reader then running over to make sure I didn’t crack the screen. I just sat passively and read through it. I think that I would have enjoyed this book much more if the main character didn’t annoy me to the point of eye rolling. But she did. She is uptight, judgmental, shallow and finicky. The way she responded to the situation with her ex-boyfriend made her look weak and stupid. The male lead Josh is pretty likable. He is your typical frat daddy, party boy with a sentimental side. I liked his confidence and his attitude. For me, he made the book fun to read. The conclusion wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. Overall, this was just middle of the road for me. Nothing spectacular happened and nothing left me disgruntled. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you very much, Jessica Ruddick and Entangled Publishing, LLC.
There's rebellion on both sides. Josh hates following the rules. Bri wants to feel the rush of stepping away from her good girl persona. Wanting More is more complex than a good girl going bad. Josh needed to set priorities and learn how to focus on accomplishing them. Bri needed to learn their was more to experience than grades and school. I received an ARC of Wanting More by Jessica Ruddick via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Cute romance, although it felt like an afterschool special sometimes.
4 stars I really enjoyed Wanting More. The storyline was entertaining, the characters were fun, relatable and very likable. Josh was funny, cute, sexy and a real sweetheart. I loved how he would push/dare/encourage Bri to live a little and not be so rigid with everything in her life. Bri found it difficult at first and I have to admit she did annoy me a little with her judgemental comments she threw Josh's way but eventually she realised life without Josh wasn't the life she wanted. She loved him and the life they shared together. Bri knew Josh would always be by her side loving her & encouraging her to go after dreams.... I have so much love & respect for Josh, imo he was the perfect boyfriend. This was a well written heartwarming, sweet read, I enjoyed watching these two opposites connect and bring out the best in each other with unconditional love & support. I highly recommend Wanting More and the Love on Campus series.
An amazing romance novel! Even though I'm not fan of a stories which revolve around college students but this one was an exception. It is cute, interesting, and funny story about a guy who doesn't take life seriously and a girl who does exactly the opposite. They are too different and yet some how a perfect match. Josh is a non-serious student. It's not that he isn't intelligent, the problem is that he isn't motivated. For him college life is all about girls and parties. So it is no wonder that now he is on probation. Still he thinks that he can manage on his own. That is the reason he isn't receptive of his counselor's suggestions. He does feel attracted to her but that might nor be such a good thing... Bri works as student counselor which is not so bad most of the time but Josh is testing her patience. He clearly needs direction but unable to accept help. To top it all off he is extremely handsome and she can't help but feel attracted to him. He life is pre-planned. She knows what she wants and where she is going. She doesn't need someone like Josh to mess up her plans. But sometimes it is good to be spontaneous or so she is learning... Slowly they seem to be falling in love but will they be able to stay in love is an entirely different question.. A beautiful romance, best for light reading. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I'll definitely be recommending it to all my reader friends.
Wanting More is a great example of a New Adult romance. It pairs classic slacker Josh with overachiever Bri. They meet because she was assigned to be his academic adviser as a condition of him staying in college. They are opposites on almost every level: she's a serious grad student and he's a playboy in fraternity. Each has a complicated history and their relationship develops with each bringing out the best in each other. Will they be able to make it work or will this be a passing interest? I enjoyed reading this book and was instantly taken both main characters. I liked how Bri and Josh matured over the book and was routing for things to work out for them. I like this genre and will continue to follow Ms. Ruddick because I like her writing style! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Wanting More (ebook) by Jessica Ruddick I wanted to really like Wanting More, more then I did. Wanting More is the second novel in this series, I should have realized that when I requested this one. Wanting More is told in Dual POV, Bri and Josh. There was a lot of push and pull, some banter and emotional moments. Both had their pasts to deal with, but they also learned to deal with them. Honestly i'm not sure I liked this more or less by the time I was finished. The characters annoyed me and I just couldn’t get into it, it took me longer to read this one. We have a little love, friendship, drama In Wanting More. Arc Received for an honest review, My own thoughts and Opinions. I would like to read more by this author tho. Ang, PNR Book Lover Reviews
This was my first read by Jessica Ruddick and I have to say that it will not be my last. I really enjoyed Bri and Josh's story and loved how Jessica Ruddick made me feel like I was on campus with these two and living in the college life. Bri is a young lady that had a rough upbringing with being in and out of foster homes intil she was finally adopted at the age of 12. Bri is a woman that knows what she wants out of life and is determined to make her way through college without much help from her adopted parents. I love that Bri was sort of the good girl that got to set the frat boy on the right track if you will. Josh is a college guy that is really there to make the most out of his college social life. He is part of a fraternity that parties hard and this has made Josh's grades take a nosedive in the recent months. Josh is put on academic probation and that is where he meets Bri. Bri is going to be his academic counselor for the semester or until his grade come up so that he will not get kicked out of college. When Josh meets with Bri for the first time, he knows that there is something special about her but has no idea how he is going to break down the walls that Bri has erected to keep her in her professional lane. After a few meeting with Josh, Bri makes a deal with him that if her makes a certain grade on one of his test by studying on his own, she will attend on of the Frat parties at his Frat house with him. This is so our of Bri's comfort zone, but she is willing to try anything to get Josh's grades up. When Josh wins the bet and Bri is going to the Frat house party, all of Josh's friends just assume that they are a couple and start treating Bri just like one of them. The problem with Josh is that he has a reputation for sleeping around and Bri does not like this idea at all. Bri wonders if Josh would ever really be able to settle down with her. After several more meetings and a couple more dates, things become more and more serious for Bri and Josh. When Bri's ex-boyfriend shows up and does the unthinkable to her, Josh's protective side kicks in. This causes Bri to have even more questions. Will the two of them be able to work through all of their questionable moments with each other and become the couple that they both want to be? You need to read this one to find out! Such a great read. There was a little of a lull in the story for me but not bad at all. I am glad I got through it because the rest of the book is great!
Wanting More by Jessica Ruddock....This was a quick fun sweet read. I loved watching Bri and Josh's story unfold. These two had chemistry and a great time together. This was my first book by Jessica Ruddick, but it will not be my last. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
A heartwarming love story where opposites attract! Josh and Brianna's story was filled with laughs, angst, heartbreak, suspense, and excitement. Brianna is a shy, smart, play it safe kind of girl. She has just broken up with her suitable boyfriend of 2 years. Bri is a grad student who follows the rules and she is an academic counselor who has just met her biggest challenge - Josh, and he knows how to push her buttons in more ways than one! Josh is the ultimate college party guy and bachelor. When he lands in the hot seat of academic probations, he is intrigued by Brianna and wants to strip her of her straight laced ways. There is no denying the spark between them and soon they are both wanting more. When certain situations arise, Brianna is questioning everything she does which leads to heartbreak and turmoil. Will Josh be able to make her see what's real?
Joshua Davidson (Josh) is a happy go lucky undergraduate in danger of being dismissed from the university if he doesn’t up his grades and efforts. After six different majors in two years he’s been sent to be given extra support whilst on academic probation. When he meets his academic counsellor he’s in for a surprise - mind you, so is she! Brianna Welch (Bri) is a focussed workaholic, determined to achieve, his antithesis perhaps? Despite that they are both attracted to the other, even if reluctant to admit it. With such opposite attitudes, will they stand any chance at romance? What about her soon to be ex, how will he react to their splitting up? Life’s about to change for all concerned, you’ve just got to hope it will be changes for the better! This is a great campus romance, with plenty of twists, turns, surprises and angst to keep the reader enthralled and engaged with the well developed characters. It does involve characters from the first book in the series, Letting Go, but I don’t think you need to have read that to appreciate and enjoy this story. I have to say that it is, however, good to catch up on what has happened to them since the end of the first one. It is another emotional story, exploring relationships with family, the effects of fostering and other impacts on how students relate to each other, but these are explored as an integral part of the story and not as some snide add on. Once more the author has continued to develop the characters from the first novel, added others and created a great campus romance. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is my first book by Jessica Ruddick. Bri & Josh's journey through their relationship was a detailed and great read. Their very distinct opposite personalities made great conflict. The story was well written! I will definitely read this author again.
This is an awesome NA read that grabbed my attention from the very first page. The story has a great flow and the character development is excellent. Josh and Bri's story might seem like the typical bad boy/ good girl storyline but underneath there is so much more to these characters. He's the quintessential slacker in college where she's the over achiever, together they bring a balance to each other that they have both struggled to find. This is the second in the series but in no way do you have to read the previous book first. I do however recommend both of them. This author has a nice writing style that brings the stories to life.
I loved this story! Josh and Bri meet when she is assigned to be his academic counselor after he is placed on academic probation. He appears to be your typical frat boy, only in college to have a good time and meet girls. Bri appears to be your typical overachiever, a grad student already at age 22. Of course, there is more beneath the surface for both of them. What I loved about these characters was that they pushed each other out of their comfort zones. Josh asking Bri to come to a frat party. Bri helping Josh figure out what direction he wants to take in life. I did not read the first book in this series so I wouldn't say it's necessary to connect to the story. I will read Book 1 now that I am finished with Wanting More. *ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Wanting More by Jessica Ruddick is one of those novels that is middle of the road for me. There is nothing wrong with it, it is well-written with a great plot… for me personally, however, nothing stands out that I can gush about. It has an HEA, no cliffy, can be read as a standalone and is told from a first person point of view. You have a female authority figure. A woman who knows her mind and what she wants. But she’s always so serious and takes life that way too. If you looked at Bri’s planner, it would probably be so organized it was color-coded. As for Josh, he is on academic probation. He has no clue what he wants to do with his life and if you ask him about the future, he just wants to know when the next part is. Mind you, from just saying that, you’d assume things about these characters, but don’t! They will surprise you. I thought both of the main characters were great and if asked, yes, I would read the rest of the books in this series happily. I liked how things unfolded between them. The chemistry felt more like a slow build between them. These two come from completely different worlds and it goes to show that opposites can attract. Also that people can change. You do get a bit of angst in this novel, and at one point, may want to slap the characters and tell them to get their junk figured out. All in all, 3 Stars and an enjoyable read.
This is a geeky girl and the cool sorority guy romance. The story line was a good one and the writing was great. I was engaged in the story all the way through. I found that I didn't care for the judgmental attitude of Bri and Josh's father. I loved Josh's stepmom though. She was great! Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.