Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola

Just a Little Crush

By Renita Pizzitola

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Published by: Random House Publishing/Loveswept - October 21, 2014
Genres: NA Romance
Rating: 4 Stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?

Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.

Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?

This was the perfect new adult novel: Naive heroine, but one you care about. Sexy suitor, but one that changes his love 'em and leave 'em ways for the girl he's been waiting to kiss again for many years. There's tension, sexually and within the plot. Everything was great. My only tiny bit of criticism is that the end kind of sluffed off as if the author was ready to be done writing the story of Brinley and Ryder. While they both confronted their parents about past hurts, those scenes felt depersonalized. I dunno. Maybe it was just me.

Brinley and Ryder had their first kiss in high school during a 7 minutes in heaven type of game. He was the popular guy; she was the shy tag-along at the party. But that kiss? It's one that never left either of their minds, or hearts, as time went by. After the kiss, Ryder pulled a high school boy move and embarrassed Brinley in front of the entire party, alienating any chance the two of them had to get together back then.

The book picks up in college when Brinley runs into Ryder at a party. She's not even sure he remembers who she is, but oh, does he. In fact, he's compared every kiss he's had since with the one he shared with Brinley all those years ago.

Soon, Ryder is around every corner, seeking Brinley out, much to the chagrin of her best friend Mason who knows how ladies man Ryder operates. But Ryder slowly works his way back into Brinley's heart. When the unimaginable happens, Brinley must decide who the read Ryder is and if she can trust him.

An engaging, hot (but light) read.

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