Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University Book 1) by Dahlia Adler

Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.

4 Fantastic Stars!

Review by Allison East 

This was my first Dahlia book, and as I have said before- I don't know all the fantastic authors out there- but I am glad to get to read authors that are new for me. And this time was no exception. Dahlia Adler's writing is my type of writing style. Witty, hot, innuendo riddled- but not overkill. Add in awesome main characters, depth to the secondary characters, and a good plot and themes. This book had it all.

I love when a NA heroine is kick ass, and I feel like Lizzie sort of personified kick ass. She learns not one, but both of her parents passed away in an accident, Lizzie begins to realize her needs are not quite as important as they used to be. And with two younger brothers now looking up to her more so than ever, she can't afford to screw things up. She has a smart mouth, but she is everything I wish I was at 18- cool, funny, snarky, and those boys are lucky to have her in their lives.

And the hero is her history TA, Connor. I loved him. He wasn't that typical bad boy we always see in these types of books. He was actually smart, and totally swoonworthy in his own right. I loved their banter back and forth. It made this story that much better. I loved him, and you could tell that there was an underlying urge between them, even if neither of them wanted to admit it.

And I totally loved the younger brothers, and especially how they interacted with Connor- I just about died. My ovaries exploded with the amount of cuteness.

There is definitely angst, but it's kept at a minimum, even though it did enhance the story a bit- I am totally not complaining! I would suggest this to any of my book nerd friends for those times you want to  read a book that is part sweet, part sassy. By the way, look out for more in this series. The first book with Lizzie and Connor is a stand-alone, but there is more in the series to come about the secondary characters!

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