Published by Bookbaby on June 1, 2015
Genres: contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult
Source: eARC from Author
Twenty-one-year-old Alexis Caine is so close to her dream she can taste it. And it tastes like validation and Häagen-Dazs.
In a few months the quick-talking redhead will graduate with a shiny new business degree and launch a fashion label with her best friend Ava. All the planning, dedication, and saying ‘no’ to everything - and everyone - distracting will pay off.
Then Dylan Cameron, Ava’s tall, dark and broody younger brother, returns from the East Coast to start sophomore year at Lex's San Diego college. Lex has hardly seen him in years and given his reputation for partying and girls, that’s just fine with her.
But Dylan’s all grown up. And a night of unplanned confessions for both of them threatens to tear Lex’s carefully constructed world off its axis…
Because one sassy control freak + one prodigal son = chemistry that refuses to be ignored.
Schooled is the first book in a new adult contemporary romance series called Travesty. Travesty is the name of a fashion brand created by two college best friends. The first book in the series is Lex, or Alexis’, story. And the second book is Ava’s story. I am not sure how many books there are going to be, or if after these first two is subsequent books will continue to follow new couples or will shift back to Lex and Ava. That is my preference, but I have a feeling the series will also follow some of their other friends like Jane.
Either way, the book was told entirely from Lex’s point of view. I do wish that we had a smattering of chapters from Dylan because I love dual narrative in new adult contemporary romance, but it worked out ok with just Lex. I had a love hate relationship with Lex. I really liked her, but then sometimes she would just be so bull headed that I wanted to shake her and give up on her. She sabotaged everything it seems like. It is strange, because Lex herself is not a dramatic person, but if you remove her from the storyline all of the drama in Schooled would have been gone too.
Dylan was the best part of the story of Schooled for me. I thought it was so cute how he was with Lex. It was clear as day that he has always had a thing for her, and he was more than patient with her crazy moments. I know it sounds like I didn’t like Lex, but I did. I really liked her with Dylan and I really liked her when she wasn’t overthinking everything and she just let go. She was wonderful in those moments when she wasn’t second guessing herself and all of her actions at every turn. Most of all, I just wanted Lex to let go and just Live. And I think that is what Dylan was able to bring out in her.
Schooled is a very easy flowing read. I really enjoyed it and I loved the romance. There are lots and lots of speedbumps along the way, but I think readers will be rooting for Dylan and Lex. I hope we get to check in with them more in Ava’s story. For readers that love new adult romance in a college setting and don’t mind a controlling main character, especially since the romance more than makes up for it, I think schooled and the travesty series is one for you to check out.Looking for a new adult #romance set at a college? @BookBriefs #reviews Schooled by @PiperjLawson #NewSeries Click To Tweet
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