Thank you to NetGalley, Piper Lawson and Book Baby for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. It’s much appreciated!
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.
Check it. Dylan Cameron is my book boyfriend, so you can all just back off right now.
Lex Caine? Not so much.
Let me explain.
I really enjoyed Schooled. It’s a short read, and it was exactly what I needed at the time – a bit light, sexy sex and the kind of hero that serves up a little Adam Brody as Seth Cohen realness. You know what I mean. Slightly dorky and smart, but so painfully hot and he doesn’t even know it.
See that smile? DO YOU?
ANYWAY. In Schooled, we are inside the mind of Alexis Caine, budding entrepreneur, future finance graduate, and master game player. You see, Lex is just a little bit of a headcase when it comes to guys. So when she sees her best friend’s younger bro again after a few years, she decides to fuck with his mind as much as possible, driving him ever so slightly to the edge of murder before drawing him back, time and time again.
Okay, so that’s not quite how it happens and maybe she doesn’t say that’s her goal, but one could be forgiven for thinking so. For Lex is a shameless bunny, all up in Dylan’s business when she feels like it (offering to “teach” him things) and then refusing to tell anyone they’re dating even though he’s such a puppy and kicking him is akin to knocking over strollers with babies in them in your spare time, LEX.
However, I do give props for the fantastic sex scenes – they are fraught with urgency, the right amount of dirty talk and really get across how much the characters want each other. When he wonders out loud if he can “chase every thought from that busy mind of (hers)?” Whoa, nelly.
It’s perfect, really. Congrats, Piper Lawson. She has a knack for writing these scenes, not making them feel routine, and infusing them with real rawness and weight. I love sex scenes that actually feel like something is happening rather than just mechanics.
I just wished, in the end, for less of Lex’s thoughts and more of Dylan and Lex, together. He’s a splendid hero and I could have read about him for days. And I did like Lexi – she was smart at school thank goodness – but I think it all got a bit too much for me after the fifteenth time* she’d ditched the poor boy.
Like I said though, super enjoyable, the sex scenes were perfect and I did read it twice, so I guess I must’ve warmed to Lex more than I thought. 😉