- Everly Lucas
- Release Date
- August 2018
Contemporary Romance, New Adult
House parties. Hot jocks. New friends. Typical college experiences, right?
Sleepless nights. Racing thoughts. Slipping grades. Drinking way too much and waking up alone in a strange bed with no memory of how I got there, then bolting before having to face whoever put my drunk ass up for the night… Slightly less typical.
Okay, I'll admit it. I'm making a mess of my freshman year, but I can fix my own mistakes. I don't need anyone swooping in to save me, especially not my overbearing, unfairly gorgeous psych professor.
So what if he manages to make tweed look sexy? So what if I get chills when he says my name? So what if he kisses me like it would kill him not to? None of that stuff matters once I finally remember that his was the strange bed I woke up in the night I blacked out.
Nope. I don't need him. But that doesn't stop me from wanting him like crazy…even when crazy is exactly how I feel.
***Contains adult scenes, language, and subject matter***
Dec 08, 2018 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
23 people found the following review helpful
"House parties. Hot jocks. New friends. Typical college experiences, right?" For most college students, yes. "Sleepless nights. Racing thoughts. Slipping grades." Okay, maybe a bit less. "Drinking way too much and waking up alone in a strange bed with no memory of how I got there, then bolting before having to face whoever put my drunk ass up for the night… Slightly less typical." Definitely.
Lacey Hunter is more or less your typical college student, on her own for the first time, and enjoying the college experience. Perhaps a bit too much. Picked up by her Psych professor (didn't know it at the time), Professor Jeremy Ryan finds himself attracted to the young woman who is far more inebriated than safe. Sharing a kiss that doesn't go any further, he's surprised when she turns out to be one of his students, and even worse, she doesn't remember him. At least, not right away in Everly Lucas' MAKE IT MUSIC.
Likes: I liked Jeremy and really wished that there were more student-teacher scenes to enhance the taboo aspect but there weren't enough to keep that aspect of the story engaging for me and I ignored it. Lacey is a very sweet and likeable character in all her hot mess. And Renee (aka Snow) is the kind of dorm mate you would want to have in college. She's loyal, serious, and will have your back even before she fully knows you.
Dislikes: Points to the beginning of the previous paragraph. For me, there needed to be more of that to feel like a student/teacher taboo, and overall, the relationship came across as a bit rushed.
There are other aspects to the story that maybe should be included in the story's summary (one is mentioned in the foreword). One for the potential trigger for some readers and the other because I think it's an important topic that doesn't always get depicted well in fiction, let alone a romance. Lacey's actions take what could be construed as out of control college freshman behavior to an entirely different level. And, we are treated to a sensitive topic that's not only handled well, but, to me, takes the story out of the taboo genre and into an entirely different category (and yes, I'm trying to be vague so as to avoid spoilers that the Ms Lucas didn't include).
As a New Adult/College romance, this story ticks off many of the items that I look for in a story--likeable characters, well told story, hot romance--but it was also missing some things in terms of the student/teacher taboo aspect that would have made this a much stronger story to me.
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