Just a Little Crush (Crush #1)
by Renita Pizzitola
Summary from Goodreads:
Good girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they try to. In Renita Pizzitola’s emotional novel of heartache and seduction, one college freshman just can’t get enough.
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?
My favorite thing about this book was how likable all the characters were. I don’t know what it was about them but I really really liked them, especially Brinley. I don’t remember the last book I read where I liked the heroine this much. This made a difference to me and it made the book stand out in my opinion. Despite the fact that the plot was typical new adult in a college setting and fairly predictable, I really enjoyed reading it. Ryder was a total heartthrob and Brinley was just perfect.
I also loved Brinley’s roommate Fallon. I hope she gets her own book because even though she was just a secondary character in Just A Little Crush (only making the occasional appearance), her personality kept me entertained and I kept looking forward to the scenes that included her.
The book was well written and the story flowed smoothly making it easy to read. There was not a lot of drama or angst but the charismatic characters totally make up for that.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
4.5 out of 5 stars