Slow burn, first love, sweet romance!
This was a weird one for me. I don’t usually read slow burn romances. Not that I really am into the insta-love romance, but I like the couple to have more than a kiss before 75% of the book is over. Though in this day and age, I think though some people still do wait, either till marriage or at least until a bunch of dates have passed, they still get in pretty deep fairly soon. So I wasn’t surprised that this was a “Clean” romance but I was surprised that it took so long for them to even sleep in the same bed together.
This couple became friends quickly, were attracted to each other and basically lived together for a few weeks while he took care of her, before they even admitted they liked each other romantically. It was even longer before they really kissed. Also the way it was laid out was nearly every conversation she had with her family, friends and love interest.
At first I didn’t know what was going on. I wasn’t sure if it was bad writing or what when the protagonist, Alexis was having these long and inane conversations with a girl in her building, then her sister and her brother that didn’t seem to add anything to the story. But later I found that that was just how the book progressed. It was about her life during her first year of college and everything that was happing to her, or everything she was doing, including meeting Gavin.
I actually began to like that we were seeing everything. This included when she was running and collided with him, which she was completely embarrassed about. It included her having feelings when she was around him that she couldn’t explain and when she was hit by a car right in front of him and wakes up later in the hospital with him at her side.
I enjoyed reading about the “getting to know you” period in their relationship. Alex isn’t the type of girl to sleep with someone she just met or even just started dating and Gavin is the ultimate Gentleman. I want a man just like him. He is tall, hot, he cooks and cleans, he is smart and athletic, and really cares. What more could you ask for?
Though I wouldn’t read books like this all the time, I did end up enjoying this one quite a bit. I know that a lot of people like these types of books as well. Not everyone likes the romances with a lot of steamy erotic intimacies. This was a great college first love book. The supporting cast of friends and families were wonderful as well.
If there is one thing I could say that bothered me it was that some of the adjectives or sayings used to describe people or things were used too many times. I mean you can say basically the same thing using different words. Like how Alex “breathed in his delicious musky scent”. I don’t know how many times I read about his musky scent and how she became “unhinged” when he was around. I guess just different words to say those things wouldn’t make it sound like it was repeated as often.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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