Suncoast University, Book 1
Heat Factor: Steamy, steamy, steamy.
Character Chemistry: She’s a future English professor, and he’s a future physical therapist. So you better believe there’s chemistry mentally AND physically.
Plot: A young English major gets beyond distracted by her classmate only to discover it’s very mutual. Things progress beautifully until the romance has to be put on hold for professional reasons. The young couple has to figure out what their future holds…and if they can wait that long.
Overall: THIS BOOK NEEDS TO BE READ BY ALL YOUNG WOMEN. Period.
It’s a bold statement, but I’m saying it again–young women need more books like this. Young women should read books like this.
I fell in love with this book. The main characters are genuinely likeable. Charlotte is smart, responsible, and put together–she’s also an English major and like every English major I’ve ever met, she’s spunky and curious. Luke is gorgeous and ambitious. He’s a good friend and he has a good head on his shoulders. He knows what he wants and he knows it’s worth working for. So when they fall in love, you can’t HELP but cheer them on.
That’s why it’s good–why it’s important is a little deeper. I loved that Charlotte and Luke don’t play games, and that the author doesn’t set up elaborate misunderstandings for the couple to stumble through. They have a healthy relationship. Luke respects Charlotte’s boundaries. They communicate about their needs and they don’t pressure each other or lash out when they don’t get what they want. Luke fully supports Charlotte’s ambitions, and Charlotte appreciates Luke’s sensitivity without treating him like he’s some kind of saint for being a good guy. This stuff matters–and when it’s done in a way that is flat-out sexy and engaging? So incredible.
Here’s my favorite example: Charlotte and Luke can’t pursue a physical relationship while Charlotte is employed in a teaching position at the college. He writes a VERY sexy little short story for her, and she writes one back. When he loses her sexy story at the college library, I expected her to ditch him angrily and for him to work his way into her good graces. Instead, she gets upset but helps him look–and then after talking to him, easily forgives him and moves on. She doesn’t bring it back up and throw it in his face or cry and rage at him. Relationships should look like this–they should be melt-your-pants-off sexy, loving, kind, forgiving, and supportive. Young women should know that you can have relationships that look like that.
This review might make it seem like this is a vanilla, proper, preachy book–but it’s not. Men who respect women ARE sexy, and women who are comfortable with their own sexuality? That’s about as sexy as it can get. Throw in Allie Winters’ excellent writing and some secondary characters I hope to see more of, and you’ve got yourself a hot book.
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