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?
I loved this book!!! It was a sweet and sexy New Adult Romance. I was addicted to Brinley and Ryder from the very first page. Brinley is a sweet and somewhat awkward yet beautiful girl. She didn’t have the greatest high school experience thanks to Ryder completely humiliating her after a game of spin the bottle. So, she is excited for a new start in college. But, it doesn’t last because she comes face-to-face with Ryder at a party. She tries to avoid him at all costs, and he begins pursuing her. It seems like he never forgot that kiss so long ago. But, she wonders what his motives really are? Is he really after her heart, or will he leave her hurt and humiliated again?
I loved Brinley and Ryder. They are complete opposites. She is sweet, naïve, and a virgin; Ryder is hotter than hell and has plenty of experience with women. They shouldn’t fit together, but they do. Their chemistry is off the charts, and that chemistry is what moves the book at such a fast pace. I really wanted to know what was going to happen next and well, if Brinley would give her V-card to Ryder. The sexy scenes between the two of them even gave me butterflies! Of course, there is a little bit of angst, but it works well in the story. Both of them have parents who have given them issues with their current relationship. I really rooted for this couple and wanted them to make it! The supporting characters in the book were likeable too. I absolutely fell in love with Fallon, Brinley’s dorm mate. There is more to her than she lets others see. I know she will be getting her own story in March 2015, and I can’t wait to see what secrets she is going to reveal.
I read Just A Little Crush within hours of starting it. This is the first book I have read by Renita Pizzitola, but it won’t be my last. I have already added Just a Little Flirt, Fallon’s story, to my wish list. If you like a sweet sexy love story that is a quick read, give this one a try!
**A copy of the book was provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.**
Renita Pizzitola is the author of New Adult Contemporary Romance and Young Adult Fantasy. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found feeding her caramel macchiato addiction and reading just about anything she can get her hands on.
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