Author: Piper Lawson
Series: Travesty series, book 1 (Can be read as a standalone)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New-Adult
Page count and format: 199 pages, Ebook
Published: May 27th, 2015
Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher/Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Twenty-one-year-old Alexis Caine is so close to her dream she can taste it. And it tastes like validation and Häagen-Dazs.
In a few months the quick-talking redhead will graduate with a shiny new business degree and launch a fashion label with her best friend Ava. All the planning, dedication, and saying ‘no’ to everything – and everyone – distracting will pay off.
Then Dylan Cameron, Ava’s tall, dark and broody younger brother, returns from the East Coast to start sophomore year at Lex’s San Diego college. Lex has hardly seen him in years and given his reputation for partying and girls, that’s just fine with her.
But Dylan’s all grown up. And a night of unplanned confessions for both of them threatens to tear Lex’s carefully constructed world off its axis…
Because one sassy control freak + one prodigal son = chemistry that refuses to be ignored.
Schooled was so HOT! I loved it. The blurb and the cover drew me in and I’m so glad I requested it. Hats off to the author for writing such an awsome and gorgeous book considering this book is her first debut novel.
The story revolves around Alexis or Lex who is in college studying business management and she dreams of starting a fashion label with her best friend Ava. After her break up with her boyfriend Jake she is not ready for another relationship and she wants to focus only on her career and making her dream come true. But then comes Dylan, Ava’s younger brother. He has a rough past and wants to start over. They develop an unlikely friendship between them which quickly becomes much more but she is afraid to come out in the open about their relationship while Dylan wants everybody to know which results in a massive problem. But as they say, love conquers all.
I liked the plot, it was fresh and good. It had all the elements I love in a New-Adult book. Although a few things were clichéd but I liked the twist the author introduced. Everybody took Dylan for a playboy who loved parties and girls. Whereas things were the total opposite. He was so driven with his studies and wanted a scholarship that he didn’t have the time to date. And he told this secret only to Lex who on a sudden impulse wanted to “enlighten” him. I really loved the scene where Dylan was showing Lex how friction worked. I loved their relationship and their small banters. I liked the plot twist and how things were neatly executed and specially how things were wrapped up at the end.
I loved the character though Lex was quite immature sometimes. But I could connect with her. She was really driven, passionate about her studies and dreams, she wanted to prove her family, specially her mother that she was capable for doing something entirely on her own skill and talent. But she was hesitant when Dylan wanted to tell about their relationship to everybody. I understand she was afraid but she acted like immature and I was glad when she finally came back to her senses. Dylan was seriously awsome, gorgeous and swoon worthy. He was humorous and loved to make her smile and he was equally passionate about his studies and career. I really liked this aspect in the book where career was also an important focus for the characters rather than only romance. Now, romance definitely played a major factor which I really, really loved. They had sizzling hot chemistry and the romance between them was seriously hot and awsome. They both had their faults but like I previously said I loved their relationship.
Another character worth mentioning is Ava, Dylan’s elder sister and Lex’s best friend. She definitely got the shock of her life when she discovered about Lex and Dylan but she wasn’t that kind of girl to hold that as a grudge forever. She was funny and passionate about fashion and a great friend to Lex. I definitely liked her and I can’t wait to read her story in the next book in this series.
The writing was smooth and gorgeous. It was so easy to read and I finished the book quite fast. I had a hard time closing the book (in this case switching off my tab) and going to sleep. This book was definitely addicting and I wanted to know more about what happened next. The pace was neither too slow nor to fast. And I really loved it as their no love triangles or cliffhangers. People who like a story of a college romance should definitely give it a go.
Overall, the plot was great and neatly executed. The characters had their fair share of faults but they knew how to overcome the challenges and face the problems which made me love them. Dylan and Lex had a beautiful friendship which turned into a budding romance that was sizzling hot and their chemistry was undeniable. The writing was beautiful and easy to read. I really liked this book and I’m really looking forward to read more works of this author.
Definitely if you love NA books and happily ever after.