I read the first in this series late last year, and somehow I didn’t mark this one out to read on my calendar. (bad bad blogger) That is a problem solved,
Just a Little Flirt
In the first story, I found Fallon to be more of a go-getter: a balls to the wall sort of party girl with a significant contrast in approach and personality to Brinley. But somehow something changed, and while Fallon is no innocent, she’s been portrayed as more of a victim, if not of other people most certainly of her own rigid adherence to a strange set of behaviors. See Fallon doesn’t enjoy the reputation she’s earned as a party girl that is up for everything, she doesn’t enjoy sex and would stop at foreplay if she didn’t feel that it was unjustly leading boys on by not following through. I think she worried more about what they WOULD think of her should she say no than holding on to the questionable things that are said about her by giving in.
Sadly, she’s not alone in that belief, but her decisions in this book were odd and didn’t give me the sort of warm fuzzies that I had for Brinley. BUT – you couldn’t help but totally want to materialize Cade to keep him for your very own. Cade is everything that Fallon needs and deserves, she just isn’t sure she can deal with the possibility of yet another letdown. Cade is a nice guy, not in that can’t get a date better as your best friend way, but an honestly nice guy that works with therapy dogs in a hospital setting, is good with kids, and doesn’t have a string of women in his past or present. He’s one you take home. And keep. Preferably not in a locked closet – but that’s your business.
So the dance and attraction is confusing and frustrating for Fallon, and her decision to not date/sleep with anyone she works with at the hospital puts Cade firmly in the no touch zone. But, instead of thinking it through and talking TO Cade, she debates a hook up to forget. Old habits are hard to break. Of course, this is a romance and the wonder that is Cade does work its magic on Fallon – but OH what a frustrating journey. Even as she grew and changed, she still clung to her old ways, and her self-doubt was typical if over the top, making her an interesting character with plenty of emotion for the reader, just little empathy. A solid 3.5 star read bumped because of the frustrating emotional roller coaster Pizzitola created for me.
Title: Just a Little Crush
Author: Renita Pizzitola
Series: Crush #2
Also in this series: Just a Little Crush
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Flirt, Loveswept
Published on: 31 March, 2015
Source: Audible Communications Team, Publisher via NetGalley
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Saying yes has always come easy for Fallon. Now, in Renita Pizzitola’s steamy, poignant new novel, winning her dream job means saying no to the guy she wants the most.
Between all the parties and random hook-ups, Fallon Carr is this close to flunking out of college. But her internship working with pediatric patients means the world to her—especially since, at the end of the summer, one lucky intern will be offered a paid position. Determined to leave her bad reputation behind, Fallon even takes a bet that she won’t sleep with anyone from work. But there’s one little catch. . . .
Not only is Cade Ryan the hottest guy Fallon has ever laid eyes on, he’s a therapy dog handler who volunteers his time to visit kids at the hospital. So when he starts pursuing her, Fallon can’t believe her bad timing. The thing is, Cade is different. He’s not like the college guys who see her as a one-night stand, or the high-school boyfriend who took a part of her she can never get back. Cade genuinely wants to spend time with her—and not just between the sheets.
Fallon won’t let her growing feelings for Cade get in the way of her dreams. Besides, no guy can break down the walls she put up long ago. So what’s the harm in a little flirting? It’s not like she’s falling in love. But she may have seriously underestimated how complicated things can get when the perfect guy falls for her first.
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A copy of this title was provided via Audible Communications Team, Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.