Welcome to my stop for Just a Little Crush, book one in the New Adult contemporary romance Crush series from Renita Pizzitola. Please be sure to check out the excerpt, and be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could be the lucky winner of a $25 eGift Card of Winner’s Choice Bookseller and FLIRT Mug & Tote. Do be sure to check the other tour stops for more reviews, excerpts and information!
Everyone wants a bad boy, at least once in their life, and Brinley is no exception. But she never thought it was possible until she runs into Ryder again. Ryder, the bane of her high school existence now is pursuing her!
Ryder is far better than his earlier behavior would signal: everyone grows up and realizes what they missed or did wrong, or should. And he has: and Brinley is just what he wants now: strong, determined, solidly grounded and unimpressed by his reputation.
While not particularly original in construct, Pizzatola has created wonderful characters that are realistic and solid: while both make some pretty awful mistakes (past and present) they do see them, and want to be better and learn. And that is what your college years are all about- finding who you are, and who you want to be.
And Brinley makes Ryder work for it: she isn’t going to just ‘jump’, she’s been too good for too long to just give over. Their chemistry and interactions are so palpable, you can feel her heart race and understand her nervousness and questions. Even more importantly, most of the angst in this story came FROM their interactions and relationship, not long-held deep dark secrets that raise their ugly head at the crucial moment, and I cannot express just how refreshing that was.
Secondary characters are well built, and there are no huge cliffhangers here: you meet and appreciate all the characters, and you see a relationship grow and develop between Brinley and Ryder, with a surprise twist that managed to further deepen their relationship on the way to a happy end.
A solid and clever engaging read that is sure to please NA fans looking for a new author to read.
Title: Just a Little Crush
Author: Renita Pizzitola
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Flirt, Loveswept
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.