Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible – a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
This just might be one of my favorite new adult books I’ve ever read. At first, I was a little apprehensive. Considering that Garrick was going to be her professor, and that’s a huge power dynamic, I wasn’t quite sure how the book would play out. With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised. Although they never really mention any sort of power dynamic, and I would think it would still be there, it’s never leveraged, even as a joke. I know that makes it seem like the bar is on the floor, but well…it is. It was refreshing to have a love interest that didn’t feel overpowering, or pushy. Consent was a big part of the book, which again, was refreshing to read. Romance authors, of all ages — take notes!
Bliss had a lot of awkward moments, which made her feel more like a real, relatable character. She had an awesome group of friends, and her best friend, Cade, was great…even after their falling out. Her other friend, Kelsey, was a bit over the top for me, but all in all, I thought that it was nice to see her have such a fun group of friends.
The consequences of Garrick and Bliss being together are glossed over — I kept thinking that they’d be found out, or that when their relationship was revealed after graduation, it’d cause a whole bunch of issues, which was never addressed. Still, it’s a book, not a documentary, and I didn’t really go into it thinking that it would all be completely realistic.
Overall, this was a really sweet book! Like all new adult books, I recommend it for 18+ because of the sexual content that’s included. I really enjoyed this book, and can’t believe it took me so long after buying the series to start it! I can’t wait to continue on with the series — I read this book in one day, so it’s a quick read.
Note: I read this book in the summer of 2020, although it’s being posted in the summer of 2022!