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Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review: Adrian Lessons- L.A. Rose

Author:  L.A. Rose
Publisher/Year: Self-Published/2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Chick Lit
Format: eBook
Other Books By Author: James Games

The Juicy Stuff:
If there’s one thing Cleo Reynolds knows, it’s that she’s not into Adrian King.

The son of a model with the looks to prove it, the experienced author of her school newspaper’s sex advice column, the cocky playboy with a hint of darkness. That Adrian King.Nope. Nuh-uh. No way. The problem is, he’s very into her.After accidentally flashing him, and slightly-less-accidentally-but-still-totally-unintentionally making out with him in front of the whole class, she expects to be called crazy. Instead, he asks her out. Cleo’s determined not to end up as another notch on his bedpost. Except she hasn’t done…you know…it in a while. (Read: ever.) And as a girl who pays her tuition by writing all the sex scenes in her roommate’s bestselling romance series, the lack of inspiration has served up a fat slice of writer’s block.Until her roommate proposes that Cleo and Adrian act out all the steamy scenes in her book.It’s just research. No feelings involved.Nope. Nuh-uh.No way.

How It Made Me Feel:
Oh. My. Gosh.  I don't even know where to start. This book was something that kept me laughing from the beginning to the end and by the fifth chapter, I, myself, was in love with Adrian King.  It's been a long time since I've been able to visit a story and characters that were real and honest and horribly dorky, like myself. I immediately connected with Cleo and felt as if I was here.  I can't even begin to tell you how much of the book I spent uproarisouly laughing because of something she did, or more often, said.   Being able to read a character with as much strength, wit, and humor was a relief, and quite honestly, a pleasure.  

I loved the camaraderie between Cleo, Adrian, and Marie.  Their witty repartee and honest reactions really helped bring the story together for me.  It was a great contemporary romance with the right amount of sexual tension, a fabulously written plot, and laugh out loud funny.  The steamy sex scenes were just enough to get your blood going without being over the top.  Overall, just perfect.

What I Thought Worked:
I can't iterate how perfect the character of Cleo was to me.  She was a great example of a human girl in college with some relationship issues.   She has a sense of humor, she says stupid things, and has conversations with parts of her body through out the story.  What a way to add a personal touch to the book. L.A. Rose did a fabulous job making Adrian Lessons a book that is seen as it's own.

What I Thought Didn't Work:
Honestly, there wasn't very much I didn't like.  I was a big heartbroken to read the line where Adrian admitted that a fact of life was that Fords suck.  Being a country girl, I live for Ford, but that was more of a personal issue, instead of one with her writing, book, or characters. 


Why It Got That Rating:
This was a book that I connected deeply to.  Parts of Cleo are so similar to myself that I was drawn to her thoughts and actions as if they were mine.  I enjoyed reading how someone so similar could have such a different outcome in their life.  I loved how L.A. Rose put her personal touch into the book, used humor, romance, and amxiety, and gave us a great story we could enjoy over and over.

Who Would I Recommend To:
I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a New Adult romance that isn't like the rest.  This book throws caution to the wind and breaks out of the NA mold, landing with a brilliant splash of success. Definitely an PG-13 or up book.

Last Impressions/Remarks:
Reading this book has literally raised my spirits and I laughed more than I have in quite a long time.  It was a wonderful read and I can't wait to share it.

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  1. Good review Jess! I'm glad you guys got to join this blog tour with me, because it seems we ALL enjoyed it! I also loved the relationship between Cleo, Adrian, and Marie, even though Marie was a little creepy trying to sit in on the re-enactment sessions. I remember one scene I was screaming "Why is Marie still sitting there!" lmao. This books was just so funny. I'm looking forward to reading James Games. I read the excerpt and it's going to be even crazier than Adrian Lessons!

    1. OMG ME TOO! Lol. Marie, you better get on out of thereeeeee. XD I am so ready for James Games. But I also wish there was a sequel to Adrian Lessons. Haha! I think L.A. Rose is going to be an author I'm really going to enjoy.


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