Review: Schooled (Travesty #1) by Piper Lawson

Book Blurb

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.

This is a standalone 73k novel with an HEA. It contains (lots of!)(awesome) sex so is intended for an 18+ audience. It is light, fun, and not especially angsty.


Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Lex has begun her last year of college. She spent the summer working as an intern in New York and getting over her break up from Jake. She is focused on getting the business plan for Travesty Designs done and ready to present to her boss in New York. She and her best friend Ava have made a pact, no boys. They need to concentrate on school and creating their business.

Unfortunately Ava’s younger brother, Dylan starts taking classes at the same school. He saves Lex from coming face to face with Jake by herself. He also starts making Lex laugh and relax her focus. The chemistry they have is almost overwhelming. Lex doesn’t want a relationship with Dylan. She can’t Ava will flip out. It will make things too complicated and she doesn’t have time for that.

However she can’t get Dylan out of her mind. She decides to continue their dating but secretly. Ava will be mad if she finds out. Dylan goes along with Lex’s terms. He wants to explore a relationship with her. They spend time together. After a while though, Dylan gets tired of hiding their relationship. Lex flips and refuses to tell anyone. Everything starts to unravel. In fact everything falls apart when she misses the most important meeting of her life. Her fears and mistrust get in the way. She has no idea what to do now.

I like that these girls have a plan to follow their dream of having a design company. They are going after what they want. Unfortunately Lex is her biggest hurdle. She doesn’t trust herself. I got tired of listening to her rationalize her actions. It was acceptable in the beginning but got annoying after awhile. I kept thinking she should get over herself. What person in their right mind would give up someone that special?

There were lots of secrets in Ava’s family and strained relationships in Lex’s family. The author created complex characters and storyline. They needed each other to make everything worth it. The ending was great. I just wish Lex figured things out sooner. I give this book a 4 out of 5.

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