An athlete adored by every woman on campus except for one, a woman he's always been at odds with, finds a sudden attraction bubbling up between them in this steamy New Adult romance. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Campus God by Jennifer Sucevic, along with my impressions of this fourth installment in the Campus series, then add it to your bookshelf!
Crosby Rhodes is considered a god when it comes to Western Wildcats football.And who knows, he might just be one. There’s certainly no shortage of girls on campus who agree with the sentiment. They swoon over his pretty face, dark messy hair, and hard body honed from years of lifting and two-a-day practices. That alone makes him catnip for the female species.Add a lip ring and surly disposition to the package and you can understand what all the fuss is about.Would I be included in that majority?
As far as I’m concerned, Crosby can eat shit and die. The guy is a major jerk. Not to mention, a pain in my assets. And that’s putting it nicely. For reasons I’ve never understood, he goes out of his way to humiliate and hurt me. His barbed comments are always a direct hit before exploding on impact.
I’d love to know what I did to elicit such hatred but that would involve conversing with him and I refuse to do that. There’s only one more semester before graduation. Surely, we can get through the next six months without coming to blows.
That’s the hope, anyway.
Which is exactly why I’m thrown off guard when my nemesis pulls me aside and suggests a truce. Do I necessarily trust him after everything he’s put me through?
Nope. For the time being, I’ll agree so there can once again be peace in the kingdom all the while keeping him at a firm distance. Except that turns out to be impossible. Everywhere I go, there he is. It’s like I can’t get away from him. More shocking than that, he’s actually being nice.
If stomping out the underlying attraction that constantly flared to life between us was difficult before, it’s all but impossible now. But that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’ve been burned by one athlete, I’ll be damned if I allow it to happen again.
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Having read a previous installment in this series I was eager to read this one...and in many ways it didn't disappoint. The best part of this story is its heroine, Brooke, a young woman who's immensely likable with a strong will but a bruised self-esteem from years of body shaming from her mother. She's determined and focused, with big plans for the future that don't rely on her looks. She's unlucky in love when readers first see her courtesy of a boyfriend who's been cheating on her the entire time they've been together. All she wants is a committed relationship, somebody there just for her, but it's clearly not Andrew...the best friend/teammate to Crosby, the most wanted man on campus (and in the bedroom). Theirs is ultimately a rocky break-up, but it leads to a charming and unexpected connection between Brooke and someone you'd never expect. She and Crosby may start out as enemies but their connection is sizzling from the very beginning as it progresses down a bumpy road to HEA.
This wasn't a perfect book though and that's because of Crosby and his actions that often left me feeling conflicted. When readers first see him he seems like the proverbial playa, a womanizer who can have any woman he wants. There's one woman he's never shown any flirtations towards however...and that's Brooke. Even though he was often arrogant, his kindness still showed through as someone who's supportive and caring of those he claims as his. That's why I was especially saddened by his nastiness towards Brooke. His words were cruel and felt unnecessary. I understand he was trying to hide his real feelings for Brooke while she was with his friend, but his cruelty felt over-the-top. As the two of them grew closer together he tried to prove himself worthy of her, tried to earn his forgiveness, but it never felt enough to me to make up for his years of bad behavior towards her.
Ultimately, the overall premise of this book was nothing new and had a familiar feel that made for a speedy read that left me wanting a bit more. There was great banter while Crosby and Brooke were texting, sizzling exchanges, but for me the ending didn't quite equal the charm and feeling of love from early in their relationship. Despite that this is still a satisfying read with an appealing heroine and a sexy hero who find HEA after an angsty journey that is a nice addition to the series!
My rating for this is a B.
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Jennifer is a USA Today bestselling author who has published seventeen New Adult and Mature Young Adult novels. Her novels have been translated into both German and Dutch. Audiobooks are also in the works. She has a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She spent five years working as a high school counselor before relocating with her family. Jennifer lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children.