Review: The Freshman (College Years #1) by Monica Murphy

Posted April 21, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review:  The Freshman (College Years #1) by Monica MurphyThe Freshman by Monica Murphy
Series: College Years #1
Published by EM Publishing on April 22, 2021
Genres: NA Contemporary Romance
Pages: 391
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: five-stars
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I started flirting with a guy while waiting for my car to be serviced. Now granted, he wasn’t just any guy. Tall. Dark. Hot. Mysterious. Can you blame me for wanting to talk to him? He’s in town visiting his parents. So am I. He goes to the same college as I do. Such a coincidence. Almost as if our meeting is destined…

But I shouldn’t believe in that sort of thing. I am single as a Pringle and always ready to mingle. Until I keep running into Mr. Tall, Dark and Mysterious everywhere I go. Tony Sorrento. Turns out he’s on the football team. I mean, I’m not one to chase after a sexy jock but, okay. I’m down. And did I mention he’s only a freshman?

Our fathers are business rivals, and they forbid us from dating. We need to keep this on the low. Can we remain friendly? Sure. Maybe turn our friendship into friends with benefits? Most definitely. Here’s the thing though. I didn’t plan on catching feelings for him so quickly. Seems like he’s falling pretty hard for me too.

Defying our fathers’ wishes is only asking for trouble, but is being with Tony worth the risk?

My Review:

While I haven’t read all of the Callahan series by this author, I was excited for this little bit of a branch off series. And this first book did not disappoint at all! Tony and Hayden were perfect. The issues they had to overcome were ones that made sense given their family history, and I think the way they dealt with them totally worked as well.

At first I forgot the exact synopsis as I started reading, and thought it was going to be a little bit different than what it was. But I really am glad with the way it went. The sexual tension between the two was very much coming off the page in their dialogue and interactions with each other. But I liked how Hayden was very sex-positive and I also loved how much of a gentleman Tony was about everything. Her feelings, what she wanted or didn’t want to do. He was a perfect guy, even if he did push people away as soon as it seemed they would leave anyway. I know I do similar things, pretty sure I’ve probably messed up a relationship or two in very similar ways as him. Like Hayden I will also just say I want casual and keep talking that way.

And with what happened at the end, I really, really like the way they all handled it. There was a revelation about Tony about two-thirds of the way through that I did NOT see coming. And let’s talk about his friend Caleb. I know that he was kind of a man-whore, but he was hilarious and I am eager for his book! I know that Jackson’s book is next and I’ll be eagerly awaiting that!

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