Published: December 9, 2014
Series: Radleigh University #1
Source: Purchased from Amazon for my Kindle
Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she’s acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she’ll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn’t exactly Lizzie’s biggest fan.
But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you’re ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks… and that she’d like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he’s not the kind of guy who’d ever reciprocate.
Until he does.
Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.
Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left. (Goodreads)
As a huge history nerd I was intrigued by Last Will and Testament. Nearly five years ago I remember sitting in plenty of history classes on campus. Unfortunately I didn’t have anyone as sexy as Connor to fantasize about during endless hours of learning dates and mindless facts. What’s even worse is that I dated a history major and then found out he didn’t really even like history…he had just run out of other majors to choose from. Epic fail on my part.
Anyway, more guys like Connor need to be in books. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks as much as anyone else, but what really gets me going is a smart, geeky guy in glasses that has his shit together. Especially if they’re as kind and helpful as Connor was to Lizzie. Being there for someone when they need you the most is pretty damn attractive.
I am definitely becoming a fan of New Adult because it’s easier to relate to than young adult books at times. I can recall what it was like to be in my early 20s rather than when I was 16. I wasn’t a valedictorian like Lizzie, but her realization that college is A LOT harder than high school rung true. I also struggled to find myself and it was tough to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. Thankfully it all worked out and I’m happy with where I am now. Based on what I’ve read, I think Lizzie is well on her way to a successful graduation with Connor by her side.
When I purchased Last Will and Testament I also picked up Dahlia’s first book, Behind the Scenes. I’m even more excited to read it now. Can’t wait to see what the second book in the Radleigh University series is about.