By L.A. Rose
Published August 25th, 2014
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
About the book:
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.
Sometimes you’ve just got to laugh out loud and be completely silly. I will admit, I hop up and down in the bathroom to my Bose speakers blasting out the song “Me in Honey” by REM. This is shortly followed up by a rousing thrashing around to The Pogues’ “Tuesday Morning”. It’s not pretty and no one wants to hear me screeching the words. But it is fun as hell to do.
Also fun as hell, completely silly, and only moderately serious was reading Ms. Rose’s Adrian Lessons. Holy crap… I was not expecting the spittle flying, hee haw-ing, nose-snort inducing story that Ms. Rose wrote. But right from page one I was giggling and smiling at Cleo, her inner dialogue, and her antics.
Cleo is trying to write the sex scenes for her roommate’s romance books. But she has a touch of writer’s block so what is coming out are scenes involving solitaire apps and giant lizards. Sex scenes these do not make.
It might have something to do with the fact that Cleo has recently broken up with her boyfriend of three years…. three very long, boring years. But because both Cleo and her roommate, Marie, depend on the money from Marie’s romance novels, they need to find inspiration and find it fast. What ensues is a rather complicated and actually very clever story of trying to win the heart of the girl you’ve been dreaming about for years. Yes, that’s right. You read correctly…. HE tries to win over the GIRL. I will say no more because it’s really, REALLY a cute story.
Being a romance we’ve also got SEX! Well, sort of? There’s a lot of talk about the subject and I will warn those of you with sensitive ears (or eyeballs in this case), the talk gets raunchy at times. It’s actually just college-age talk, possibly leaning on the lower, gutter end. I thought it was hysterical! I had no issues and honestly, the vocabulary was well suited to the characters’ personalities’ so it wasn’t gratuitous.
The story is written in first person narrative starting with Cleo (hence the immediate giggles). A few chapters in I was surprised when Adrian starts chiming in with his side of the story but it only adds to the pure hilarity of it all.
I will tell you Adrian is completely ridiculous at times but I think that it’s a lot of guy talk in his own head. Don’t worry too much about it. Cleo is her own hysterical character and I just couldn’t get enough of her snark and quips. And you know how sometimes narrative first person comes off clunky or awkward (errrr, like my reviews)? The story and dialogue were flawless and smooth as creamy peanut butter.
I really am glad I took a chance and bought this book (pssst, it’s only $2.51 last time I checked Amazon; $2.99 B&N). I could not stop reading this silly, romantic, sexy, love story with the fabulous HEA! I think I DID read it in one day. And I will be reading the next book, James Games, which is expected September 30th,2014. I can only imagine….
About the author:
Ms. Rose is offering chances for ebook copies of Adrian Lessons. You’d be silly not to enter 🙂 This is a tour-wide sponsored giveaway.