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The Dean's List: Making the Grade (Making the Grade: Book One 1) by [Collins, Kelly]
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I saw The Dean's List when I was looking at anotherbook and it seemed like a book I would like. I am so happy to say that I readthis book and not only completed it but loved it! ~ Amazon Customer
 
Holy Cow!!! I LOVED this book. What a story!!! Whata complex tale with twists and turns. The characters. Holy Cow!!! I can't seemto be saying much else. ~ Amazon Customer
 
"The Dean's List" was a book that wasintriguing because of it's subject matter, extremely titillating but alsoromantically captivating. ~ Lightning City Book Reviews

About the Author

Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she is inspired by real-time events mixed with a dose of fiction. She encourages her readers to reach the happily ever after but bask in the afterglow of the perfectly imperfect love.
 
Kelly lives in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her husband of twenty-five years, their two dogs, and a bird that hates her. 

In her spare time, she enjoys walking the trails and visiting the mining towns like Cripple Creek. She likes to think it's the ambience that brings her there and not the amazing slot machine in the back of the casino. 
 
In the winter, you'll find her tucked into herseat at The World Arena cheering her beloved Colorado College Tigers Hockey Team.  After several losing seasons she knows there's a win coming soon. Kelly is no fair weather fan. 

 
She has three amazing children, and she wonders how they all turned out to be engineers when only the creative side of her brain seems to work. She just chalks it up to the engineering genes her husband contributed to the mix. 

Creative minds need an outlet and writing books is where she focuses her excess energy.

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  • File Size: 2098 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012ERO3H2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You have nothing.

You’re scrapping through.

You have a s***ty job.

You’re studying.

You’re trying to pay your student loans.

River young trying to make something of herself, yours studying hard and working part time for a s***ty wage just to get through school. Your parents hate you, you’re the pastors daughter who they think is a whore. But now you become what they say, what they hate what they don’t believe in, you become the whore, the escort, someone who sells there body to make money. Its great money but at what cost.

How do you separate physical from emotional?

How do you sell your body?

Everyone sells something at a cost a price.

Does River sell her soul?

Johnathan wealthy, hot but a lot older. He lost his wife to breast cancer and is emotionally unavailable. He uses the service for a need, for a purpose for when his lonely. He sees her picture he sees her smile, they connect, there’s sparks he wants her but he can’t have her.

She is a service he pays for.

He can’t fall for her.

Did fate bring them together?

She leaves the Service and so does he but do they continue their relationship now that Johnathan isn’t paying for them?

We really enjoyed River and Johnathan’s story it shows that anything is possible and sometimes no matter where you are if you’re meant to be you meant to be no matter the circumstances.

This book took us on a ride we could feel his pain as he overcome falling in love with someone that wasn’t his wife and we watched River loose her spark then find her ray of sunshine again.
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I found this book to be a really fun intriguing read. The author did a great job of keeping you interested and developing the characters to make you feel for them. It was nice also that it is a stand alone and you are not left hanging. Will definitely read more from Kelly Collins.
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River Roberts, is a down on her luck, grad student working as a bikini barista to pay for rent, tuition and college loans. One day she decides enough is enough and reaches out to her best friend, Jade, for help and advice.

Jade introduces her to The Dean’s List. She goes from making $40 in tips to $350 per hour. If you are curious about The Dean’s List, you should be. Yes, it’s what you think it is.

This story was laugh out loud hilarious. The author must have been a standup comedian in another life. As I was reading this book on a flight, I knew people were looking at me as if I had loss my friggin mind. If you ever want to read the inner thoughts of what women really think about sex and personal grooming, The Dean’s List is your book.

I couldn’t help but highlight so many paragraphs on my kindle as hilarious. There were too many funny idioms about vaginas, penises and sex. The laughs alone are worth the read

River enters a new world of designer clothes and expensive restaurants. Among her clients, she has 3 enduring relationships that keeps her somewhat grounded in a world that could otherwise go a different path:

Jonathan, her first panty dropper lover she breaks the cardinal rule for: Never fall in love with a client

Paul, who is more like a student for her to teach;

Ben, a grandfatherly figure.

Jonathan becomes the perfect man. He treats her like she is the most important thing in his life - while they are together. Jonathan does not want to devote his time and heart to another relationship. As a widow, he chooses to enjoy his time with River without the hassles of a relationship.

Little does he know, he is in a relationship with River.
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I read a lot and every so often I get in a slump and lately I have been having a hard time completing a book. I saw The Dean's List when I was looking at another book and it seemed like a book I would like. I am so happy to say that I read this book and not only completed it but loved it! I loved the main characters River and Jonathan and really enjoyed some of the side characters as well. This book had characters that were intelligent people who had real life problems and the dynamics of some of the relationships varied in a way that kept me interested throughout the book. I love a book that is written with emotion and depth and that makes you feel like you are experiencing those feelings. Thank you Kelly Collins for pulling me out of my slump even if only for an afternoon.
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I liked this book. I liked the characters. As someone who appreciates the allure of a mature man, I was totally sucked into Jonathan's appeal. I was rooting for them both the whole way. I felt the emotions were honest (I'm guessing. I have no idea what this situation would be like - for which I count myself blessed). The author did a great job showing the range of humanity from sweet to pitiful to masterful to awful, and make each one feel like a character, not a caricature. My only beef is the way she switched from showing to telling at inappropriate moments. I don't mind telling to move the story along, but in an emotional scene, it deadens the impact. My opinion, in the midst of a scene, keep showing. Save the telling for when large blocks of time pass without significant incident.
Otherwise, this was a totally engrossing story I would definitely recommend to a friend. Good job.
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