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Normally I’m not a big fan of “school” theme stories. That is probably because I’m old enough that the shenanigans of college and high school kids rub me wrong. However, Ms. Alexander does a good job developing her characters in a way that they have common sense and a little maturity.
The main characters in Working On It are Evan Michaels, the big man on campus that all the girls on campus swoon over. Rebecca Banks the cute girl, that many of the guys drool over, however, she is more interested in being friends than serious relationships.
Evan has a girlfriend Rachel when he is introduced in the novel. He is a good guy and doesn’t want to hurt a woman who started as his friend it’s just that the relationship doesn’t feel like it is going in the right direction. I like the way this character is developed. He has a conscious and wants to do the right thing the right way.
Rebecca is a strong, independent female character. I appreciate that she wants to be a success financially, scholastically, and emotionally. She has a good family relationship and, while she didn’t have the best experience with previous boyfriends she is willing to try even if she tends to protect her heart and run occasionally.
The support characters are fun and add perspective for the reader. They move the story forward as good friends. We get to know enough about them that interest is piqued for future books in the series. I love Jen, Rebecca’s friend. She is a shoulder to lean on when needed while encouraging Rebecca to take chances.
Drew and the other guys in Evans fraternity are all interesting characters, and I want to know more. Evans friends stand by him when he needs support. They show support and guidance when needed. They are all the type of friends we all like and need.
Cass Alexander is a talented writer with a lot of potential. Her decision to tell this story in the alternating point of view of the main characters works well. The book works as a standalone I’m a little disappointed with the ending. I guess some pending questions about Evan and Rebecca are left fuzzy or unanswered for future books.
Congratulations on a very good debut Cass Alexander. I recommend this book to romance lovers. It is a good way to get in on the ground floor and watch this new author on her road to success.
When I saw the blurb of this book, I was intrigued. I read the first chapter and I was fascinated and captivated. Several more chapters in, I was completely blown away! The characters....oh my gosh, the characters in this book were so likable, and so interesting, I couldn't read this book without laughing or smiling. I LOVE books with humor in them, but more often than not, when authors try to add humor into their novels, it's either too over the top--to a point where the novel doesn't feel like a romance anymore--or they miss the mark. This book had the right amount of humor AND romance. I can't remember the last time I read a book that had me laughing like a loon and swooning at the same time.
Okay, I'm rambling now, so I'll get to the point.
BUY THIS BOOK!!!!
Seriously, this book has it all and I wish more of my book friends and fellow book lovers all knew about this book. Utterly fun, enjoyable to read, and will keep you turning the page until the end. If you haven't read anything from this author, I highly recommend you read this book!!!
I really really enjoyed this book. I don't read a ton of college romance, but there was just something that struck me about this book. I was inundated by a strong nostalgia factor. I felt like these 'kids' could've very easily been in my college circle back in the 90's.
The story is told in alternating POVs by the two main characters: Rebecca & Evan. I loved Rebecca's character. She's sassy and independent, with a rapier wit that had me guffawing loudly quite often. My favorite Rebecca line? "...and bend to the vagina’s will, they must. I thought that in a Yoda voice. Points to me." I swear, when I read that I snorted Pepsi out my nose in front of half a dozen people (the perils of reading during lunch breaks at work).
Ms. Alexander captured the essence of a whirlwind head-over-heels first love beautifully. And her depiction of Rebecca's sexual awakening was spot on. This story has its share of requisite early-twenties angst - we're not talking earth shattering drama by any means - which made for a satisfying read. The steamy bits are appropriately steamy too! All in all, a highly recommended way to spend a few hours.
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