Review: Just a Little Crush, by Renita Pizzitola



Part of a series? No.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category: New Adult.

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group — Loveswept

Pages: 242.


Good girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they try to. In Renita Pizzitola’s emotional novel of heartache and seduction, one college freshman just can’t get enough.

Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?

Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.

Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?






I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

When I saw this book on Netgalley I hesitated because of the cover. Let me explain.
The cover while really cute, looks a lot like others I saw and unfortunately it always turns me off. Though, the blurb appealed to me and I told myself that a cover isn’t what makes a story good or bad. So I requested it and I’m delighted that I was granted the access to this title because I loved reading it.

The story immediately sucked me in. I didn’t have to wait a couple of chapters to get used to the characters or the voice or writing style. Just a couple of sentences in and I was sold. It’s not often that it happens.

I’m not going to lie, there are some things we often see in NA Contemporary Romance novels such as a very beautiful but unaware of it virgin female main character, a pierced-tattooed sort of bad boy male interest along with a guy best friend who is showing himself as a tad jealous but still very attaching, a female roommate pretty much boy-centered… And yet all the characters have that little something that makes you want to read more about them. They seem real in a way and I completely stopped pointing out the clichés things to better focus on the main characters and their journey.

The author used these common themes/characters/situations to create a sweet, hot, interesting story that makes you forget everything else. For example, the battery of my kindle died before I could finish this book and it was already 1am! I was completely oblivious to anything else.

Also, the relationship between Brinley and Ryder is well-brought and I enjoyed the way the author tied them to their high-school years. It was really fun to read about in the beginning.

Though, I do think that they both get closer to each other way too quickly and sometimes I think Brinley was a little bit too convenient with Ryder. That bothered me quite a bit a couple of times.

The plot itself is solid, maybe not necessarily unheard of, but still very solid. I would have loved a little bit more of…I don’t know how to put it. Maybe I’m lacking a little bit of angst in a way. It called for it in my opinion, but again it’s a matter of personal taste and when I enjoyed a book a lot like this one, I tend to want always more.

I’ve never heard of this author before, but I’ll make sure to keep an eye on her works because this book truly is a great addition to the NA Contemporary Romance novels.

Is this book on your TBR? Do you know this author?



4 to 4.5




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