By Addison Moore
Release Date: December 23, 2012
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Source: SupaGurl Tours
What happens when two people who don’t believe in love happen to fall madly, deeply into the most beautiful relationship they could ever imagine? A train wreck.
Twenty-year old Kendall Jordan devises a seat of the pants plan to “play the player.”
When Kendall spots gorgeous Cruise Elton from across the room, something in her burns to have him. There’s only one problem; Cruise likes the ladies, a lot, and Kendall has never shared so much as a decent kiss with a guy.
Kendall has long since come to discover that love is an illusion that never lasts and Cruise couldn’t agree more. So when Kendall proposes that Cruise tutor her in becoming a female version of himself, Garrison Universities own manwhore, he’s more than happy to comply.
But when real feelings begin to emerge, and neither Kendall nor Cruise know how to classify them, everything they once thought they knew is redefined as they discover in one another.
As you’re reading this, I’m probably chest-deep in a snow drift. We got smacked with a blizzard yesterday and since I have to find my way out of the house eventually, I might as well melt my way out with the heat I’m probably still throwing off from reading Someone to Love. If you have delicate sensibilities, this isn’t the book for you. This isn’t even the review for you. If you’re looking for an intense, hot college romance though, read on.
It took me only a few pages into the story before I knew this was going to be a wild ride. My first thought – this girl has sex on the brain. Kendall Jordan is transferring in to Garrison University and one subject she plans on studying fully is the mating habits of men and women. She’s a powder keg of sexual frustration and her virginity is a liability she plans to take care of as soon as possible. She didn’t plan on meeting someone like Cruise Elton.
Kendall pegs Cruise as a Grade-A player the first time she lays eyes on him at a frat party. Between the dimples, giggling groupies and obvious attempt to pick her up, he might as well have, “one night stand material,” stamped on his forehead. When things don’t work out with her dorm room, he comes to her rescue and she ends up with a unique opportunity – learn from the master of ‘ho-dom to become the girl who can get any guy she wants in bed.
Cruise has been working his way through the female half of Garrison’s student body ever since he was burned by a long-term girlfriend. He starts panting after Kendall (he calls her Kenny – ick) the minute he sees her and when he has the chance to get closer to her, he takes it. Since he’s a charitable kind of guy, he also agrees to teach her how to have lots and lots of sex. And he has leashes at his place.
At Goodreads, my first status update as I was reading this mentioned how raunchy it was. It’s safe to say the story can be divided up into three sections: raunchy and hot sexy times, sexy and hot romance stuff and sexy, hot and sweet romance, trouble and misunderstandings. So…lots of sexy. The story is told in alternating first person POVs and Cruise has a dirty, dirty mind sometimes. He’s also charming, thoughtful and romantic – I’m pre-deafened by the squealing that I know is coming. Even I was tempted. He and Kendall (I refuse to call her Kenny) have some funny, snappy conversations and their chemistry sizzles.
Kendall and Cruise both start out declaring they don’t believe in love anymore. Cruise obviously is nursing his broken heart still and Kendall has a chaotic home life to blame. Despite her big plans for becoming Garrison’s new playgirl, she wasn’t able to articulate what she wants from Cruise, which I thought fit with her virginal state. I laughed at some of her internal monologue (no inner goddess!), as she panicked about the state of her personal grooming. I was in tears – tears – as I was reading about the morning after their first time. I wish I could quote you every word on every page of it, it was so funny. Two words: cupid’s cupboard.
I suspect it’s because there’s so much romantic arc to put into a small space, but I’m finding that I have to suspend belief more often in New Adult romance than in other categories. It’s the case here too, as there are several situations that Kendall and Cruise find themselves in that are too strange, too convenient, too cute – only one of them was big enough to make any long-lasting impact, but even the small ones end up bothering me once they start adding up. There are things there’s no way Kendall didn’t know. It didn’t make sense to me that Cruise was written very bluntly as someone who had lots of indiscriminate sex and this gorgeous girl knew nothing at all.
In case I didn’t mention it, Cruise and Kendall have a lot of smoking hot sex. This is not an erotic romance and it’s not graphic. There’s just a lot of sex and if they aren’t doing it, one of them may be thinking or talking about it. Their conversations are loaded with hilarious innuendo and one of the things I really liked about Someone to Love was that each of them had friends that they talked to about it, which is exactly what I would realistically expect would happen.
I had to suspend belief more often than I wanted, the story ended up being a little predictable and I could never take that cover out in church. I still ate this up with a giant, overflowing and sloppy spoon. Kendall and Cruise had a wild and crazy romance, beyond steamy sexual relationship and big dramatic build-up to the ending. I’ve read Moore’s books before and the style here is completely different – this is visceral, colorful and brash. I can’t give it an A, but I can recommend it. I can sneak that cover anyplace I want, too.
Back to my snowbank!
My Rating: B+