Review: Tutoring the Player by Rebecca Jenshak (Campus Wallflowers #1)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Valentine PR.
Rebecca Jenshak's got another new series, and while there are still jocks-a-plenty and we're still at good ol' Valley U, the focus this time around is on a group of female college students who all live in the same house and are close friends. Oh, and they happen to live right next door to a house filled with male student athletes, too! Campus Wallflowers is the series title, and Jenshak kicks it off with Tutoring the Player. Daisy Johnson has a crush on Liam Price, so when they become lab partners, she's thrilled. But instead of being a twosome, there's another partner to contend with--Liam's friend and hockey teammate, Jordan Thatcher. Liam is the proverbial "good guy", which is everything she's always looked for in a boy. So why is it that she's kinda-sorta-maybe drawn to his complete opposite? Jordan is the quintessential "bad boy", and that sort of guy has never really been the kind that Daisy's found attractive. But the more time she spends with him, the more those butterflies she feels go from fluttering to persistently demanding to be set free and take flight.
I went into this book blind--Rebecca Jenshak is a go-to-author, after all, so I rely on my previous reading experiences with her work and wanting to read her stuff--and I'm glad I did because the reading experience was even better compared to had I known straightaway that the main characters were Daisy and Jordan. I loved the idea of Daisy crushing on Liam and then falling for Jordan and how Jordan was falling just as hard while Liam had a secret of his own. (Speaking of Liam, dare I hope that we get a novella about his own story? Maybe? Please?) The dynamic between the main characters was highly entertaining, especially given the fact that Jordan was attracted to Daisy who, in turn, had a thing for Liam. Having Daisy and Jordan form the friendship and build on it was one of my favorite things about this read, and I liked that they had their own support systems by way of their respective friend groups. I'm already looking forward to reading the next book and can't help but wonder who'll be paired with whom thereafter. Five stars go to Tutoring the Player!
Release Date: 29 March 2022
Date Read: 24 March 2022
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