Neuroscience student SEDONA MILLER is perfectly imperfect. She’s slightly nerdy and slightly eccentric, but completely brilliant.
When an unfortunate accident leaves Sedona with an injured arm and she’s fired from her part-time job shelving books at the university library she has to find a new gig fast.
The only job available mid-semester is working as a tutor for the athletic academic center. And the notorious bad boy of the university’s basketball team, JESSE WALKER, is the one and only guy on the new tutor’s roster.
But when SEDONA discovers a secret that could ruin the school’s winning basketball team doing the right thing could mean destroying the only guy she’s ever loved.
**ARC received in exchange for an honest review.**
Sedona needs a job and tutoring is the only thing available. Before she even starts people are warning her that her job is to tutor and that's it. First it's when she meets the Director of the Athletic Academic Center:
“Sometimes we get young woman who apply for tutoring jobs because they want to be up close and personal with the athletes, if you get my drift.
”I cock my head to one side and give it some thought, but come up empty. “Not really.”
“This isn’t an express lane to getting on the girlfriends’bench at the home games.”Then again when her roommate Lewis finds out she will be tutoring an athlete:
“This is serious.”He points a finger at me for emphasis. Then he points to the headline: The Bad Boys of Basketball. “
So? What’s your point? The guys are wild. A lot of college students are. We’re kind of the exception. Most students don’t spend their weekends eating popcorn and watching old movies. They party. I know you know that."
”He reads from the article: “The Javelinas new starting lineup has already taken the university by storm. The team is positioned to charge straight to the national championship with their new players. With his rugged good looks and seemingly endless charm, Freshman Jesse Walker has already developed a reputation as the guy every girl on campus wants to date. And his roommate, Samuel Washington, is just as hot on and off the court…Do I need to go on?”Sedona goes to her first meeting with Jesse and she can immediately tell that this is going to be a tough job. Jesse is charming and can pretty much talk his way out of any situation. Before she knows it they are having study sessions at his apartment where they spend most of the time talking and not studying. I won't give away the big twist, but I will say that all the signs are there.
I really liked Jesse. He didn't live up to anybody's idea of him and I found that be very refreshing. He was just a guy who saw basketball as a way to get out of a bad situation. Luckily for him he meets Sedona who likes him for him, not the basketball player. It becomes clear that he has never had that before and you can tell that he is so grateful to have Sedona in his corner.
This book was a pleasant surprise. I've never read any of Dakota Madison's books so I didn't know what to expect. What I found was a wonderful story that a ripped from the headline element to it. And it's okay if you are unaware of the news story she has based this book on. There is an author's note at the end that explains everything. (I just happen to be a fan of the college mentioned so I caught on right away.)
Amazon buy link: http://amzn.com/B00STMCY00