Series: Crush #2
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: March 31st, 2015
Genres: New Adult Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Saying yes has always come easy for Fallon. Now, as Renita Pizzitola’s steamy, poignant Crush series continues, winning her dream job means saying no to the guy she wants the most.
Between all the parties and random hook-ups, Fallon Carr is this close to flunking out of college. But her internship working with pediatric patients means the world to her—especially since, at the end of the summer, one lucky intern will be offered a paid position. Determined to leave her bad reputation behind, Fallon even takes a bet that she won’t sleep with anyone from work. But there’s one little catch. . . .
Not only is Cade Ryan the hottest guy Fallon has ever laid eyes on, he’s a therapy dog handler who volunteers his time to visit kids at the hospital. So when he starts pursuing her, Fallon can’t believe her bad timing. The thing is, Cade is different. He’s not like the college guys who see her as a one-night stand, or the high-school boyfriend who took a part of her she can never get back. Cade genuinely wants to spend time with her—and not just between the sheets.
Fallon won’t let her growing feelings for Cade get in the way of her dreams. Besides, no guy can break down the walls she put up long ago. So what’s the harm in a little flirting? It’s not like she’s falling in love. But she may have seriously underestimated how complicated things can get when the perfect guy falls for her first.
I’m not a fan of the New Adult sub-genre because I have yet to read a New Adult book that did not have me annoyed at or bored with the juvenile antics or whining of the characters and the angst-driven story-lines. Well, that is until Just a Little Flirt. Honestly, I was not expecting much when I started reading it, but it was a pleasant surprise and actually has me rethinking my stance on the genre.
Fallon Carr is a well-known party girl but all the partying and random hook-ups have distracted from her studies and her grades have tanked. With the start of her internship at a pediatric ward, she vows to keep her party-girl lifestyle separate from work and not get involved with anyone at work. Her end goal is the paid position that would be opening up at the end of the internship. The first test of her resolve comes when she realizes that the hottie she had a run-in with on her first day at the hospital also volunteers at the pediatrics wing and she would be working closely with him. Fallon’s first encounter with Cade Ryan and his panty-dropping smile and sexy arms cost her her shirt which she didn’t mind much because she thought he was a visitor. Now that she has to work with him, she has a hard time keeping her mind on her job.
This is a very enjoyable coming-of-age story and the characters were very well-written. Both characters exhibited a lot of maturity for their ages and Cade is the boyfriend every girl of Fallon’s age dreams of – fun, patient, kind, attractive and he’s also good with kids and dogs. I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow slowly and also that it was not just about hopping into the nearest bed. They took the time to get to know each other and become friends. Even though Fallon’s self-esteem issues caused her to nearly ruin what she had with Cade, I love that he was willing to give her time to work through them. I found myself smiling a lot as I read this and will recommend that anyone on the fence about the genre start here.