What a great way to kick off this series - 5 Stars
Series: Gods on Campus #1
Author: Kayla Claire
Genre: New Adult College Sports Romance
Release Date: March 22, 2022
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Zoey needs a fake boyfriend. I need a babysitter.
We sure as hell don’t have time for feelings to get in the way.
I used to be the top college soccer player in the nation. Now I’m parenting my little sister and trying to survive my first year in grad school. I’m supposed to be Responsible Alex, and that comes with a strict set of rules: no drugs, no drinking, no sex.
When Zoey asks me to be her fake boyfriend to make her ex jealous, I know I shouldn’t say yes. It’s unprofessional. I’m her ex’s TA. But Zoey’s the most stubborn, hard-working person I know—she won’t give up. So I agree on one condition: she babysits my little sister so I can go to soccer practice.
On every fake date I get to touch her. Kiss her. Flirt with her.
It’s making me want to break my rules.
But she’s become my best friend. She’s hung up on her ex.
And I’ve been keeping secrets about my past.
This is never going to work.
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This was a great start to this series, but also to this author's writing career. I couldn't believe this was a debut book because I liked it so much, and it was so fun and easy to read. There was drama, but it didn't feel overly heavy - I think it fit into the New Adult College Sports romance genre perfectly. The characters are young and so make stupid decisions, and come up with ridiculous relationship schemes, but that's part of the fun of this genre. Fake relationship schemes are always tricky but a lot of fun to read, although I did want Z out of the picture sooner - what makes him so special that Zoey was desperate to get his attention anyway? Ah, the young heart wants what the young heart wants I guess. **it occurs to me as I'm writing this that I am coming off as some bitter old lady - but no, just a happily married 30-something year old that is looking back at her college days through foggy glasses. Doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the heck out of this book, and others like it. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series, and to seeing what other fun the author has up her sleeve.
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Kayla Claire is a new adult romance author. She writes about her true loves—soccer and Southern California weather—while weaving in a heartfelt romance, a confident heroine, and a swoon-worthy hero. She earned her BA in creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, and is currently working towards her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Edinburgh Napier University. She loves all sports, and when she’s not writing, she’s normally watching a game, traveling the world, or drinking cappuccinos at every coffee shop she passes.