Saturday, January 3, 2015

Review ~ Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

Series: Radleigh University #1
Genre: NA contemporary 
Pages: 412
Publication Date: December 9th, 2014
Publisher: Dahlia Adler (indie)
Goodreads Description: 
Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left. 
Source: I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book! It was a true NA, just like I was expecting it to be. It focused on a main character's growth as she figured out how to be an adult--well, more of one than she was before. It was a relatable story, even though I didn't have much in common with Lizzie besides also being a new adult. 

This was the kind of NA contemporary that I LOVE. I tend to prefer heavier books with more serious subjects over lighter, clean-ish books. LWAT had cussing, alcohol, sex, cheating, and death. The main character had to deal with the death of her parents and her new position as a guardian while getting her grades up and dealing with her bad reputation. She also had her new struggles with Conner. Her life was a complete and total mess and she had pick up the pieces and make something work. She grew up during this story!

I was happy with the sex to story balance. I get annoyed when there's an unnecessary amount of sex in a book that kinda overshadows the story and what it's really about. The balance was done really well in LWAT, though! It was also really nice to read a book where the MC was confident in her sexuality. It was a sex-positive book.

LWAT was pretty funny, but also pretty serious at the same time. One moment I'll be laughing over a situation the main character is in then think "oh, that's really sad!" I like it.

Conner and Lizzie made a great couple. They were opposites that complemented one another. Each learned something from the other. Conner learned what clothes to wear. Lizzie learned about responsibility.

I LOVED the situation Lizzie was in. I also loved how it was kept realistic. I wish I could've gotten to know the brothers a bit more, though. 

Overall, Last Will and Testament a great read! I really enjoyed reading it and I think many other fans of NA will love it too.

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