Thursday, October 1, 2015

Review: Rikki by Abigail Strom

Title: Rikki
Author: Abigail Strom
Series: Book One in the Hart University Series
Published: September 22, 2015
Source: Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars


Book Description:
Ever since junior high and an ill-fated game of seven minutes in heaven, Rikki Eisendrath and Sam Payne have hated each others’ guts. But when they end up at the same college—and the same dorm—they figure it’s time to declare a truce. 

They even become friends… sort of. But when Sam asks Rikki to model for his sculpting project, they start spending more time together—and her feelings for him get more complicated. 

She tries to focus on the guy she’s been crushing on instead. But Sam’s the one she can’t stop thinking about, even though their arguments are starting to heat up as much as the chemistry between them.

With antagonism and attraction this intense, there’s bound to be an explosion. But when the dust settles, will Sam and Rikki be enemies, friends… or something more? 










It has been awhile since I have read anything in this genre because, if truth be told, I have been a bit burnt out on it. So it was with little expectation that I picked this up, even though I have loved Strom's work before. It wasn't anything against her, I just wasn't sure I was ready to dive back into the genre yet.

Boy was I wrong. This was such a fun read and it made me realize why I fell in love with this genre to begin with. 

It had just the right amount of fun, steam, and romance as well and character growth. 

All the fun romantic tropes I crave and love most, all packed into a little read that was so worth my time.

It left me with a smile on my face and just a complete feeling. Like seeing an old friend you haven't seen in forever and remembering why they were your friend to begin with.

Strom did a fun job delivering and making every aspect of this believable and entertaining and she reminded me why I trust her work to being with.

I can't wait for the next book!



*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

41 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed this one!! I also have taken a break from NA because I got burnt out too. I'll have to check this out - great review!

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    1. Thanks Grace! It is an easy genre to get burnt out on for sure with all the drama. ;)

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  2. Must be nice, thanks for sharing that. Greetings!

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  3. Aww this sounds like an adorable book. I hadn't heard of it before today, but I'll add it to my list. Fun contemporaries are the best. :)

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    1. Glad you are adding it Nick. I think you will like it too. ;)

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  4. It's been a while since I read contemporary NA for the same reason Ali, but I'm so glad this was a good reminder of everything the genre can be and that it brought a smile to your face:)

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  5. dang it Ali, just as I was going with being unsure about this one

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  6. Happy to hear this one left you smiling and that it didn't thwart your friendship with the genre. I find I take necessary breaks from genres I overindulge in too; particularly dystopia :P Great review!

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    1. Yeah the darker ones you do need to for sure. ;)

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  7. It is nice when a book can renew your love for a genre. This does sound like fun. I have never tried this author :(

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    1. She is a fun author Kim, all her stories are sweet.

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  8. I'm not a fan of New Adult. I have a few authors that I'm willing to go out on a limb for but I generally stay away. BUT I love enemies to lovers romances and this one sounds delicious! Think I'll have to pick up a copy!

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    1. It is fun when you like the tropes in them, regardless of the genre. :)

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  9. Sounds like you had good fun with it, Ali. Somehow, I never really got into NA for some reason... It's a pity, because some books are actually pretty good from what I hear.

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    1. It is a good genre but a challenging one sometimes as well. :)

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  10. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed this and it's always nice to go back to an old favorite genre. This sounds romantic and fun :)

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  11. This sounds so adorable! I love these types of plots. I'm such a sap lol

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    1. I am too! I read these like they are candy!

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  12. Formula reads (tropes) can be good for the soul sometimes. Let go and feel the feels

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  13. I'm the opposite, Ali. I find myself scouring some free books on Amazon and opportunities on Net Galley. Lol. Definitely adding this to the pile!

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    1. I do that as well even when I don't feel in the mood for the genre. :P

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  14. Aw, even the cover gives off a fun and sweet vibe. I'll have to add this, because it sounds too cute to pass up.

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  15. It's always so great when we realize tht we were wrong about a book and that we have a great time with the story but I totally understand you for the genre.

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  16. That is always the best feeling when that happens :D

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  17. Yeah, NA contemp rom can easily burn your out. But this sounds pretty damn good.

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  18. I hadnt heard of this one before. Art plus roommates and enemies turn to frenemies. Where can I sign up?

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  19. I only in the past year or so started reading some books in this genre-I mean I have always read romance but just not any of the thousands that are out there now.I have reading blogs to thank for that! I haven't read this author but you do have me curious. Glad you enjoyed!

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    1. Glad I could pique your interest! It can be a hard genre to read sometimes. ;)

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