Schooled by Piper Lawson ~ Review & Quote-tastic

I am so glad that I picked up Piper Lawson's debut novel Schooled! It was a delightful read about a girl determined to succeed with her best friend. Except she never planned on falling in love! 
Title: Schooled
Author: Piper Lawson
Series: Travesty #1
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 27th 2015
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Twenty-one-year-old Alexis Caine is so close to her dream she can taste it. And it tastes like validation and Häagen-Dazs.

In a few months the quick-talking redhead will graduate with a shiny new business degree and launch a fashion label with her best friend Ava. All the planning, dedication, and saying ‘no’ to everything - and everyone - distracting will pay off.

Then Dylan Cameron, Ava’s tall, dark and broody younger brother, returns from the East Coast to start sophomore year at Lex's San Diego college. Lex has hardly seen him in years and given his reputation for partying and girls, that’s just fine with her.

But Dylan’s all grown up. And a night of unplanned confessions for both of them threatens to tear Lex’s carefully constructed world off its axis…

Because one sassy control freak + one prodigal son = chemistry that refuses to be ignored.

I featured Schooled on the blog back in June. After I contacted the author for an excerpt and I read that snippet, I had to buy it and read it. I am so glad that I did! The main character was smart and determined, and accidently fell for her best friend’s brother. It was a light, fun read with plenty of scenes that would leave you sweltering.

Alexis/Lex was such a great character to read about! Lex and Ava had set goals for themselves back when they started college, to go into business together. Ava wants to be a fashion designer and Lex is the business person and I loved seeing Lex’s determination and passion to reach their goal. Lex had split from a long term boyfriend and wasn’t looking to fill the void until after they launched the business, but Dylan – Ava’s brother, transferred to the same college. I could see the sparks igniting between these two, but Lex is very hesitant to make things permanent.

I was a little heart broken by how Lex felt about her family. She revealed what happened between her parents and how the fallout affected her. It was sad seeing how much it hurt her, but it did fuel her determination to show her mother that she could succeed. I liked seeing how Ava’s family took her under their wings and treated her as one of her own.

And Dylan… gorgeous, smart and three years younger! He has limited experience with girls, and I thought that was hot! He totally won me over from the beginning, opening up to Lex, being honest and formed an easy friendship with her, despite the growing sexual tension. I first thought he was a partying play boy, but slowly I saw him as a great guy that would sacrifice anything for his family.

Piper Lawson has done a fantastic job with her first novel! She created characters that I could easily relate to. They weren’t perfect; they made mistakes, but were able to help each other get back on track. The girls had a tight friendship and were their own family. I enjoyed how the story line unfolded and how everything was able to click into place despite the hurdles they had to face. I am looking forward to Ava’s book; she’s a happy-go-lucky girl and any guy would find it hard to settle her down! 

“You snuck up on me, Dylan. I didn’t know what to do with that, I still don’t if I’m honest. But I needed to talk to you. To tell you I’m sorry for screwing this up. Whatever this was. And to thank you, for making me better, and happier than I’ve been since I can remember. To show me that I can be better, and happier.”

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Schooled is Piper Lawson’s debut novel. Piper loves reading and writing stories about sassy girls and the guys who fall hard for them.

Piper’s main household expenditures include books, shoes, and chocolate, not necessarily in that order. Coffee = life, and she’ll defend it accordingly. Piper has two business degrees, neither of which she’s leveraged into a fashion label (unlike her smarter, younger protagonists).

Home is Canada plus occasional sunny winter escapes.

She would LOVE to hear from you on Goodreads or Twitter @piperjlawson.

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