REVIEW: The Next Contestant by Dani Evans

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The Next Contestant
Author: Dani Evans
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Published By: Dani Evans
ASIN: B00NE555KS

★ SYNOPSIS ★

It’s a contest only Jax and his fraternity brothers are playing. Whoever scores the most points wins the game.

Kimber’s a feisty young woman enjoying life. No plans for finding Mr. Right. Not when Mr. All Wrong left her in a world of deceit and crushed her spirit.

Jax is the epitome of men. His striking good looks turn heads. Lots of them. He walks past Kimber in a cloud of sex and
arrogance, and he’s slowly dragging her in to his
perimeters.

This wasn’t a part of Kimber’s strategy—she hadn’t
planned on him and struggles to pull back, away from his
striking distance, the kiss of death.

It’s a game of command and docility.
He’s gaining control.
She’s falling prey.

When stakes are high and Jax is at the top, will he let it all go for Kimber? Because choosing Kimber will end his game and he’ll certainly fail if he drops out now. And if he backs out, will Kimber still want him when she learns the dirty little fraternity secret?

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★ MY REVIEW ★

I really dislike writing reviews where I’m not sure where to start. NOT because it’s a bad book either, but because there is so much information that my brain just stops. That’s how it is with The Next Contestant by Dani Evans. I’m going to start by saying that this is not a type of book I’ve read before. Sure, it’s a college setting new adult romance, yeah, I’ve read that, but the actual contest running within this book? The obstacles that the characters go up against and how they handle them? No. So in that regard, this book is completely angst ridden while being diabolically evil in the sense that you’re gaping at it going ‘Oh my God, he did not!” and yet you’re still wanting to turn the next page to see what happens.

I want to stop myself now and note that this book does have an HEA, there were times reading it when I did not think that was going to happen, or I thought there would be a cliffhanger. At parts of it, I actually didn’t know or couldn’t even guess how the characters were going to get past certain events. On the note of telling you the technical bits, I’ll just finish off with it is a standalone novel, and it’s told from dual first person POVs between the two main characters. I wish it was a series because I do want to know what happens to the co-stars, and there were a lot of them.

As for the main characters. Jax is so cocky, however, I can’t help but like him, a lot. He’s hot, he’s got alpha male written all over him. What I did like about him was it felt as if he grew throughout the book. Kimber, on the other hand, is no nonsense, she’s not in the market for a guy in her life and usually the ones she does like, her older brother runs off. Kimber and Jax have extreme instant attraction, but it’s not the typical instant attraction because they don’t act on it. Kimber is a mystery to Jax for awhile, he doesn’t know her name, but he knows her face. Alternatively, she knows exactly who he is and avoids him, even though she’s thinks he’s insanely hot.

These two go head to head, but there are a lot of secrets, there is intrigue, they do things that actually cause the drama between them. They fight, they play games with each other that will have you wanting to bash them over the heads and tell them it’s not high school, but over all, if you’re like me, you’ll want to keep flipping the pages.

The writing is well done, there was only one part in the book that I couldn’t even figure out why it was there and it sort of lost me, hence the four star rating. Had I not been lost on that, I’d have been a definite five star. Overall, I liked this book, it was entertaining and flat out though evoking. I’m not sure what I’d have done in the characters situations. Give it a shot!

MY RATING:

4 star

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