ARC REVIEW: Rikki by Abigail Storm (Hart University #1)

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Rikki (Hart University #1)
Author: Abigail Storm
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: September 22nd 2015
ISBN13: 9781943296019

★ SYNOPSIS ★

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?

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★ MY REVIEW ★

I’m going to be massively blunt here and say that I have an extreme love/hate relationship with this book. Rikki was fantastic up until about 85%, and then it made me gasp aloud, and want to bawl my darn head off. Not for good reasons either! Even looking past that bit, it was -still- a good book, but what takes place is hard to swallow. It’s also hard for me to wrap my head around because I did not see it coming, nor did I imagine it would happen. I’m not sure if it feels like an author’s plot hook for the shock factor to me, or if it’s just diabolical genius. I also absolutely hated the plot hook used, because it is one that is over used… but again, it was jaw dropping results. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to put my Kindle down and stop reading one moment, or just keep on reading because I wanted to know how it turned out. I kept reading!

Let me back up a bit and give you the technical information. Rikki is the first novel in new-to-me author Abigail Storm’s new Hart University series. It’s told primarily from a first person point-of-view by Rikki, the female lead of the book. It can be read as a standalone, has an HEA and thankfully, no cliffhanger. It is intense in some regards, angsty, it’ll give you the feels, and it’ll very likely make you want to punch out one of the main characters are one point.

Rikki and Sam have known each other since grade school. They’ve been competing their whole lives, over everything when it comes to academics. They don’t talk, they don’t have much to do with each other before or after their Jr. High game of Seven Minutes in Heaven. (Not sure what that is, look here.) That is pretty much where the book starts off too. You get a sense of Rikki’s feelings on it and it goes from there.

As characters, Rikki and Sam are both pretty developed. They can make you want to pull your hair out though because both are stubborn, they don’t know how to talk, and when it comes to each other.. they totally suck at communicating. In a way I feel like you watch them grown up, and do stupid things, and learn from their mistakes. Things are not easy for them, and a majority of the time, when it comes to them, it’s their own faults.

I’m giving it a solid four stars because it is a great book. It’d have been a five for me, save for the plot twist that I still can’t get past. As a reader, it was like being smacked upside the head with it, and a part of me feels betrayed by it, which is probably silly, but there it is. Overall, I would definitely recommend the book!

MY RATING:

4 star

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