Co-Ed by Rachel Van Dyken

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 248 pages
Published April 22nd 2018 by Rachel Van Dyken

Synopsis:

Four guys. 
Constant moaning. 
And a revolving door across the college suite I somehow ended up in because my first name is Shawn. 
They don’t discriminate. Girls. Guys. Grandmas. Plants (okay maybe not plants) all walks of life stroll in stressed to the brim, and leave so satisfied I’m wondering what sort of talents lie behind that door. 
My roommate calls them the pleasure ponies. 
But the rest of the college campus? 
They just call them the new face of Wingmen Inc. A paid for relationship service that makes big promises. 
Breakup? They’ll glue you back together again. 
Depressed? They have the magic pill. 
Lonely? Just spend a few minutes while they rub you down and you’ll forget all about it. 
And broken hearts? Well, that’s their specialty. They’ll fix you. 
For a price… 
I swore I wouldn’t get involved. 
But apparently they like a challenge, and a girl who doesn’t put up with their BS is basically like waving a red flag in front of a bull. 
They. All. Charged. 
But one holds my attention above the rest. 
Knox Tate looks like a Viking — and getting pillaged is starting to look more appealing by the day. Though he’s hiding something — all of them are. And the closer I get. The more I realize that some things are left better in the past. 
You’ve read reverse harem books before — but you’ve never read one like this. It’s not what you think, or is it? Dive in and find out… 
Knox, Leo, Finn, and Slater are waiting, and they aren’t patient men. 
Welcome to the new face of Wingmen Inc — You’re welcome.

My Thoughts:

This the first Romance novel I’ve read since 2014. I used read them like crazy, but eventually, I just got tired of them. Majority of the books all have the same setup, the main characters meet, fall in lust that then turns into love, they break up get back together, and then at the end, they are either engaged, married, or pregnant. Or they are married and pregnant. I got tired of reading the same thing over and over, and eventually found myself wanting to immerse myself in novels that were steeped in action and adventure, books that had lots of character development and valued platonic and familial relationships.

An important fact about this book that I have to share is that the author states this is her take on a  “reverse harem” if you are unfamiliar with the term it’s basically a poly-relationship in which the woman has one or more partners. If that turns you off, don’t worry because there is only one love interest, the rest of the guys are just friends. really, really, flirty friends.

Anyways, when I saw this book in my recommended books section on my Kindle, I found myself immediately buying it, and let me tell you… I loved it. This book follows Shawn in her first semester of college after transferring, and because of her boyish name (which I love btw) finds herself in a dorm with four men. Men that just so happen to have a very interesting job, who also find themselves enamored with our girl Shawn.

I actually read this book in one sitting, because it was just so entertaining to me. There are definitely some moments in this book that are completely unrealistic, and that definitely needs to be checked because they just unbelievable but I found myself not caring about that and really only caring about the characters and the relationships that they shared. I loved that Shawn was a honest to God sweetheart, and how sweet her roommates were. My favorite moments were seeing them interact and watching them pretty dote on her, and how flustered she would get when they talked about their job. Knox, Finn, Slater, and Leo all have different relationships with Shawn that I found adorable when they were with her, and absolutely hilarious when it was just the guys.

I loved that this book was so different from all of the New Adult novels I’ve read before. They were college students, who actually acted like students. They went to class, they partied, they lived on campus, Shawn was an athlete. The college experience that Dyken created was relatable and definitely my favorite part. Also to make it even better, the book didn’t end with a marriage, a proposal, or a baby. Though I have to say it had a twist that I honestly never, never saw coming.

All in all, was it the best romance novel I’ve ever read? No, it wasn’t. But it was pretty darn spectacular and I’m glad I read it, and definitely recommend it.

4 stars

sam

 

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