Review: Romancing the R.A. by Ashelyn Drake
Romancing the R.A. (Campus Crush #1)
by: Ashelyn Drake
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: S.B. Addison Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: won an e-copy from the author in a Twitter giveaway
Page Count: 81 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3/5 stars
I first saw this book on Sheri's blog (Tangled Up in Books) for a Waiting on Wednesday post. As you can tell from my recent reviews- I am all about the NA Contemps lately. So this one appealed to me right away! I was so bummed because for the longest time it was only released for Kindle and I have a Nook. I ended up winning an e-copy when Ashelyn did a Twitter giveaway and she sent me a couple of signed postcards to hold me over until it would be released for B&N. I finally got it a couple of weeks ago and we all decided to read it for our Girls With Books read-a-thon this week.
I had no idea how short this book was. It really read as more of a novella for me and I have to say: I wanted so much more! Because of the length, I felt like we missed out on a lot of necessary character development: I didn't really have time to connect with Noelle and Andy. Everything happened so fast, it was hard for me to really believe their scenario. Sure, I believe two people can be instantly attracted to one another, and I loved that Andy was a good guy, but I guess I would have been a bit slower to trust than Noelle was. I know this is the first book in the Campus Crush series, so I'm not sure if the next book will be a continuation of Andy and Noelle's story or if it might focus on Noelle's best friend, Julie.
Julie was hilarious. She was that fun, confident best friend who conveniently disappeared when Andy was around. Gotta love a matchmaking best friend! Though, my best friend would have freaked out on me if the same scenario that happened with Noelle and Andy happened with me and a guy I met that day. I would have incurred her wrath for days.
Andy was a sweet character. I really liked him. He wasn't a jerk, he was a good guy who seemed very genuine. I was quite surprised by where Andy and Noelle's relationship went and couldn't help be feel it was a bit rushed.
Again, my biggest thing was the length. I felt like we could have explored so many avenues and had some scenes extended to add in some more flair. If you're looking for a short, sweet read- this would be a good one to check out provided you're not looking for a lot of depth.