Series: College Bound #3
Holy smokes you guys – ALL the feels! As a huge fan of Christine Manzari’s writing, I jumped on this series so quickly it’ll make your head spin. Laura Ward and Christine Manzari are such a great pairing. A lot of the time, when two authors co-write, you can tell where one author leaves off and another picks up (a great example of this is Zenith). In this entire series though, the writing flows so seamlessly. It honestly felt like the book was written by one person.
Julie and Ben are so fantastic together and I really loved their romance. They were such contrasts, Julie the life of the party, and Ben wanting to focus on his music. Because Ben is blind, their relationship development just felt so organic. Julie had to be herself instead of hiding behind clothes and makeup, and as Ben got to know her personality, he fell in love with her.
All in all, this was exactly what I was looking for from a summer romance – emotional, sweet, and just a little bit sexy. The entire series is 100% a must read!
She’s loud, witty, and uses her body and pretty face to get whatever she wants.
She’s never had a problem hooking up with guys, or ditching them when they
don’t live up to her standards. Julie has a list of exes a mile long and a
reputation to match, but she’s looking for more than just a degree in college.
She’s looking for Mr. Perfect.
popular local band. Born blind, Ben depends on his other senses to help him
understand the world around him on a deeper level. His sultry voice and musical
talent might make it impossible for him to go unnoticed on campus, but Ben
isn’t looking for fame or groupies. He’s looking to perfect his music.
when she finally meets him at a party, her confidence is shaken when she
discovers she can’t use her physical beauty to charm him. Even though she’s
always relied on her looks, it’s her personality that wins Ben
over and he’s determined to show her that she’s more than just a pretty
lies, a questionable reputation, and the chance of a lifetime threaten to tear
Ben and Julie apart. Can they trust the futures they’ve chosen or will they
take the biggest risk of all and listen to the sound of their own hearts?
the corner of my mouth and up the edge of my jaw. As his mouth made its way
along my profile, his hand—the one that had pulled mine away—was slipping under
the edge of my shirt to drag the fabric up my body. “You’ve seen me. Let me see
asked, breathless from his touch.
hands.” Kiss. “My lips.” Kiss. “My
hitched as his tongue traced the shape of my lips.
guest,” I said, arching my body into his, trying to touch as much of him as I
curved into a smile and his brown eyes focused on me with that strange gaze of
his. I wondered what went through his mind when he looked at me. He couldn’t
see me, yet he held me in that deep gaze like he could see everything. Like he
knew me better than anyone else ever had.
request, as much as the rest of him, set my heart racing. I wasn’t sure anyone
had truly seen me. My mom saw only what she wanted to see—a project to improve
upon, or a sidekick in her search for the man of her dreams. Everyone else, my
friends included, saw what I wanted them to see—a confident girl who knew how
to have fun and who never let the world get to her.
idea what Ben would see.
understood what he meant. Ben only knew me from my voice, the shape of my
hands, and a few small touches and kisses. Now he was asking to see me in a
completely different way. I wasn’t worried about him touching me, I was wholly
confident in the way I looked. But something told me that if he touched me
intimately, Ben would notice more than the swell of my breasts or the dip of my
waist. His fingertips would discover the way to my heart and what made it beat.
And as much as I told myself that’s exactly what I wanted—to fall in love—it
wasn’t something I’d allowed myself to do before.
had finished its progress up to my ear and his voice dropped low when he asked
again, “Can I see you?”
and realizing my action was invisible to him, I pushed the word “yes” through
the apprehension that was thick in my throat.
himself up on an elbow and placed his other hand on the side of my face. His
touch was light, like the brush of feathers, as his fingers skimmed the ridge
my cheekbone, across my lips, and along the arch of my eyebrows. When his thumb
circled under my eyes, my lids dropped close and then he was caressing the tips
of my eyelashes. His touch was gentle and made me feel delicate.
seeing me through touch. And that was so freaking hot.
author, Laura Ward, writes sweet and sexy stories that will hopefully make you
look at the world in a different way. Her books include the Not Yet series: Not
Yet, Until Now, Someday Soon, and Because
of You. Her Contemporary Romance standalone is titled, Past Heaven.
She is also the co-author of the College Bound series: The Pledge, The
Color of Us, and The Sound of Your Heart. Laura lives in Maryland
with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her
college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her
through all their years together, and especially toward her dream of writing
books. When not picking up toy trucks, driving to lacrosse practice, or
checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.
she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five
places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of
a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing
books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure,
inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeinated bubbly kind). Christine is from
Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her
library of ugly spine books. Her first series is the Young Adult Dystopian
series called The Sophisticates which includes: Deviation, Conviction,
and Redemption. Her New Adult Romcom series, Hearts of Stone,
includes: Hooked, Hitched, Hated. She is also the
co-author of the College Bound Series: The Pledge, The Color of Us,
and The Sound of Your Heart.