Frosh: First Blush by Mónica B. Wagner
Series: Frosh Series #1
Also in this series: Frosh: Second Chances
Published by Paper Lantern Lit
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Genres: New Adult
Buy on Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Type-A aspiring journalist Ellie plans to take freshman year by storm. But hell-bent on breaking a huge on-campus scandal, she risks becoming one herself—and getting the mysterious, heart-melting QB in serious trouble.
Grant, star quarterback and charismatic chick-magnet, is hiding a life-altering secret. The last thing he needs is an overeager (absolutely adorable) journalist asking questions. He’s got a reputation to protect.
High-society legacy student Devon is ready to catch the football hottie of her dreams. If the tabloids feature her with the “it” boy on her arm, her tainted past will be buried—or so she thinks.
Charlie, pre-med, is done being the sweet and funny geek that girls like Devon ignore. But if he tries to impress her with a new edgy, spontaneous attitude, will his heart end up in the emergency room?
Ellie wants nothing more than to be given the editorial assistant job at her college newspaper but she’s then given an assignment she wants nothing to do with. She’s supposed to find out the “real” story behind quarterback Grant Landry but she really isn’t a sports girl and feels like there’s no story. She’s not sure what there is to find out and since no one can get near the guy for an interview Ellie has to be creative. She ends up at a party where she meets a guy she has an interesting conversation with. When she finds out after a night of talking that HE is Grant Landry she’s shocked as she found him nothing like what she thought a QB would be like.
Grant and Ellie hit it off but then she finds some strange things going on – like he’s getting a lap dance in a strip club with the chair of the boosters right there. When Grant tries to explain a package of pills falls out of his pocket and Ellie’s not sure what to believe when he says he’s not doping. Then she catches him doing a hand-off of a baggie and catches it on film. She really likes Grant but he’s certainly not the person that she’s gotten to know and now she has a story, but does she really want to write it and throw Grant under the bus just to get her editorial assistants job?
Devon is a rich, entitled girl who feels like she has the world at her feet and she has her sights set on a certain man. She knows she’s the most beautiful girl in the room so she’s not even worried that he’ll want her too. She has his name wrong but when she finds out it’s Grant Landry she knows she’ll get him – but he doesn’t seem interested. She ends up leaving a party but is followed home by a pre-med geek (just to make sure she gets there ok as she’s had a few to drink). Devon ends up taking him to bed but though she keeps going after Grant she can’t seem to get Charlie off her brain. Unfortunately she’s got her best friend “running interference” and all that does is create tension and miscommunication between Charlie and Devon.
This is new New Adult series and so far it’s pretty good. I didn’t necessarily care for the way that the story was laid out (different sections being told by different characters but in 3rd person POV) but it ended up getting the story told in the end whether I liked the layout or not.
The storyline with Devon and Charlie was cute but I truly didn’t like Devon all that much. I was hoping that she was brought down a peg or two when she started liking Charlie but she was just so arrogant and conceited it was hard to see if it would ever happen.
Grant and Ellie’s story was the one that I was pretty enamored with as it had a lot of ins and outs and ups and downs. It was fascinating to read about. I was totally into the last few chapters of the book and was madly turning pages and then…it ended. ARG! I didn’t realize when I first started reading that it was a continuing story – I thought each book would be encapsulated. I thought wrong. There was a huge problem at the end of this book involving Grant and Ellie and boom! – I have no idea how that turned out as it ended! Frustrating. Of course I’ll be reading book two to find out what happened but frankly I may wait until book three is released before doing so because I really hate cliffhangers!
In the end a good book but one that ended frustratingly. If you like NA and cute romances AND If you don’t mind cliffhangers then I’d pick this one up.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5