I received this book for free from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Xavier by Leila Lucas
on September 25, 2020
Genres: Young Adult/New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports, Sweet Romance
Format: ARC, digital e-book
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
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What happens when a prissy, stuck up princess makes you an offer you can’t refuse?
She needs a boyfriend.
He needs the money.
But even the best-laid plans go astray when feelings get involved.
Xavier is a first-class asshole.
He uses his fist instead of his words.
He’s rude and emotionless.
And he couldn’t be any more perfect.
My plan is pretty simple.
Use Xavier to get what I want from my father.
Do my internship then leave for college.
I was ready for it all.
All, but the broken heart.
Charlie is infuriating.
She doesn’t stop talking.
But I needed the money to save my brother’s life.
Over time public appearances became private dates.
Small talk turned into deep conversations.
Lines got crossed.
Feelings got hurt.
Because someone broke rule number five.
Don’t fall in love.
Young Adult/New Adult, Sweet, Contemporary Romance, Sports
First Person, Dual-POV
This is a standalone with HEA.
Even though this is a sweet, clean romance, it contains issues and situations some may find triggering, such as drug usage and child abuse.
Cute, sweet romance, with adorable characters that made this quite an addictive love story!!!
Being a mother of three young adults/new adults has made me really fond of this trope in romance books. I love to find glimpses of my children on characters and I have to say, Xavier and Charlie gave me these good feelings. They were adorable and very easy to relate.
30/35 STARS – 4 STARS (between 28 stars and 31 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4 Freshness: 3.5 Plot: 4 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 4.5
Action 3/5 Angst 3/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 3/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? Yes, for all readers of cute, young adult/new adult romance!
Would I re-read this book/series? I think so!
Would I read more from the author? Yes.
Addictiveness: 5/5 This story hooked me from the beginning and I read this book in one sitting. As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Complex characters with depth to their backstory and great personal growth throughout the book.
Charlie was a breath of fresh air. Really, she was such a great female character. She was sweet, hard working, a great daughter and friend. It was so refreshing to read about a rich girl that was not a little diva. She was never looking for love and it was cute how love found her nonetheless.
Xavier was dreamy. He had a rough beginning, but truly made something of himself. He was a bit of a jerk, and had a few too-stupid-to-live moments, but what teenage haven’t had these? In fact, he turned out to be a romantic boyfriend. I loved how he grew along the story and his struggles and reactions felt pretty real and believable. Oh, he was really hot too!
Secondary characters I love the parents here, of course with one exception. Alex, Mandy, Charlie’s mom… so many characters that I would love to read more about.
Villain/antagonists there were a few antagonists here in the subplots, but I believe that the main conflict was all personal struggles, part of growing up.
They were all so easy to love, connect and understand!!!
Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, subtitle 0/5, background 5/5 buy 4/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I always try to be true to myself, I buy so many books because of the cover and I have skipped many because of not very appealing art. Covers are part of the experience for me and I do like to understand them. This one was a bit generic. Even though I can see Xavier in this picture, I missed a few personal touches that connected the cover to the story, like a subtitle or something more in the art. I really liked the title, such a powerful name and the colors used also worked. I would probably buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!
Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 4.5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 4.5/5, opening 4.5/5, pace 3.5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 3/5 Great opening with an incredible ending. Good plot, with well written dialogues and ok pace. Great setting, amazing subplots with not any major twist. Great level of enjoyment!
Even though it was a bit predictable and it had no major twist, the plot was strong and very well supported by some great subplots. The ending was cute and sweet. I loved the banter between characters, the dialogues were sometimes fun, other times sweet and many times emotional.
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 3.5/5, development 4.5/5, steam 2/5 Oh…. this was so so so adorable! This was a slow burn, quite young romance that gave “good feels”. I love dark romance, and to fall completely in love with such a clean, sweet romance it was because it really resonated with me and it felt real and believable. Enchanted love!!!
Writing Style: 4/5 This was my first book by the author and I’m really looking forward to see what else she will bring. This story had strong plot, with easy-to-love characters and captivating romance. The editing was really clean and overall the plot was cohesive. Really good writing!!!
Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really believe in perfection…
Freshness: 3.5/5 It was a bit predictable and it didn’t had any huge surprise, but I like a love story and the usual clichés always work for me. 🙂 As fresh as cold lemonade!!!