Day 5 of the Book Couples Challenge


Another trope I love and have read plenty: college!

I love NA so that’s to be expected that college romances would have a place of choice on my shelves.

Sooo as usual contenders and one winner but the choice will be tough! I think we could have a tie today


In no particular order


Romeo and Rimmel in #Nerd by Cambria Herbert

Favorite quote:

“His voice gentled and his touch became more like a caress. “I love you,” he whispered.
“I love your glasses, your clumsiness, your wild hair, even the way you snort when you laugh.” He smiled. “I love you in spite of yourself, Rim. Can’t you love me in spite of myself?”
I couldn’t help it, I smiled.
“You do come with a lot of baggage.” I sighed. “You’re impossibly good-looking, terrible at math, and you like to drink that swill you call beer.” I mock shuddered.
He smiled, but I saw the relief in his eyes.
“Me being good-looking is a bad thing?” he teased.
“You have a lot of options,” I said seriously. “I’m not the best one.”
“No.” He agreed. “You’re not.”
Geez, he could have said it a little nicer.
“You’re the only one.”
Oh, well, that was much better.

– Romeo & Rimmel”
Cambria Hebert, #Nerd


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Hannah and Garrett in The Deal by Elle Kennedy


What I wrote about this book:


“Flawless execution.

It’s like an onion, its has layers upon layers.

The story is about college romance with a deal between the smart girl and the star hockey player needing a tutor. But there is a catch. The deal is about helping Hannah going out with Justin,a football player, not with Garrett the hockey player. See these books with fake boyfriend becoming real boyfriend? Now, you get it.

But it’s only the first layer because under the facade, past physical abuse and rape are hidden. It was heart wrenching to see Hannah so determined to overcome her trauma as she saw herself as broken. And if Garrett is a jackass, he is honest, loyal, sexy and totally melts for Hannah. He loves her sass, her “I won’t take your crap” attitude and her love of bright colors.
She’ll make him chase her and it was fun to see this stubborn hockey player laying it on thick. He caught her, all right but he was also unexpectedly caught up with her, landing a grilfriend and it was not part of his plan.

The subplot were interesting too: Cass, Hannah’s pain in the *** co-singer who could shame some famous diva with his outrageous ego and Garrett’s father conspiracies.

I enjoyed myself enormously reading this one.”

Favorite quote:

“Him: Confession: I deleted all the 1 Direction from your iPod when u were in the can.
You’re welcome.
Me: WHAT?? I’m going to kiss u!
Him: With tongue?
It takes me a second to realize what happened, at which point I’m completely mortified.
Me: Kill u! I meant KILL. u. Damn autocorrect.
Him: Surrrrrre. Let’s blame it on autocorrect.
Me: Shut it.
Him: I think someone wants to kiss me…”
Elle Kennedy, The Deal
Anna and Drew in The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
What I wrote about this book:
“First, I wanted to kick Anna’s butt. Open your eyes girl, this man is crazy about you! Stop manhandling his poor heart please.
I really ached to pat Drew’s (muscled) shoulder and tell him “Hang on tight buddy, you’ll win the girl. You’re so perfect she has to fall for you.”
Some cold showers were certainly needed too. Hell, the hook up scene was really, really hot!
Laughter was never far either. I loved their sassy banter. Drew is hot and witty! And Anna is THE feisty redheads. Take a seat, buy popcorn and just enjoy the show.
A roller coaster of emotions with a dream guy and a stubborn girl.”
Favorite quote:
“I think you’re beautiful,” he says softly.
“Beauty fades,” I choke out.
“Not when it comes from inside.”
Kristen Callihan, The Hook Up
And today Ladies and Gents we have a tie! My two winners are:
Abby and Travis in Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mc Guire
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Favorite quote
“You can’t tell me
what to do anymore, Travis! I don’t belong to you!”
In the second it took him to turn and face me, his
expression had contorted into anger. He stomped toward
me, planting his hands on the bed and leaning into my face.
“WELL I BELONG TO YOU!” The veins in his neck
bulged as he shouted, and I met his glare, refusing to even
flinch. He looked at my lips, panting. “I belong to you.”
Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster
Molly and Romeo in Sweet Home by Tillie Cole
I’m such a goner for damaged bad boys, all alpha-male and real protective of their girl!!!
At age twenty, Molly Shakespeare knows a lot.

She knows Descartes and Kant.

She knows academia and Oxford.

She knows that the people who love you leave you.

She knows how to be alone.

But when Molly leaves England’s grey skies behind to start a new life at the University of Alabama, she finds that she has a lot to learn — she didn’t know a summer could be so hot, she didn’t know students could be so intimidating, and she certainly didn’t know just how much the folks of Alabama love their football.

When a chance encounter with notorious star quarterback, Romeo Prince, leaves her unable to think of anything but his chocolate-brown eyes, dirty-blond hair and perfect physique, Molly soon realises that her quiet, solitary life is about to dramatically change forever…

Favorite quote
“A home is not a place. It’s not a country or a town or a building or possession. Home is with the other half of your soul, the person who shares in your grief and helps you carry the burden of loss. Home is with the person who throughout it all never gives up on you and brings you eternal happiness.”
Tillie Cole, Sweet Home
And you who are your favorite college couples?
Thanks for reading!

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  1. I have read all of these because I love New adult too and I love them all…except for Sweet Home. I wasn’t a huge fan of that one which is weird because I adore almost every other book by Tillie Cole… really good choices!!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle! Following you blog now because based on the books on your welcome page we have MANY books in common!

    1. I loved these books so much! I regret that Tillie is more on dark books right now (she seems to do it very well so that’s not the problem) as I loved her sweet and funny side. Eternally North was one of her that I adored and yet it’s less known. The sidekick was brilliant! Thank you Trisy 😉

  2. Great post Sophie! You already listed some of my favorites 🙂 My number one college couple is Jace & Avery – ‘Hooked by Love’ by Toni Aleo

    1. Oh Mia I have to add yours to my list! I love college romance and I’ve never read Toni Aleo. Thank you <3