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Lissa's Review: Rikki (Hart University, #1) by Abigail Strom

Publisher via Netgalley Publisher: Self-Published Released: September 20th 2015 Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary Length: 205 pages Format: eBook, Paperback Add to Goodreads Buy Links

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Ever since junior high and an ill-fated game of seven minutes in heaven, Rikki Eisendrath and Sam Payne have hated each others’ guts. But when they end up at the same college—and the same dorm—they figure it’s time to declare a truce. They even become friends . . . sort of. But when Sam asks Rikki to model for his sculpting project, they start spending more time together—and her feelings for him get more complicated. She tries to focus on the guy she’s been crushing on instead. But Sam’s the one she can’t stop thinking about, even though their arguments are starting to heat up as much as the chemistry between them. With antagonism and attraction this intense, there’s bound to be an explosion. But when the dust settles, will Sam and Rikki be enemies, friends . . . or something more? Three Boundless Stars

One thing I've learned about Rikki, is she over thinks everything! I almost actually stopped reading the book because of her. I know it sounds bad, but do we really over analyze and think so much? But being who she is, it's her character.

Sam and Rikki have known each other forever. Have been each other's competition. Have used a kind of hatred but they don't really hate each other. It's easier to dislike someone, then have any kind of romantic feelings.

They end up going to the same college and it's a different type of environment. A chance to get closer and realize their feelings. Sam I think really is a good guy but like all of us we make mistakes. Even though some things feel earth shattering, their really minimal when you rationally think about it.

I was on the verge of giving this book a 2 because it was pretty boring throughout but then something happened. I really started to care for both of them. I felt her anxiety, her heartbreak. So emotionally I felt connected to both of them. Which made it easier to read. By that time though. It was almost to the end. But I can't deny that I felt something.

But the ending, I wasn't really that happy about. I read all that, to not even really get anything. It was a good story though. Lots of lessons, on how you should just be your true self and not let something hold you back.

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