Love on Campus
May 26, 2015
by Jessica Ruddick
Cori Elliott likes order. Her schedule, her social life...even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her high school boyfriend's death wasn't an accident-it was suicide. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori in a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions.
And right into the arms of Luke Evans.
But Cori's life isn't perfect anymore. In fact, it's all coming apart. The only way she can save herself is to let go of everything-including the girl she used to be. Even if it means losing the one guy who might just be perfect for her in the process...
"4 STARS!" By Terrill Rosado 1 year ago
This was a wonderful debut novel by Jessica Ruddick. I'm very impressed with the flow and caliber of writing. To me, it is a standard NA novel with few surprises, but I was still invested in Cori and Luke's story.
Five months prior to what is now current day, Cori's boyfriend died in a car crash. She finds out that it wasn't an accident and is wracked with guilt of a fight between them shortly before he committed suicide. She meets Luke at a frat party and what begins as a compulsive kiss turns into a new romance. Cori chooses to keep her past to herself until it threatens her new relationship.
This was a wonderful debut novel by Jessica Ruddick. I'm very impressed with the flow and caliber of writing. To me, it is a standard NA novel with few surprises, but I was still invested in Cori and Luke's story. I especially enjoyed their natural and witty banter. Maybe I am becomes a bit jaded, but I didn't like the story conflict. Cori's choice to hide the facts about her previous relationship seemed like an easy fix - communicate. After seeing a counselor, it would seem she would or should have felt a bit more comfortable sharing. Other than that, I enjoyed the progression of the story and I was pleased with the HEA. I would definitely recommend this book to NA fans and will, most likely, read the next book in this new series.
PG-13 rating - No sex (or behind closed doors); mild/rare profanity.