I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Right of First Refusal by Dahlia Adler
Series: Radleigh University #2
Published by Self-Published on March 15th, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
On the lacrosse field, Cait Johanssen gets what she wants. Off the field is another story. Because what she wants is the school's hot new basketball student-coach, Lawrence Mason, who also happens to be the guy who broke her heart in sports camp two years earlier.
But it's Cait's new roommate who's got him.
Cait and Mase agree it's best to keep their past a secret, but she doesn't expect him to completely ignore their history...or how much it'll hurt when he does. So when a friend on the basketball team asks her to pose as his girlfriend for a night, Cait can't turn down the opportunity for distraction. (Okay, and a little spite.) But what starts as an evening of fun turns into a fake relationship with more lies than the usually drama-free Cait can handle, and it's only keeping her from the one truth that's nagged at her for years: Why did Mase cut her out of his life to begin with?
And is it really too late to get him back?
I adore Dahlia, so this book could have been exclusively about a Saturday morning spent doing groceries and laundry all by your lonesome, and I probably would have picked it up anyway. As it is, she asked me to read it for review and I jumped at the chance. In case you didn’t know, when it comes to spicy NA, Dahlia knows what she’s doing – a fact she only reinforced with Right of First Refusal.
I will say, though, off the bat that the romance was not my top favorite thing about this book. Nay, it is actually in THIRD place, because Dahlia does so many other things absolutely amazingly. My favorite thing about this book: the friendship between Cait, Lizzie, and Frankie. These girls are so hilarious and caring, and even though they don’t live together anymore, their bond is undeniably strong. They come running to each other when necessary, practically read each other’s minds, and are always cheering each other on. Seriously, the friendship feels I had in this book were much stronger than the romantic feels. I wish I had friends like this in college. They cracked me up endlessly.
My second favorite thing about this book would be the new adult realness. Dahlia knows what she’s doing when building characters and character arcs. And Cait has an amazing on that struck such an intense chord with me when she realizes that at a certain point, it’s okay to be selfish. What’s important is knowing who you are, what you love, and what you stand for. Compromise is okay, but if other people are only thinking of themselves, it’s DAMN fine for you to put yourself first. I think this is something that a lot of us realize in this new adult age, when you’re just coming out from under your parents wings, you’re figuring out who you are, and you get the freedom to do what you want. And it might seem like this kind of realization would lead to a lot of drama or negativity, but it actually makes Cait’s bond with her family stronger – because knowing who you are and standing up for it is something to admire. GAH I LOVE THIS THING SO MUCH.
So, then, the romance. Yeah, it’s not my favorite, but that’s a personal thing just because this doesn’t have the right mix of tropes for me. Cait and Mase are old flames who suddenly meet again, while Mase is dating her new roommate, and… yeah, there’s a spark they can’t let go of. I will say that the romantic and sexy scenes are super hot. Dahlia can create spiciness that will leave you crossing and uncrossing your legs nervously while on a crowded bus. (
But overall I really liked it. I think the story stands up on its own even without the romance there – and how freaking rare is it to find that in a new adult book? Seriously, there’s amazing friendship scenes, tough family situations that help the main character to grow, an interracial ship, sports scenes that get your blood pumping, an awesome and totally not token gay friend who has his own life and arc that gave me feels, and a great sneak peek at the next book and ship – which will be awesome and sexy and full of F/F spiciness. So yeah. I’m glad this book exists.