Sep 1, 2015

Release Tour & Review-- The Dean's List by Kelly Collins


AUTHOR: Kelly Collins
GENRE: Contemporary romance with an 18+ warning

"When does being naturally sexy become your best attribute?"

Twenty-one-year-old honors student, River Roberts, knew her life had to change. With only forty dollars to her name, she was hungry, tired, and out of options. While seeking advice from her best friend Jade, she found something that could provide all she was looking for. Sexy, witty, charming and motivated, she met the requirements for The Dean’s List, a university society that offered alumni anything they desired. It was the perfect job for her.

But it came with a cost: secrets and loneliness. 

After the death of his wife, enigmatic Jonathan Ferris lived in a world of acquisition and mergers, a world where he knew financial security, a world filled with desolating loneliness. That was until River Roberts. She was intelligent, beautiful, sensual, and when their lives collided, his world changed. 

But then there was reality: she wasn’t truly his.

In a world of commodities and trading, River and Jonathan must fight to preserve what their hearts desire. But will that be possible? Will their collision be temporary, or will they overcome the many obstacles in their way?

Popsicle sticks, a container of steaming goo, and a stack of fabric swatches sat on the table next to the head of the bed.
 My heart pounded in my chest. Sweat built on my brow. “It’s my first time, and I’m a little frightened.” Terrified was more like it. I’d never been waxed. I’ve always been a fan of trimming, but waxing seemed so severe.

“No need to be scared. We do these all day, every day. I haven’t lost a client yet.”

Her attempt at humor didn’t erase my anxiety. I hopped on the table wearing a bra, shirt and nothing else. The waxer started some friendly conversation.

“Where are you from?” I was instructed to fold my legs Indian style. As I laid flat on the table, I answered her questions. My open vagina was on display for a perfect stranger. I better get used to this—it would be a constant in my new life.

I didn’t know what kind of nerve endings were on top of my lady parts, but when she ripped the wax free, I was certain she had ripped my soul straight out of my clit.

I wanted to punch her face as my body lifted off the table. All the while, she was telling me about her favorite Chinese restaurant on Broadway. She was spreading hot wax all over my sex and she was talking about Wonton soup.

Kobo ~ Nook ~ Apple

Tiffany's 5-Star Review

"I was plunging into water I'd never tested before. I'd never been ths nervous in my life."

One word...WOWZA!

I was intrigued right from the start! The synopsis drew me in immediately.

I had to know more about this Dean's List

River was a struggling college student with an awful job and student loans out the wazoo. Her parents might just be some of the most emotionally and verbally abusive people ever. She needs a savior- a break. With the help of her best friend, Jade, she enrolls in this little company called The Dean's List. Oh, buddy!

Jonathan was a man still grieving for his late wife. He also just happens to be River's first "client". The attraction was instant! But you're not supposed to develop feelings for any of the clients...too bad River's heart didn't listen.

"Oh, Mr. Ferris, do you flatter all the women?"
"No, Ms. Roberts. I usually screw other women and move on, but you're special. You deserve more."

I fell for Jonathan probably just as quickly as River did! That man had a way with words...and his hands. *fans self*
Their relationship was not a normal one, but in some ways it was. 

These two characters came into this arrangement not expecting anything other than the obvious stipulations. What they got was so much more! Being inside River's mind showed her vulnerability, but also her strong will. She was emotionally damaged in some aspects, but Jonanthan showed her that she could be cherished.

That man....

"I didn't expect to like you this much. What am I going to do with you?"
"Just be with me, Nothing else is required. Enjoy me. I'll enjoy you. We'll enjoy each other. It's that simple."
"Is it?"

I also enjoyed River's friends Jade and Luca. They were a perfect balance of friendship. They all shared a common bond and it helped them understand each other when no one else could.

I also liked Ben and Paul, but their relationships with River are on a completely different scale. I really loved Ben though! I found myself wishing I had someone like him to talk to. Sweet man.

But nothing compared to the way Jonathan made River feel. The way he called her his Sunshine. The meaningful gifts he gave. The way that she not only "pleased" him, but how he pleased her as well.

"Although I'd be surrounded by darkness, I had become sunshine to someone else."

I went into this book having no clue what the outcome would be. 

I will tell you this...SO GOOD!!!

There are some WTH moments. There are many (oh, so many) HAWT scenes. There are TOUGH to read parts. There are SWOONWORTHY moments that make you melt into a puddle of goo.

"I just want to know why now, why me?"
"Jonathan, I trust you. I trust in you. I've never felt like this mean something more to me."
"Sunshine, I'm lost in you."

Yep...Puddle. Of. Goo!

Kelly Collins wrote a book that wasn't like the norm. It was a breath of fresh air to read this. I love a great story that takes you into situations that you never thought about before. That's what River and Jonathan's story is to me.

Great read!!!!

"Our journey had been unorthodox. Our relationship started with a list, The Dean's List."

Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive.

Always a romantic, she is inspired by real time events mixed with a dose of fiction. She encourages her readers to reach the happily ever after but bask in the afterglow of the perfectly imperfect love.

Kelly lives in Colorado with her husband of twenty-five years. She loves hockey, shiny objects and has a new found appreciation for green smoothies.


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