Synopsis: 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?
Date Finished: 9-24-15
*I received a free e-copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
I’m currently a senior in high school, facing the pre-college nerves. Where will I end up? What will it be like? What will my roommate be like? It’s novels like this and Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster books that make me both ultra nervous… and super excited about college life. Maybe that’s why I love New Adult novels so much. It makes the uncertainty of the future easier to think of.
Let’s jump in with the review. As you saw in the synopsis, this is a college novel, through and through. It takes place almost exclusively at Hart University, where Rikki and her old friend/rival Sam are forced to deal with their feelings for each other. This relationship, starting off as pure hatred, and eventually becoming friendship, was actually quite believable. The emotions displayed throughout this book weren’t too outrageous or obvious, but subtle, as they would be in real life. Of course, there are moments when the characters explode, but that’s to be expected, right? They’re only human!
Speaking of characters, the cast of characters was actually really interesting and diverse. (Rikki has two Moms, a character identifies as bisexual, and the dorm they stay at has a no “slut-shaming” policy!) I just wish that the characters could’ve been a bit more developed. The only characters we really get to know are Rikki, Sam, Tamsin, and a bit of Jason. However, I believe that the author is planning more books in this Hart University series, each from a different character’s POV, so in the future novel’s we’ll probably get to learn more about the rest of the group. Of the characters we did get to meet, I really did like everyone (except one character, but you’ll find out who if you read it!)
All in all, Rikki is a really amazing book that I would recommend to older teens in high school, especially seniors, or college students. It’s a very cute contemporary romance that is a perfect blend of sweet first-love and heart pounding passion. Fans of Walking Disaster or just New Adult novels won’t know what hit them when they read Abigail Strom’s Rikki.