First Semester by Sarah Fischer

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ New Adult/ Reviews 7th April 2017
First Semester by Sarah FischerFirst Semester by Sarah Fischer
Series: Elton Hall Chronicles #1
on March 27th 2017
Pages: 195
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one-star

Violet Carrington is a freshman at Elton Hall University, but she's about to get more than just her degree... Throwing herself into the insanity of college life, Violet makes new friends and even catches the eye of a handsome guy. Everything is as it should be, until one night out she crosses paths with a mysterious, sinfully attractive man. Not only does he manage to ignite a burning desire deep inside her, he also happens to be her new, off-limits college professor. Professor David Berneli is only visiting Elton Hall, but a lot can happen in a year... Everyone knows any personal relationship between professor and student is strictly prohibited. But somewhere in between lectures and after school events, Violet manages to dazzle him. She not only challenges David at every turn, but also tempts his every desire. No matter how hard they try to ignore the crackle of sexual tension between them, a few furtive glances quickly turn into clandestine meetings in his office. By giving in to temptation, Violet and David fall deeper down the rabbit hole... As the semester ticks on, Violet begins to question not only the whirlwind affair that threatens to consume them both, but David's desires as well. If he's not willing to risk everything for her, she'll have no choice but to leave the comfort of his arms without looking back. Before any decision can be made, a looming threat comes out of the shadows, putting her and the passionate relationship she has with her professor in danger. Now Violet must fight for her own life, and for the one she wants to spend it with...

I’m going to confess that New Adult and I have a rocky relationship which surfaces at the most unexpected times. On the one hand, it’s a genre that most realistically recalls the uncertainty and exhilaration of new experiences; at other times I find it too ridiculous and beyond my comprehension—possibly because I’ve moved so far beyond the games and exploration bit that some characters get narcissistically lost in.

It was admittedly hard to get into the ‘First Semester’, as the first half pretty much consisted of linear, descriptive scenes of Violet’s daily life as a freshman in college. Not that I couldn’t relate, but I was waiting to get to the heart of the story where Violet and David began their forbidden relationship and somehow didn’t find myself there at all. Instead, there was an introduction to several potential love interests, several merry-go-rounds involving roommates skirmishes and classmates that proved distracting.

Somewhat too self-absorbed and judgemental, the portrayal of Violet is pretty much what I’d expect of a college-age co-ed, though I still cringed at her lack of maturity and discernment as she tried juggling hooking up with 2 guys at once without being able to make up her mind about what she really wanted. Her false bravado annoyed me, just as her flaunting the other guy she seemed interested in, right in the face of the man who wanted her.  At the same time, I found it a little hard to believe that David would have propositioned Violet so boldly despite knowing college code, and that things between them could hardly be more than just a crush and infatuation that intensified because of their dalliances were forbidden. Consequently, I found them somewhat juvenile, even with a vindictive side when both parties pussy-footed around each other because they couldn’t work out their attraction. The HFN ending was suitably appropriate, though not as satisfying as I thought it would be.

‘First Semester’ unfortunately, wasn’t a book I thought I’d liked, as much as I wish I could. I found myself marginally interested in Jason/Annabelle’s story but I’d also love to see a more focused development on them rather than be inserted as bystander in the whirl of college activities that I felt takes the impact of the romance away.

one-star

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