Frosh: First Blush (Frosh #1)
Author: Monica B. Wagner
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: The Studio (Paper Lantern Lit)
During welcome week at Hillson University, the FROSH will hit the fan.
Type-A aspiring journalist Ellie plans to take freshman year by storm. But hell-bent on breaking a huge on-campus scandal, she risks becoming one herself—and getting the mysterious, heart-melting QB in serious trouble.
Grant, star quarterback and charismatic chick-magnet, is hiding a life-altering secret. The last thing he needs is an overeager (absolutely adorable) journalist asking questions. He’s got a reputation to protect.
High-society legacy student Devon is ready to catch the football hottie of her dreams. If the tabloids feature her with the “it” boy on her arm, her tainted past will be buried—or so she thinks.
Charlie, pre-med, is done being the sweet and funny geek that girls like Devon ignore. But if he tries to impress her with a new edgy, spontaneous attitude, will his heart end up in the emergency room?
FROSH intertwines the stories of Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie in Mónica B. Wagner’s sexy NA debut series, about falling in love and falling apart.
FROSH is the first book in a sexy New Adult romance series. It follows four main characters - Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie. Each of the characters is unique with distinct personalities and quirks, which makes it easy to identify with them early on. I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters - their life stories, dreams, fears, hopes, and so many other aspects. The story is broken down into separate chapters for each character - which I thought was a great style to help the reader get to know them each better along with focusing on everyone's stories and how they intertwine. Being a New Adult contemporary romance, I loved watching the four characters meet one another and seeing their relationships grow. One issue I came across was the author's choice of point of view for the book. It's written in the third person POV for every character. This style does reduce the risk for confusing the reader, but we lose the deeper connection that first person POV offers. I personally love the first person POV because of the intimate knowledge we gain of the characters - in my opinion, it makes the characters more realistic and easier to identify with when a book is written in the first person POV. Again, those are just my personal thoughts.
There were lots of sweet moments - and definitely some steamy ones - throughout the book. I loved both types and I feel like the author did a great job balancing the two during the story. The writing was well done and flowed effortlessly with a quick pace. I was drawn inside the book from the first page and could easily see myself alongside each of the characters during the novel. I could barely believe it when I read that the book is the author's debut - it certainly doesn't feel or read like one. The author's talent shines through the pages and all aspects of the book. I can't wait to see where the next book will take us! I definitely recommend this novel to fans of the genre along with readers who enjoy contemporary romance, college fiction, and New Adult books.
Mónica was born in a Peruvian city by a snow-capped volcano. Growing up, books were her constant companions as she traveled with her family to places like India (where she became a vegetarian), Thailand (where she *almost* met Leonardo di Caprio), France (where she pretended to learn French), and countless other places that inspired her to write. Now, Mónica lives in Chile with her husband, three boys, eleven hens, and stray dog. Keep up with Monica and follow her on Twitter @Monica_BW or visit her website: http://monibw.blogspot.com.
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