Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: Right of First Refusal by Dahlia Adler

Rating: 4 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads Book Description:
On the lacrosse field, Cait Johannssen 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?

Natasha's Experience:
"I am so much better than this person I've become."

I am living for Dahlia Adler's New Adult writing. She's got this way of story telling that sucks you in from the get-go and has you hard-core crushing on both the characters and the storylines. But RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL brings so much more to the table than just a second-chance New Adult love story. For starters, the obvious portrayal of diversity within the characters and the storyline makes this read one that needs to be discussed. When diversity is being begged of by readers in this community, Adler delivers on the kind of realities that exist, but arent being explored nearly enough. Cait and Mase exist in a fictional world where their lives are actually incredibly real to more than just some readers. Adler explores the stereotypes that new adults today are facing head on – i.e. sexuality, race, and the gender binary.

"I'm not letting you rewrite your present any more than I'll let you rewrite our past."

Cait is this strong-willed and incredibly talented athlete who has been avoiding love and romance like it's her job -- she fell for a guy who broke her heart years before and isn't in the mood to go through that sort of heartbreak again. But fate has a funny way of throwing people together -- her new roommate happens to be dating Mase, the heartbreaker from Cait's past.

"We're standing here as living proof this story doesn't have a happy ending."

The obvious attraction between both Cait and Mase had me swooning for chapters on end; Adler can write a romance that will have you infatuated with both the hero and the heroine because they are seriously both so crush-worthy. Besides that, life happens, and Cait is thrown in for a loop when her home life, her sports life and her love life decide to demand more from her than she is capable of giving.

This is the kind of sports romance where the badass heroine is a lacrosse superstar who is struggling to figure out what her priorities in life really are. Family comes first, but what happens when your family doesn't support your passion? What do you do when you feel like your family isn't willing to understand why you are the way you are?

"It is hard to put what you know is right for you first, when you know people you love don't respect your choices. It is hard to say 'what I want is worthy.' It is hard to say 'I know myself and what I need, even if everyone else thinks otherwise.'"


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About the Author

I'm an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, a Copy Editor by night, and I blog at The Daily Dahlia, YA Misfits, and the Barnes & Noble book blog. I also write contemporary YA (The Daylight Falls duology) and NA (The Radleigh University series). Rec-ing books is approximately my favorite thing in the universe, with macarons being a close second. Come say hi on Twitter, where I'm @MissDahlELama!

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