Genres: College, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports
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I’ve always lived in the shadows of my athletic older brother and my charismatic twin sister. And that’s okay by me. I don’t mind being known as the shy wallflower. The gawky geek. The sweet, virginal girl. Well, that’s one label I’ve been trying to shed since starting my freshman year in college this year. The thing is, no one’s ever looked twice at me.
Until I met Van Gerard.
He notices me. He looks at me and seems to like what he sees. He understands and listens to me. He’s become a great friend. The problem is, I don’t want him as a friend.
I want more.
But my brother - along with a state line between us, and oh yeah, Van’s long-time girlfriend - are just a few complications getting in the way of what I want.
I thought my senior year in college would be the best time of my life. I’m a starter on a Pac-12 basketball team, set to graduate with a degree in Finance. I have a girlfriend whom I’d planned to start a future with. I thought my life was already mapped out.
But then the bottom dropped out with a confession I never expected to hear, from the girl I thought I knew.
I thought wrong.
Luckily for me, Kylah Griffin was there to break my fall. She’s the best thing this year has given me. She’s helped me through a devastating blow that could have sent me reeling.
I know she wants more, but I’m not sure I can give it. Now that I’ve been burned, I don’t think I can go there again. Kylah’s not a hook-up, and she’s definitely not a rebound. She’s a sweet girl who deserves more than to be friend-zoned.
If only things weren’t so complicated.
“If someone calls me a ‘sweet girl’ one more time, I’m liable to throat punch them.”
Sweet Girl is a cute, fun, friends to lovers romance between Van and his best friend’s sister Kylah. These two have more than one obstacle between them, including Kylah’s brother and Van’s long-distance girlfriend.
“The only guy I’ve ever connected with and felt like I can be myself around is in a long-term relationship with his high school sweetheart.”
What starts out as a friendship quickly turns to more for the innocent Kylah. She has no experience with opposite sex, but Van is definitely the kind of guy that she wants to get to know better. Van is a committed guy, not your typical college basketball player living it up with the ladies. He’s not a cheater, and loves his girlfriend, but when circumstances change, who knows what will happen.
“I’ve decided that it is better to have Van as my friend than not have him in my life at all.”
This story had just enough drama to balance the “sweet”. Even though this is the second in the series, I read it without reading the first and wasn’t lost at all. I thought Van was a great hero, and Kylah, even though a bit on the immature side, was the perfect compliment to him. I liked the progression of their relationship from friends to more. Overall, this was an enjoyable, fast-paced read with great character.