Honor Roll (The Dean’s List #2) by Kelly Collins
Released: February 19, 2016
Genre: Erotic romance
Publisher: Diamond Mountain Pres
Reviewed by Sarah
When do you become the sum of your parts?
Drop dead gorgeous, kind to a fault, and good in bed, twenty-six-year-old graduate student Luca Gregorio meets all the requirements for The Dean’s List, a university society that offers alumni anything they desire—for a price. Weeks from graduating, Luca loses his most valuable client. Determined to graduate debt free, he needs new patrons to cover his shortfall. His once easy job at Concierge Services becomes complicated once he meets Mim Knight, a woman he can’t ignore.
She was worth more.
Cultured and beautiful, Mim Knight isn’t looking for anything but a quick end to a frustrating workday when Luca Gregorio shows up on the other side of her desk. Despite his too-good-to-be-true looks, he’s different from the trust fund boys she’s used to. He’s fearless, genuine, and sexy as hell.
They say money is the root of all evil, but they’re wrong.
Drowning in lies of omission, Luca knows one misplaced step will lose Mim forever, but like his dream of financial freedom, he can’t let her go. In the world of commodities, everyone has something to sell. What price do you demand for your honor? What price do you put on love?
With the opening line of this story being “When I stepped off the bus on 6th Avenue, I felt tired, I’d been whipping my dick out for dollars all week and my twenty-six year old body couldn’t keep up.” I completely expected this book to fall on just that side of raunchy. Surprisingly it doesn’t…not that it mattered to me.
We learned a bit about the hunky Luca in The Dean’s List. He’s the male counterpoint to River and Jade. Like the ladies, he’s taking part of the concierge service to pay off student debt, which frankly I can’t blame the man. For me, I found it more interesting that he was paying off the debt not just to be free of it but to prove his father wrong. I think this humanizes both the character and the plot line.
In Honor Roll, we get to see a bit more of the details regarding his regulars but moreover how it’s not necessarily just the sex involved. I think the story hits the nail on the head on the differences between what men want versus what women want. We get to see a vast array of woman and what issues they bring to relationships of all kinds—not that men don’t have their own baggage.
In the midst of his final weeks as a gigolo, Luca finds matters complicated by his sudden interest in Mim. While we don’t get too much of her, their connection further emphasizes the power of his job and how it has strained or even nullified any romance throughout his college years.
In the end, I expected this to be smutty but in reality it’s quite heart-warming with just enough heat to make it sexy.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.