Twenty-one year old Alexis Caine is so close to her dream she can taste it. And it tastes like validation and Häagen-Dazs.
In a few months she'll graduate with a shiny new business degree and launch a fashion label with her best friend Ava. All the planning, the dedication, and the saying ‘no’ to everything—and everyone—will have been worth it.
Then Dylan Cameron, Ava’s tall, dark and broody younger brother, returns from the East coast. Lex has hardly seen him in years and given his reputation for partying, girls, and worse, that’s just fine with her.
But suddenly Dylan’s all grown up. And a dangerous night of unplanned confessions for both of them threatens to tear Lex's carefully constructed world off its axis.
Because one sassy control freak plus one prodigal son equals chemistry that refuses to be ignored.
Review by: Heather
Schooled was a fun easy read. Lex and Ava are best friends and have always dreamed of starting a fashion line. They are working on that goal fiercely during their senior year of college with one rule: no distractions especially of the male variety. Ava's younger brother, ends up attending school at the same university as his sister and Lex. One night. One kiss. Screw the rules....we'll sort of.
I love the falling for a best friends sibling trope and this one was done quite well. Lots of angst, the back and forth and the broody hotness of an alpha were all apparent in this book.
I like the story line and I loved the complexity of the characters as well as their development. The chemistry between Lex and Dylan was explosive! The sexy times were scorching.
I seriously enjoyed this book until the ending. Honestly this would have been a 5 star read for me if it wasn't for the ending. I felt that the ending was rushed and too many loose ends were left just hanging there. I give this 4 stars.
Review by: Amy
This book was equal parts smart, sweet and sexy! Piper’s little debut was an adorable read that was easy and fun all the way around. I blew through the story in 1 sitting and was hungry for more when it finished. It was easy to read and the story line was flirty and kept me totally enthralled. The characters were well defined and the flow was fantastic.
I LOVE the forbidden love stories and this one was a total hit for me. Watching Dylan and Lex fumble through was so cute and 100% steamy. I like how Piper wrote them and all of the other secondary characters to mold and grow together. “Do something for me?...anything….shut up”…BEST!!! I had to continue to wipe the steam from my kindle screen! The chemistry that developed between them was so familiar and felt so right.
I really enjoyed this debut!! It was an easy, fun read! With minimal angst, I was flying through the pages and finished in one sitting. There was fantastic character development that will lead nicely to the next book. I am SO EXCITED for the next book in this series as well! Great job Piper and congrats on this fiery first book!! I totally recommend this book and give it an easy 4 stars.
About the Author
Schooled is Piper Lawson’s debut novel. Piper loves reading and writing stories about sassy, sexy, smart women and the guys who fall hard for them.
Piper’s main household expenditures include books, shoes, and chocolate, not necessarily in that order. Coffee = life (and she’ll defend it accordingly, especially when cornered). Piper has two business degrees, neither of which she’s leveraged into a fashion label.
Home is Canada plus occasional sunny winter escapes.