From the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Addison Moore
New Adult *Intended for mature audiences.
Baya Brighton is looking forward to her first year at Whitney Briggs University, new friends, dorm life, and finally being close to her brother again. Love is the last thing on the list, but when Baya meets her brother’s roommate she begins to have thoughts and feelings that make even her blush.
Bryson Edwards has a secret he prefers buried in the past and long forgotten. He prefers loose girls, fast cars, and long nights working at the string of bars his family owns. When his roommate’s sister shows up on the scene, she’s far too innocent and sweet for him but he can’t shake Baya out of his mind and worse, it looks like she’s seeping into his heart as well.
Baya seems determined to show her brother she’s not a little kid and equally determined to use Bryson’s body to prove her point. It’s been made pretty clear that Baya is off limits to Bryson but their undeniable sparks explode into a whole lot more than just a few 3:AM KISSES.
“My what a long penis you have.
--the better to spear you with.” LOL! Baya you’re such a hoot!
-Dark brunette hair; lime green eyes; has a buxom chest.
-Raised by her mother and older brother after father’s death.
-Very innocent, sheltered, and forthright.
-And also a virgin.
-Caramel hair; pale grey eyes; ripped, tanned, tattooed.
-Ex-manwhore of Whitney Briggs University (aside from Cole Brighton, bestie and Baya’s older brother).
-King of one liners.
-Has a secret that makes him feel tainted and unworthy for wholesome Baya.
- Fast, easy read with a likable female character that you can’t help but laugh at her witty, sarcastic comments, and reactions.
(Bryson): “So you’re a freshman?” He opens the door to the building with his back and nods me in first.
(Baya) “What gave it away? My ‘How to Survive Your First Year at University’ handbook for dummies or my perky peach nipples?”
-No substance and real plot at all.
-Most of the characters (with the exception of Baya) seriously lack in personality and are very narrow minded.
-The pacing of the story is also very blah. It’s not too fast or too slow but more so just “on a straight line” if you know what I mean.
-Cheesy and unrealistic. What I mean by this is, is that not only did I find Baya and Bryson obnoxiously corny at times, I also found their “love” rushed and quixotic. How can two people who barely know each other fall passionately in love with each other in a such a short span of time? I just don't get it. There was absolutely no build up toward their relationship that can vouch for their deep, everlasting love that this book was trying to convince us readers that they have.
-And lastly, Bryson’s painful secret. Why does one of the heroine’s in stories always have to be hiding something? So cliche and overused in stories!
“I’ve hung out in the dark for so long, I’ve forgotten what it really feels like to live, too soar with the promise of something wonderful on the horizon. Baya just might be the light at the end of this long, hellish tunnel.”
SO, OVER ALL:
Just an okay read that you really only read once. While I had hoped this book would appeal to me, I kept finding myself thinking, “things like this only happen in the movies or storybooks” because of the improbable dialogue and situations that these characters find themselves in. So unlike real life.
I’m not saying it’s a bad book because it’s not. It just lacks content quality and practicality is all.
I'm just hoping the novella coming in November,“Winter Kisses,” which stars Baya’s friend, Laney, will be a cute, fun, read that will expand on Laney's character since I couldn't divulge much about her from "3:AM Kisses."
I’m also secretly crossing my fingers and praying, that:
1)the next novel after the novella will be Cole and Roxy (Baya’s friend) story as a couple
2) and perhaps Holt's (Bryson's brother) story will take place after?! Pretty please?!? I'm already smitten with him! ;)
As for later installments following those, I’m open to other characters.
Until then, I'll conclude my review here. Despite my criticisms, I did actually like this story in my own way and hope the rest of you will too!! Happy reading everyone!
-Overall : 7
-Plot : 7
-Writing : 7
-Characters : 7.5
-Cover : 8.5
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