Ever since junior high and an ill-fated game of seven minutes in heaven, Rikki Eisendrath and Sam Payne have hated each others’ guts. But when they end up at the same college—and the same dorm—they figure it’s time to declare a truce.
They even become friends… sort of. But when Sam asks Rikki to model for his sculpting project, they start spending more time together—and her feelings for him get more complicated.
She tries to focus on the guy she’s been crushing on instead. But Sam’s the one she can’t stop thinking about, even though their arguments are starting to heat up as much as the chemistry between them.
With antagonism and attraction this intense, there’s bound to be an explosion. But when the dust settles, will Sam and Rikki be enemies, friends… or something more?
Pub Date: September 22nd 2015
I received an eArc from the author through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I started to read Rikki while I was waiting to board my plane from Barcelona to Paris, and finished it within the first couple of hours of my plane ride from Paris to Seoul – mind you, I didn’t read on the first plane, nor while in CDG airport – I was about to collapse from sleep deprivation at that point. Somehow, even though I was super tired, and the lights from the cabin were super dimmed, I was so immersed in this book that I used the tv screen from the seat in front of me as a light provider in order to finish it…
At first I was having a bit of a problem getting into the narrative, mostly due to the writing style, but once I got used to that, the novel flowed quite well, easy and fast.
I really liked the inclusion of so much diversity within this book, and I liked especially the lack of sexual-shaming and the sex-positive view that it tries to convey.
Moving on, Rikki and Sam, …, they were still in highschool and I just wanted to slam their heads together because it was so clear that Sam liked her since they were 13. I mean, poor guy, really… I loved their relationship development, how slow it was, how they became friends despite all their animosity at first, until she finally realised her feelings for him. Once again, his were clear as day, except for her, obviously.
I really liked their scenes together, and once she began posing for him and sleeping in his room, it got even better. I did have a couple of problems with a couple of things, one is by him (months earlier) and it’s just weird, and then I have a problem with her reaction (if you’ve read it you know her reaction to what…). I could easily ignore her behaviour at the art studio, though I didn’t quite understood all her anger, and I definitely understood why he did what he did, when he thought he had no chance with her. But for such a smart couple of people, they sure were a bit dumb about each other…
I was glad about how it ended, though I didn’t think the rose petals were all that necessary… I’m very curious about the next books, and I’m sure I’ll keep reading this series.
Rating: 3.6 Stars
51 thoughts on “Rikki (Hart University #1) (Abigail Strom)”
I think I want to check this out too 😀
It was a nice read, super funny moments.
I like books like that! They may not be literary masterpieces but every now and then they are fun to read in between other books.
It was kind of perfect for the plane ride…
That’s great! 😀
I sold some stuff at a flee market yesterday and now I have enough money to buy one book for this month. I am so torn as to what I should pick … I kind of want to buy the Lock & Mori book, but it’s a hardcover. The Splintered trilogy is also in the running … so is The Rest of Us Just Live Here and Zeroes … I don’t know what to do!!
You’ve been meaning to get ThecRest of US just live here… Zeroes is getting good reviews as well. Lock & mori? I don’t know which one that is…
Lock & Mori is about a modern day Sherlock and Moriarty (who’s a girl) who go to school together. Goodreads synopsis: “In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.
Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more…
FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.
FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.
FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.
FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule—they must share every clue with each other—Mori is keeping secrets.
OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.”
That sounds interesting 🙂
I think so too! That’s why I am so torn. I’ll have to see how much money I can actually spend and how much I’ll put into my savings account. (It’s not like we made a fortune ..)
You should really give netgalley a shot, then u would always have some new books…
But how would I read them? Aren’t they eBooks?
Yep, u could read them on the pc
If I spend any more time on the PC, my head is going to explode lol. I’ll take it into consideration but I don’t like reading on here very much.
I understand that, that’s why i bought my Kindle =\
If I do go abroad and money allows it, I think I will finally get one too. It’s easier than travelling with a suitcase full of books hahaha
It really is!!! Any news?
Nope, they pushed the deadline until today. However, I do have my interview for the Vienna Comic Con on Tuesday. Fingers crossed that that works out 😀
I hope it does! 😀
Thank you 😀 Me too!
Is it still raining in Seoul?
Not now. It’s 10 PM though…
Oh, then the not-raining is not of much use. Did you have some fun in the last couple of days though?
Today yes 😉 i still haven’t seen a lot of the city, but i plan to change that tomorrow. We do have a language problem, they don’t speak any english
No English!? I imagine that being VERY difficult! Still, I hope you have fun and enjoy yourself ;D that is the most important part anyway. You can always communicate with hands and feet hahaha
Order food is so hard!!! Lol
OMG! YES! I remember that from France … it’s difficult if you have no idea what it’s saying on the menu …
We can’t even read it. Lol
You must be really resourceful if you aren’t at the brink of starving yet. I thought every place that had tourists at least had English as a backup language…
they are not a touristic place at all. Some places have pictures or the plate in our alphabet, and that’s manageable, others do not. Still, so far, we had a lot of group events, so everything is fine. Yesterday we had a typical korean diner and I ate jellyfish… not very happy about that!
I love to try new food, but jellyfish? Was it weird? Was it all gooey and weird texture?
GOD YES! I had no choice but to try it, I had 3 of the hosts in front of me putting the food on my plate, so I had to buckle up and stuff it in my mouth. The taste was ok, the consistency though… not my thing!
I get that. I have that issue with mushrooms. It’s not the taste that’s bothering me, but rather the chewiness. Well, now you know what you won’t order if you ever have to by yourself 😉
i would never… lol, i’m ok with mushrooms, but jelly-type-things that are not desserts?! No thank you
I completely understand 🙂
the worst though was a very thick piece of sashimi… i like sashimi, but it has to be really thin and this was not!
that meal does not sound like a pleasant experience at all …
lol! 30 courses! more or less… a lot of food, and no way to so no without being indelicate, you know?
That is tricky! Sometimes having to stick to etiquette and being polite sucks.
it is!! 😀 but i didn’t suffer as much as most people. I enjoyed the different stuff, my mom was almost in physical pain (LOL)
Oh nooo! Your poor mom! Trying different things can be so much fun and just a great thing to do, but when there is something you absolutely don’t like, uuuh, that can be so weird.
she just thinks before hand that she won’t enjoy something, like, “oh, I don’t like japanese food because I don’t like sushi” kind of thing
Oh, well that’s not really the right mindset. You have to be open to it in order to enjoy it, otherwise you build up this wall inside you and there is no way you’ll like it lol I do that sometimes to, so I definitely speak from experience.
I agree with you in all of that things that you had problems. Let’s just say that is everything that was on my mind when I warned you about some stupid things :P. But I still want to read the next book and know more about Claire (but can the author avoid stupid scenes that make me cringe, please?)
I hope no more clothes stealing… And other stuff 😉
I hope not. That was a little bit creepy
I don’t know if I would date someone who did that but I still wanted him and Rikki together XD
Obviously! He was dreamy even with that