- The Academy by Quinn Anderson
The Academy by Quinn AndersonHot
Nick Steele just wants a normal life, cliché or not. He had one once, back in Chicago. Before his father died and he took a year off from college to grieve. Now, he’s starting fresh at a prestigious—but tiny—Catholic university. Adjusting to small-town life will be a challenge, along with making friends and keeping his scholarship. All he wants to do is blend in, get his diploma, and go back home.
But Sebastian Prinsen—campus heartthrob and a notorious player—has other plans. He notices Nick right away and makes a bet with his two best friends: Who can kiss the new kid first? Nick seems immune to Sebastian’s charms, and yet genuine chemistry sparks between them. Even worse, real feelings do too. Sebastian falls more and more every time Nick blows him off, but if he comes clean about the bet, Nick will hate him forever.
The last thing Nick wants is to fall in love while he’s still grieving, but Sebastian feels like home to him. Nick wants that so badly he may ignore the warning signs and risk his fragile heart once more.
Author Note: The Academy, is a complete rewrite of my first novel, In Excess, which is out of print. Like, I gutted it. The plot is similar in places, but I feel confident saying it's a different book.
So, while it may look like there were more Cons than Pros to this story, I had to sit and think about how it all came together, when I sat down to write this review. To decide that, there are a few important questions I needed to ask myself:
Did I ever think about stopping and not finishing?
Did I laugh-out-loud, cry, or feel anxious for the characters at any point?
Was the story believable?
“We're having our second conversation about a boy we've never met, whom we're supposed to kiss before our best friend can, all to win a battered plastic trophy with a decapitated doll glued to it. 'Odd' doesn't live in the same state as this.”
“When I first looked at you, I saw Chicago. I saw home.”