Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she’s played it “safe” quite enough, thank you. So she creates a “College Bucket List”?with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex…
But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.
Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla’s transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he’s not careful, he’ll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7…
A copy of this book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
After being subjected to a failed setup, Lyla’s had enough of being seen as the ‘fugly’ nerd. Feeling that the time has come for an aesthetic overhaul, Lyla decides that she needs to ditch the frumpy layers and formulates a plan on how to make it through the rest of the college year while stepping out of her comfort zone and having fun.
Enter Beck…best friend and ladies’ man extraordinaire. He knows what guys look for in their latest catch so he seems the perfect tutor.
Though Beck thinks Lyla is perfect the way she is, he agrees to help Lyla draw up a college bucket list. First on the list: makeover. Beck finds himself trawling the shops with Lyla to help her pick out her new look. Hitting the mall isn’t really Beck’s style, but Lyla insists she needs him, and he’ll do anything to put a smile on his nerdy best friends face.
As Lyla’s transformation begins, though Beck still prefers the old Lyla, the new hot Lyla has fuelled a spark he didn’t know he carried for her. As the two work to scratch off the items on Lyla’s college bucket list, Beck feels the innate need to protect his friend from crass college guys and as time goes on, he finds it harder and harder to resist falling for her.
Becks protective side sparks a whole new side of him that Lyla hadn’t realized was there and as the two spend more and more time together, Lyla’s feelings develop into something more than friendship.
I absolutely adored Lyla—she’s a real nerd, full of heart and a total sweetheart. I found her uncomfortable rambling when faced with a hot guy really funny, especially her tendency to talk about her cat. She feels inadequate, always doing what she’s been told to by her mother—covering up what God gave her with layer upon layer of bright colors. She’s perfectly imperfect and her sometimes hilarious confusion over her feelings for Beck drew some face palming from me.
I knew better than to get the flutters over Beck Davenport. The guy had longer relationships with cereal boxes than girls.
Beck—oh myyyyy, where do I begin?! He’s hot as hell, sweet as sugar and his protectiveness for Layla had me drooling. Beck’s pretty closed off about his personal life. Tragedy has left him questioning if love even exists and if it does, he’s not sure it’s worth it. Yet he finds himself opening up to Lyla, divulging parts of his past that he’s never told anyone about. Being with Lyla is easy—she’s his friend, after all, but even as Beck falls deeper for her, the screaming alarm to run like the wind that he usually gets with other girls, never goes off.
But Beck doesn’t want a long term relationship, however, when he spots the last item on Lyla’s bucket list: have mind blowing sex, he can’t stand the thought of it being with anyone other than him. As Beck gives into his desires, he finds himself heading into unfamiliar territory.
As I peered into her eyes, at the green and brown battling it out for control, I found myself wanting to take the next step with Lyla. If I did believe in relationships and love, Lyla would be the perfect girlfriend. Being with her like this made me want to take a risk.
But more revelations from Beck’s family only serves to strengthen his negative opinions on love, relationships and everything in between, causing me moments where I wanted to fling my kindle across the room.
Through everything that these two adorable characters go through, I found myself really rooting for them. The chemistry between them is written so well that I could practically feel it zinging through my fingers as I held my kindle in my hand. My heart flipped, skipped and broke as Lyla and Beck became closer and kudos to Beck—he already found Lyla perfect the way she was.
Leading the way in the New Adult genre, Entangled Embrace has done it again. This superb book zings with chemistry, sweet heat, and a clever and witty story line. The Dual POV allows the reader an insight into both characters thoughts and feelings and is just another reason why I know that my insatiable appetite for the New Adult genre will be satisfied at least for a little while when I pick up one of these books.
Light, easy and fun, a well deserving 5/5.