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The Dean's List

(The Dean's List #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  998 ratings  ·  152 reviews
When does being naturally sexy become your best attribute?

Twenty-five-year-old honors student, River Roberts, knew her life had to change. With only forty dollars to her name, she was hungry, tired, and out of options. While seeking advice from her best friend Jade, she found something that could provide all she was looking for. Sexy, charming and motivated, she met the re

Kindle Edition, 341 pages
Published September 1st 2015 (first published August 4th 2015)
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Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to say it's taken me months to read this book, it's not the books fault I want to make that clear and I'll explain why at the end.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book and I suspect a lot of people might not because basically it's about prostitution, it's dressed up but there's no hiding it, not that it makes any effort to do so.
River is struggling financially she's working and studying and falling further and further behind it's got to the point where she needs to decide if she sho
Bloggers From Down Under
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**arc received for honest review**

You have nothing

You’re scrapping through

You have a shitty job

You’re studying

You’re trying to pay your student loans

River young trying to make something of herself, yours studying hard and working part time for a shitty wage just to get through school. Your parents hate you, you’re the pastors daughter who they think is a whore. But now you become what they say, what they hate what they don’t believe in, you become the whore, the escort, someone who sells there b
FMR Book Grind
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

River is a full time student and she is flat broke. Her besties introduces her to a life that goes well beyond her imagination. Her eyes are opened to a world she never knew existed and a lot of questions she had in the back of her mind about her friend are answered.

Jonathan is a widow and extremely wealthy. When he and River meet, lines will be drawn, they will be crossed and there will be no going back. They find themselves considering if breaking the rules is worth it t
Rebecca Austin
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! This was a great book that dived right into the world high class "companions" based upon your university education!

River Roberts has hit rock bottom and has no idea how she can afford anything else to go wrong. She can barely keep up with her rent and tuition costs working at the coffee shop. In walks her best friend Jade who tells her about her current job based out of the university, called The Dean's List, where she can earn in one night more than River makes in a week. Jade tells her t
Pamela Cunningham
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**ARC received for an honest review**

Wow...just, Holy WOW.

I will admit, when I received the ARC of this book, I did not read the synopsis, I had no idea what the book was about or if it was even something I would normally read. Boy was I happily surprised!!

The premise of this book was fantastic, my initial thought when hearing the title and seeing the cover was "college student chases professor" or vice versa. That is NOT what this book is!

It is a story about a girl, River, who has hit financia
Corrine Pickering
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*** Reviewed for Hooked on Books ***

The Dean's List - Kelly Collins 4.5 stars

Wow, this wasn't what I was expecting at all ! This was quite a unique story and so different from the norm. I really enjoyed reading River's story and her journey through her strange situations.

Without giving too much away .... River is living on the breadline and to continue through college needs a lifeline fast, her best friend admits her hidden secret and convinces River to apply for a 'hospitality' job!! Things are
Michelle Cage
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ok so this is a new author for me and I started the book a couple of hours ago and I devored it in one sitting. Wow this was completely not what I was expecting. We have a 25 year old graduate student trying to make it on her own, but not doing very well at it, when her best friend tells her about a job with "The Dean's List". It is basically an escort service that caters to the elite that have graduated from the university that she attends, under the disguse of a mentoring program. Through this ...more
Hooked On Books
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Wow, this wasn't what I was expecting at all ! This was quite a unique story and so different from the norm. I really enjoyed reading River's story and her journey through her strange situations.

Without giving too much away .... River is living on the breadline and to continue through college needs a lifeline fast, her best friend admits her hidden secret and convinces River to apply for a 'hospitality' job!! Things are not always as they seem, River soon learns that every situation is
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure there are enough words to express what I thought about The Dean's List. It was by far one of the most interesting and fascinating stories I've had the pleasure of reading. It was different from most books that are currently out, the ones with the nearly identical plots that aren't hard to figure out. I loved how I wasn't able to easily figure out how River's story was going to end, I even thought that maybe she'd never get her happy ending. But life has a funny way of working out. W ...more
Sarah Reads "Reading in Sarah's Corner"
4.5 Hearts

This is the first book I have read by Author Kelly Collins and it most certainly will not be my last. I loved her descriptive writing style. She pulls her readers into the story from start to finish.

I will be honest, I was not exactly sure what to expect when I started reading this story, and I loved that what I thought I would be reading was far from the truth. This story is about a young woman struggling in graduate school and not so sure how she is ever going to survive. She decide
Tiffany Willams
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing

"I was plunging into water I'd never tested before. I'd never been ths nervous in my life."

One word...WOWZA!

I was intrigued right from the start! The synopsis drew me in immediately.

I had to know more about this Dean's List!

River was a struggling college student with an awful job and student loans out the wazoo. Her parents might just be some of the most emotionally and verbally abusive people ever. She needs a savior- a break. With the help of her best friend, Jade, she enrolls in this little
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I don’t remember how I got the ARC, if I had signed up for it I just know it was in my email one day. I read the synopsis and thought this can be an interesting book but probably something I’ve already read. I started reading it with the expectation I would figure out the entire plot before the end. Let me say this book is a surprise out of left field…and in a good way. It’s phenomenal. I started it late on a Sunday night which meant I was up past my bedtime on a work night to get through the fi ...more
Le Ann Foster
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of this book from the author to beta read**

I gave this book 5 stars!!

I was hooked from the first word to the last. I couldn't put it down and when I did I would hurry with whatever I had to do and get back to it. I even think I carried it to the bathroom because it seems like I was always in a good part!!! The characters and the emotions that comes out makes you think that this is going on in real life for all I know it does! I can honestly say that Ill never look at The Dean
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

If you’re trying to scare me, you’re failing. You don’t have the fear factor. You wear Hello Kitty pajamas and drink caramel lattes for God’s sake. Who could be afraid of someone who likes cats and caramel?

A person would have to be a masochist to enjoy that spa day. The only consolation was it was supposed to get easier every time. The waxer was bold enough to say that sometimes the hair was so scared it didn’t grow back.

I’d have to separate my brain from my penis flytrap if I we
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I received a copy of The Dean's List for a blog tour and my honest review.

This is my first Kelly Collins book, so I didn't know what to expect as to her writing style and character development... I needn't have feared. It was GREAT!
I loved the characters and the storyline. And of course, I'm a sucker for a I have to include...

~"It took me as long as it took to see your picture. Your smile did it for me. I wanted the girl whose eyes laughed along with her body. I wanted you."

River is a
DJ Sakata
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes:

If you’re trying to scare me, you’re failing. You don’t have the fear factor. You wear Hello Kitty pajamas and drink caramel lattes for God’s sake. Who could be afraid of someone who likes cats and caramel?

A person would have to be a masochist to enjoy that spa day. The only consolation was it was supposed to get easier every time. The waxer was bold enough to say that sometimes the hair was so scared it didn’t grow back.

I’d have to separate my brain from my penis flytrap if I we
Dana Busenbark
Have you ever thought about the things that people in college go through in order to just pay for food, transportation, student loans, tuition, books, etc.? This book is a classic example of the extraordinary lengths that some people will go to, both men and women. This is not your classic, contemporary romance story. This one is filled with heartache, abuse, intrigue, secrets, lies, friendships, failures, loss of love, misunderstndings, and of course finding love. This was one of those books th ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Dean’s list was my first introduction to author Kelly Collins. I was incredibly impressed with her writing. I will definitely be reading the rest of her work.

This book is phenomenal! It is a wonderful combination of witty, emotional and steaming hot! There are many books that I enjoy, but there are few that I cannot put down. I could not put down this book; getting zero sleep until I finished.

River Roberts is the typical college student. She’s working hard trying to balance school and work.
Nikki Reeves
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Kelly and I really loved it. I am in love with the older man younger woman type thing anyway. So of course this book is perfect for it. River is just looking to make it through college and pay her bills. She works at a coffee shop now but is barely making it. Her best friend Jade introduces her to a whole new world called The Dean’s List. It’s a very private group that only a select few know about. River can finish up college and have someone help her out … just in retu ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it
A revamp of Pretty Women.

River is a college student just trying to get by. Her parents do not think an education is necessary for a women. As a result she works at a coffee house with "themes". But the economy is in shambles and now she can't afford to but food and take the bus to work. So when her best friend offers her a new job, where she would be paired off with "mentors". River is now part of the concierge portion of The Dean's List.

Jonathan has been part of the dean's list for the pass 3 y
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do you know what?
I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

The subject of the book, although in some senses similar to books I've read before, had a whole new twist to it. It's kind of on its own playing field.
In some senses it could be a bit of a taboo topic, "hospitality", age gaps in the relationships.
I love River. She is one of the best female characters I have come across in a while. Her attitude, loyalty, confidence, temperament...everything about her screams out to you to adore her!
Amanda at WickedGoodReads
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was super stoked to receive an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't sure what to expect at first. Young woman, deep in debt, turns to something akin to prostitution in order to get ahead in her chosen career plus be debt free? When we meet River she's working as a bikini barista making crap tips and neck deep in debt. Her friend introduces her to "the Deans List" and she meets several men during her short time with the "company". One in particular captures her heart and ...more
Kim Williams
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Kelly Collins is new to me, I have never read anything from her. I can promise it will NOT be the last time I read one of her books. River is broke, like the kind of broke where you don't know how you are going to eat. She is in College and she is struggling pretty hard, until her friend Jade let's her in on a secret that could change her life, but will it change for the better or will she just be left a shell of her old self, Jonathan is a successful business man with a tragic past. He doesn't ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was not expecting this storyline when I read the synopsis but I surely was not disappointed. River adventure with Jonathan, Ben, and Paul was enlightening. They were her mentors in every sense of the word. I do however think the friendship in which they showed her was what gave her back the strength she needed.

Most of all I admired River growth and way Mr. Broom was there to sweep away the hurt, doubt, and negativity. It was only when his past came into play that he let her, me, and everyone e
Chianti Summers
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Received an ARC for an honest review! The Dean's List is full of emotions. You have secrets, misunderstandings, love and heartbreak. If you can name an emotion then it is probably there. River is a young woman that has fallen on hard times. When you are a college student you do what you need to do to make ends meet. River's character is full of love. Johnathan is sexy, wealthy, charming and beside himself after losing who he thought was the love of his life. River and Johnathan have a connection ...more
wendy Shelton(obsessedbybooks)
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
* * ARC given on behalf of obsessed by books for an honest review * *
River is barely surviving, with her options being slim to done, river had to make a decision, that decision would change her life. The dean's list it's not what you think, but to be apart of it makes life easier or at least it did for river til the reality of it sinks in. The dean's list is an elite University group of alumni who get anything they desire, Jonathan was apart of that group seeking companion ship after the death
Samm Lynn
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Kelly Collins book and I have since purchased several more, joined her mailing list (to get Paul's story), and pre-ordered Honor Roll (which is Luca's story).

The story is good and I read it in one sitting. The main characters are given backgrounds and circumstances that fill out the story and help you really want to see these two get their HEA. I like the fact that the secondary characters weren't just names in the book and that they were fleshed out enough to be truly likable
Keeana Bookalicious Babes Blog
This book was sexy,emotional,edgy, I loved every moment of it this book just wow!! I could not get enough of this story!

River, My heart went out to her she hasn't had it easy she was so sweet, caring, passionate , you just clicked with her character and her connection with Jonathan was so fiery!!

Jonathan I couldn’t get enough of this man so sexy, intriguing, intense his character development was very well written and him and Rivers, connection was wow so hot and undeniable.

This is A must read AR
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I downloaded this as a freebie. I don't always expect much from a free read but I did enjoy this one. Considering the synopsis, I expected it to be an erotic read but the sex scenes are actually quite tame. It was a predictable read and I did find River and Jonathan's connection a bit too instant but I still enjoyed reading this. I'm glad to see there are two further books about Paul one of River's Mentors and Luca one of her Dean's List colleagues and look forward to reading those. I liked the ...more
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International bestselling author of over 30 novels, Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she blends real-life events with her vivid imagination to create characters and stories that lovers of contemporary romance, new adult, and romantic suspense will return to again and again.

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