They even become friends… sort of. But when Sam asks Rikki to model for his sculpting project, they start spending more time together—and he ...more
This story was beyond hatred...
It was beyond friendship...
And surely was beyond love...
This was a really sweet and anticipating story...
Why was that???
This book gave me wrong signs toward the whole story...
Or should i say the right signs who Sam and Rikki thought wrong????
I did confuse you, right??? I'm still very frustrated too over this book...
And that's why my feelings were torned apart in every chapter...
I felt angst (too much angst) and swe ...more
Disclaimer: Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I guess I read this book in the perfect moment, it was unexpected, entertaining and made me feel all the feels.
You know when you have a book you really like, but then you feel is a guilty pleasure and you shouldn’t love it as much? Well, this book is that for me. But I know I shouldn’t be ashamed of anything I like, I am just insecure. (?)
The romance. It was like this romance was my ...more
However, this story is very short and straightforward. It lacks deeper character development or more detailed insight into other characters' life. So overall, Rikki is good but average book with nothing that would make it ...more
Yeah right, please enroll me there right away! Where is it? Near Narnia you say, between Hogwarts and the dystopian Chicago from the Divergent series? Cool, tonight i'll drink to that!
Come on all those proactive things are absolutely amazing and i'm ...more
by Abigail Strom
After reading depressing books one after another, all I wanted to read was a cute and fluffy
contemporary novel and this book was exactly it.
Also from enemies to friends and then to lovers? I can never resist that.
The main characters: Rikki and Sam are always head to head in the top of the class, they're always competing against one another for being the best, They've been 'kind of enemies' since they were 11 years old.
Also, this book beside romance was about love ...more
I must say, I very much enjoyed the younger vibe in this one. Somehow there was more tension and chemistry that way. Really enjoyed it! And Rikki gets bonus points for making me laugh quite a bit :-)
So I did something unthinkable yesterday. I read a book in one day. Something I did not think I would ever do now that I have an infant in the house, but even with the lack of sleep, so I thought it was worth it.
It took one game in Junior High to get Rikki and Sam to hate each other for most of their high school year. Two very motivated, driven teens who love the competition between each other on an intellectual level. Sam has always proven to be a worthy opponent to Rikki and she had never s...more
Boy was I wrong. This was such a fun read and it made me realize why I fell in love with this genre to begin with.
It had just the right amount of fun, steam, and romance as well a ...more
the story is about sam and rikki (duh) and their hate-to-love relationship which spans roughly 5 years of their lives. they're both academically competitive, and seem to have real feelings and interests which didn't make them flat characters... HELL YEAH.
i genuinely liked everything about this story. we had lesbian moms, college hijinks, and som ...more
I actually thought there were many great parts of this book and it proved to be a very quick read - I read this in a matter of a couple of hours, I think. Plus I found some of the interactions and inclusions refreshing to read, which were direct knockdowns of a lot of New Adult stereotypes. Kudos to Abigail Strom for addressing ...more
Rikki and Sam are both top students; they're always battling it out for the top spot. They also hate each other. They cling onto that hat ...more
I remember liking Kate from Abigail Strom's earlier Almost Like Love; a feisty, strong-minded nerd who tamed the not-really-a-bad-boy. Unfortunately, college freshman Rikki from this NA romance left me cold.
Most of the novel is Rikki's endless internal dialogue. At first, Rikki is a promising character, a smart valedictorian with supportive lesbian parents. But it turns out Rikki may be the world's most analytical and timid freshman, internally debating everything but almost always decid ...more
"I still believe love is about shared values and respect and compromise. It’s about forging a connection with another human being that grows deeper and deeper over time. But love is also raw and passionate and irrational and primitive, and if you’re too afraid of that part of yourself it has a way of popping up at the worst possible moments."
Rikki was such a sweet read. I was a bit hesitant during the prologue since it sounded like a very shallow read, but from the proceeding chapters and onw ...more
I received a digital copy of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Abigail Strom!
Let’s start this off with a small confession, yes? I had the most difficult time finding an excerpt in this book to share. And it wasn’t because every scene was quote-worthy or remarkable, but because nothing stood out. Which is similarly how I feel about the story itself. There’s nothing significantly unique about this book that disting ...more
As for the actual story. Both the hero and heroine are the completely studious type of people. They have their hobbies but studies are important to them and I liked the idea of a romance between them.
Sam is qu ...more
**I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
This was definitely not my kind of book but I ended up falling in love with it. It was so, so good! Though I was frustrated for most of the times and there was angst, lots and lots of angst between the characters but I just loved it! It made it more exiting in a kind of way. I started the book with a neutral attitude and I'm so glad I gave this book ...more
Wow, I didn't expect to like it that much. What I really liked about this book was the realtionship between Rikki and Sam. It's not instalove and the feelings develop trough time.
This was cute and endearing and I loved both Rikki and Sam. They’re such sweethearts who were so likable and sensible and goddamn adorable. I lived for their conversations and their relationship was just so 👌🏻.
God, that was such a nice enemies-to-lovers story with a good (but insanely frustrating) slowburn.
3.5 stars 🌟
This is the first book in new series (Hart University) by Abigail Strom where a group, comprised mostly of college freshman, forges new friendships. This book follows Rikki and Sam who have had a love-hate relationship since middle school….they just love to hate each other. They actually thrive off of it. These two give competition a new name. When they end up at the same college the competitive streak is still there but they decide to call a truce and try their hand at ...more
Think what you like about my previous thoughts, they're staying for now, but I don't recommend this book or this series anymore, which is why I deleted the rating. Peace and love my friends, teens are amazing and not cocky.
What a lovely feeling it is when a book makes every cell in your body electric, when it makes you want to scream at the characters and their situation. It is a feeling I've missed. This book is sex positive, anti slutshaming and has relatable charact ...more
I loved that they connected intellectually, that they were each other's first in many ways; it would be great to see their lives a few years into the future. I think when a love blossoms from seven minutes in Heaven in junior high, its bound to last.
It would have been great to get a dual POV but for a coming of age romance, it made sense ...more
Like all writers I'm a reader, too, and that's why I'm on Goodreads. I read everything, but especially roman ...more