Series Review: Radleigh University by Dahlia Adler

Today I’m going to do mini reviews for all three books in the Radleigh University series by Dahlia Adler. I blew through them in the span of a few days and loved each for different reasons.

LastWillTestamentLast Will and Testament 

Published by Dahlia Adler on December 9, 2014

Genres: New Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 414 Format: EBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she’s acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she’ll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn’t exactly Lizzie’s biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you’re ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks… and that she’d like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he’s not the kind of guy who’d ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.

Last Will and Testament introduces the reader to Radleigh University and dives straight into Lizzie Brandt’s life. Everything changes in an instant and Lizzie’s struggle to grieve and provide for her siblings made this story so poignant. I could truly connect with her and certain moments in the narrative really struck close to home for me.

While I appreciated the real life aspects of this book, the romance was off the charts. Being a history major myself, falling for a history nerd like Connor was just a given. He’s helpful, kind, and hot as hell. Lizzie and Connor’s difficulties seem extreme at times but it didn’t damper my enjoyment whatsoever.

Last Will and Testament has the perfect mix of emotion, drama, romance, and sex. Even the friendship was excellent and I love that Lizzie, Cait, and Frankie make up the three MCs in the Radleigh University series. It really ties everything together.

rightoffirstrefusalRight of First Refusal

Published by Dahlia Adler on March 15, 2016

Genres: New Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 340 Format: EBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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On the lacrosse field, Cait Johannssen gets what she wants. Off the field is another story. Because what she wants is the school’s hot new basketball student-coach, Lawrence Mason, who also happens to be the guy who broke her heart in sports camp two years earlier.

But it’s Cait’s new roommate who’s got him.

Cait and Mase agree it’s best to keep their past a secret, but she doesn’t expect him to completely ignore their history…or how much it’ll hurt when he does. So when a friend on the basketball team asks her to pose as his girlfriend for a night, Cait can’t turn down the opportunity for distraction. (Okay, and a little spite.) But what starts as an evening of fun turns into a fake relationship with more lies than the usually drama-free Cait can handle, and it’s only keeping her from the one truth that’s nagged at her for years: Why did Mase cut her out of his life to begin with?

And is it really too late to get him back?

Right of First Refusal picks up right as Cait’s drama free life certainly takes a turn into uncharted territory. I really enjoyed how distinctly different this one was yet still had the romance that I craved. I loved discovering Cait and Mase’s past while the two of them were exploring their current predicament. I also really enjoyed Jake’s role in the story.

 Adler also does such a great job of getting the balancing act, that is playing sports in college, right. I was always astonished by anyone who could keep up with it. I loved every single sports aspect in this story though and I don’t read nearly enough sport related books for how much I love them.

Even with a bunch of different tropes the narrative meshes so well together and I could not put it down. The bonds of friendship between Cait, Lizzie, and Frankie are still strong and even though each of them is going through personal changes I love that they still rely on each other.

outongoodbehaviorOut of Good Behavior

Published by Dahlia Adler on June 14, 2016

Genres: New Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 340 Format: EBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Frankie Bellisario knows she can get anyone she sets her sights on, but just because she can doesn’t mean she should—not when the person she’s eyeing is Samara Kazarian, the daughter of a southern Republican senatorial candidate. No matter how badly Frankie wants to test her powers of persuasion, even she recognizes some lines aren’t meant to be crossed.

But when Frankie learns she’s been on Samara’s mind too, the idea of hooking up with her grows too strong to resist. Only Sam’s not looking for a hookup; she wants—needs—the real thing, and she’s afraid she’ll never find it as long as Frankie’s in her head.

Forced to choose between her first relationship and losing the girl who’s been clawing her way under her skin, Frankie opts to try monogamy…under her own condition: 30 days of keeping things on the down low and remaining abstinent. If she fails as hard at girlfriending as she’s afraid she might, she doesn’t want to throw Samara’s life into upheaval for nothing. But when neither the month nor Frankie’s heart go according to plan, she may be the one stuck fighting for the happily ever after she never knew she wanted.

After getting little bits and pieces of Frankie in those first two books, I was dying to read Out on Good Behavior. She’s such a bold, open person when it comes to her sex life and it was such an interesting story to experience how Samara impacted that. It was also really refreshing to see someone come into their sexuality for the first time.

I love that Adler addresses the difficulties of coming out and how terrifying it can be to open up to someone. The realities of how college can be this bubble and how the outside world can crash down around it. I also appreciated the focus on change and how easily it can happen without even knowing it.

Frankie and Samara’s story presents both a beginning and ending but it doesn’t forget their friends along the way. While the Radleigh University series is definitely about romance, it’s always been about friendship too, and Adler carries that through to the end.

Overall the Radleigh University series by Dahlia Adler is an amazing collection of New Adult fiction and I will definitely be recommending it to all my friends. I read them so quickly, laughing and crying along with the ups and downs of Lizzie, Cait, and Frankie. I just love them all so much!

Have you read Last Will and Testament, Right of First Refusal, and Out on Good Behavior? Do you have a favorite protagonist or is it too hard to pick? Let me know in the comments below!


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