March 3, 2015

Sorority of Three by Melissa Brown




SORORITY OF THREE: Freshman 101
by Melissa Brown
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And you thought the hardest part of freshman year was scheduling...

Sunny McCormick is in love with love. She's cute, romantic and convinced her Prince Charming is out there somewhere.

Grace McCarrion has never been in love. She's shy, reserved and her own worst critic.

Claudia Mansour isn't sure she believes in love. She's confident, beautiful and hard to impress.

They've decided to go against the grain and, rather than pledge the Greek system at the University of Illinois, create an unofficial sorority of their own.

This is their story. The ups and downs, the trials and tribulations, the romance and heartbreak.

Welcome to freshman year.




Melissa Brown was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She attended the University of Illinois and is the mother of two fantastic kids. She's an avid reader who enjoys making handmade gifts for her family and friends, as well as baking and painting. Melissa has an unhealthy obsession with pop culture. She speaks fluent movie quotes from the 1980s (John Hughes = genius), reads celebrity gossip magazines and never misses an episode of Scandal. She enjoys writing contemporary romance, romantic suspense and young adult novels.

All of Melissa's books are currently available exclusively through Amazon.com and are part of the Kindle Unlimited Program.




EXCERPT #2:
SUNNY

When we reached my room, we wasted no time at all. Xander closed my door, locking the dead bolt before pulling me in by the waist and kissing my neck.
“You taste good,” he murmured.
I held back a cringe as I couldn’t imagine what I could possibly taste like, knowing I’d been sweating for hours.
“Can I help you out of your costume?” he asked, pulling on the strings of my corset. I nodded and he pulled on the strings again, loosening the fabric from my torso. Once the corset had fallen to the floor, he removed the white blouse and slid my skirt down to my ankles.
“Xan, maybe—” I said, feeling hesitant.
“Are you still, you know?”
“A virgin?” I asked.
“Yeah.”
I nodded.
“Are you sure we can’t take care of that?” His lips tickled the fleshy portion of my ear. I could feel his breath lingering on my skin.
“I’m sure.”
Even drunk, I wasn’t ready to have sex. I didn’t consider myself a late bloomer, but being the romantic person that I was, I wanted, no I needed to wait until I was with someone I truly loved. That was a priority to me. And so, as good as his lips felt against my skin, and as turned on as I was, standing in my bra and underwear in the middle of my dorm room, I was not about to compromise.
“Okay, well, we can still have fun, right?” he asked with a chuckle.
“What’d you have in mind?” I asked, playing hard to get. After dating him for a few months, I knew exactly what he had in mind.
“You know…a little of this, a little of that,” he said, looking at the bed.
“I could probably arrange that,” I said, acting coy.
“Good.” He ran his fingers through my hair, then asked, “Which one is yours,” gesturing to the beds.
Taking his hand in mine, I led him to my bed.
“Lay down,” he said. And I did.
Xander’s hands drifted up my belly as he kissed my belly button, lowering his head little by little, taking his time, making me crazy.
Desire flooded my abdomen. I wanted him, needed him.
“Beg me,” he said.
“What?” I asked, panting, pulling my head from the pillow. “Don’t be a dick.”
Xander flashed me a grin, then said, “I’m just kidding.”
Then he ran his tongue down, down, down until I was thrusting my head back into the pillow, clenching my teeth and enjoying every teasing touch from his eager tongue. Within seconds, I came. And a few seconds after that, I was mortified.
“That was fast,” he said.
“You’re way too proud of yourself,” I said, trying so hard not to show how embarrassed I was.
“I love that I still have that effect on you.” He stroked my inner thighs with his fingertips, still way too proud of what he’d accomplished in less than a minute.
“Whatever.” I laughed, sitting up and running my fingers through my hair. “You’re so cocky.”
Xander gave me a lopsided grin. “With good reason.”
“Will you ever change?”
“Probably not,” he said with a chuckle. After we sat together in silence for a few seconds, he turned serious. “Do you, like, want me to go or something?”
His question surprised me. I couldn’t imagine Xander leaving without being satisfied. He’d taken care of me and was asking nothing in return? Weird.
“No.” I shook my head and pushed my hands into his chest, easing us down to the bed. My hand gripped his zipper.
“Seriously, Sun. It’s okay,” he said. “I know you like to take it slow.” He took my hand from his jeans and pulled me down so my head rested against his chest.
“Oh,” I said. “Are you sure?”
“My balls will never forgive me, but yeah.” His chest vibrated as he chuckled. “I’ve put you through enough, don’t you think?”
I said nothing, knowing that even though my instinct would be to dismiss what he said, I couldn’t do it. He’d hurt me. Like, really hurt me. And I wasn’t ready to let him back in. Besides, who knew if he actually wanted to be let in.
He kissed the top of my head. “’Night.”
Xander snored quietly beside me as I stared up at the ceiling. I was sure he wouldn’t be there when I woke up. He was my weakness, and I had been extremely weak.
I surprised myself, though. As I drifted off to sleep, visions of Sawyer popped into my head, not Xander.
Good Lord, I was in such a bad place. I had one guy in my bed and another lurking in my heart.
Just as I suspected, when I woke the next morning, Xander was gone. Some things never changed.


My 4 Star Review


Sorority of Three follows three best friends through their freshman year of college. The girls met during freshman orientation and struck up an immediate friendship. The girls are all different, but share one thing unconditional love for each other.


We all have a friend like Sunny the girl who can’t wait to fall in love, therefore, is always looking for love. There is nothing wrong with this outlook or this type of personality I have just never been this girl so I couldn’t relate to Sunny as much. I did love how Sunny’s desire to love and be loved showed in all her relationships. Sunny was a great friend and was the glue that held the girls together.


Claudia is definitely someone I was able to relate to in the fact that she put more time, effort and energy into things that produced results. She was more goal oriented and felt like her academics was a better way to spend her time. She knew guys were a dime a dozen and when the time came she could find someone. That is until she finds the person for her. I was much like Claudia until I found the one, then my whole thought processed changed and I became a crazy person I didn’t even recognize anymore. Claudia experiences the same thing when she meets her person.


Grace is the girl my heart just broke for. My heart truly goes out to young girls with a low self-esteem. Don’t get me wrong there was nothing wrong with Grace, but when a person gets these thoughts in their head you can’t change their opinion. A lot of people are their own worse critique and Grace was just that way. She had never really dated since she was unsure of herself and the only way she knew how to talk to guys was to become their friend. I love how Grace’s story unfolded, it was perfect for a girl like her.

The story is told through all of their POV so we are able to see their thoughts, insecurities and feelings as their lives unfold. Throughout the story I was able to relate to all the girls on some level. They are just typical girls experiencing one of the scariest times in their life: moving away from home. A lot of times books glamorize this experience and don’t get me wrong college was some of the best years of my life, but that initial start was scary. Leaving home is scary, making new friends is scary, and trusting yourself to make the right decisions is scary. I love how this book captured all of these experiences in a realistic way.

While I love seeing everyone’s POV and experiences I just think I would have preferred reading their individual stories, as opposed to reading them all at once. I felt like we didn’t get that much depth into their personal lives outside of their friendship since we only saw glimpses of these moments.

The underlining message of this story is that life happens, guys come and go, but friendship is forever. I really enjoyed this first installment and my only hope for next installment is to see more depth from each individual girl.


ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.


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