Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bad Rep by A. Meredith Walters

Maysie's in a bit of a pickle when she got a credit card bill sent from her parents stating that they are not going to pay the $3,000 debt. Maysie likes to spend money. She likes to shop. And now she has to find a second job along with full time schooling, which she has to take summer classes because she slacked the previous semester.

So she and her roommate Riley decided to apply as a waitress at Bartons, she was thinking of the easy tip money. When she spotted Jordan, the hunky bartender with an eyebrow piercing, a tongue piercing and a tattoo on his back, she was definitely thinking about something besides paying off her debt.

Near closing on her first shift, the tension between Jordan and Maysie was sky high. They couldn't keep their eyes off of each other, and they were definitely more touchy feely than they needed to be when getting the drink order.

However, Maysie's sorority sisters stopped by to get a drink. And one just happened to be talking to Jordan, who she very soon found out was dating someone! For the last 3 years! And who was none other than the president of Maysie's sorority, Olivia.

Now Maysie is extremely mad. Sure, nothing had happened between her and Jordan, but he gave the image that he was single and ready to mingle with Maysie. Thankfully, she didn't hook up with him so it shouldn't be awkward at work, right?

Wrong. The tension is flying off of them and everyone can see it. Everyone, that is except Olivia, who is oblivious to everything going around her unless it has to do with the sorority.

So even though Jordan and Maysie have put a stop to their flirting, it's still awkward. And Jordan seems past the point of caring what is right and wrong, because he kisses Maysie at a sorority party where they were caught by Milla, Olivia's best friend.

Now, Maysie is the harlot of campus. Everyone knows about her and Jordan "hooking up" and calls her a lot of nasty names. After awhile, she's able to ignore it and be with Jordan, but things get too out of control and her sorority sisters are pulling horrible prank after prank, assaulting Maysie.

Maysie can't handle it anymore. She really likes Jordan and they are great together, but the rumors that are spreading around campus are too much for Maysie.

Can she get past what everyone is saying, or will she keep running away from Jordan to try and save her reputation? How can they possibly be together when the whole school is against them? Read Bad Rep by A. Meredith Walters to find out!

My Thoughts/Reflections
Wow. This was an eBook that I just had to buy, and I couldn't put my Kindle down until I finished the novel. I think I've found my new favorite genre, and that is New Adult, which means that it's a little bit more mature and graphic than a YA novel but not too racy like an adult novel. Mainly, New Adult (NA) novels are set in college and are about characters who are starting to grow up, but still do things that are immature.

Okay, so the book. I loved it when Maysie and Jordan were together, and even when they weren't but were in the same room together, because I could feel the attraction through the pages.

But there is a bad part to this novel. I HATED the sections where Maysie ran away from Jordan and cried, sobbed, moped in her room, only to do it all over again. It drove me crazy. She couldn't make up her mind and let everyone else rule what she should do rather than what she wanted to do.

Letting other control your life is never a smart decision because it basically means the person isn't happy with what they are doing, and Maysie was definitely not happy throughout a lot of this book because she wasn't with Jordan.

Okay, besides my ranting, I really did like this novel. The waitressing part made me think of the old days when I used to waitress, and I really dug that Jordan was in a band and in a fraternity - such a contradiction! I would love to read this novel through Jordan's viewpoint because I might actually like most of the novel. He was always chasing Maysie rather than running away, until he got to the point where he couldn't take the rejection anymore.

I see that Walters is going to be writing a companion book to this one, only about Riley and Garret - a band mate of Jordan's. This book I will not miss because Riley is spunky, rude, sassy, and takes crap from nobody. She is my kind of leading woman!

So, for older readers who want to read about college years and being slighted by society, this would be a good book for you to pick up!

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