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Series: Ritter University #6
Publisher: Inked Publishing on April 4, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Parker Breckinridge is a sophomore in college and already running her own internet cosmetics business. She doesn’t apologize for her successes—or anything else. She’s worked hard to get what where she is. She’s had to. It’s not like there was anything else in her life, despite her rich family.
Cade Adler doesn’t do relationships—especially relationships with uptight princesses. Been there. Done that. Destroyed the T-shirt. Besides, what with working full-time as a police officer and going to school, who has time for women? Not him.
With his tattoos and overall attitude, Cade is exactly what Parker doesn’t need. And between her father’s money and her piss-poor attitude, Parker is exactly what Cade doesn’t need.
So why is it they can’t stay apart?
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
The Makeup Test by Vanessa M. Knight
Judging Covers: Obviously, it wasn’t the cover that made me pick of this book. It’s not what I would call a bad cover. The font isn’t generic, and it’s got a decent stock photo. But my reaction when I saw it? I assumed it was made using some free, online product that’ll let you slap together a book cover in about two minutes. Nothing about it really says college aside from the series title, and if I hadn’t run out of requested tour books to review and needed to fill some additional days, I would never have noticed this book, much less read it. In fact, the cover is why it sat on my Kindle for days and days while I read several other books first; it just didn’t call out to me as something fun and exciting. And that’s a shame, because now that I made myself pick up just so I could get this review written in time, I actually liked it enough to grab the other books in the series. So I guess this one’s a true example of not judging a book by its cover. The story is so much better than what’s on the front.
The Verdict: When I came across this book on tour, there was nothing to indicate it was part of a series, so I didn’t know I’d be starting at the end. Fortunately, the rest of the series was available on Kindle Unlimited, so I was able to grab them all and get to reading in the right order. I’m just one of those people who hates reading books out of order and is disappointed when I later realize I missed details that would have made sense to anyone reading from the very beginning. That said, The Makeup Test by Vanessa M. Knight actually does well enough as a standalone.
If you’ve read the previous books in the Ritter University series, you know that Parker isn’t exactly Miss Congeniality. She’s more than a little bit assertive, easily running over those that won’t stand up to her strong personality, but we’ve also gotten glimpses along the way of someone who’s more than her first impression implies. Now trying to wrap up the last of the makeup orders — makeup she’s been preparing in her dorm room — chaos erupts when she’s arrested, accused of making drugs instead. The cute cop responsible for cuffing her, though, isn’t so sure she’s an aspiring drug queen, and after all the evidence is collected, he doesn’t waste any time in asking her out.
Parker and Cade are your classic opposites who attract. He’s more blue collar to her brand name, but with their shared sense of humor and mutual attraction, a little thing like social status isn’t going to keep them apart. As can only be expected, Parker’s parents aren’t quite so understanding, and they’re soon working to keep Parker in line and mostly away from Cade. Like that’s really gonna work!
The Makeup Test certainly has its moments of hilarity, and that carries readers more easily through those moments when it seems that everything’s impossible for the couple. But through it all, both Parker and Cade experience some personal growth, figure out what’s really important in life, and are able to make the choices that best work for them — in spite of all that gets in the way and all Parker’s family is doing to keep them apart.
The Makeup Test is a short read at less than 200 pages, and at times, I wished there was a little more to it, so the storytelling could slow down just a little. But for a novella, it’s definitely one of the better ones, with lots of focus on the main couple instead of unnecessary details and background. If you’re looking for short, sweet, and lots of fun, this book is definitely a winner.
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