ARC Review: Last Will and Testament

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Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler
Format: eARC courtesy of the author. Thank you! 
Rating: 5/5 stars
Part of a series: Yes! It's the first book in the Radleigh University series. 

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.

This review is really hard to write, but not because I didn't like the book. Oh, no. Definitely not. It's hard to write because I'm having trouble forming coherent sentences when all I want to do is squeal about Connor. Okay. *takes deep breath* Let's do this. 

First off, not only is this book well-written, it's well written in a way that felt real. Lizzie and her brothers have all this grief built up inside of them since their parents died, and they didn't just avoid it and everything magically worked out in the end. They figured it out and dealt with it together, though it took some time. 

And then I thought the student-TA thing would be weird but it wasn't. Lizzie and Connor didn't just dive head first into a relationship; they built up a friendship first, instead of just deciding to get together on physical attraction and that made a difference for me. Their relationship made sense. Add in some witty banter and, ahem, fun times, and the two of them were amazing together. 

I really liked both Lizzie and Connor. Lizzie really stepped up for her brothers after her parents died. She worked hard to get her life back together, not just for them but for herself, too, which was really admirable. And Connor. *sighs* Connor is wonderful. He's sweet, smart, and the ultimate history nerd, but he's also incredibly hot and squeal worthy. He's great with Lizzie's brothers and so good with helping Lizzie figure herself out. He speaks Canadian French, too. He's a little bit perfect. I think you'll like him. 

If Lizzie and Connor's story interests you, preorder it on Amazon. It's a good one. You don't want to miss it. :)

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