Title: Campus Crush Series
Author: Ashelyn Drake
Release date: 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Romancing The R.A.
Noelle Buckman is looking forward to making a fresh start in college, one that doesn’t involve immature high school boys. The second she steps on campus for freshman orientation, she can sense the possibilities. Especially when she spots Andy, a residentadvisor who’s not just hot but also thoughtful enough to open doors for a girl.
And Andy has his eye on Noelle. Even when her nerves take control and she thinks she comes off as a hillbilly with no direction, Andy can see what she’s really like and he’s more than a little interested.
But orientation is less than two full days and there’s an entire summer between Noelle and Andy. Will her attempt to romance the R.A. be as short-lived as college orientation?
Behind Closed Doors:
Julia Monroe is through wishing she had an older guy like her best friend Noelle does.
It’s time for her to act on her desires. So when she sees sexy, twenty-three-year-old Darren McEntire eating dinner alone at the pub, she decides to make her move. The attraction between them is undeniable, and even through Julia isn’t looking for a one- night stand, she winds up back at Darren’s place the same night she meets him. Only being with him makes her realize what she’s been missing dating other guys. All she wants is Darren.
But Julia allows Darren to think she’s his age and a grad student at the nearby college.
She knows she has to confess the truth, but she’s afraid to shatter what they have. Not knowing what to do, she starts the semester only to discover that her new teaching assistant is none other than Darren. With the lies out in the open and campus policy against them, Julia and Darren know the relationship should be over before it even begins. But the chemistry between them is too strong to deny.
Can they find a way to be together or are they doomed to only see each other behind closed doors?
Rushing Into Love:
As a college junior, Mindy Stanton has no interest in dating a freshman.
That is until Ben Whitmore shows up and serenades his way into her heart at the dorm social she’s running. And after hearing him sing, even Mindy can’t deny that he has a deep, sexy voice that makes her melt.
Even though Mindy makes it clear that she doesn’t date younger guys, Ben pursues her anyway. After all, he doesn’t seem like the typical college freshman, who is only interested in hooking up, partying until he can’t remember his name, or joining a frat.
He’s a gentleman, a romantic, and definitely knows all the right things to say to sweep a girl off her feet.
So Mindy drops her guard. She allows herself to fall for him. Before she knows it, Ben is all she can think about. To her, he’s perfect.
But it doesn’t take Mindy long to discover that even the most perfect guys…
Rushing Into Love Excerpt
The music starts, and immediately I’m drawn to Ben’s voice. It’s low and…well, sexy. Goose bumps pop up on my arms, and I rub them, pretending to be cold instead of awestruck by Ben’s performance. I turn toward Ben as he sings the song without looking at the video prompter.
“He’s not bad,” Mike says.
“Not at all.” Suddenly, I’m not sure if I’m talking about his singing or the rest of him. He’s pretty tall, not quite six foot, but I’d guess five eleven. His short brown hair is the perfect length to run your fingers through, and his eyes are a deep brown. If he wasn’t younger than I am, I’d say he was exactly my type.
Mike leans closer to my ear. “Looks like you have an admirer.”
Ben’s eyes are locked on me. I raise my cup and take a sip, trying to look casual and also to cool myself down. I feel like the temperature just rose about ten degrees, yet I still have goose bumps.
“Oh, I see.” Mike smiles and nods.
“What?” I turn away from Ben, but I keep glancing back at him. He’s moving toward the edge of the stage closest to me. His eyes are still on me, and I can’t turn away.
“That.” Mike nods in Ben’s direction. “I believe that’s what they call love at first sight.”
“Stop it. He’s a freshman. You know I don’t date younger guys.” So why can’t I take my eyes off Ben?
He steps off the stage with the microphone in his hand and walks over to me, placing one hand on my waist.
I have no idea what he’s doing, but for some reason, I’m not making a move to stop him. “What are you—?”
Mike grabs my cup and places my hand on Ben’s shoulder. Ben continues to sing and starts swaying side to side. I don’t know what to do. I feel ambushed, but everyone is watching, so I smile and dance with Ben. It’s only one dance after all.
The song ends and everyone cheers, but Ben doesn’t let go of my waist. His eyes search mine— for what, I don’t know. “I’ve been watching you all night. You’ve been all over this room making sure everyone else is having a good time. I thought you could us a little fun yourself.”
The crowd cheers again and a group in the back—Ben’s friends—chant, “Kiss him! Kiss him!”
Oh God! Ben said all that into the microphone for everyone to hear. I try to step back, but Ben still has me by my waist.
“I took a request,” Ben said with a smile. “Now the question is, will you?”
About the Author:
Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author represented by Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate.
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