Review: Drumline by Stacy Kestwick

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‘I wasn’t lost.’
‘But I was, Reese.’ I opened my eyes and searched her face. ‘I didn’t know where you were, so I was.’

Synopsis:

Traditions are important. Especially in the South.
College football. Rivalries. Tailgating. Halftime shows.
Some things just don’t change.
Until Reese Holland shows up with her long legs and no-bullshit attitude to audition for the prestigious all-male Rodner University snare line.
It doesn’t matter how much hazing she has to endure from Laird Bronson, with his narrowed green eyes and arrogant smirk. She wants that damn spot, and she’s more than good enough to earn it.
She expects there to be tension. Even friction.
But not sparks hot enough to burn the entire campus down.

My Thoughts:

I LOVE COLLEGE ROMANCE STORIES! One big reason why is because the characters are often embracing this new start and using the opportunity to truly find out who they are. That was very much the case in this story and it was about one girl breaking her way into the boys club on campus. This was the first book that I had read from this author, and I will definitely be reading more from her!

The Story. I thought this story was beautiful for a variety of reasons. I loved the setting, plot, the banter, and how well written it was. There were swoon worthy moments as well as moments that made you nervous about what was going to happen next. It was a perfect romance read for the middle of the road readers who enjoy having younger characters, but are also ready to start reading some more mature books.

Reese Holland. This girl is a fucking badass bitch who enters a traditionally boys only snare line to prove to everyone that she can do it, especially her helicopter parents back home. Reese is underestimated from the moment she arrives at band camp, where only one other freshman is willing to be the Robin, aka Smith, to her Batman. Reese’s witty banter and sassy smirks had me cackling at two in the morning. She was not afraid to hang with the boys and participate in all the pranks they have in store. However, she has the hots for her captain, Laird Bronson, whom she catches watching her with his intense, shamrock eyes. Reese wants a spot on the snare line and won’t risk it by getting involved with Laird, no matter how tempting he is. Reese isn’t prepared for the other sides of Laird that she seems to bring out in him the more time they spend together.

Laird Bronson. Swoon! Laird is far from prepared to walk into band camp to find a girl amongst all of the boys trying out, especially when she opens her sassy mouth. Laird can’t seem to stay away from her and treat her like he would boys despite Reese all but snarling at him every time he tries to help her. Laird saw something special in Reese from the first moment he saw her, but he can’t begin to imagine how much. I wanted to cry when his backstory was finally revealed and everything about him just made so much more sense. Laird is smart, protective, and goes out of his way for Reese. I also loved that he respected Reese’s boundaries and paid attention to the little things.

I highly recommend this story to those who love: college romance, music, strong, sassy heroines, and intense, protective hero’s.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★

 

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