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Elite by Carrie Aarons

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Synopsis

A PRIVILEGED standalone, get ready for secret societies, international romance, and college debauchery… 

If you’re in, you’ll never have to ask. If you ask, you’ll never be in.

Eloise Mason knows what it’s like to live among the privileged. Seeking a change from the upper crust society of Europe, she flies halfway across the world for a semester abroad in the one place guaranteed to toss responsibility out the window and provide some good, old-fashioned fun; college in The United States.

Except nothing at the picturesque, Ivy-covered university in Vermont appears as it seems. And after a mysterious invitation arrives on her doorstep, curiosity wins over the need to turn her back on games meant for the rich and ruthless.

Secret societies, risky tasks, and an inner circle to rival the royals. But it may just be one American boy who threatens to be the most dangerous endeavor of all.

Colton Reiter defines the word idolized at Jade Mountain University. In fact, he practically rules the roost from the three point line of the basketball court. The college’s star point guard, he is a god and treated as such; professional scouts at every game, teachers looking the other way when it comes to grades, and girls falling into his lap at the snap of a finger. He wants for nothing, or at least that’s what he wants everyone to believe.

But when he meets the sassy girl with the British accent who could care less about his status, her very existence threatens to unveil the skeletons buried deep in the back of his closet.

With stakes this high, and hearts on the line, can they turn their backs on power and popularity before the ivory tower comes crashing down on their heads?

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Review

So much potential…….

A young adult, sports romance set in a College for the wealthy and gifted… this book had so many of the elements that would make it an automatic must read for me…. the premise was interesting and the blurb certainly captured my attention …but unfortunately I found it disappointing….

The narrative is divided between the two main characters and the dual perspective certainly provides an insight into their mind set and opinions on the events as they play out… Colton, the college basketball legend and all round ‘player’.. is as an egocentric jock with a faulty moral compass ..secrets emerge and there is a price to pay but I never really felt any empathy with this character…

The female lead, Eloise, is not realistic or relatable; she comes across as an overprivileged and shallow brat with an overinflated opinion of herself.. her thought processes and language seemed rather childish for a supposedly sophisticated and worldly young woman..the low point was when she used ‘plonker’ to describe a guys male parts (Amazon approved version)… and although purportedly from the UK her use of ‘slags’ to address a group of female students she had only just met did not fit with the situation in which the comment was made…sadly I did not like her, and of course, that is a major problem for the plot development and ‘love story’ that plays out in these pages..The couple are also surrounded by an elitist group of snobs and lowlives; few of them had any redeeming qualities and the plot development did not allow for any of them to truly grow..

The overall structure also caused me some concern … I can not put my finger on exactly what was wrong, but I found that the narrative didn’t always flow easily and a few times I had to re-read a passage because it was overlong and tricky to understand…this made reading it laborious on occasions..

All of this negativity being said this was an entertaining enough story and the couple definitely deserved each other, but for me this is just about a 3 star read which could have been so much more with some judicious editing and reworking of the characters….

~Sheena (3/5)

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