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Review: The Freshman by Monica Murphy

Hayden and Tony had no idea that taking their cars to the dealer for recall repairs would change their lives, but that’s how they met and the rest is history. It may have ended with that flirty chat in the waiting room, but they soon met again and it seemed to be fate bringing them together. They were both dragged to a country club party by their fathers and escaped the boredom together for a night of fun. Hayden’s immediately attracted to him but isn’t interested in a relationship and tells him they should be just friends.

Tony can’t get Hayden off of his mind and their parents’ insistence that they can not have anything to do with one another just fuels the fires. Despite both of them being anti-relationship at the beginning, they change their minds pretty fast because they can’t get enough of each other. They’re both great characters and I liked them immediately. Hayden is strong, smart and determined to be more than a pawn for her father to marry off in a business deal. Tony wants to make his own way in the world and has no interest in the family business, so they both have contentious relationships with their fathers, but also depend on their family’s money to pay for college and living expenses.

Being together may not be easy, but it’s definitely worth it. I loved Hayden and Tony’s story and didn’t want it to end. The supporting cast was great to, with some evil stepmothers and Tony’s fascinating friends. Caleb has a painful on-and-off relationship with his high school girlfriend, but there’s also something going on between him and Hayden’s best friend, Gracie. My favorite was probably Jackson, the tough football player by day with a secret identity as a soulful singer/songwriter in the clubs at night, being mobbed by teens and chased by record labels, to the shock of his unsuspecting friends. I couldn’t get enough of these characters and this world.

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The Freshman
by Monica Murphy
College Years book 1
Published 2021

The Freshman by Monica Murphy

I started flirting with a guy while waiting for my car to be serviced. Now granted, he wasn’t just any guy. Tall. Dark. Hot. Mysterious. Can you blame me for wanting to talk to him? He’s in town visiting his parents. So am I. He goes to the same college as I do. Such a coincidence. Almost as if our meeting is destined…

But I shouldn’t believe in that sort of thing. I am single as a Pringle and always ready to mingle. Until I keep running into Mr. Tall, Dark and Mysterious everywhere I go. Tony Sorrento. Turns out he’s on the football team. I mean, I’m not one to chase after a sexy jock but, okay. I’m down. And did I mention he’s only a freshman?

Our fathers are business rivals, and they forbid us from dating. We need to keep this on the low. Can we remain friendly? Sure. Maybe turn our friendship into friends with benefits? Most definitely. Here’s the thing though. I didn’t plan on catching feelings for him so quickly. Seems like he’s falling pretty hard for me too.

Defying our fathers’ wishes is only asking for trouble, but is being with Tony worth the risk?

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