Dora Ramos and Dallas Van Zant couldn’t have been more different if they tried. Dora is a quiet volunteer at an animal shelter. She comes from a very supportive family of two fathers who taught her unconditional love. Dallas is a madly attractive, rich as croesus, wild, wild water polo god whose parents went through a bitter divorce and taught him that love has to be earned. And yet, it is Dallas Dora has a long term crush on, and it is Dallas Dora kisses at a sorority party. What? Kisses? A sorority party? her roommates would be speechless if they ever found out that she gave in to her cousin’s pleas, got herself a sexy costume of Catwoman and, worst of all, stumbled on the object of her wild desires, drunk and lonely, and even shared a passionate kiss with him. Luckily, Dallas wouldn’t be able to recognise her even if he could remember anything from the party. Or would he?
The events of second part of the Malibu University series happen at the same time as the events of the first book, Nothing but Trouble, and we see a few scenes that focused on the development of Alice and Reagan’s relationship with a different pair of eyes. Or rather two pairs of eyes, because this is also a dual POV book. I already loved Dora, so I was very happy to read her story. Dallas…well, I needed some convincing, but P.Dangelico did a marvellous job of making the readers see beyond the pretty face of this golden boy.
What I loved about Dora was her quiet strength and determination, the way she doesn’t let her speech impediment stop her from expressing herself, the way she never loses her faith in her relationship. I’m not a big fan of insta-love, so I was glad to see that Dora and Dallas take plenty of time to get to know each other working in the shelter before their friendship becomes something more. Another thing that I liked in this book is showing the importance of consent. All of us should be clear on the fact that when somebody’s behaviour is unacceptable, it is our right to say ‘No’ and they should stop.
If you are a fan of New Adult genre and enjoy reading about student life, give this series a try. The novels can be read as standalones, although you might find ‘the link scenes’ unnecessary.
I am already looking forward to reading Zoe (Dora’s wild and outspoken roommate) and Brock’s (sweet and saintly captain of Dallas’s waterpolo team) story.
Thank you to NetGalley and the author for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
- Have you read Nothing but Wild or Nothing but Trouble by P.Dangelico? Have you read any other books by this author?
- How do you feel about the New Adult genre?