The Perfect First is a new adult college sports romance. Persephone (Seph) Alexander is a maths genius, but she has spent her life being home-schooled and has no friends and is socially inept. She has escaped from her father’s strict rules while at Fulton University, and during this time she plans to complete a dream list of ‘firsts’.
Reece Michaels is a football star, full of self-confidence, but his attitude won’t impress the talent scouts, so his coach books him lessons which will improve his off-field image. In a classic mistaken identity moment, Reece meets Seph just as she is interviewing for her first sexual partner. Reece cannot believe the danger that Seph is placing herself in, so he promises to be her friend and help her with her other list items, but not the sex.
The author takes a studious introvert and gives her a bold streak mixing this with a confident male and tests his loyalties. I thought it worked well. The romance was fresh and teasing while the characters and minor story threads had plenty of depth and enough attraction to keep me interested and absorbed in the tale.
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“How long do you last in bed?” Those were her first words to me, swiftly followed up with, “And how big would you say you are?”
Persephone Alexander. Math genius. Lover of blazers. The only girl I know who can make Heidi braids look sexy as hell. And she’s on a mission. Lose her virginity by the end of the semester.
I walked in on her interview session for potential candidates (who even does that?) and saw straight through her brave front. She’s got a list of Firsts to accomplish like she’s only got months to live. I’ve decided to be her guide for all her firsts except one. Someone’s got to keep her out of trouble. I have one rule, no sex. We even shook on it.
I’ll help her find the right guy for the job. Someone like her doesn’t need someone like me and my massive…baggage for her first time.
Drinking at a bar. Check.
Partying all night. Double check.
Skinny dipping. Triple check.
She’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met. The walls I’d put up around my heart are slowly crumbling with each touch that sets fire to my soul.
I’m the first to bend the rules. One electrifying kiss changes everything and suddenly I don’t want to be her first, I want to be her only. But her plan was written before I came onto the scene and now I’m determined to get her to re-write her future with me.