The Perfect First – Maya Hughes

Reviews by Yael Waknin


“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.

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My review

I felt like reading a good college book, and Amazon offered me this book. I didn’t know the author before, but the synopsis looked interesting.

So let’s start with the fact that this is an excellent college book!

Indeed, there is not much innovation here – she’s smart, he’s the jock, but something in this book made my heart beat loud.

Persephone (Seph) is not only smart; she’s 18, just got into college, and should get her degree in less than a year. So “smart” is an understatement.

Persephone is insanely genius but lacks any social skills. It’s not that she doesn’t want to; she just doesn’t know-how.

She grew up under her father’s rigid regime and never had any friends or girlfriends.

Reece, a jock whose whole dream is to be a professional athlete even though his father gave up that life.

Reece and Seph meet In a very embarrassing way, but it was probably more fate than coincidence.

Reece’s character was beautiful. He had everything, beauty, intelligence, affection, caring, and more.

The only problem I had was that something happened to him the year before (supposedly before our story started), and that wasn’t much of an explanation about it, even though it really was life-changing for him. Maybe it was possible to understand from the pieces of information we read, but I was still missing a whole story.

I still read it in one breath.

Despite everything, and I liked this book very much, the ending was too general. I was missing something that would take this book to the “fantasy” it was supposed to be. After all, romantic books are supposed to be like a fairy tale. Prince and Princess. Happy every after. And not that it wasn’t HEA; it just wasn’t wow.

Maybe for a different book, the ending was appropriate – for the story of Reece and Seph- I was hoping for more.

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