Series: Blythe College #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Alexa is just your average college junior, attending classes and piloting Mile High Club charter flights. Boys haven't been on her radar for a couple years after a disastrous breakup with her high school sweetheart. Her plans to focus on school hit a bit of a snag when she meets bad-boy Drake Bennett and he sets his sights on making her his own.
Drake transferred to Blythe College for the rugby team, not for a new assortment of college girls. He's sexy and cocky, and he attracts women like moths to a flame. When he meets Alexa, Drake knows he's met his match. She tries to resist him, but Drake isn't used to taking no for an answer.
This one was not for me.
Thoughts on Push the Envelope
Whenever I read a book I try really hard to give it a chance. I mean, there must be something I can put a positive spin on, right? Wellll… *long drawn out pause* Unfortunately, I didn’t like this one. A lot. Pretty much the only reason I finished it was because I was curious if Drake was ever going to be as swoon-worthy as the other reviews for this book claimed he was.
Spoiler alert: He wasn’t.
In fact, he was kinda a dick from the time he met Alexa to the final blow-up at the end. He was arrogant and annoying and I canNOT understand how someone who had experienced the type of relationship Alexa had experienced was okay with him simply declaring they were going to be together. Although, to be fair, I also never got the feeling that the previous relationship Alexa had to be rescued from was all that terrible. And that disconnect was a crying shame because Alexa’s guarded heart could have been a real page-turner. Instead, I was just left scratching my head.
Speaking of heads, we were in Alexa’s head the entire book and I still don’t feel like I know anything substantial about her. She has a best friend I could have done without (the only time I liked Aubrey even a little was when she had Alexa’s back after the blow-up with Drake and even then she did things that ignited my rage button) and she let herself get bulldozed into situations constantly that made no sense to me.
To be very, very blunt, Drake making the decision FOR HER that she wasn’t ready for sex after she’d said she was made me pause. It wasn’t so much that he was right, as that he decided it and she went with it because, yeah, I guess she’s just a girl and she doesn’t know herself well enough to know what she wants. More than that, instead of talking that particular issue out, Drake’s sixth sense about what Alexa needed was magically correct.
There’s nothing wrong with waiting, but waiting because your boyfriend decides you’re not ready doesn’t sit well with me.
As a reader, I need to get into the characters’ heads. I don’t need to be told person A is hot and/or a bad boy. I want to feel it. And I never felt that with this book.