Metamorphosis (Book Boyfriend, #1) by Erin Noelle
Scarlett MacGregor has lived a very sheltered life courtesy of her over-the-top controlling parents. Having never been to a co-ed party, much less on a date, Scarlett has relied on her books, her music, and living vicariously through her best friend Evie to keep her sanity as she's patiently awaited her freedom from their rule.
When Scarlett and Evie go away to college, Scarlett quickly meets Ashton, Dylan, and later, Mason, and is thrown into a crash course of like, love, and lust. With Evie's help, she must figure out the difference in the three and which one she wants before she ends up without any of them.
Metamorphosis is the story of Scarlett's transformation from a young, naive girl to a strong, mature young woman and her search for self-discovery and true love.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
“I would love to say, ‘Lets be friends,’ but if I’m being completely honest, I know that there’s no way that I can be around you and not want to touch you...to hold you...to keep you as mine. And that’s not fair to either of us.” - Ash Walker
“Don't you ever fly away again, Angel. I swear I'll have your wings clipped.” - Mason ‘Rat’ Templeton
This book was an absolute pleasure to read as it incorporated everything I look for in a coming of age, self-discovery, first-love college based romance, but what put this one-step ahead of so many others is that it has been written by a fan, just like you and me! If I could pull any New-Adult (17+) book from the shelf and add my name to the cover, it would be this one, because it was executed with perfect precision accompanied by dialogue to die for!
Erin Noelle has not only delivered an exceptional tale with strong and likable characters that will have your inner cougar roaring in ecstasy (well...in my case), she has also paid homage to some amazing authors - all who I’m familiar with; how could I not connect with that? With references to Taking Chances, Fifty Shades, Beautiful Disaster and Kellan Kyle, I wanted to jump in my kindle and join the ‘Scarlett and Evie’ book club!
Scarlett and Evie are a breath of fresh air. They are clever, beautiful and graced us the insight of what is the true definition of ‘friendship.’ There was no silliness between them, just total honesty and respect for each-other. Sisterhood.
Both girls are complete book-a-holics, spending most evenings with a nose in their e-reader basking in book-boyfriend bliss. So when they decide to turn their love of books into a game: Find a walking, talking, college frat boy hottie and/or the proverbial local bad-boy rockstar, they didn’t quite expect for it to be quite so successful.
“Game on. May the best book whore win.” - Scarlett ‘Sam’ MacGregor
But what happens when two...turns to three?
Ashton - Notorious college playboy. Tall, blond and totally beautiful, with a love for Greek Mythology and Astrophysics - from the first look, Scarlett is smitten. Ash makes his attraction known and the sexual tension between them is off-the-charts, but when he learns of Scarlett’s innocence, he believes she is too good for him. He will never change is playboy ways, and wants Scarlett to experience her first time with someone who is willing to commit 100%, therefore caging all raging hormones, he makes the decision to play the ‘friends’ card.
Dylan - The sweet gentleman. Dylan is total boyfriend material. He’s perfect, good-looking and respectful to the fact that he needs to take things slow, but that’s the problem... why is he holding back when Scarlett is more than ready to move forward?
Mason ‘Rat’ - Lead singer of a well-known local rock band, he can get any girl he wants, but when he sees Scarlett for the first time, he instinctively knows she is different. Special. A girl who could ‘potentially’ break through that bad-boy exterior. Over six feet, muscular, covered in tattoos and with the greyest eyes (Think... M. Shadows), he is the perfect walking, talking, wet dream with a voice of silk.
Okay, so it's the old cliche isn’t it; virginal 18 year old derives from a sheltered and strict Catholic school background with virtually no experience with boys whatsoever, so why do these hotties almost fall at her feet? Well, as far as stories go, this didn’t bother me in the slightest because deep down I wanted to be that 18-year old ‘deer in headlights,’ again. It makes for a refreshing change to read a book with an air of innocence, naivety and vulnerability surrounding it. I could certainly see the appeal of that and yet throughout it all, the author delivered it in a way that wasn't seedy or painted our girl in a bad light as she dug herself in a hole with no exit in sight, proving she really was that deer in headlights, experiencing freedom and the attention of guys for the very first time. Who wouldn’t be confused...if not just a little intimidated?
All these guys are worthy book boyfriend contenders but in completely different ways, and like Scarlett, you can't help but feel her confusion and frustration. I felt it gave her indecisive actions justifiable cause.
You will have a favorite, although I am a little torn! I Love Ash, and did right from the start, but Mason is pure sex on a stick and I wanna climb that six-foot-five hard tattooed muscled rock star like a tree! :P
Be prepared for a gut-wrenching twist that will have you reaching for the kleenex, with an ending that makes for an interesting ‘realisation’.
Ash’s Butterfly, or Mason’s Angel...?
“All along I was wearing the wrong wings.”
This book is definitely one to jump on if you love all YA/NA literature with a college backdrop. Even if you don’t like love ‘triangles’ or ‘squares,’ take a chance on this one, it may just surprise you!
Book Two: Ambrosia. Here we come...