About THE HIT LIST:
The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.
When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.
Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.
The girl worth the most points? Sadie.
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Miss Riki’s Review:
With a cover this beautiful and a premise so absolutely intriguing, I couldn’t wait to get started on this book. The idea of the “game” set in a world of dance had me hooked from the start, and the execution is written perfectly.
What this book does beautifully is develop a character in a richly compelling and dramatic manner. Sadie begins this book as a broken girl, running from a past that has up to this point defined both her career and personal life. Moving to LA and starting over is the impetus for her development and change, and boy does she ever. As the book progresses, we see her take encouraging leaps of faith forward and devastating steps backwards as she struggles to once again trust in others. I was fully invested in her outcomes from page one and identified with her desire to have faith again.
Something else that strikes me in reading The Hit List is the absolutely palpable sexual tension created in the novel, without being overtly sexual in any way. The game itself revolves around sexual conquest, yet the author never has to resort to depicting sordid sexual encounters to get the point across.
Speaking of sexual tension, the chemistry between Luke and Sadie is absolutely unmistakable. The scenes that have them dancing together are these wonderful moments of push vs. pull that drew me in with every step.
I love a book that keeps me on my toes, and I spent the entire novel trying to figure out who was behind the Hit List. I never saw the twist coming, yet it made perfect sense when it arrived.
This is a wonderful addition to the New Adult genre, with compelling characters, an incredibly original and intriguing premise, and deftly developed plot. I highly recommend it.
About the Author:
Nikki fell in love with books at a young age and looked forward to reading a book with her mom before bed every night. It was only a matter of time until her love of reading turned into a love of putting those words onto the page. Now, her days are spent helping those overcoming opiate addiction and her nights are spent writing. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two stubborn cats.