Right of First Refusal by Dahlia Adler

“I’ve never been about romance, and I’m not gonna start to be now.”- Cait, Right of First Refusal


Title: Right of First Refusal
Author: Dahlia Adler
Series: Radleigh University
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Publisher: Self-published

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Rating: ★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: On the lacrosse field, Cait Johannssen gets what she wants. Off the field is another story. Because what she wants is the school’s hot new basketball student-coach, Lawrence Mason, who also happens to be the guy who broke her heart in sports camp two years earlier.

But it’s Cait’s new roommate who’s got him.

Cait and Mase agree it’s best to keep their past a secret, but she doesn’t expect him to completely ignore their history…or how much it’ll hurt when he does. So when a friend on the basketball team asks her to pose as his girlfriend for a night, Cait can’t turn down the opportunity for distraction. (Okay, and a little spite.) But what starts as an evening of fun turns into a fake relationship with more lies than the usually drama-free Cait can handle, and it’s only keeping her from the one truth that’s nagged at her for years: Why did Mase cut her out of his life to begin with?

And is it really too late to get him back?


Cait  Johannssen is not one to get caught up in drama. She’s all about getting good grades and making wins on the lacrosse field. But she gets thrown off her game when Lawrence Mason, the new basketball student coach and the only guy she’s ever loved, comes walking into her dorm room with his new girlfriend, who also happens to be Cait’s new roommate. The surprises keep on coming when her father announces his new engagement and suggests that Cait move to California with him. For a girl who is not too fond of drama, Cait sure can’t seem to avoid it.

After finishing Last Will and Testament and completely loving it, I was excited to start the second installment in the Radleigh University series. We don’t know much about Cait from the previous book, other than the fact that she is a real stickler for the rules, and I was curious to see who her love interest would be. Sadly, Right of First Refusal fell victim to ‘Second Book Syndrome’. DAMN, IT STRIKES AGAIN! My first issue was with the overall plot. It’s a second chance romance and I’m such a sucker for these types of romances, but this one BORED ME! My main problem was with the fairly predictable storyline. Boy and girl meet again, old feelings stir up, but there’s something that keeping them from being together, so they put aside their feelings of want and try to focus on doing what’s right…RINSE AND REPEAT. I was hoping for some dramatics, especially considering the amount of times the word “drama” is thrown around in this book, but I didn’t get that. I thought that there would at least be some dramatics when it came to Cait dealing with her father’s new engagement and while there was a bit of drama, there were just too many easy fixes to Cait’s problem and it wasn’t long until everything was right in her world again. 

My second issue was with the characters. I had a difficult time connecting with our two main characters. Cait just annoyed me with her constant complaining and critiquing of the lives of those around her, which is ironic considering her current situation. I also was not a fan of Mason’s character. It’s very clear that his reason for transferring to Radleigh University was because he knew that was where Cait was, so WHY waste your time leading on another girl when you knew she wasn’t the one you wanted to be with? Could’ve save some broken hearts out there.

 Also, I AM NOT BUYING THE ROMANCE! I’m guessing the romance was suppose to be a slow-burning one, but I felt like the flame wasn’t lit between these two until the very end. When the flame finally starts to catch, the story comes to an end and because of that, I couldn’t enjoy the romantic aspect of this book.

The only reason why I didn’t rate this book lower was because of the friendship. I love Cait’s friendship with Frankie and Lizzie. Scenes where these three were together were the only scenes I really enjoyed and laugh out loud because they have such a great friendship and even when they get under one another’s skin, they still stuck together.

Right of First Refusal may have been a bust, but this series still has a chance to redeem itself with it’s final installment. I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED to start Out on Good Behavior. I have very high hopes for this book because it will be my first F/F romance and I’ve been dying to read a romance with two female leads. Please don’t fail me book because I love M/M romances and I want to feel the same feels like I do when reading M/M romances. Also, Frankie is my favorite out of the three so her romance better be good!



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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

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