Series: Ohellno Series
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
He’s the hot quarterback all the girls want.
She’s the smart girl he loves to pick on.
And now that they’re all grown up, things are about to get geekin’ ugly…
My name is Tass. I’m smart, I’m driven, and I am determined not to let prankster Hunter Johnson continue raining on my parade. When we were little, he’d pull my hair and call me names. When we were teenagers, he’d throw food and tease me for being a flat-chested virgin.
But now that we’ve ended up at the same college, he’s out of his hot head if he thinks he can keep messing with my life. It’s like he’s fixated on me or something. Well, guess what, Mr. Amazefootball? I’m not that geeky little girl anymore and you do not screw with a smart woman.
So what’s my plan?
It’s definitely wild, and he’s about to find out…
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Tass (Did I miss an explanation on her name) and Hunter Johnson have known each other since pre-school. They are neighbors, started kindergarten together, graduated together, and now they are freshman at the same college on different scholarships. Tass is the brainiac and Hunter is the athlete, and while the romantic set up, a nerd vs. jock love/hate romance, has been done many times before, the climax-conflict is fairly predictable, and there’s a little suspension of disbelief required; there are sufficient reveals in the story to keep you guessing, the writing is smooth, and the characters are engaging. (I was up reading way past my bedtime.)
“I have no sex life because school is my boyfriend and science is my lover.”
Told via Tass’s sole first person POV, Tass is a dedicated book worm, but she’s no shy wallflower. It’s always refreshing to get a cleaver, strong, and determined heroine. Tass dishes it out as much as she takes it.
“'It’s just my athletic supporter…But who knows what’s underneath it? Could be just as firm.'”
Hunter’s the outgoing, show-off jock on the outside, but it isn’t hard to see the vulnerable interior he also sports. I really found him cute with more integrity than he let on and much to offer once he came into his own.
Hunter and Tass get a major A in chemistry! Their interactions even when tormenting each other elicit sexual tension, and under their humorous banter is a strong spark. But Tass and Hunter’s insults, pranks, and torments are coming to a head and how they really feel about each other and whether they know it or not is the game that must be played out.
All in all, I liked both characters and the supporting ones as well. As new adult characters they are realistically flawed, influenced by their peers and parents, and confined by their social structures. There’s a bit of a coming of age element as the duo wrestle with their feelings, identity, and self-awareness. And while there is some drama of their own making, the tone isn’t angsty and the narrative stays light-hearted making it an enjoyable read. The themes of stereotyping, appearances can be deceiving, and judging are strong, but they provide a relevant message.
Now about the fornicating…it was hot and there’s plenty of build up, making you root for them to finally let their sexual frustrations out.
“From the first pop of a button, I can see the dark, course hair inside. Another pop and the base of his cock. I am transfixed by the raw maleness of his body and the immediate sexual need it provokes.”
But…the story needed more of it, and just when I thought we were getting another go-round, it ends abruptly. So I’m breaking out my puppy dog eyes and begging the author—paweeze write at least a novella HEA for these two from Hunter’s POV.
Smart Tass is the first book in the OHellNo series. The next book features Hunter’s friend Henry and Tass’s roommate Elle.Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. Both traditionally and independently published, Mimi has sold over 800,000 books since publishing her 1st title in 2012, and she plans to spontaneously combust once she hits the one-million mark. Although she obtained her international MBA and worked for over 15 years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance-closet and follow your dreams.
When not screaming at her works in progress, Mimi spends time with her two pirates in training, her loco-for-the-chili-pepper hubby, and rat terriers, Mini & DJ Princess Snowflake, in Arizona.
She continues to hope that her books will inspire a leather pants comeback (for men) and that she might make you laugh when you need it most.