ARC Review – The Perfect First by Maya Hughes



Genre: New Adult Romance

Cover Design: Najla Qamber, Qamber Designs

Release Date: April 25, 2019





“How long do you last in bed?” Those were her first words to me, swiftly followed up with, “And how big would you say you are?”

Persephone Alexander. Math genius. Lover of blazers. The only girl I know who can make Heidi braids look sexy as hell. And she’s on a mission. Lose her virginity by the end of the semester.

I walked in on her interview session for potential candidates (who even does that?) and saw straight through her brave front. She’s got a list of Firsts to accomplish like she’s only got months to live. I’ve decided to be her guide for all her firsts except one. Someone’s got to keep her out of trouble. I have one rule, no sex. We even shook on it.

I’ll help her find the right guy for the job. Someone like her doesn’t need someone like me and my massive…baggage for her first time.

Drinking at a bar. Check.

Partying all night. Double check.

Skinny dipping. Triple check.

She’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met. The walls I’d put up around my heart are slowly crumbling with each touch that sets fire to my soul.

I’m the first to bend the rules. One electrifying kiss changes everything and suddenly I don’t want to be her first, I want to be her only. But her plan was written before I came onto the scene and now I’m determined to get her to re-write her future with me.


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Adorably Quirky, Addictive, Emotional, and Wildly Entertaining


The Perfect Firsts by Maya Hughes was such a sweet, beautifully touching and perfectly charming friends to lovers story. There were laughs, swoons, and even some tears. I devoured this book and loved every moment from the funny meet-cute to the adorably heartwarming ending that had me smiling like a dork.

I will absolutely read ANYTHING and EVERYTHING Maya writes. I don’t know how she does it, but she truly has a gift with making me fall helplessly in love with her stories and characters. I adored and really enjoyed reading the Kings of Rittenhouse books, but after reading this, I think the Fulton U just might be my favorite. But who knows… it wouldn’t be a surprise if Maya writes another amazing series and I really hope she never stops creating stories that gives me all the FEELS.

The friends to lovers trope will always be one of my favorites and I will never not love romance stories about the bad boy falling head over heels for the shy innocent girl. I just think these romances are ridiculously fun, exciting, cute, and wildly entertaining. This book was definitely all that and had me flipping through the pages.

The adorkable math genius virgin, Persephone (“Seph”), was extremely sheltered, socially awkward, and inexperienced in many things. But, don’t let that fool you. Seph was a force to be reckoned with and surprised me in so many ways. She’s fierce, brave, spunky, and adventurous. With her list of firsts, she was determined to experience and do everything. And that’s where Reece comes in – the brooding handsome football star player who loved the game with all his heart that he wouldn’t let anything or anyone get in his way to playing pro. He was kind of a jerk at first, but let’s be real here… we all know that there’s a genuinely sweet, gentle, and caring side to him. And boy did he… I fell just as hard for him as Seph did. They meet by accident, which I thought was super funny and so darn cute, and that’s how their deliciously quirky, adorable, and fun story begins.

If it isn’t obvious yet, the romance was a total touchdown! I loved the chemistry between Reece and Seph. It was definitely slow burn at first, but it was so intoxicating and cute. I really liked how even though they both kept things platonic the intense attraction was always there – teasing them inch by inch until they both couldn’t resist anymore. The anticipation and sexual tension was so damn good. It was so swoony and steamy and I loved it. I also really loved how they inspired each other to be better. I loved how their friendship developed into something more. I loved how they both fell so hard for each other and realized that they were both more than enough. They were simply perfect for each other and I enjoyed every moment I spent with them.

I also really liked the supporting characters. I loved the team and thought they were so much fun. My favorite was Berk for sure, but Nix and LJ were adorable too. I’m not quite sure which group I love more between them or the Kings cause the bond between the Kings was pretty amazing… but the FU boys were just so awesome, entertaining, and seriously such good guys. I thought it was super endearing how they didn’t judge Seph and accepted her into their group. I also loved Reece’s parents and thought they were so stinkin’ cute. I adored Seph’s aunt, Sophie, and thought she was badass.

There were so many moments in this book that absolutely melted my heart and also had me in tears… both sad and happy. That’s what I love most about this story and Maya’s other novels. With perfectly flawed and charming characters you’ll root for until the end, wonderful relationships that will warm your heart, irresistible swoons that will drive you crazy, and family issues that will break your heart, Maya’s stories are engaging, achingly beautiful, addictive, and wildly entertaining. I was drunk on love with this book and cannot get over just how cute and perfect this was. Reece and Seph’s story just had so much HEART and FEELS.

I’m so in love with EVERYTHING and cannot wait to read more from this new series. If you’re a fan of cute, fun, and adorable romances and have never read anything by Maya Hughes, then this book is just the perfect first read for you. It was funny, swoony, quirky, romantic, touching, and utterly delicious until the ending.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



(Quotes were taken from the ARC. Final publication may be different. Please don’t read if you don’t want spoilers).

Don’t ever let someone treat you wors than you deserved to be treated.

She’d gotten so fully and completely under my skin, I didn’t know how I’d existed before I met her.

Every part of me wanted to wrap around her, wanted to make this a special kiss, make every touch one she’d crave, because I was slowly becoming an addict and I didn’t want to be the only one.

I pulled him in for another kiss. I hadn’t had a thing to drink, but I was definitley drink on him and I was more than happy to drink in as much of him as I needed for as long as I could, for forever.

If my heart hadn’t already belonged to him, it would hav ebeen wrapped up with a bow and presented to him on a rainbow platter at that moment.

Her eyes glittered with a love I’d never experienced before, the kind I’d run headlong away from even the hint of, but with her, I wanted it all. I wanted even more, and that scared the ever-loving shit out of me.

Sometimes memories are all we have and there’s no amount of money in the world that can get those back.

I’m scared too, Wild Child, but with your brains and my athleticism, we can outsmart or outrun any problem we come up against.

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“Very nice to meet you, Reece. I’m Persephone Alexander. I have a few questions we can get started with, if you don’t mind.”

“The quicker we get started, the quicker we can finish.” He looked around like he would have rather been anywhere but there.

Those giddy bubbles soured in my stomach. A server came by with the bottled waters I’d ordered. I arranged them in a neat pyramid at the end of the table.

“Would you like a water?” I held one out to him.

He eyed me like I was offering him an illicit substance but then reached out. His fingers brushed against the backs of mine and shooting sparks of excitement rushed through me. Pulling the bottle out of my grasp, he cracked it open and took a gulp.

My cheeks heated and I glanced down at my cards, flipping the ones at the front to the back.

“I have a notecard with some information for you to fill out.”

Sliding it across the table, I held out a pen for him. He took it from me, careful that our fingers didn’t touch this time. I’d have been lying if I’d said I didn’t want another touch, just to test whether or not that first one had been something more than static electricity. He filled out the biographical data on the card and handed it back to me.

“Let’s get started.” Just rip the Band-Aid off. Clearing my throat, I tapped the cards on the table. A few heads turned in our direction at the sharp, rapping sound. “When were you last tested for STDs?”

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Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.












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Blog Tour – Review for Lead the Way by Brittany Carter

Lead The Way
Brittany Carter
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: April 22nd 2019
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Fresh off the high of college graduation, Melody James is back in her Podunk town. She needs a job, but first, she’ll spend a lazy summer with no agenda at all.

But life’s got other plans for Melody, ones she’d sooner ignore. When the next-door neighbor passes away, his son returns home to take care of his affairs. Thane Cohen hasn’t been home in ten years. The last time he was, someone accused him of murdering Melody’s parents. Now, after major efforts to recover his self-worth and start a construction company, Thane wonders if enough time has passed for him to clear his once good name.

At the time of the murders, Melody was the only person who didn’t believe Thane was responsible. But how could she even suggest otherwise when just about everyone in town was convinced of Thane’s guilt? Her brothers would never allow it. With nothing to lose before, Thane packed up and left, leaving the town and Melody behind. Now that he’s back, rekindling an old flame in Melody and proving his innocence are critical.

When several car windshields get broken and fires start unexpectedly, the world inside their little town is tossed upside down. With Melody’s brother against her, and Thane fighting every attempt she makes at breaking down his walls, Melody’s push for answers leads her to a frightening conclusion. Thane may actually know more about her parents’ death than she was lead to believe. Can she trust him, or has everyone else been right about him all along? Only time will tell if she can let love lead the way.

*Author previously wrote under the name, Alla Kar





Dangerously Sexy and Addictive Romance that Made My Heart Race


Dangerously sexy and addictive, Lead the Way was an absolute page turner romance that made my heart ache and race at the same time.

With plenty of drama, conflict, intrigue, steam and a hint of suspense, this book was such an utterly thrilling and wonderful love story. I loved Brittany Carter’s writing style. It was engaging, emotional, and captivating. My heart felt so heavy, but also filled with hope and happiness as I experienced everything the characters were feeling. I laughed and I swooned like crazy. I felt delicious anticipation. I held my breath and clutched my heart. And I was in tears… I felt so damn much going on this journey with Melody and Thane and I enjoyed every moment of it. The ending was perfectly realistic and bittersweet and wrapped up the story so beautifully.

The forbidden romance between Thane and Melody was absolutely electrifying and swoony! They had intense and sexy chemistry. Their attraction was palpable and I felt their desire for each other. I also really loved the playful way they teased each other and all those window scenes. I loved the build up and the titillating moments, their sweet kisses, and their heartwarming scenes. They were both passionate and protective about each and I loved that they were willing to fight against all odds to find a way to be together.

Melody was an amazing heroine and I admired her so much. She was strong and determined. She was also kind, smart, caring, and selfless. She fought to prove Thane’s innocence and never gave up on him. Thane had my heart from the beginning. He was misjudged and mistreated and I just wanted to give him the biggest hug ever!

The supporting characters were well-developed and likable. I liked Sammy and how he helped Melody. I loved that both Melody’s brothers, Jackson and Hayden wanted what was best for her. I absolutely adored Mrs. Arlene. She was funny, spunky, and kind. Even Lucas who was annoyingly creepy was hard not to like cause he definitely added some conflict to the story that made it more entertaining.

The mystery about Melody’s parents’ murder was always in the back of my mind, but I was honestly more invested in the romance part and how the story would play out and lead the way to Thane and Melody’s HEA. That being said, I did really enjoy the suspense and never could have guessed who the kiler was. I was actually quite shocked and disturbed by the revelation. Totally did not see that coming.

Heartwrenching, poignant, and achingly beautiful, Lead the Way had me glued to the pages. I loved the gorgeous writing, the broken but wonderful characters, and the storyline that kept me on my toes. It was an enjoyable read to the very last page and I cannot wait to read more books from Brittany Carter!

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opiniosn are my own.



Brittany Booker Carter previously writing as Alla Kar. I’m a Christian, lover or romance, a wife and mother to a wild-child!




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