After being unceremoniously dumped freshman year because of her family’s “new money” status, Ruby Cotton has taken care not to put her heart on the line. No matter how enticing Emilie and Quinn make it look, relationships are scary and hard—while a string of flings is easy and fun. That’s what Ruby wants. Easy and fun. The only problem is, when it comes to satisfaction in the sack, most of the boys at Whitman are nothing but pretty window dressing and false advertising.
Ruby takes it upon herself to make campus life more fulfilling, creating a referral database that allows female students to rate their sexual experiences, thereby informing girls of what they’re getting into before agreeing to a date.
When her acting partner, Liam Greene, finally shows some interest, Ruby figures she won’t need to utilize the helpful gossip. He’s handsome, fun, and most importantly, not a guy she’d ever fall for hard enough to let him break her heart.
Not only that, but dating Liam gives Ruby the perfect excuse to say no to Cole Stuart.
As a star swimmer and heir to honest-to-God Scottish royalty, Cole sits at the top of Whitman’s A-list—but he’s also the lowest rated referral on Ruby’s website. The ratings make rejecting his repeated requests for a date a no-brainer, but her real reason for avoiding Cole runs deeper than a string of unsatisfied exes.
He’s gorgeous, he oozes sweetness and charm, and the electricity between them could power half of Whitman, but Ruby knows it will only last until his family or friends convince him she’s not good enough.
Before she knows it she’s falling anyway, waiting for the other shoe to drop but clinging to a tentative hope that Cole might be as different as he seems. When the secret behind his low ratings comes to light, that hope is torn apart, and Ruby wonders if she was right to give him her heart…and whether she has the strength to let him keep it.
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I can't believe I waited this long to jump on board with the Whitman books. I finished the first and thought I surely couldn't love the second as much . . . I was wrong! By Referral Only grabbed my attention and held on tight!
Ruby and Cole are so perfectly matched yet Ruby's insecurities and Cole's reticence to get too deeply involved with anyone hold them back. Their relationship doesn't blossom - it explodes - yet Ruby's feeling that she isn't good enough is always just below the surface. Cole's past sends her reeling, and she runs before he can have the chance to cast her aside.
When she finally realizes the truth of her own self-destructive mindset, this quote beautifully sums up something we should all remember:
“My future belonged to me, and my life meant more than who I dated, or who decided what “good enough” meant. For all of my struggles with self-belief, that had always been true.”
I look forward to finishing the rest of the Whitman series and everything else Lyla Payne writes in the years to come!
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Awesome awesome awesome I loved it I can't wait to read the third book the first book was awesome also
A really great read!