Falcon, by Michelle Heard is a 331-page contemporary college romance novel and is the first book out of a 5-part series. And since this is a 5-part series, you can expect reviews by this author pretty back to back for the next few weeks as I go through the books. It is written from a first-person POV, two-sided.
This is the first book I’ve ever read of Michelle Heard and to be honest, I’m not usually found of college romance’s because I have a hard time believing in finding true love at that age. Not to say it can’t and doesn’t happen, but it’s hard to believe it when people at that age still have so much growing up to do. You may wonder why I’m reading these books, it’s because she has a follow up series based off the children of these characters in this series…and I’m OCD…a 100% completionist to a fault, so here we go.
Spoilers Ahead ***
This book has a big conflict that focuses on classes, specifically the have versus the have nots. It takes place in a fictional place called, Trinity Academy, which is in California. First off, Academy is not what usually a college is titled as, but there you have it. Even the dorms on the campus are segregated based upon wealth.
Layla got accepted into the “college” because her mother is the secretary of the CEO of CRC Holdings, who apparently is on the board at the Academy. Not only was she accepted, but she has a free ride. She wants to keep a low profile, which of course is impossible, but she doesn’t want all the rich kids to know that she isn’t one of them…though it’s obvious by her clothes and car. Just to be clear on the gap of wealth, one of the characters has a Bugatti and she has a VW Bug. One of the “honors” in the school is to become an assistant to one of the top 3 elite members (books 1, 2, and, 3 for this series).
Falcon is that hard exterior character with a gooey center. He can’t stop himself from helping Layla out when he sees she’s being picked on so he claims Layla has his assistant as a means to protect her. The story basically follows how they are fighting against the snobs who don’t think they are suited because of monetary differences.
Overall, the characters were likeable, but the story is completely not relatable, this would not likely happen in real life, so if you’re one who likes to read things closer to life, this is not the book for you.
Generally, here are my thoughts:
- Sometimes the scenes are sort of…well, awkward
- The sex scenes are okay, they are quick and get to the point. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I prefer a bit drawn out and descriptive (because I’m dirty minded)
- The concept was enjoyable to read
- The book does a good job setting up the next book in the series.
In summary, I give this a 3 out of 5.