Mason, by Michelle Heard is a 324-page contemporary college romance novel and is the second 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.
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.
Kingsley is new money so she knows how to move in this society, but she also remembers what it was like not being wealthy. She’s a fun and snarky character and she and Mason are always sniping at each other, but not in a way that is annoying. She’s also a little accident prone.
Mason is that hard exterior character with a gooey center, just like Falcon from the first book. The book revolves a lot around the struggle he has of watching his sister die in a car crash.
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 awkward and there’s…an unreasonable amount of tears and obscene and inappropriate bouts of laughter in the book. Like someone will laugh until tears are streaming down their face or they are literally rolling around in the floor, and trust me, the reason to do so is not that funny
- 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, but I admit I skimmed through some scenes that I didn’t feel added any value to the story
- I really liked how the author resolved relationships in the story between Mason and his family since they all suffered when his sister Jen died
- The book does a good job setting up the next book in the series.
In summary, I give this a 3 out of 5.