“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?”
Cue the record scratching, what?!
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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A perfect first – the term sounds a bit oxymoronic because, usually, the first time doing anything garners results that are the absolute opposite of perfection, but the further into Persephone and Reece’s the story I delved, the easier it was for me to understand that the idea of being exemplary…of being flawless cannot be defined by only one set of characteristics or one person’s view point, which means that while there are quite a few bumps in the roads, including misunderstandings, harsh words, and careless actions, every single first that Seph experiences with Reece’s help, sets her free in ways she never thought possible.
Seph may be a genius and have more book smarts, at 19, than most people will have in their entire lives, but as far as experiencing life’s pleasures, both big and small, she’s like an innocent babe lost in the woods – naive and sheltered – and by no fault of her own, she doesn’t know how to act with her newfound freedom, even if she desperately wants to make these next 7 months count in more ways than just acquiring even more knowledge for future educational pursuits.
And while her initial attempt to check off a list of firsts is a bit misguided, perhaps even borderline reckless, a certain Fulton University football star steps in, protecting her from being taken advantage of and offering to help Seph in her quest to experience as many firsts as possible while she’s out from underneath her father’s control.
I absolutely love Seph’s desire to live life on her terms since acquiring a bit of freedom for the first time, and even though she’s socially awkward and a bit of a recluse, each new experience she has with Reece’s help allows her to grow and to transform in ways that she never would have if she didn’t take a chance and put herself out there.
Seph and Reece’s friendship evolves organically throughout the course of The Perfect First, and I loved witnessing them work through Seph’s list of firsts together, forming a bond that clearly indicates that their feelings are beyond plutonic, and while it was easy to see where things were headed due to Reece’s staunch view on distractions when it came to his team and to his future career, I appreciated how Maya Hughes crafted the scenes where Reece learned valuable insight about his father and his parents’ marriage and what that knowledge allowed Reece to figure out in order to set things right.
I’m quite intrigued by several of Reece’s teammates/friends, and I’m hoping that Hughes will give readers their stories as well, especially one that includes the coach’s daughter and her childhood best friend who just so happens to be one of Fulton University’s star football players.
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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.