Where to begin…. let’s start with Spanish Lessons, book one in the Study Abroad series by Jessica Peterson. Read my review!! I wish this was my life several years ago. My college was not nearly as much fun. At all.
I wonder if times have changed, or maybe I chose my college poorly.
Lessons in Gravity picks up where Spanish Lessons left off. But, it’s definitely a stand alone story. I recommend you read the first one, but you’ll love the second one either way. Promise.
Maddie, the h, is studying in Madrid. She’s living with her best friend from college and escaping a bad, depressing situation at home. Her parents, long thought to be the perfect couple, are divorcing. It’s an ugly thing as a result of her dad cheating on her mom. Oh, and Maddie was the one that walked in on the cheating. Eeeepppp…. She told her mom, her dad doesn’t forgive her, her mom loves her but is devastated. Maddie needs something good in her life.
A broad-shouldered guy strides into the club, hands tucked into the pockets of his bomber jacket. The collar is turned up against the cold; the leather is lovingly scarred, distressed in a way a machine couldn’t replicate.
I can’t see his face—he’s looking away from us, searching the other side of the bar—but something about the way he’s built, the dark scuff that covers the square lines of his jaw, catches my wandering eye.
He’s built like a quarterback, deliciously thick about the shoulders and arms and chest. Not huge, just the very right side of athletic. But his chocolate brown hair—cropped close at the sides, a combed swoop of longer hair at the top—along with all that scruff scream hot hipster. His clothes are somewhere in between: dark fitted jeans, tidy suede boots, the hem of a button-down shirt peeking from underneath the bottom of his jacket. It’s like he’s part Madrileño, part rookie NFL player, part hipster country music star.
Javier is the uncle of her best friend’s boyfriend. And he’s no curmudgeon. We should all have an Uncle Javier in our life. Not as a real uncle, but a friend of the family who is available to date. Because Javier is perfect. He flies planes. He wants a real relationship. He’s dreamy. He’s ambitious and has a nice place to live. He’s smart. Compassionate. And….he’s a bonafide rockstar God.
Maddie and Javier hit it off. Big time. Like fireworks in the alley style.
But, he’s really back in Madrid to try and rekindle romance with an old flame. He’s into Maddie but hasn’t given up on his dream of marrying and settling down with his ex-girlfriend…an all around model perfect woman. Maddie isn’t into relationships. She wants to do well in college, not get tied down, likes to sleep with a lot of guys, have fun and that’s it. She’s burned by her parents’ divorce, and doesn’t believe in HEAs. I do, however, believe in HEAs. So, I knew this was going to GREAT.
I really LOOOOVEEEE this college romance series. I hope there’s more. I think there will be because there are more girlfriends in the group studying abroad. I feel like they can easily meet hot Spanish guys, fall in love, experience some angst and I can and should read about it. I believed in Maddie and Javier. I may have liked them better than the first couple in the series. I’m a sucker for rockstars. What can I say? Plus, they both shared a love for Madrid, a city I also love. And, their friendship grew based on such sweet moments. They were playful and real with each other. So perfect. Also perfect was the moment when the title of the book made complete sense I sighed with utter understanding and appreciation.