By Referral Only by Lyla Payne
Synopsis: 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.
Review by Jennifer: Ruby Cotton came from nothing. Her parents ended up starting something small and making lots of money! Now Ruby is off to college at Whitman University. She remembers growing up and people judging her because her family was “new money” and they weren’t “old money” like the rest of them. She didn’t have the right breeding, sophistication, and class.
So Ruby lives up to their expectations. She’s not good enough to bring home to the parents so she makes everyone believe she’s the white trash that they assume she is. She sleeps with whoever she wants.
She has high hopes of becoming an actress, moving to New York, and making it big! She has the talent for it too! She’s been working on a play and she has her eyes on Liam. She’s been crushing on him big time and he finally gives her the time of day. So things should be going good, right? They’re not. And it doesn’t seem like life has been too good for the other girls on campus either. So Ruby comes up with this idea to make a website. This site is where the Whitman girls can log on and rate the guys around campus and mark yes/no if they would give this guy a referral. That way the girls aren’t disappointed on their dates anymore!
And it seems that the hottest guy on campus has been getting some very low rating and no referrals. Ruby has a problem though. Her body doesn’t want listen to the rating when Cole Stuart, who has always seemed to be looking at her, wants to get to know her better. Things like this can’t work out though. He comes from VERY old money. No way his parents would approve of her. She’ll just make sure it’s a fling. This way she’ll also find out why Cole is getting such low ratings. Because a guy that HOT seriously can’t have such low ratings without their being something going on. Ruby plans to get to the bottom of it. Can she keep her heart to herself through all of this!
This was a wild ride! I had an awesome time reading this book and I peeled through this book one finger tap at a time (on my kindle). I would definitely give this book a referral!