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I quite like a sport romance, and to have both of the main characters as athletes was great. Often in sport romances the girl is the spectator. I love that Cait wasn't. She had her own sport and that was what drove her
Another highlight for me was that diversity was dealt with as no big deal. I love that Dahlia Adler's NA world is as diverse as the actual real world...yet naturally, flowing from the situation, not forced. I loved the dialogue and the obviously strong friendship and love between the characters, and I really look forward to reading more of their stories.
I was a little worried about the whole love triangle thing when I first started Right of First Refusal. Unlike some readers, I'm not adamantly against love triangles... as long as they're realistic and well-written. I mean, it happens in real life. Why should books be any different? But I digress. This was a good love triangle, if you even want to call it that. It's messy, sure. I mean, how awful would it be to be in Cait's shoes and realize your new roommate's boyfriend is a guy you not only have a past with, but "the one"? I felt for her. Seriously. There was no way this was going to end in a way that didn't hurt someone. And truthfully, I didn't even know exactly what I wanted to happen. It's easy to root for the main character to get her way, but sooner or later you start thinking about what it's like to be the other character, too. But, I'm not gonna go any further down that road right now. You can do it when you read this book. Which you should.
I liked Cait. I really liked Mase. The secondary characters were wonderful and I love the friendships. I LOVED the diversity and the fact that it's not totally in your face. It just ... is. It didn't need to be more than what it was. It was perfect as is. More than anything, I loved that it wasn't a point of conflict in the novel. It's 2016. An interracial relationship shouldn't be looked at any differently than any other relationship. (I don't know if any of this makes any sense... it does in my head.) Dahlia's novels always have some amount of diversity in them and I really appreciate that.
I'm not going to say a whole lot more here except that Right of First Refusal was just a fantastic book all the way around. It was funny, sweet, sexy and even punched me in the feels a couple times. I found it easy to get lost in the characters and their story and the way everything connected. I didn't want to put this book down once I started... in fact, I got a little growly when I had to. I'm looking very much forward to Frankie's story in Out on Good Behavior. I've got my fingers crossed it really does come out in June. It's not been long since I left this world, but I'm ready to dive back in regardless.
Right of First Refusal is so much more than a sports romance, so much more than a second chance at love romance, it’s about standing firm in who you are. It’s about growing and realizing that you cannot control everything and everyone. Right of First Refusal shows us that we can make decisions based on what we want but it doesn’t always have the best outcome. And we need to go through any consequence those decisions make.
We were first introduced to Cait in Last Will and Testament as one of Lizzie’s best friends. What I love about Right of First Refusal and this series in general, is we see a lot of this friendship dynamic. New Adult isn’t just about finding love and growing up. The new adult age group is as much about building and maintaining friendships as it is about anything else, and Dahlia goes to great lengths to show this. It’s one of the biggest things I appreciate about her and what makes her characters feel that much more real. The way she interacts with Lizzie and Frankie is fun and real and makes me wish I was their friend too. They’re always going to be there for each other and you can feel the love they share.
The romance really took a back seat for me in Right of First Refusal. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adored Mase. He’s fighting his own demons from not being able to play basketball competitively anymore, but he’s actively working to move on. There’s not a lot of drama in his life other than coming to Radleigh and seeing Cait again. And you know, the girlfriend that gets in the way. Even though I enjoyed Mase, I found his lack of faith disturbing. (If you get the reference I’ll love you forever!) At least when it came to a long distance relationship with Cait when they were younger. They were going to two different school for two different sports but he totally just blew her off without telling her why. My heart broke for the poor 17 year old girl. But they reunite and all is well in the world.
I also really enjoyed Cait’s dynamic with her family. This is where the whole “NA doesn’t have to be about romance” comes into play again. Cait has always been close to her dad and it shows. But when their dynamic changes, it’s hard on Cait. It was hard seeing her try to have it both ways but deep down she knew she had to choose. (I really don’t want to go into detail because of spoilers.) I probably would have chosen the same as she did if I’m being honest. It was probably the right one for her, but that doesn’t mean it was the easiest.
Dahlia Adler is without question, a fantastic author. She weaves stories and make you think and feel. Right of First Refusal is no different. Between friendships, family dynamics and finding love, RoFF is everything I love about New Adult jumbled up in one book. We need more books like this in New Adult. I hope that Dahlia continues after this series because I will never get enough of her words.
There are so many things I love about this book.
The side characters (as much as I loved the main characters, of course). I loved Jake and his camaraderie with Cait. I loved Samara and her cups of tea, but I couldn't help but notice that somewhere in the middle of the book, she just disappeared.
The representation in this book. We all know most YA and NA novels are filled with heterosexual white people (not that there's anything wrong with that; but well, we have an abundant supply, do we not?), so to read a book that has a variety of characters that are not bound to their stereotypes is refreshing and oddly satisfying.
The relationships. I love the friendship between Cait, Lizzie, and Frankie. Cait and Mase. The companionship between Jake and Cait. The familial relationship between Cait and her sister and her dad. It wasn't always puppies and rainbows, but that's what made it real. At the end of the day, you know those people genuinely love and care for each other.
And the conflict. How it wasn't overly dramatic. It felt real, and the decisions Cait made were for herself. It wasn't to impress Mase or her dad or the team or anyone else. She did it for herself. A lot of kids don't know that sometimes okay to actually do something for yourself. To make a decision because it makes you happy or because it's what you really need. It's not wrong. It's not always selfish. And this book could be a way to tell them that it's not.
Sure, there's a HEA. Don't worry, romance fans. The tension between Cait and Mase will have you fanning yourself on the bus and missing your stop. And the sex scenes will make you blush even if you're reading them alone in your house, under the covers.
But on top of that, Cait's learning to navigate changing roommate dynamics, complicated friendships, her team, her future, what's important to her, her relationship with her siblings, and her parents. It's messy, and it doesn't all wrap up nicely. Not everyone's friendly and going to hold hands while skipping off into the sunset together at the end. And that's okay, because that's real. Cait gets second chances, like we usually deserve, and she understands she's lucky for them, but she learns to stand up for herself and what's important to her where it's important.
Of all the New Adult books I've read, I think this one does the best job of embracing all that being a New Adult is: confusing, exciting, thrilling, exhausting, and hopeful. Extremely well done.
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