3.5 Hearts · Blitz/Tours · New Adult Contemporary

The Makeup Test by Vanessa M. Knight

The Makeup Test
A Ritter University Novella
by Vanessa M. Knight
Publication date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Parker Breckinridge is a sophomore in college and already running her own internet cosmetics business. She doesn’t apologize for her successes—or anything else. She’s worked hard to get what where she is. She’s had to. It’s not like there was anything else in her life, despite her rich family.

Cade Adler doesn’t do relationships—especially relationships with uptight princesses. Been there. Done that. Destroyed the T-shirt. Besides, what with working full-time as a police officer and going to school, who has time for women? Not him.

With his tattoos and overall attitude, Cade is exactly what Parker doesn’t need. And between her father’s money and her piss-poor attitude, Parker is exactly what Cade doesn’t need.

So why is it they can’t stay apart?

When I first read the title I thought maybe the story was about retaking a test in a class or something along those lines, but I was way off. It is actually about Makeup. I mean the Makeup you wear on your face. The story was cute and at times funny, but the situation that Parker found herself in totally sucked. She came from a privilege family and was the only child. Though her parents were estranged towards one another and towards her she tried to make the best of things. She knew what her overall plan was. Get her degree to move her makeup line forward, marry a (doctor, lawyer, white-collar career man), and continue to play the game her parents have been doing for years. She had her plans of her own, but knew she had to keep nice with her parents to be able to keep up her lavish lifestyle.

When she ends up getting in trouble with the university she ends up losing almost everything. Her friends in her sorority turn their back on her and boot her out of the house leaving her with no were to go. If it wasn’t for the super-hot, sexy, police officer who felt pity on her she would have been stuck driving back to her empty parent’s mansion.  To Parker that wasn’t an option.

Cade had it rough. He didn’t want to make his life more difficult with a high maintenance woman; but, when he meets Parker he can’t help the constant attraction that pulls him towards her. He seeks her out and ends up helping her with the bind she has been placed in. The more the two run into one another they realize that they both feel a strong chemistry. Parker and Cade decide to explore a physical relationship with each other, which ends up growing into much more very quickly. Even though Parker is still stuck playing by her parents rules she struggles to balance her new relationship with Cade and the obligations of her family.  When Parker finally stands up to her parents it becomes a last stand for her future and her relationship with Cade.

Cade and Parker each bring their own baggage to their new relationship, but learn to rely on each other for strength and support. The couple are thrown many curve balls with their careers, schooling, family situations, and their own personal obstacles.  The more they trust and rely on one another the strong the two of them become.

The story is told from altering POV’s. It is also part of a series, but can be read as a standalone. Don’t feel like you have to read all the other books to get this one. You don’t. I know, because this was the first book in the series I read.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Parker, but I think Cade was a positive influence on her. You can see her evolve within the story. The story-line paces quickly, but doesn’t miss anything big.

I give the story an overall 3.5

Wasn’t a knock-out of the park, but it was enjoyable and would

recommend for an easy, fun new adult read.





Vanessa M. Knight has always enjoyed writing and once she found romance, she was addicted. She props her laptop in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son and menagerie of 4-pawed, claw-babies (AKA cats and dogs.) That laptop has partnered-in-crime to write contemporary romances with a dash of humor and splash of snark.

When she has a few moments to spare, you can find her singing off key (but she assures us it’s still considered singing), reading, kickboxing or killing a few brain cells as she stares at the many sitcoms and dramas available through the Internet and TV.

For more information on Vanessa, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at www.vanessamknight.com.

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