Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler



Publisher: Smashwords Press

Page count: 414 pages (Ebook edition)

Source: Library

Format: Kindle


Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she’s acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she’ll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn’t exactly Lizzie’s biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you’re ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks… and that she’d like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he’s not the kind of guy who’d ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left. (summary provided by


New adult is one of my favorite genres, while the books in the genre don’t have the most substance, they are always super light and fluffy and are really easy to read.

Last Will and Testament was a really great book (despite it’s horrendous cover) and it definitely has some flaws as well in my eyes and I will be getting into that in this review.

What I liked:

The characters:

All of these characters were fully fleshed out and original, they always served a purpose and the author didn’t put them in the story just for the heck of it.

My favorite character would have to be Lizzie, the protagonist. Despite her flaws, she was headstrong, she fought for those that she loves and she changed drastically by the end of the novel.

It put emphasis on family:

There isn’t really much I can say about this other than I loved it.

The length: 

Books in the new adult genre are notorious for being too dragged out or not long enough, but this book was just the right length and I barely ever found myself skimming the pages because I was bored.

What I didn’t particularly enjoy…

My most hated trope….INSTALOVE:

This book is instalove galore: I think it was like a hundred pages in and they were saying their “I love you’s”, at this point they knew each other for a WEEK. IS THAT REALLY NECESSARY???

The ending: 

Oh look, another one of my most hated tropes….

Without spoiling anything, this story wrapped up too nicely to be realistic. The ending also seemed rushed as if the author was close to her deadline so she just crammed everything together in 20 pages. If at least 50 more pages would have been added to this to allow for more development, I would have given this book a full 4 stars.

Starred rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars


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