Book Review: Making the Grade Box Set by Kelly Collins

Making the Grade Box Set

by Kelly Collins



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The Dean’s List

What if being naturally sexy becomes your best attribute? Do you make the most of it, or play by the rules?
Twenty-five-year-old honors student, River Roberts, knows her life has to change. With only forty dollars to her name, she’s hungry, tired, and out of options. While seeking advice from her best friend Jade, she discovers a potential solution to all of her problems. Sexy, witty, charming and motivated, she meets the requirements for The Dean’s List, a university society that offers alumni anything they desired. It’s the perfect job for her. But it comes with a high price: secrets and loneliness.
After the death of his wife, enigmatic Jonathan Ferris lives in a world of acquisitions and mergers. Johnathan has no trouble risking millions on a merger, but vowed to never again risk his heart. That was until River Roberts comes along and he finds himself wanting to let someone in for the first time in years. The only problem is that she isn’t really his.
In a world of commodities and trading, River and Jonathan must fight for what their hearts desire. Can they find a way to make their merger a success? Or will it be yet another failed venture in the world of love?


The Graduate 

Sometimes the joys of life are found in the little things.

Paul Yoder’s life is defined by doing big things. He’s charming, intelligent and filthy rich, but what he wants most is to find someone who will love him for what he is, not what he offers.

When Melody Harper looks in the mirror, she sees an overweight, unhappy woman. She may have lost half of her body volume, but she hasn’t been able to shed her insecurities and self-loathing. Her greatest desire is to find a man who will accept her for all that she is.

Journey with Paul and Melody as they discover that only matters of the heart count.


Honor Roll

When do you become the sum of your parts?
Drop dead gorgeous, kind to a fault, and amazing in bed, twenty-six-year-old graduate student Luca Gregorio meets all the requirements for The Dean’s List, a university society that offers alumni anything they desire—for a price. Weeks from graduating, Luca loses his most valuable client. Determined to graduate debt-free, he needs a new patron to cover his shortfall. His once easy job at Concierge Services becomes complicated when he meets Mim Knight, the one woman he can’t ignore.
She was worth more.
Cultured and beautiful, Mim Knight isn’t looking for anything but a quick end to a frustrating workday when Luca Gregorio shows up on the other side of her desk. Despite his too-good-to-be-true looks, he’s different from the trust fund boys she’s used to. He’s fearless, genuine, and sexy as hell.
They say money is the root of all evil, but they’re wrong.
Drowning in lies of omission, Luca knows one misplaced step will lose Mim forever, but like his dream of financial freedom, he can’t let her go. In the world of commodities, everyone has something to sell. What price do you demand for your honor? What price do you put on love?


My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:


The Dean’s List

If you’re trying to scare me, you’re failing. You don’t have the fear factor. You wear Hello Kitty pajamas and drink caramel lattes for God’s sake. Who could be afraid of someone who likes cats and caramel?


A person would have to be a masochist to enjoy that spa day. The only consolation was it was supposed to get easier every time. The waxer was bold enough to say that sometimes the hair was so scared it didn’t grow back.


I’d have to separate my brain from my penis flytrap if I were going to get through this.


These aren’t young, stunning women. They are women who put off dating to break through the glass ceiling. One of them looked like she went headfirst.


She reminded me of the gargoyles that sat on top of old churches. They looked stiff and mean. That was Grace. She had that Botox-infused look that did nothing for her face. Her scowl would remain forever.

The Graduate:


I was always looking for that little spark. However, River told me I was looking in the wrong direction. The spark had to come from me. I could wait around for someone to stoke my fire or I could set the world ablaze on my own. Tonight I would be the figurative pyromaniac.


I’ll stare at you because you allow me to see you and I’m in awe of you.


 Honor Roll:

She was all sweetness and sunshine to the tired-looking barista. She was vinegar and hot sauce to me, but I like flavor in my life.
For a woman in her forties, she had a rockin’ body, but I was pretty sure it was because she devoured lesser men for sport.


She was everything virtuous and pure, and I was Hester Prynne with a penis.


We chatted about funny things like why hot dogs come in packages of ten and buns come in packages of eight. Why airline travel is suppose to be safe, but they call the airport a terminal.


She was the yin to my yang. The light to my darkness. She smelled like lilacs and tasted like honey. I felt like a hungry bee around her.


My Review:


All three books of this box set – The Dean’s List, The Graduate, and Honor Roll were wickedly funny, highly insightful, well written, and sizzling in sensuality. In other words, it was this old cougar’s nirvana. As with all Ms. Collin’s work, the writing was engaging, entertaining, relevant, and atomically steamy. Ms. Collins has a knack for developing flawed yet endearing and vibrant characters and expertly placing them in compelling and unusual story lines that leave me unable to put my kindle down. She has a marvelous style, unique talent, and mad skills. I am hopelessly addicted to her brand of humorous and steamy romance and greedily want to read everything she ever writes.

 About the Author

Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive.

Always a romantic, she is inspired by real time events mixed with a dose of fiction. She encourages her readers to reach the happily ever after but bask in the afterglow of the perfectly imperfect love.

Kelly lives in Colorado with her husband of twenty-five years. She loves hockey, shiny objects and has a new found appreciation for green smoothies.

Kelly has a landing page that hosts all her books.


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