Elite by Carrie Aarons

Blurb:

A PRIVILEGED standalone, get ready for secret societies, international romance, and college debauchery… 

If you’re in, you’ll never have to ask. If you ask, you’ll never be in.

Eloise Mason knows what it’s like to live among the privileged. Seeking a change from the upper crust society of Europe, she flies halfway across the world for a semester abroad in the one place guaranteed to toss responsibility out the window and provide some good, old-fashioned fun; college in The United States.

Except nothing at the picturesque, Ivy-covered university in Vermont appears as it seems. And after a mysterious invitation arrives on her doorstep, curiosity wins over the need to turn her back on games meant for the rich and ruthless.

Secret societies, risky tasks, and an inner circle to rival the royals. But it may just be one American boy who threatens to be the most dangerous endeavor of all.

Colton Reiter defines the word idolized at Jade Mountain University. In fact, he practically rules the roost from the three point line of the basketball court. The college’s star point guard, he is a god and treated as such; professional scouts at every game, teachers looking the other way when it comes to grades, and girls falling into his lap at the snap of a finger. He wants for nothing, or at least that’s what he wants everyone to believe.

But when he meets the sassy girl with the British accent who could care less about his status, her very existence threatens to unveil the skeletons buried deep in the back of his closet.

With stakes this high, and hearts on the line, can they turn their backs on power and popularity before the ivory tower comes crashing down on their heads?

My Review:
EliteElite by Carrie Aarons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eloise is a girl that seemingly has everything she could ever want: money, exclusive schools, expensive vacations. However she longs for the one things she doesn’t have, the love and attention of her parents. To try to take control of her life, she moves to a small American University. Only, things are not as they seem to be at first glance.

Colton appears to be an all American boy: a popular, smart basketball player. But he, too isn’t what he seems to be on the outside. He has secrets, secrets that could destroy everything he has worked so hard for.

When Eloise catches Colton’s eye, he can’t seem to stay away from her, even when she rejects him at every turn. But Colton is used to getting whatever he wants, and doesn’t give up.

This book was definitely a surprise to me. In the beginning, I thought that it was just going to be about those spoiled college kids, frat life, and keg parties. But it was so much more than that.
Through it all, this book isn’t about spoiled rich kids in college, doing things they shouldn’t be doing. It’s about loyalty, love, and knowing that life is about more than just college. It’s about what comes next, and looking past what you have, to see what could be.

Elite is loosely connected to a previous book by this author, Privileged. Elise is a secondary character in that book, and some of the characters show up in this one. It is definitely not necessary to read that one first, but it was a great book. This story was exceptionally well written, with surprises around every corner. The characters were so real, that I found myself falling into the story, even when I should have been doing something else. This book is definitely worth reading.
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