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At Mountford University, Ranik Mason is the king of bad boys. He’s got every cheerleader dying to be in his bed, and the underage booze-circuit under his thumb. He’s a lone wolf who takes what he wants, but never takes anything seriously. At Mountford University, Alice Wells is the queen of nerds - studious, strict, and smart as a whip, she’s never had a boyfriend, let al At Mountford University, Ranik Mason is the king of bad boys. He’s got every cheerleader dying to be in his bed, and the underage booze-circuit under his thumb. He’s a lone wolf who takes what he wants, but never takes anything seriously. At Mountford University, Alice Wells is the queen of nerds - studious, strict, and smart as a whip, she’s never had a boyfriend, let alone gotten drunk or partied. She’s an ice-cold teacher’s pet, determined to stick to rules and regulations if it kills her. Her one weakness is her massive crush on Theo, the mature, gorgeous campus DJ, and she’s determined to transform into the girl he wants. If anyone on campus knows how to seduce, it’s Ranik Mason. Alice approaches him with a contract – teach her how to win Theo, and she’ll do his coursework for a year. Ranik agrees, but as his lessons for Alice heat up, both of them start to realize love isn’t something you can teach. There’s a price. And both Alice and Ranik have to pay.


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At Mountford University, Ranik Mason is the king of bad boys. He’s got every cheerleader dying to be in his bed, and the underage booze-circuit under his thumb. He’s a lone wolf who takes what he wants, but never takes anything seriously. At Mountford University, Alice Wells is the queen of nerds - studious, strict, and smart as a whip, she’s never had a boyfriend, let al At Mountford University, Ranik Mason is the king of bad boys. He’s got every cheerleader dying to be in his bed, and the underage booze-circuit under his thumb. He’s a lone wolf who takes what he wants, but never takes anything seriously. At Mountford University, Alice Wells is the queen of nerds - studious, strict, and smart as a whip, she’s never had a boyfriend, let alone gotten drunk or partied. She’s an ice-cold teacher’s pet, determined to stick to rules and regulations if it kills her. Her one weakness is her massive crush on Theo, the mature, gorgeous campus DJ, and she’s determined to transform into the girl he wants. If anyone on campus knows how to seduce, it’s Ranik Mason. Alice approaches him with a contract – teach her how to win Theo, and she’ll do his coursework for a year. Ranik agrees, but as his lessons for Alice heat up, both of them start to realize love isn’t something you can teach. There’s a price. And both Alice and Ranik have to pay.

30 review for The Education of Alice Wells

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine Alibutud

    "S’hard to love yourself. I know that. But you can’t love someone else without loving yourself first... ...You can’t be there one hundred percent for another person unless you like yourself. It’s unfair to the person you love." What a nice quick read to start a day! I've always been a huge fan of Sara Wolf ever since the Lovely Vicious series, and when I learned about her other upcoming standalones, I just had to have them. Of course, The Education of Alice Wells was not "S’hard to love yourself. I know that. But you can’t love someone else without loving yourself first... ...You can’t be there one hundred percent for another person unless you like yourself. It’s unfair to the person you love." What a nice quick read to start a day! I've always been a huge fan of Sara Wolf ever since the Lovely Vicious series, and when I learned about her other upcoming standalones, I just had to have them. Of course, The Education of Alice Wells was not an exception. The book's main character is Alice Wells, a college student who finds herself boring and normal. She finds enjoyment and fun in studying, and would rather submerge herself inside a classroom or a library instead of a party. Although she tops her classes and aces her exams, it doesn't really earn her any friends and is made fun of as a "robot". "I’m still boring and focused on school as ever. But in a house with a Mom who only looked at me if I brought home a good report card, it was something I just grew into. School was my life. Where other girls found joy in movies and fashion and friends, I found it in numbers and facts. That’s how I’ve always been. It didn’t get me a lot of friends." But aside from her love for studying and all things school-related, she actually has another hidden interest. "I think of Theo – Theo, the only boy with enough courage to approach me, to speak to me like an equal instead of a disdained alien or a piece of meat. Theo, the only boy to ever smile at me, to compliment me with true sincerity." But of course, Alice knows nothing about boys. She has had the biggest crush on Theo, but she hasn't made any single move about it. This is the part where Ranik Mason comes to the picture, the king of bad boys in Mountford University. Under certain circumstances, Alice was put to a situation wherein she suddenly comes up to ask for Ranik's help to become more "attractive" to start catching the attention of Theo. She worries that her "robot" looks will get her nowhere near Theo. Ranik, being the charming and arrogant being he is, agrees to this. But in exchange, Alice needs to do his homework and help him in his schoolwork, especially since his grades have been flunking. They both shake in into this "pact" and have officially agreed to help each other. But of course, we all know what happens in stories like this... "I can love you better. I promise you, I can love you more than he ever would. I already do. Just gimme a chance." Anyway, I'll stop spoiling the good stuff. I'm rating this book 4 stars because as much as I enjoyed this, I did have a few issues with it. First was Ranik's accent. I loved Ranik and found him really sweet, but there's just something about his accent that I can't pinpoint that's kind of bothering me. Second, I believe that the relationship between Alice and Ranik could've been written deeper, much more apart from their physical attraction. Third, I'm REAAAALLY hoping for a better cover. Lastly, I think there's still room for a better characterization build-up! But aside from those issues, I really did enjoy this book! Can't wait for another Sara Wolf book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    Well... that was ridiculous, but, also kind of fun. BUT really, quite ridiculous. Well... that was ridiculous, but, also kind of fun. BUT really, quite ridiculous.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mariam

    I'm a picky reader. This book had good potential. The hero and heroine were polar opposites. The heroine was in love with some guy. She needed the hero's help to seduce him and in exchange, she'll do his homework. It all sounds nice and interesting and funny. Well, it was. Until the goddamn hero made me want to claw his eyes out. I'm not really a fan of manwhores in books. I used to be. It's fine if he was a manwhore. But this guy... He continued to whore around even after he supposedly fell in love I'm a picky reader. This book had good potential. The hero and heroine were polar opposites. The heroine was in love with some guy. She needed the hero's help to seduce him and in exchange, she'll do his homework. It all sounds nice and interesting and funny. Well, it was. Until the goddamn hero made me want to claw his eyes out. I'm not really a fan of manwhores in books. I used to be. It's fine if he was a manwhore. But this guy... He continued to whore around even after he supposedly fell in love with the heroine. It gets better... He admitted to the heroine that he slept with all those girls just to forget her but he couldn't. It just didn't work. It gets even better... Those girls didn't matter. Nope, not at all. Because It was her face he saw when he came. What an honor. I envy her. Wow. Just wow. I'm gonna faint because this is so romantic. Listen, this book was good. It had its funny moments. The heroine was quirky. I liked her a lot. But I just couldn't stand the hero. His grammar made my eyes bleed. When I read, I need a well written book. If I wanted to read "she don't" or "he don't" or "ain't" every five seconds, I would go listen to some rap songs.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Moon Love

    I liked the book. I think it ended too quickly. I would've loved to know more about people's reactions to Alice and Ranik. It was easy to like Alice and Ranik. I loved being in both their heads. As a fan of Sara Wolf, she didn't disappoint. There is angst and passion. I would love to read more from her and also own this book in paperback,

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    She did it again. Sara Wolf is seriously my spirit animal. I adore her and her writing style! Thank you for another great set of characters!!! I loved Ranik

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ideally.Portia

    This was just fun and adorable. It just made me happy. Its just that simple. I will say there are some editing flaws, mostly in the second half, like it was getting rushed. But I just overlooked it. Also, Raniks accent was strange. Sometimes I felt like he should be British or Australian, other times he was clearly a southern boy. I am from the south an "Oy" just isn't a southern thing. So I had to keep telling myself he was from Louisiana (Is that right? I think so...) in order to hear him more c This was just fun and adorable. It just made me happy. Its just that simple. I will say there are some editing flaws, mostly in the second half, like it was getting rushed. But I just overlooked it. Also, Raniks accent was strange. Sometimes I felt like he should be British or Australian, other times he was clearly a southern boy. I am from the south an "Oy" just isn't a southern thing. So I had to keep telling myself he was from Louisiana (Is that right? I think so...) in order to hear him more clearly in my head. But so far, in my experience with Sara Wolf, I just love the characters she creates. They are witty, and smart, and funny, and sarcastic and just so hard not to love. I really enjoy them. This book was very different from her Lovely Vicious series. It was much lighter. Overall, I really enjoyed it!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Poly

    3.75 Cute!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Irunía

    It was sort of silly and clichéd but I ended up loving this book. The heroine was super annoying but nevertheless I felt for her. She was likeable despite being dumb half the time if this even makes sense. The hero fell for her first and the sadistic part of me, hehe, enjoyed how she made the hero suffer and work for it literally the ENTIRE book. She was such a tease. On the other hand, I pitied him cause it was clear as day the poor fella got it bad for her... pitied but not too much though caus It was sort of silly and clichéd but I ended up loving this book. The heroine was super annoying but nevertheless I felt for her. She was likeable despite being dumb half the time if this even makes sense. The hero fell for her first and the sadistic part of me, hehe, enjoyed how she made the hero suffer and work for it literally the ENTIRE book. She was such a tease. On the other hand, I pitied him cause it was clear as day the poor fella got it bad for her... pitied but not too much though cause he's a ho (fucking cliché 🙄). But here his whorish ways didn't irk me that much cause the heroine wasn't pining for him and as I've said it was evident he hurt and cared about her way too much and believed she felt nothing for him and honestly it's just difficult to stay mad at him. Anyway, despite all this being irritating, I guess it was exactly what kept my interest till the end. I liked how it was the hero who pursued her, pined for the heroine and cherished her, was super protective and supportive and suffered till the very end *evil laugh* P. S. I found it so amusing how they conveniently used all the "tutoring thing" as an excuse to do some wicked stuff. It was hot

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Kinda sorta disappointed with this book. Not saying that I didn't like it, I just expected more from it since Sara Wolf wrote it. Then again, I've only ever read her Lovely Vicious series (which is PHENOMENAL), so I assumed it would be equally hilarious as those books were. But it wasn't. Not really. WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW Ranik reminded me a whole hell of a lot of Isis from The Lovely Vicious series. He, too, cracked jokes at every turn. He also reminded me of Jack from the series. I guess you co Kinda sorta disappointed with this book. Not saying that I didn't like it, I just expected more from it since Sara Wolf wrote it. Then again, I've only ever read her Lovely Vicious series (which is PHENOMENAL), so I assumed it would be equally hilarious as those books were. But it wasn't. Not really. WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW Ranik reminded me a whole hell of a lot of Isis from The Lovely Vicious series. He, too, cracked jokes at every turn. He also reminded me of Jack from the series. I guess you could say that Ranik is just a mix of the two. Always trying to put a happy face on to cover his insecurities and beliefs that no one will ever love or want him. Now, Alice. Alice, Alice, Alice. I totally loved her. She was frustrating at times, but so was Ranik, and I still love him. The robotic way she spoke and thought was actually kinda...pleasant? Idk, but I liked it. The only really frustrating thing about Alice was her insistence that she was in love with Theo when she didn't even really know him. Her reasoning for loving him every time was that he was nice to her, and was attractive, and was patient with her. Like, hello, is that not Ranik as well??? She was so blinded in her "love" with Theo that she couldn't even see the guy that was right in front of her face, the guy that was ALREADY in love with her, with the real Alice. I was kinda nervous towards the end at the carnival (I giggled a bit at the similarities between the final throwdown at the carnival in this book and the big reveal at the carnival in Brutal Precious). After everything that went down with Alice and Ranik beforehand, she still insisted that she loved Theo, even after he said that Ranik had "soiled" her. But then Alice finally opened her big, dumb eyes and finally noticed Ranik and how much he loved her. And then they made out against a tree and then magically appeared at Ranik's apartment and they frick fracked and it was great and then it's a month later and Ranik is driving her to SanFran to visit her dad in prison and all was well in the world of Alice Wells.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Perks Of Being A Fangirl

    Like many other books by Sara Wolf, I undoubtedly fell in love. "Sometimes it's nice," she murmurs. "To feel the rain on your skin to remember you're still a human being who can feel things, no matter what people say" I am drawn to books written by Sara Wolf like bees drawn to honey, like little kids drawn to cute little fluffy puppies. She has become one of my favourite authours that I had discovered in 2014 and I know that any work written by her will be amazing. This book was an addictiv Like many other books by Sara Wolf, I undoubtedly fell in love. "Sometimes it's nice," she murmurs. "To feel the rain on your skin to remember you're still a human being who can feel things, no matter what people say" I am drawn to books written by Sara Wolf like bees drawn to honey, like little kids drawn to cute little fluffy puppies. She has become one of my favourite authours that I had discovered in 2014 and I know that any work written by her will be amazing. This book was an addictive read, even if some of Ranik's speech was obscure however if you look over that matter, this is a perfect book with likable characters and hilarious interactions which will have you clenching your stomach in fits of laughter. "uh. I promise I won't try to zombie-fuck you, either." One thing which another review has mentioned was the cover. The saying 'Never judge a book by it's cover' is absolutely correct however I was slightly disappinted with the artwork. Other books written by Sara have the most amazing covers like the 'Lovely Vicious' series and they look absolutely divine but this cover does not grasp the audiences attention. I would thoroughly recommend any of Sara Wolf's books because she is an amazing writer and she creates characters which are extremely likable as well as having funny dialogues between characters. I mean...It's a winner

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nastassja

    Actual rating: 3.4 I really liked this book. The characters ale loveable and more important, I think they are believable, especially Ranik. He is very honest and likeable, I can totally imagine someone like him in real life. It's quite rare for a male character to be so surprisingly real and vulnerable and not self assured macho. Thank You Sara Wolf for such a nice male character. I liked the writing style, especially how the dialogues between Alice and Ranik were written. It is so adorable how Actual rating: 3.4 I really liked this book. The characters ale loveable and more important, I think they are believable, especially Ranik. He is very honest and likeable, I can totally imagine someone like him in real life. It's quite rare for a male character to be so surprisingly real and vulnerable and not self assured macho. Thank You Sara Wolf for such a nice male character. I liked the writing style, especially how the dialogues between Alice and Ranik were written. It is so adorable how they fit together, though, they are so different. They just click almost from the beginning. The only thing that a little bit disappointed me was the length of the book. I'd like it to be a little longer, especially in the end, it felt like it ended abruptly and I wanted so much to read more about Alice and Renik, when they finally became a couple. But anyway, I enjoyed reading this book and will recommend it to anyone who has read any of Sara Wolf's books before or would like to give it a try. You should totally read it! Well done Ms. Wolf.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Ok this book was totally hot and I sort of liked Ranik. Except for his grammar (which made me grimace every time) and his man-whore ways. Alice... I didn't like her half the time... but her snarkiness and sarcasm was kinda refreshing and fun. I liked their relationship, even though she really gave him crap most of the time. Theo was so boring and lame I wanted to hit my head against a wall. Or better, HIS head. Why hurt myself? Grace was so annoyingly cheerful and colorful I wanted to rip my eye Ok this book was totally hot and I sort of liked Ranik. Except for his grammar (which made me grimace every time) and his man-whore ways. Alice... I didn't like her half the time... but her snarkiness and sarcasm was kinda refreshing and fun. I liked their relationship, even though she really gave him crap most of the time. Theo was so boring and lame I wanted to hit my head against a wall. Or better, HIS head. Why hurt myself? Grace was so annoyingly cheerful and colorful I wanted to rip my eyes off. BUT! What really bugged me was that no one in this damn book had safe sex. I mean Ranik went with who knows how many slutty women and never used protection. AND he didn't use protection with Alice either. And I mean, other than risking really nasty diseases from those "ladies", Alice being an inexperienced virgin wasn't even on the pill... so... really? It wasn't a bad read, BUT it had the potential to be much better. 3.5 stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    The Grim Reaper

    SARA WOLF, YOU'VE DONE IT AGAIN.ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER FUCKIN' READ. Firstly, let me start off by swooning over Alice and Ranik (LORD IN HEAVEN, LOOKATTHEMTHEY'RESOPERFECT.) Oh God, how many times I died over Ranik's words AGHHHHHHHHHH. PERFECT, HE'S PERFECT. And the way he cares for Alice and self-depreciates himself and UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HE IS SO UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. WHY, SARA WOLF , WHY? WHY ROB ME OF MY VOCABULARY YET AGAIN? DIDN'T YOU GET YOUR FILL LAST TIME??????? OH WHO AM I KIDD SARA WOLF, YOU'VE DONE IT AGAIN.ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER FUCKIN' READ. Firstly, let me start off by swooning over Alice and Ranik (LORD IN HEAVEN, LOOKATTHEMTHEY'RESOPERFECT.) Oh God, how many times I died over Ranik's words AGHHHHHHHHHH. PERFECT, HE'S PERFECT. And the way he cares for Alice and self-depreciates himself and UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HE IS SO UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. WHY, SARA WOLF , WHY? WHY ROB ME OF MY VOCABULARY YET AGAIN? DIDN'T YOU GET YOUR FILL LAST TIME??????? OH WHO AM I KIDDING, I LOVE YOU FOR WRITING THIS BOOK. The second thing I liked was, well, EVERYTHING!!! THE BOOK WAS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN. I HAD TO FORCE MY SELF TO READ 10 PAGES A DAY IN ORDER TO CHERISH THE BOOK ND NOT READ IT WHOLE IN ONE SETTING. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL, EXHILARATING, DELIGHTFUL, RESPLENDENT, UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tracy *To the point Reviews*

    Must admit this was disappointing. Especially after reading Lovely Vicious books. The story line was lacking originality. And the dialogue fell flat. Alice was way too ridiculously sheltered. Being a brain means you have lots of knowledge about stuff. It seemed so contradictory to make her uber smart, and yet so dense.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Mooney

    get ready for really angry bad review really tried this book but oh god some many thing that pissed me off D: EURGH .. had such potential cant believe it Sara wolf book from 4 books read from her.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shannon The Romance Addict!

    It had potential, but fell short. I didn't connect with the MC's. 2.5 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    review to follow. solid 3.5 Burended too soon for me

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lena Meets Death

    3.75 It was a really good book with a lot of funny passages and a lot of things made me cringe, but I do think that it was a great story. It is not like the other stuff I have read of Sara Wolf, but it was enjoyable!

  19. 5 out of 5

    TSN ☮

    DNF 25% Immature as hell. DNF 25% Immature as hell.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tia

    I thought this was actually a really good book. Nice story and I like the details of the characters.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    So disappointed. I loved The Lovely Vicious series, and so I knew that at some point I'd read another novel by Sara Wolf. This didn't meet my expectations for her. The characters weren't interesting, the storyline was hard to stick with, because I don't even think I was rooting for Alice.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    3.5-4 stars. I did enjoy this story. Parts of it were really good. I'm a sucker for the nerd-meets-badboy/jock stories or the pygmalion themes and the chemistry between Ranik and Alice was obvious. I also loved how Ranik fell for her. I read it in one sitting and the humour that Sara Wolf is so good with was there. I just think I wanted more of something I just can't put my finger on at the moment.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    ANOTHER SARA WOLF BOOK OH YES GIMME GIMME THIS BOOOOOOOOOOOK!! GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gaby (lookingatbooks)

    2.5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shanna Crones

    A really cute story. It didn't blow my mind but I enjoyed it anyway.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    This book was good, and I enjoyed it a lot especially with its slow-burn romance. Alice was a character that was hard to like at first. She was a very smart and intelligent young woman but was also naive and dense most of the time. Her speech was so formal and robotic, so it was kind of hard to relate to her character in the beginning. As for Ranik, the blurb says he’s a bad boy, but he’s actually not. I actually liked him more than Alice. He was so nice and caring towards her, and he treated her This book was good, and I enjoyed it a lot especially with its slow-burn romance. Alice was a character that was hard to like at first. She was a very smart and intelligent young woman but was also naive and dense most of the time. Her speech was so formal and robotic, so it was kind of hard to relate to her character in the beginning. As for Ranik, the blurb says he’s a bad boy, but he’s actually not. I actually liked him more than Alice. He was so nice and caring towards her, and he treated her so well. He was very patient with her and he saw and liked her for who she really is. Overall, this was a fun, good read. The characters were likable and the relationship development between Alice and Ranik was good. However, I felt like the conflict between Alice and her mom was resolved way too easily and quickly, and I wish that they had a sincere and meaningful conversation with each other on-page. The ending felt rushed like everything just happened so fast and I wish there were more scenes with Alice and Ranik as an official couple.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica's Review

    Loved the dynamic between the repressed smart girl and the wounded bad boy. I think Sara Wolf really illustrated it well. I think it offered a great reflection to things we all do at some point. That compromise between wanting to be someone that the person we like wants... and learning to appreciate what you already are. She had some pretty spicy love scenes. I felt like the ambience was illustrated really well. I got a very clear idea of where I was at all times. Some authors skim over that, bu Loved the dynamic between the repressed smart girl and the wounded bad boy. I think Sara Wolf really illustrated it well. I think it offered a great reflection to things we all do at some point. That compromise between wanting to be someone that the person we like wants... and learning to appreciate what you already are. She had some pretty spicy love scenes. I felt like the ambience was illustrated really well. I got a very clear idea of where I was at all times. Some authors skim over that, but Wolf does it well. I could visualize exactly what angle of light hit the lead characters faces, where they sat in the courtyard or car or party, their expressions, their moods, smells. It wasn't overembellished. There were no side notes that took 3 pages to get through. It had a nice flow. The insights were interesting too. I think I'll read more of this author's work in the future.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    S’hard to love yourself. I know that. But you can’t love someone else without loving yourself first. You can’t be there one hundred percent for another person unless you like yourself. It’s unfair to the person you love. Big-boned strong-willed girls, trust issues, toxic parents - Sara Wolf has created another story on her cherished elements! It's a short read, and I noticed a couple of pages that might need to be retouched. The overall score is 2.5 but those beautiful quotes made me give it 3/5. S’hard to love yourself. I know that. But you can’t love someone else without loving yourself first. You can’t be there one hundred percent for another person unless you like yourself. It’s unfair to the person you love. Big-boned strong-willed girls, trust issues, toxic parents - Sara Wolf has created another story on her cherished elements! It's a short read, and I noticed a couple of pages that might need to be retouched. The overall score is 2.5 but those beautiful quotes made me give it 3/5.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leslecturesajigoku 78

    More like a 4.5* though because I really like it, like a lot. It was such a sweet romance with adorable and likeable characters. I have a soft spot for Ranik though because… He's so great and lovely. Same for Alice. Their interactions are funny and I really enjoyed their cute and hot moments. The only thing I'm disappointed at : not having a second book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ista

    Sweet and entertaining but the two main characters were a bit too much like caricatures of their respective stereotypes + Ranik’s accent/speaking manner was really off putting. It was fine in his speech but in his thought process too? Really?

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