~ Book Review: Staying On Top by Lyla Payne ~

Staying on Top (Whitman University, #4)Title: Staying On Top (Whitman University #4)
Author: Lyla Payne
Publisher: Lyla Payne
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Format: e-Book
Source: Author
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sam Bradford has it all—he’s the #2 tennis player in the world, plenty of girls want to date him, and he’ll never want for money. At least, that’s what he thought until his accountant stole everything and disappeared. Interpol has no idea where to start, and neither does the American F.B.I., so Sam figures he’ll just have to take care of his body and play a few extra years to make it back.

When Blair Paddington, the accountant’s daughter and a friend of a friend at Whitman, shows up and claims she can help Sam get his money back he’s torn between wanting justice and the very real possibility that Blair is just as big a con man as her father. When she promises not only money, but justice, Sam agrees—but only if he can go along on the search.

The two of them set off on an adventure neither rich kid is prepared for—cheap hostels, the same clothes three days in a row, and nothing but a backpack of possessions—so they can fly under the radar as college lovers on a winter break. In spite of Blair’s shady family, her daring and resourceful personality strike Sam’s interest and he finds himself falling for the one girl he shouldn’t.

When they finally find her father, the truths that come to light not only make Sam question his affection for Blair, but could cost him more than money—if they can’t work together one last time, neither of them may be going home. Ever.

So I've been reading this series from the start and I just can't get enough. I'm always glad to escape into the lives of Whitman's oh so very intriguing students. Blair has one secret in particular that might top the rest. Secrets don't stay hidden long.

Everything seemed to be perfectly normal in Sam's life. That is until he realizes that his accountant has stolen 30 million dollars from him. That is where Blair Paddington comes in. She was the girl he couldn't keep his mind off of. She's also his accountant’s daughter. Low and behold, she shows up and claims to be able to get his money back while also promising to turn in her father. Life's full of choices, will these two pick the same route?

I really like the fact that Blair was up front with Sam from the start. Yes, there are others secrets but at least the main thing was out in the open. It was a unique twist and a refreshing new story. Their relationship is the one that really grabbed my attention. You can instantly feel the chemistry between them, even when their stuck in the oddest of places. Staying On Top is a great addition to the Whitman series. It's also a fun quick read that takes you to different parts of the world without having to take out your passport and jumping on an 18 hour flight.


  1. This sounds great and like something I would enjoy. I've been curious about it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This sounds like an interesting read! I haven't read any of the Whitman books, but I love characters that have great chemistry... sizzling is awesome in my book! Awesome review, girly! (ALSO, I love your owl ratings! :))

  3. Wow an 18 hour flight, glad this book kept you entertained! Sounds like it was a nice light read :)

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence


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