Review: Staying On Top by Lyla Payne


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.


I really enjoyed this book, it has been a while since I have dived into the Whitman University universe and I did miss it. I am a die-hard Whitman Hooter for life! Where shall I begin…oh yes, lets start with Blair. She is a mystery, one I could never figure out until you are truly inside her head. I feel sorry for her and want to slap her all at the same time. Then there is sweet, sexy, swoon-worthy Sam Bradford. The man is 100% perfection, care-free, happiness. I love Sam and I can now completely understand why Quinn and him are good friends.

They go on this crazy adventure in an attempt to get Sam’s money back and along the way Blair starts to share pieces of herself. Things that slip out in moments of honesty that she has trouble keeping her story and lies straight. Overall, it is just and enjoyable read, something that is funny but not too heavy or dark but will leave you smiling and gasping at every page. Lyla never disappoints on Whitman!



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