Author: Cindy Miles
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Pub Date: May 13th, 2014
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Only fools fall in love...
After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston College, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course.
A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.
As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love
I can’t really pinpoint why I loved this book. Its full of clichés and not just subtle ones but the entire story line was copied from some 1980’s rom-com. Player boy meets sweet country girl. Player boy falls for sweet country girl. Sweet country girl has dark secret. Player boy breaks sweet country girl’s heart. It’s the story of every other new adult book but for some reason this one was so damn addicting! Maybe it was Brax’s Boston accent or Olivia’s view on life but it was so good.
It starts off revealing Olivia’s big secret, which is nice because we don’t have to guess or wait until the end of book. Now it’s a year since it happened and she’s has a chance to go away to college and start fresh. It last less than five minutes, notorious player Brax sees her and “can’t help himself” and welcomes her with a kiss. Which is one of the cutest beginning to a couple that I’ve seen for a while. From there the story becomes Brax trying to land Olivia (or as he called her ‘Gracie’) and her trying to keep just friends. Doesn’t help that her dark past followed her to her new start.
Gracie and Brax had such an honest relationship. It wasn’t all sexual, it started out as a flirty friendship. Although Brax is described as a player we don’t really see it. He really only flirts with one other girl and it was all part of his “plan” so I wouldn’t count that.
“Now that was a real talent. Day one with Brax Jenkins, and I was already thoroughly kissed, charmed, and…. nauseated at the same time?
I was obsessed with his accent, it is one of the few books where his accent was always there. While finishing this book I found myself reading even text messages with his wicked Boston accent. As for Gracie, I just loved her! She was sweet and didn’t let what happen to her ruin her life. She may or may not have been date raped but she still tried to get past it. There was no slut shaming from her, ever. Lastly (and probably my favorite thing) was how we saw her growth through the book. She went from a ranch girl who used words like ‘swell’ and ‘blouse’ to a grown up woman who left her past in the past.
My favorite character was Tessa. She’s Gracie’s roommate and she’s Hispanic! I’m astounded by the lack of Hispanics in new adult. The only thing that sucked was how little info the author put for Tessa. She never says what kind of Hispanic she is (Cuban, Puerto Rican, etc.) and the only Hispanic words she says are “Chica” otherwise it just said “followed by a string of Spanish words none of us understood”. I mean really? Its fine if you say it once but it was used Every.Single.Time. On the positive side she gave the best advice:
“Chica, it don’t matter how much a guy loves you. If he’s crazy, it’ll only lead to more heartache. Or worse.”
If I could cross-stitch I would put it on a pillow, just so I’d never forget it.
Overall this was such a cute story about love and forgiveness. Great for any fans of Beautiful Disasters or those who wanted a less intense leading man (who still fights for his girl)
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National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her upcoming New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college.