Title: Stupid Girl
Author: Cindy Miles
Publication Date: May 13, 2014 by TKA Distribution
Genre: New Adult, Romance
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.
The beautiful cover of this book was just enough for me to check this one out and read it. The blurb was pretty interesting too. However, I have to say I’m a little disappointed with this one.
I’ve noticed that most NA novels have a structure. Broken main characters who find themselves drawn together and try to fix or heal each other. And the guy has to be kind of an asshole at some point. Throw in some curses and sex, booze and drugs. There you go. And I have to say that it’s so frustrating to want to read a new adult novel, only to end up with the same cliche story. Okay, that may be harsh, but the truth hurts right?
This book somehow happened to fall to that category. However, unlike most of them, this book wasn’t as dragging and annoying. I found it pretty entertaining for some time or maybe most. Also, there wasn’t much sex so that was a positive point for me.
I couldn’t make up my mind whether or not I like the main characters, olivia and Brax. Olivia started out as a strong and smart girl. She’s a big sucker for astronomy so I request a high five right there. Although there were times that I wanted to gouge my eyes out because of her attraction to Brax. I mean, I like cheesy sometimes but not too cheesy up to the point that I want to barf. I found it really cute when she points out Brax’s accent, but then it was too much in the book that I found it really distracting.
I love Olivia’s relationship with her family, especially to Jilly. That was one of the most beautiful parts of the book for me. It was heartbreaking, yes, but beautifully written.
Brax… his mouth needs a filter. It’s like there’s a curse firing out of his mouth everytime he opens it. I don’t find that attractive at all. I mean, I curse sometimes, or too often but I do know the right time and place to do it. I have to point out his passion though. I admire that about him. But yeah, I found him very much domineering and really frightening most of the time. He was just too much to handle, I guess.
Tessa was my girl. I love her and I wish I’d seen more of her and Cory. Kelsy was a prick and a coward. And he’s way worse than Brax. Noah was also a character that I wish I’d seen more of. I think his character still has the potential to be developed.
Overall, the book was a good read, even though I found myself rolling my eyes for some time. I’ve pointed out my thoughts, the positives and the negatives and I’d say it’s up to you to be the real judge of the book.
From Cindy Miles, bestselling new adult author of STUPID GIRL, comes the next installment of her blockbuster Stupid in Love series – STUPID BOY.
Brax Jenkins and Olivia Beaumont are the most envied couple at Winston College—but the so-called “virginity dare,” orchestrated by Brax’s old fraternity, almost tore them apart. Now, a new dare is taking shape, and it’s sure to set the campus ablaze with crazy new rumors and chaos. Winston’s “It Girl” Harper Bell isn’t just president of Alpha Delta Phi—she’s also a master at keeping her ugly past a secret. So, when the Kappas’ dare hits closer to home for her more than anyone realizes, she devises a competition of her own as payback. Three sorority sisters will seek out a notorious bad boy, train him to be the perfect boyfriend, seduce him almost to the point of no return, and promptly—and publicly—break his heart. Always up for a challenge, Harper targets the biggest player she can find: Brax’s wickedly handsome foster brother Kane McCarthy. But, Harper discovers there’s much more to Kane than girls, games, and partying. His easy smile belies the quiet, old soul reflected in his deep brown eyes. All it takes is one night, one secret laid bare, and one kiss from Kane to shift Harper’s world on its axis. Suddenly, the girl who’s always walked a straight and narrow path can’t think of anything else except losing control.
ABOUT CINDY MILES
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.