Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

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.

MrsNorthman's Review-
3/5 Fangs
I didn't hate this book, but it wasn't anything special. The cliché plot and unlikeable man-whore left me wanting more.

Olivia left behind her life of hard work on her family's farm to attend college and study astronomy. She's looking forward to a new start after the torturous senior year she endured. She was drugged and assaulted at a party before the start of their senior year by her ex-boyfriend. She vows to remain abstinent and not trust any guys. That doesn't last long.

It's only a few minutes after arriving on campus that she meets Brax. He's the star pitcher for the college baseball team, has a heavy accent being a Southie from Boston, is covered in tattoos that don't sound attractive, and is described as handsome but frightening. Honestly, the accent, the ghetto tattoos on his hands and the fact that he punches everyone was a major turnoff for me.

He ends up tackling and kissing Olivia on the front lawn of her dorm. Does she freak out? No! Instead he sweet talks her and they end up alone in her dorm room. I couldn't comprehend how someone that had been raped a year earlier would trust a guy so easily. Especially one that looks like a thug and is a total man whore. There were several situations throughout the book that left me thinking the book was aptly named.

Brax pursues her relentlessly and against everyone's warning Olivia falls for the bad boy. When Brax's true intentions come out she really looks like a stupid girl.

I had a hard time with the connection between these characters. To me they didn't have anything in common and the attraction was just odd. It didn't help that I really didn't like Brax. Watching him punch everyone in sight and ending up with black eyes constantly became too much for me. 

*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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