Published on: 13th May 2014
Published by: Self Published
Series: Stupid in Love #1
Genre: NA Romance
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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 University, 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.
When I picked up this book I knew exactly what I was going to be getting: young innocent female with a past traumatic event attracted to bad boy with a man slut reputation. It’s the story we have all read a hundred times before. I never avoid a book for this reason though, sometimes it’s nice reading a book and knowing exactly what you are getting. When I picked up this book I was just looking for an easy read for an hour before I went to bed. What I got was me still sat up reading at 2am refusing to go to bed until I had finished this book!
“The only boy good enough for you darlin’ is one who’d sacrifice everything to have you. I’m talkin’ everything important to him, just to keep you. No matter the cost. Otherwise,” he rubbed his jaw, “he ain’t worth his weight, pound for pound, in pure solid horseshit. He just ain’t, Olivia Grace. You remember that.”
I connected with our two main characters instantly. Olivia (Liv,Gracie, Sunshine – she has a lot of names in this book!) is such a strong character and her painful past is revealed to us right from page one. The thing I most liked about her was that she wasn’t a dweller. She lived through something horrific and she’s totally damaged, but she doesn’t give up. She gives herself a new start, goes to college and she sets about working towards the life she wants. Her strength really is phenomenal. I also love how different she is and how happy she is in being the ranch girl with the massive telescope. I’ve never read a story with an astronomer in it before, it made a nice change.
“There’s no one else in the universe except you. Those freaky eyes soften and fill with absolute wonder, every single solitary time you appear anywhere within his range of sight. You’re all he sees.”
Brax, what can I say about Brax that hasn’t been said about a bad boy before? Nothing really, so I’m just going to go with the usual. He’s hot, athletic, got a bit of an anger management problem, covered in tattoo’s, rides a motorbike, smart arse, massive ego, man whore. I think I covered the main points there. There are a lot of people out there who complain about the whole ‘typical bad boy’ character, they say it’s getting old. I say keep them coming! Brax is brilliant and I love his confidence, he literally kisses Olivia within about 5 seconds of meeting her. His excuse “I couldn’t help it”. I love these type of stories when these macho tough guys get completely knocked on their asses by these seemingly ‘ordinary’ girls they just didn’t see coming.
“And I’m not fuckin’ apologising for that kiss. It was a natural hot-blooded male gut instinct.” He shrugged. “Couldn’t help it.”
There were some really cute moments in their romance. They connect pretty quickly and even though Olivia attempts to seem uninterested she always has some kind of sexy thought going through her mind when she’s around Brax. The nice thing about this book is that it’s not all about the physical. Normally there is some kind of totally steamy and kind of unrealistic sex scene when the girl looses her virginity and after that it’s all about the sexy time. In this we get a whole load of kissing and making out, but everything else takes its time, which gives our characters a chance to really get deep and do all the emotional stuff. And it’s at this point that we find out that Olivia isn’t the only one with the painful past.
“My heart had begged me to change my mind. But my brain had decided not to ever be stupid again.”
Yes, there are the angst moments, you can see them coming from a mile away. It’s pretty easy to guess how the entire story is going to go from just reading the description on the back of the book. But even though we know how it’s going to end up it doesn’t ruin it, because it’s the journey that makes this book what it is. It’s all the cute things that Brax says, the way that Olivia doesn’t let a stupid prank knock her down, it’s the hilarious moments between Olivia and her roommate, it’s the relationship she has with her brothers and her grandfather. Who cares if it’s another good girl bad boy story? That doesn’t matter. These are the things that matter, and these are the things that make this book the addictive story it is.
“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
If you are bored of bad boy stories and complain about every single one you read, then it’s simple: don’t read this one. But I can promise you that you are missing out. This is my first time reading Cindy Miles and from knowing absolutely nothing about her after reading this book I am really impressed. I can’t wait to try out some more of her books.
Re-Readability: Hells yes!
I would recommend this book to fans of: steamy romances, stories based in college, stories with colleges sports, bad boy romances, New Adult romances
Have you read anything by Cindy Miles?
What do you think of bad boy romances?