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.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I absolutely loved this book. When I first began this novel, I was a bit concerned by the prologue. I was worried that I was entering a much darker book than I had originally anticipated. Although there is darkness and suffering in this novel, it doesn't overpower the general feeling of the book. Olivia and Brax's witty banter provides a reprieve from the darkness of their pasts.
This book brought out some of my high school nostalgia, mostly when reading about the "Dare". It reminded me of the teen movies I watched in the 90s and even though I had a feeling I knew exactly how the dare would turn out (which I was right about), there was still something comforting in that outcome.
I also enjoyed the idea of a NA novel that isn't all "Sex! Sex! Sex!" t gets a bit irritating for me to read NA novels when they seem like they're just a way to get sex into a YA novel. This book isn't like that at all. This book is the story of a genuine journey between two college students with difficult histories coming to terms with their past to create a happy future.
Loved it! I would definitely recommend this book.
Note: I received a free copy of this book for honest review from netgalley.com
About the Author
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.
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"A raw, beautiful, poignant story about pain, heartache and first love. I couldn't put it down."
- Carly Phillips, NYT bestselling author