From Cindy Miles, bestselling new adult author of STUPID GIRL, comes the next installment of her addictive Stupid in Love series – STUPID BOY. “Stupid Boy by Cindy Miles is everything I love about a new adult romance– angsty, emotional and sexy. I couldn’t stop reading!” – NYT and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Hawkeye Brax Jenkins and Olivia Beaumont are the most envied couple at Winston University—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 emotions ablaze—more than ever before. Winston’s “It Girl” Harper Belle isn’t just president of the Deltas—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 womanizer on campus and—unbeknownst their “mark”—secretly train him to be the perfect boyfriend. 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.
Review [possible spoilers]:
This is the second book of Cindy Mile’s Stupid in Love series and I have to say I liked Stupid Boy more than I thought I would. And why? One name sums it up: Kane. I really, really loved Kane. At first, I was a little skeptic, due to a few stalker moves, but he turned out to be a strong male character and his actions through the book made sense considering his upbringing. Maybe, what made me like him even more, was the fact that he was completely different from Brax.
Both Harpers and Kane’s childhoods were heartbreaking but perfectly described. The first pages of the book about their pasts, got me totally hooked and made me read it in one sitting. I liked Harper too even though, at some point, all her “can’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t” were a little over the top. Still, I can understand, after a childhood like hers, that some things were way too hard to overcome.
There were a few things that I didn’t quite like. For example, Murphy was too much of a stereotype to me; the surprise visit the detective made to Harper had no follow up, which made absolutely no sense to me; sometimes the story felt a little rushed and the ending came a little sooner than I expected it.
The bottom line is that I liked Stupid Boy better than Stupid Girl. Don’t really know if there’s going to be another book in this series, but if there’s a third I’ll probably check the synopsis and then decide if I’m reading it or not.
“We were alike, she and I. We shared demons. We shared fears. We’d share the healing, too.”
I received a copy of this book for free, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.