That’s how I refer to the guys who’ve had the bad fortune to fall for me. They only see long legs that they wish were wrapped around them, a cat-like smile, and the reckless abandon to take on any wild dare. It’s all a game to me. Show me a bridge, and I’ll leap over the side. Give me a car, and I’ll race it. Give me a heart, and I’ll break it. I always win. I even showed Death who was boss a long time ago.
Or so I thought.
Now, time is running out, and I’m losing fast…and big. I met someone. Jace Beaumont. He’s smart, and good, and I dream about spending days exploring the summit of his perfect lips. But, I’m a grenade. I know I should leave him be. I can’t.
Study, class, work, repeat. That’s all I have time for. At twenty-five years old, I have a bit more mileage on me than the average college freshman. But, that’s what happens when you spend your youth drinking, partying, and bagging girls like it’s a full-time job. Now, I have goals. There’s just one kink in my plans. Her name is Memory. She’s every guy’s dream girl. She’s intoxicating. She’s trouble. I want to stay away. I can’t.
Excuse me while I collect myself for a moment.
So, yeah, this one got me all teary eyed, which I could possibly blame on it being that time of the month, but that’s a total and utter cop out, so the truth is I got totally sucked down the rabbit hole and experienced every one of those crazy FEELS. I laughed, got irritated and wanted to smack a few heads, did the happy dopey sigh thing and got all sniffly with this one and loved every second of it.
I have to say that I loved Memory. She’s wild, crazy, fearless and lives up to the monikers ‘Ragin’ Cajun’ and the ‘Winston Daredevil’ and there are times when she seems over the top in her actions and reactions, but when you find out the reason why she lives her life to the fullest, it only makes her that much more captivating. But what tempers her special brand of crazy is that she really does have a heart of gold that shines through in her interactions with the people in her life, though there is one issue where all bets are off, but we’ll get to that in a bit, but now on to Jace Talk about man of few words, though when he does speak some pretty good stuff falls from his lips (hence the whole happy dopey sigh thing) While we only get a small taste of his past, what we do get to experience is a man who’s learned from it and has decided to better himself. He’s that strong, steady, silent type that speaks more with his eyes and facial expressions than words.
Their courtship, which it really was, was a fun one because it was Memory leading the charge while Jace remained cautious. While there was instant physical attraction, there was no insta love and I loved how their relationship evolved and witnessing the moments where they started to truly see who the other was and realized that they really did like each other.
The “Illness”, that big ‘ole elephant in room, plays a huge part in Memory’s life and the decisions she makes in regards to it are really the only time she’s absolutely selfish. I’ve waffled over how I feel about it and what it comes down to is that she made her decision because she wanted to live and be normal in everyone’s eyes. While that may not be the choice I’d make, I can’t fault her for hers.
As for the writing I found it to be just as engaging as I did with Stupid Boy (I haven’t read Stupid Girl ~ I know bad me, but it is in the TBR pile). The supporting cast of characters from Memory’s and Jace’s friends to Memory’s dad to Jasper, whom I absolutely adored and have a niggling feeling was named in homage to the author’s alter ego, were fun and added some great moments to the story. The only issue I do have is that I wish we’d gotten to the big reveal about the illness sooner and had gotten to spend a little more time with everyone in it’s aftermath, but other than that there wasn’t much I didn’t enjoy about this one.
The Bottom Line: Stupid Love is a sweet, fun and quick read that’ll pull all those pesky feels out of you.
~ARC received from TKA Distribution via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~
I grew up on the salt marshes and back rivers of Savannah, Georgia. Moody, mossy, with its ancient cobblestones and Georgian and Gothic architecture, the city has inspired me to write 11 novels, 1 anthology, 3 short stories and 1 Young Adult novel. Most recently I've partnered with Harlequin Books to write a 3-book contemporary romance series under the Superromance imprint set to release in 2015. Currently, my first New Adult Romance will release in May 2014. Also writing as best-selling author, Elle Jasper I have written a 5-book Urban Fantasy Vampire series set in some of Savannah's shadier haunts. I love traveling, photography, baking, yoga, and rock-n-roll. To learn more about my books visit the Cindy Miles and Elle Jasper pages.