From Cindy Miles, bestselling new adult author of STUPID GIRL, comes the next installment of her blockbuster Stupid in Love series – STUPID BOY.
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.
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by TKA Distribution
*** I received a copy from TKA Distribution via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
I was on the fence about reading this one, but after reading a review a friend did for it I decided to give it a go and am really happy that I did because I ended up loving Harper and Kane's story. The reason why I was on the fence is because the blurb made it sound like the Dare was going to be the main focus of the story and I didn't know if I could handle that kind of angst, but that wasn't the case. The Dare is in the background but the meat of the story is about two people recognizing that while on the outside they may come from different worlds, on the inside they are the same kind of broken and through that painful bond take steps towards healing themselves and each other.
Both Harper’s and Kane’s back stories were so well crafted and executed that I could swear I felt what they went through. The abuse and ultimate psychological ramifications of it all had me wanting to hug them both and try to fix them, but also had me admiring their will to survive and despite their pasts, were still both compassionate human beings. Both took the path of painting on their own perfect façade so that no one would know the pain they hid and they would be able to shut anyone who tried to see past it out, but as it would happen, when two broken souls meet they end up recognizing each other and a bond is created. What I really enjoyed was the way their relationship grew. There was a sense of Insta Love, but they did go there right away. They took their time to get to know each other and it be a much more sweet and romantic journey than I had thought it would be.The Dare, as I said I’m happy that this wasn’t the true focus of the book, but I am glad it was there because it was a great way of weaving a recap of what happened in Stupid Girl into the story without taking away from Harper and Kane’s story for both those who had read the book as well as give those of us who didn’t read the book so we don’t feel lost when those references and couple appear in the story.
Overall I really did enjoy this story. I liked the author’s voice and writing style and I found that I was hooked from the first page and had a hard time putting it down. There are a few things that I felt were left unanswered, so I do hope that the answers do come up in future books and I hope that Murphy gets more page time down the road because she was awesome! So I’m going to be getting my hands on Stupid Girl to find out more about Brax and Olivia as well as keeping my eyes out for what’s to come next in the series.