Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Book Review: Stupid Boy by Cindy Miles

Stupid Boy (Stupid in Love #2)
by Cindy Miles
NA, Romance, Contemporary
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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
Stupid Boy is the second book in the Stupid in Love series and can be read as a stand-alone.

Both stories center around a bet. Until those bets bring them closer to each other. Now, would those bets be the one to tear the delicate strand that holds the couple together?In this particular case, the couple is Kane and Harper.

Kane is Brax's brother in spirit but not in blood. They came from the child support system and was passed on from one family to another. While his brother may have finally found the love he deserves, Kane is still lost. Until he meets Harper.

Harper is the president of one of the most prestigious sororities in the university. With the yearly bet going on that leaves girls' broken hearts trampled on by the Kappa frat boys, she decided to give them a taste of their own medicine in a slightly different way: turn a bad guy good. What she didn't bank on was her growing feelings for the one she's chosen for their Dare: Kane.

I was hooked at the very beginning. The premise that the first chapter provided set the tone and direction of the story to a good start. As always, a book could do a little less of always describing and worshiping someone's eyes and hot bod. I would like to learn more of how they interact with strangers an those closest to them. Granted, how characters interact with others was present in the story but it led to loose ends while there were a lot of instances of Harper going on about Kane's "smoky eyes". 

Both characters suffered from trauma in their lives. This paved the way to Kane and Harper's growing connection as they saw in each other a kindred: one who has also suffered in life. They understood each other in ways that others who has lead normal lives couldn't.They came to open up to one another who bore some semblance to the scars they have.

Having read the first book, this book has the same tone as that of the former. Both girls are broken in their own way. Brax, in his and Olivia's story, provided the security and trust she needed whereas Kane provided Harper the comfort and support to fight her demons. Both stories are equally good in their own right and endeared me to both couples.

Stupid Boy shows not only love but also the consequences of one's actions. May it be yours or of those around you, the decisions you act upon will, in one way or another, affect the lives they have.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cindy Miles is the best-selling author of twelve novels, one anthology and three short stories. She also writes as Elle Jasper, and grew up on the salt marshes of the Vernon River in Savannah, Georgia. 





2 comments

  1. Konstantina PapazoglouMay 6, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    This book sounds so interesting! I haven't read the first one, but I like tha fact that you can read it as a stand alone. Great review!


    Aeriko @ http://thereadingarmchair.blogspot.com

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  2. Hi Aeriko! Thanks for visiting the blog.

    If you are into redemptive love, this series would definitely be something you'd enjoy. :)

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