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.
*A review copy was provided by author via Netgalley for Blog Tour*
~~ 3.5 – 4 Stars ~~
If you are a fan of the New Adult college aged love stories this is the book for you. This was the first book by Cindy Miles that I have read. I was intrigued by the blurb and I am glad that I read it. I did really enjoy it but I will say it was a storyline that I have seen before which made the story kind of predictable. What did make this book different from the others was the characters. I thought the author gave us a great cast of characters…all except for Kelsy but there is always that one person we hate!!!! I thought by creating such great characters it kept me interested in the story all the way through. I think my biggest disappointment was that justice was never had by Olivia when it came to her past and what happened to her. I thought the ending was kind of abrupt and would’ve liked to have an epilogue finishing Brax and Olivia’s story and getting justice against her past and the person who hurt her. With that said this was still an enjoyable read. I am having trouble deciding on a solid star rating because like I said earlier….I thoroughly enjoyed this storyline and characters, but I just had some small issues with the writing style (nothing major here, just didn’t like that the author kept clarifying what Brax said with his accent, you’ll understand once you read the story) and I felt that the book left some questions unanswered.
Like I said earlier….I loved this cast of characters. Not only just Brax and Olivia, but Tessa, Olivia’s mom, brothers and Grandpa Jilly, Cory, and Steven.
Olivia: to me was an extremely strong person. She went through something pretty serious right before her senior year and then endured some serious bully and outcasting her senior year of school. This would normally would’ve broken someone’s spirit, but not Olivia. It just made her work harder to achieve everything she wanted. I loved her sass and spunk. She had a really hard time trusting people and I was glad to see her grow over the course of the story with both Brax and her roommate Tessa.
Brax: He was a broken soul, who also went through some seriously messed up stuff in his childhood. I really liked him though even with his vulgar language and blunt attitude. Underneath it all he was just a lost soul with a sweet heart :0
The cast of side characters were great….they each added their own specialness to the story. You could for sure feel how much each one loved and cared for Olivia and Brax.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a true fan of a New Adult college aged love story. If this type of book isn’t your thing then I would suggest staying away from this book.
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.
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