Saturday, March 21, 2015

Review: Stupid Boy (Stupid in Love #2) by Cindy Miles

Stupid Boy (Stupid in Love #2)
by Cindy Miles
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Release Date: February 17th 2015
Rate: Ok (2 stars)


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.

Stupid Boy is the second book in the In Love series. I think that I had so many expectations of this book due to reading Stupid Girl and thinking that it was an fantastic read. I was looking for something more than what I found in Stupid Boy.

The problem with Stupid Boy is that I didn't have the time to connect with the characters. Their relationship escalated so fast and not like the one in Stupid Girl, where they start as friends even though there's a connection between the two main characters and then they start their relationship with its ups and downs. I didn't see a change from attraction and chemistry to fall in love.

Harper, as a revenge for what happened to Olivia in Stupid Girl, decides to promote a kind of movement in her sorority where three girls will have to pick a bad boy and reform them. Make them fall for them and then dumped them. Therefore, if this was her plan from the beginning there should be a change in the relationship with Kane that made her decide she wanted to not play by the revenge rules anymore, right? Where I didn't notice it or remember it, at least. To me, Kane and Harper had an insta-attraction/insta-love moment and the story kept going from that point.

Don't get me wrong, Harper and Kane were great characters, with touching and unusual stories as emotional as the ones the two main characters in Stupid Girl had, but the events that lead to finding out everything about them felt kind of cold to me. Like there were thrown into the story because it had to happen and was left wanting more of a building up behind it all. All the story felt kind of forced to me, like picking up all the parts that were great in Stupid Girl, changed them a bit and glue them together. 

What I liked from this story was the unique story that Harper and Kane had to tell us and what the title meant in the story. That was one thing I didn't see coming. And the fact that we have Olivia and Brax, from Stupid Girl, interacting in this book is also what made me want to keep reading. It was nice to see how these two were doing after the finale in Stupid Girl. However, this was not enough for me to not make me feel disappointed. 

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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