Wednesday, July 9, 2014

InkSlinger PR Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

Stupid Girl Synopsis:
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.

My Thoughts:

When I saw the cover and read the book blurb, I wanted to read Stupid Girl. I must say that I really enjoyed the story. However, I must mention there was one thing that bothered me. It might not bother others, but after awhile it just got on my nerves. It was when Brax would speak and at the end of his comment the author would put how Brax would pronounce a certain word. For instance, you would read scar, then you would find scah. So, a lot of Brax's "r" turned to "ah".  It was fine the first few times, but it happen majority of the book. I think it would have been fine if it was typed how Brax actually spoke, and that was my only real gripe. Now I got that off my chest.

Okay, Olivia is a sweet girl who is a bit naive at times, and at the same time leery about people. After all she was raped her senior year of high school. So, when Brax bumps into her life, she's not sure what to think of him. I mean he's pretty smooth talking trying to get Olivia to trust him. I love description of Brax from Tessa (Olivia's roommate):
"He is top-dog over the dating pool. His ego is... epic. His female conquest? Legendary. He's all about the hootch chase, Olivia. Once he's caught his prey, stolen the goods, he releases, just like a pro-Bass wrangler at a finishing tournament. Bang 'em and throw 'em back."... "Bangs and dumps, and does it with no shame. Trust me, he's heartless. Boy's like a damned hound looking for a bitch in heat."
 Seriously, he's that bad. However, when he meets his conquest he starts to develop a slight conscious, just not enough. Olivia does trying to keep her distance, but the guy is charming.

Anyway, I enjoyed Stupid Girl, because you have Olivia who is trying to overcome her past. However, the past seem to follower her to school. So, you have Kyle who trying to worm his way back to Olivia's life even after what he did to her. Then you have Brax who puts a bad boy front, but seems to let it go as he gets to know Olivia. I liked the friendship between Olivia and Brax and how it blossom to more. Yet, they both have challenges they need to overcome, especially Brax.

I think those who like new adult books set in college might enjoy Stupid Girl. I have to say that I was surprise to find myself having tears for Olivia. However, she does overcome a lot and learn a lot about herself.

Favorite Quote:
"The only boy good enough for you darlin' is one who'd sacrifice everything to have you. I'm talkin' everything important to him, just to keep you. No matter the cost. Otherwise," he rubbed his jaw, "he ain't worth his weight, pound, in pure solid horseshit. He just ain't, Olivia Grace. You remember that." 
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Cindy Miles Bio:

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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