Author: Cindy Miles
Summary: 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. – Goodreads
Thoughts: **This book was graciously given to me through NetGalley for an honest review.
A book about opposites coming together; it seems a bit cliche and while there are a couple of them in this book I did find the author made her characters unique – making them stand out against others I’ve read.
From the start we get an idea of the trauma that Olivia has gone through. And with how the plot unfolded I liked it this way. We got a glimpse into her world; her protective brothers and how her past affects her present. I picture Olivia as that country girl next door. Unimpressed with looks, mostly due to circumstance and extremely dedicated to her studies.
Despite how endearing Olivia is, with her country slangs, which at times got a bit repetitive, and love of stars Brax was really the one I was most intrigued with. He was a jock and very much your stereotypical ladies man. However, his rough Southie accent and dark past really made him different than other male lead characters. I found myself loving him from the start. It was rough biker boy meets mr popular mvp boy.
At times both of them were a bit expected in their decisions and when it came to the plot I was not necessarily shocked. The twist were a little predictable but it did not spoil the journey of these two characters.
I loved how in tune Brax was to Olivia and her plight. And I adored that Olivia looked past Brax’s rough exterior and the persona he built. But I think what truly drew me in was Olivia’s self worth. So often the plot turns a strong female into a little girl willing to forgive and forget far too easily. Olivia was unwilling to hand herself over due to butterflies in her stomach and a sexy smile. I loved this about her.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely read another book by Cindy Miles.