Date published: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: TKA Distribution
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.
What I Thought:
The first time Olivia and Brax meet, it's definitely a meet-cute. He plows into her as she's moving in. I thought the book was going to be a light, easy read. Yeah, it's that and so much more. It's about past mistakes coming to bite us in the butts and moving on from them.
I liked Olivia and Brax for the most part. I loved how passionate Olivia was about astronomy. I love how even after being warned about Brax, she gave him the benefit of the doubt and decided to make her own judgement. I didn't like how she refused to divulge her secret. I felt as if so much heartache could've been avoided if she had. I loved how Brax was protective and eager to spend time with Olivia. I loved his zeal in learning about her. I wasn't a huge fan of how violent he was though, even if that anger was never directed towards Olivia.
Cindy Miles has apparently written many books but this is the first of hers I've read. I'm really impressed with the story she told. I look forward to reading more from her. I do hope she continues to write more new adult, in this same setting. I'd like to see how Olivia and Brax are doing later on.
About the Author
I grew up on the salt marshes and back rivers of Savannah, Georgia. Moody, mossy, with its ancient cobblestones and Georgian and Gothic architecture, the city has inspired me to write 11 novels, 1 anthology, 3 short stories and 1 Young Adult novel. Most recently I've partnered with Harlequin Books to write a 3-book contemporary romance series under the Superromance imprint set to release in 2015. Currently, my first New Adult Romance will release in May 2014. Also writing as best-selling author, Elle Jasper I have written a 5-book Urban Fantasy Vampire series set in some of Savannah's shadier haunts. I love traveling, photography, baking, yoga, and rock-n-roll. To learn more about my books visit the Cindy Miles and Elle Jasper pages.
* A copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*