Stupid in Love #1
Published May 13th 2014
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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 University, 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.
I really quite enjoyed Stupid Love. Miles's writing is engaging and interesting with a style that doesn't feel like someone is stabbing me in the brain with an ice-pick through the ear, the way some books I've read this year have - which is a nice refreshing change.
The only problem I really had with the book is that some things that added to the plot weren't answered. Like what exactly is wrong with Noah that makes Brax think that he's bad news, or how Brax got Olivia's job back. Just little things like that, falling through the cracks, annoyed me and my anti-plot-hole ways.
Things that didn't really sense to me: Why Olivia's brother's weren't more worried about Brax's presence in her life after everything that happened with Kelsey, or, knowing how Brax had hurt and humiliated her, they didn't want to pound in his face when they saw him at the hospital. I mean they are described as 'overprotective brothers'. I excepted more over-baring-nose-in-Olivia's-business protectiveness and less we-trust-you-made-the-right-decision mode...
This is beginning to sound like I didn't like the book mush, which is strange, because I really did... How about I tell you what I DID like then, eh?
The Brax and Olivia couple-y-ness. I mean, he calls her Gracie, how cute is that? He notices the little things about her, and makes sure she gets safely home every night from work. I just like them together - he makes her feel special, and she makes him want to, and be, a better version of himself. What do you think their ship name would be? Olax? Or using Gracie instead of Olivia; Grax, Graxton? I'm not very good at this...
My favourite thing in the book, though? The way Olivia makes her own opinion about people and doesn't let rumours and gossip dictate her - possibly make her assess with her eyes wide open, but not take it at its word. I really admire her for this, because it's not an easy thing to do, but I feel like there should be more of it in our society.
Stupid Love is a story of finding love and putting your past behind you. Packed with cute moments and balanced out with a few serious notes, the book left me itching to get my hands on the next in the series.
3 out of 5