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

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.

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Harper and Kane both have a dark past. They both bare scars from that, though some are just easier to hide than others. While there is certainly that attraction between them, Harper never suspected she would have so much in common with this bad boy. What started as a stupid prank, very quickly turned into something so much more.

I honestly never got the feeling that Kane was really a bad boy. Yes, he drives a motorcycle, is a bit rough around the edges and his daily occupation might not be legal. Still he seemed solid, and that is what Harper soon finds out. She had him pegged all wrong, and therefore was not prepared to feel so overwhelmed by him.

Harper's upbringing has always left her at the edge of the action. Always doing what was expected of her, without ever feeling too excited about it. She's more of an observer than a doer. Now being confronted about her behaviour by Kane, has her scared. The fact that someone might actually see beyond the facade she puts up, means she has to actually let someone in. Still slowly Kane gets to her and it becomes harder and harder to keep her distance.

Stupid Boy was a pretty fast read, even though not necessarily an easy read as there are some heavy themes in the book. The way their past is talked about is approachable. Meaning it didn't make me feel too emotional about it, even though I would have liked it more. I don't mind feeling too much, than rather too little. Harper and Kane were great characters and I did feel for them. I liked how Kane kept pushing at Harper's wall, his persistence was admirable. Meanwhile seeing Harper open up and become her real self was gratifying. Overall a good story, excellent if you want a fast read, with some emotional depth.   

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The Author
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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