Review: Stupid Love by Cindy Miles – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Author: Cindy Mile

Tittle: Stupid Love

Series: Stupid in Love, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 213 pages, Ebook

Published: September 10th 2015 by TKA Distribution

Source: I received an eARC of this book from Xpresso Book Tours for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Memory

Casualties.

That’s how I refer to the guys who’ve had the bad fortune to fall for me. They only see long legs that they wish were wrapped around them, a cat-like smile, and the reckless abandon to take on any wild dare. It’s all a game to me. Show me a bridge, and I’ll leap over the side. Give me a car, and I’ll race it. Give me a heart, and I’ll break it. I always win. I even showed Death who was boss a long time ago.

Or so I thought.

Now, time is running out, and I’m losing fast…and big. I met someone. Jace Beaumont. He’s smart, and good, and I dream about spending days exploring the summit of his perfect lips. But, I’m a grenade. I know I should leave him be. I can’t.

Jace

Study, class, work, repeat. That’s all I have time for. At twenty-five years old, I have a bit more mileage on me than the average college freshman. But, that’s what happens when you spend your youth drinking, partying, and bagging girls like it’s a full-time job. Now, I have goals. There’s just one kink in my plans. Her name is Memory. She’s every guy’s dream girl. She’s intoxicating. She’s trouble. I want to stay away. I can’t.


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I’m so glad I got to read this series. I absolutely loved it and it’s been a wonderful journey. Although this series can be read as a standalone, I recommend you to read the other books before reading Stupid Love, specially book 1 as the characters from the previous books remain present in this book and believe me if you love New-Adult books, then you’ll definitely enjoy it. You can read my review for Supid Girl (book 1) here and my review of Stupid Boy (book 2) here.

Memory has been through a lot during her childhood, she has even managed to cheat death once. From that incident onwards she made her motto to live her life to the fullest, she enjoys doing adventurous and crazy stunts and she drives on adrenaline. Then she meets Jace Beaumont who is a complete opposite to her and the only one who is able to resist her. Memory sees this as a challenge but as she starts getting to know him she realises this time, with Jace, it’s different. Although this new feeling scares her, she decides to take that leap but forgotten nightmares come crawling back, will she be able to cheat death this time or will her every dream remain unfulfilled?

One of the things I liked about this author is that she managed to make a clichéd plot interesting and believable. I’ve read this plotline before but I loved the way it was executed here. Plus I loved the fresh element that was introduced in this book. Usually we see a guy chasing after a girl but here it was complete opposite. Towards the beginning, Memory was fascinated by Jace because he was the only one able to resist her charm but things changed as they got to know each other. The relationship between Jace and Memory build up slowly which I absolutely adored and loved. The kind of “dates” which Jace took her on- every girl’s dream, they were so different and unique and they lived every moment of it. Usually I don’t like this kind of ending which happened in this book, but here it gave me hope, if it would have ended the other way, it would’ve felt very much unrealistic. I was satisfied the way it ended on a positive note.

I like it very much when I’m not forced to feel bad or pity for a character and that reaction comes genuinely because you love that character. This was my exact feelings for Memory. She’s a strong and kickass character. I admired her so much. Yes, she was wrong to keep it all a secret for a long time but I understood where she was coming from. Another thing that I loved about her was that she fought back no matter what. Jace was a dreamy swoon worthy character whom I immediately liked. He was such a gentleman, caring and utterly sweet. Every new thing he did surprised me and made me fall in love with him even more. I cannot forget the side characters, they were absolutely amazing and great friends to Memory. Also, I loved Brax and Olivia came up.

Overall, Stupid Love was a great read. I really enjoyed the plot and this book had a great set of characters and I absolutely adored all of them. The romance between Jace and Memory was pretty great and I loved their relationship. The writing style was smooth and beautiful, I didn’t have a problem and fell quite easily into the comfortable rhythm. The pace was even throughout the book, neither too slow nor too fast, it moved perfectly. Stupid Love was an awsome conclusion to the Stupid in Love series which I really enjoyed. I will be definitely looking forward to read more works by this author.

Recommend it? 

Yup!


Author Bio:

CindyNational bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her debut New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college. The second book in her Stupid in Love series, STUPID BOY, features a wickedly handsome law-breaker who falls for a beautiful, straight-A college student with an ugly past of her own.

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Review: Stupid Boy by Cindy Miles

Author: Cindy Miles

Tittle: Stupid Boy

Series: Stupid in Love, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 181 pages, Ebook

Published: February 17th 2015 by TKA Distribution

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.


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I was very exited to read this book since I absolutely loved Stupid Girl. (You can read my review here.) But unfortunately, I didn’t fall in love with this book. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it because I did but it failed to create a lasting effect on me. By the way, in Stupid Girl, White Horse was playing in my mind, here it was Let It Go! 😛 And although this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend you read book one first.

In Stupid Boy, the Delta sisters headed by Harper Belle plan to put a final stop to the dares by the Kappas by giving them a taste of their own medicine. They plan for a complete bad boy makeover and for that Harper chooses Kane McCarthy, Brax’s brother as her victim. But as they get to know each other, Harper learns about his wounded past and realises that they are both broken. But Harper is reluctant to let Kane see her inner demons. But when the truth comes out, will they give each other another chance or will they drown in their nightmares and be lost forever? (Really, I have zero talent on how to write a blurb, I totally suck!)

Once again, I have to tell that the plot was clichéd, it was pretty similar to that of book 1 just with different pasts. But unlike in book 1, I didn’t feel that much sympathy for the characters, it didn’t tug me at my heart. I was told that the characters suffered in this way and honestly, I felt really bad for them but that was it. I couldn’t wholeheartedly connect with them. Though I did enjoy the romance between them but it escalated too quickly. I liked the romantic aspect most in Stupid Girl, half of the book Brax and Olivia were simply friends and slowly their relationship developed, and here, one moment she was complaining about him of stalking and the next she was telling him her secrets and kissing him. Really not done! I guess my expectation went up a bit, okay I know it went above’s the sky’s limit but still I was very upset that it didn’t meet my expectation.

Harper and Kane both had a bitter past which scarred them for life. They both lived in an abusive environment. But from the blurb, I thought Harper was going to be an ice queen, instead she was the complete opposite. I liked her but I definitely would have enjoyed it more if she maintained a cold hard exterior and Kane would’ve work hard to break her false facade. (Never mind my tini tiny expectations which were crushed!). Kane was different as well, he was calm and gentle, completely opposite to that of Brax but I loved his persistent nature. I just wanted more time so that characters and the plot could develop but things just wrapped up a bit too quickly for my taste.

Overall, Stupid Boy was an okay read. I enjoyed it, just didn’t quite fall in love with it. The plot was clichéd and the I couldn’t connect much with the characters though I liked the romance between Kane and Harper but I wanted more depth in the plot. The writing style was simple and smooth, I enjoyed the flow of the dialogues. And the pace was even throughout the book, neither too slow nor too fast. Although this book didn’t quite meet my expectation, I’m pretty excited to read the next book in this series.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, how many of you have read Stupid Boy? Did it meet your expectation or was it just an okay read for you? Also have you read Stupid Girl, i.e. book 1 in this series? Did you enjoy it more or less compared to this book? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

Author: Cindy Miles

Tittle: Stupid Girl

Series: Stupid in Love, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Trigger Warnings: Rape and abuse

Page Count and Format: 262 pages, Ebook

Published: May 13th 2014 by TKA Distribution

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867


Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.


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Stupid Girl is the first book I read by this author and I immensely loved it! Although I had seen many negative reviews in Goodreads, I went into this book with a neutral perspective and I’m glad I did. But I also think it’s a hit or miss kinda book, from what I saw in Goodreads, is that you either love it or you hate it, thankfully I fell into the former category. And I love the cover, the colour is so gorgeous and beautiful!

Olivia Gracie Beaumont is a small town girl headed off to Winston University, leaving all her bitter past memories behind and wanting to have a fresh start with her full focus only on studies. But things begin to turn out quite the opposite after she literally crashes with the college heartbreaker Brax. Reluctant at first, she accepts his friendship and surprisingly she realises she enjoys their time together. It’s not long before they both figure out they are fighting with the feelings for each other. But when the past comes haunting back, will they be able to stand strong together? Or will the secrets spill and tear them apart?

I just LOVED Brax’s Boston accent, it killed me! Gosh, I have a thing for accents like this! Okay, coming back to my review, I have to say that the plot was utterly cliché with a dare and bitter pasts but this book had that strong addictive element and I couldn’t put it down. I was hooked after reading the prologue and I wanted to know more about Olivia’s life. She goes through something horrible that every girl dreads in this world but she got no choice other than to keep her mouth shut and move on. So she did and she promised herself that her soul focus would be only on her studies. But after meeting Brax everything chances. This guy literally bursts into her life bringing the ray of hope that she desperately needed. I simply loved their relationship, for nearly the first half of the book we see the sweet friendship between these two as they form a strong bond and begin to trust each other.

I liked Olivia from the beginning, she was a strong woman and I admired her for everything that she was despite her bitter past. And Brax… yup I loved that guy! Despite the hard shell that Olivia created around her heart, he crept in slowly. He was persistent, charming, protective and definitely swoon worthy. And did I mention his accent, yeah got me smiling like a fool every damn time. (I’m smiling thinking about it. 🙂 ) When she realised she loved him, I thought it was a bit too fast considering how much she went through before but it didn’t bother me much. Brax called Olivia by her middle name Gracie throughout the book, some people thought it was weird but I felt it was it was really sweeeeet.

Olivia’s roommate Tessa was an awsome character, I enjoyed her scenes and I wish there were more. One thing that enraged me was that the bad guy never got punished. I really wanted to see him behind the bars but I think the author portrayed it a bit too realistically. Though I really, really hope something happens about this matter in the next book. I was going to deduct a star because of this but after that epic ending, all was forgiven!

Overall, Stupid Girl was an enjoyable read. I honestly thought this review was going to be much shorter but guess this happens when you love a book. Although the plot was clichéd but it was perfectly executed and I fell in love with the characters, they had their fair share of faults but they evolved throughout the book. I was thinking of Taylor Swift’s White Horse everytime she was thinking “stupid girl”. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Recommend it?

Yes!


Have you guys read Stupid Girl yet? Did you like it or was it meh for you? Share your thoughts with me!  🙂