{Review+This or That+Giveaway} Matchplay by Dakota Madison

November 9, 2013 New Adult, Reviews 2 ★★★


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Today, I have a review of the first book, Matchplay and a fun This or That post with the author. And of course, there is also a giveaway for you to enter. Let me know what you think.

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Matchplay by Dakota Madison
Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published March 17th 2013 by Short on Time Books
Age Group: New Adult
Series: Matchplay series #1
Source: ecopy from Author

A Girl, a Guy, a Tournament and a Challenge

The Girl: At a time when most girls obsess about homecoming and high school prom, Rainy Dey spent her senior year caring for her dying mother. So when her father drops her off at college to start her freshman year, his words of advice to his bookish daughter are to start acting like a young person and finally have some fun.

The Guy: College senior, Aaron Donavan, aka Mr. Hot-and-Knows-It, is President of the Clubhouse, a social club for the college’s most wealthy and popular guys. Aaron can have any girl on campus except the one who challenges and excites him the most—Rainy Dey.

The Tournament: Every year, the senior members of The Clubhouse engage in a golf-inspired tournament to see who can sleep with the most freshman girls. When Rainy finds out about the tournament, she believes Aaron’s only interest in her is to score points by taking her V-Card.

The Challenge: Can Aaron convince Rainy that his feelings for her are true and that she won’t be just another notch on his tournament scorecard?

My Thoughts

Matchplay is the first book in the matchplay trilogy and you can buy the whole trilogy in one boxed set, which is nice. I like to be able to read all the books back to back if I so choose to. Matchplay is a very quick read, but the writing is very good even if the book itself is only 200 pages. It’s a short on time book and sometimes those can feel too rushed to me, but Matchplay didn’t.

Rainy Dey is just starting college. And man, oh man, would I be mad at my parents if they gave me a name like that, but she seems to just go with it. She gets to school with no one, but she makes quick friends of her roommate and her roommates brother. And right off the bat she meets Aaron, the big man on campus. (which I never really understood because I went to such a big college that there was no way that everyone on campus would know one guy that was the most popular, but I guess if you went to a smaller school it could happen.) Her roommate Olivia quickly warns her against Aaron, stating that he is bad news and it seems like Rainy wants nothing to do with him. Especially after she finds out about the “tournament”. But lo and behold she is partnered with him in an art history class and they have to work together. The plot is formulaic and not unique but it is a plot that, if done well, works for me. I enjoy this kind of formula if the characters are good. And I liked Rainy.

I haven’t made my mind up about Aaron yet. Is he a good guy? Is he still a bad guy? You will have to decide for yourself. But Rainy starts developing feelings for him through their work on the project and eventually he wears her down. My favorite part of the book was their development and bonding through the art history project. I really liked the art back story into rainy’s life, and I thought Aaron’s attempts to learn more about her were really cute. Matchplay seems like a solid first book in the matchplay series. I would recommend it to people who are looking for a cute, quick romantic comedy-like read.

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This or That” with Dakota

Paris or Venice
Deodorant or Perfume
Winter or Summer
Vampire Diaries or Twilight
Angels or Demons
Fall or Spring
Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter
Ice Cream or Sorbet
Coke or Pepsi
Cabin in the woods or Condo on the Beach
Kisses or Hugs
Cash or Card
Print or Ebook
Voice or Text
Batman or Superman
Wheat or White
Romance or Passion
Night or Day

About the Author

Romance novelist, Dakota Madison, has been writing since she learned to read and fell in love with books. When she’s not at her computer creating spicy stories, Dakota is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.





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2 Responses to “{Review+This or That+Giveaway} Matchplay by Dakota Madison”

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    I like that you can get all the books, and you haven’t made up your mind about some of the characters yet. These sounds like great in-between reads due to their length. I am glad that the author developed the story line well.

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