Published by The Knight Agency on February 17, 2015
Series: Stupid in Love #2
Genres: contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
From Cindy Miles, bestselling new adult author of STUPID GIRL, comes the next installment of her blockbuster Stupid in Love series – STUPID BOY.
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.
Stupid Boy is the second book in the New Adult contemporary romance series, Stupid in Love. It is a companion book to Stupid Girl, and features totally new characters. Olivia and Brax, the couple from the main book showed up throughout the story and were connected to the two new characters in Stupid Boy, which was a nice addition. Stupid Girl made my favorites of 2014. I loved it so much! I really liked Stupid Boy a lot too, but it was hard to recreate the love that I felt for Olivia and Brax. So if I had to pick, I would say that I enjoyed this book less than the first book, but only by a little.
One part that was bugging me, was that I couldn’t figure out where Harper connected from Stupid Girl. She wasn’t Olivia’s roommate from the first book, but she did seem to know Olivia and Brax, but I just couldn’t place her. Maybe it was never explained, maybe they just know each other from being classmates or something. But if someone does know who she was in the first book, please let me know. Kane was an easy connection. He is Brax’s foster brother. I loved the little backstory at the start of the book showing Brax and Kane’s first meeting when they were younger. I thought it was really sweet.
Harper and Kane have both led tough lives, with different kinds of abuse. Stupid Boy felt darker and dealt with some tougher issues than Stupid Girl. It also felt like a shorter book. Which is super weird because they are each listed on goodreads as being 332 pages. What I loved the most about Harper and Kane was that they were each instantly able to see past the other’s defenses. They recognized something haunted in the other person and they identified with it. But their connection never felt like insta-love. It was just that, a shared connection. It was actually very moving.
The Stupid in Love Series is an excellent addition to the new adult genre. The romances are rich and gratifying. These are feel good books and they are so well done. If you have not read this series yet, you need to. But start with Stupid Girl. Each of the books work as standalones and can be read independently, but Stupid Girl is so amazing. So trust me and read that one first. Stupid Boy is a high quality romance between two tortured individuals.
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