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 College, 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.
The only reason this gets 2 stars instead of 1 is because I actually stuck with it until the end, even though there were a lot of times where I was ready to throw in the towel.
There is nothing original to this story. It is your typical new adult romance mold. However, that’s not the bad part. The main character, Brax, is a Bostonian who the author never lets us forget about his accent. Every conversation with Brax was then repeated in italic with a the way he sounded. You know like, “stahvin”, “fahkin”, “chowdah”, “fahtha”… and the list goes on and on and on. Good lord, I wanted to strangle the “southie” right out of him. Especially when the author drilled into us over and over that his “southie” was who he was.
Another negative was the abuse in this book. I mean, I’m all for alpha males but goodness, Brax was insane. Like certifiably psycho. He was always showing up with black eyes, bloody knuckles and once had blood covering his shirt. I thought, he must be a wannabe MMA fighter like every other leading male in new adult. Nope! Homeboy just likes to use his fists to solve every problem. For instance when he was grabbing Olivia’s wrist at a bar, crowding her, and the bartender told him to leave her alone, that she said to back off. What does Brax do? He pummels the crap out of the guy. And what’s worse, later in the book there’s a moment where a video of him going bat shit crazy on someone goes viral, Olivia’s mom sees the video and tells her that she’d give Brax a second chance if she were in her shoes. Uh, hold on, your mom said what?! I’m not talking about the next chapter, or later on in the book, we are talking like the next paragraph after they see the video the mom is saying to give this psycho another chance.
There was just a lot of things that were poorly done. If it wasn’t for my crazy drive to finish a story, I’d have put it down after the first psycho beating because the accent was already doing me in. I stuck with it though. Unfortunately, the storyline just never got any better.
I found this quote hilarious. For one, it’s a little ridiculous for college freshman to be saying. For another, my boss always asks me, when there’s a room of screaming obnoxious children, “Doesn’t that just make your ovaries flutter?” … The joke being that I don’t ever want kids and instead have fur-babies.
“Now lick your glass, Liv. Ash is watching you. God, he makes my ovaries quiver.”