Title: Stupid Love (Stupid in Love #03)
Author: Cindy Miles
Thanks to NetGalley and TKA Distribution for letting me receive a digital copy of this book before the official release date.
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.
What is it with Cindy Miles' latest books? I absolutely loved Stupid Girl, the first in this series. It's one of my all-time favourites. When I read Stupid Boy I was disappointed (ooops... I think there is still a review I was supposed to write, haha) and now that I've read Stupid Love I must admit it's better than the previous book in the series, but not as good as the first one.
This book is about Memory and Olivia Beaumont's (main character of book number one) brother Jace. Their "I like you more than just a casual hook up"-relationship begins after Jace's job leads him to Melody. He once was someone who liked to sleep around and as he meets Melody, he knows she is trouble.
Melody is still that type of girl - someone who likes casual hook ups, and she thinks Jace can be one of them. As they spend more and more time together, getting to know each other, their minds change and both want something more. But Melody is keeping a secret from Jace, one that can change everything.
When she was younger, she was diagnosed with cancer and now it is back, a tumor growing inside her brain. Instead of thinking about ways to cure it, chemo, surgery, etc. she is determinded to finsh school before deciding on anything that might cure her or kill her. What I liked was her use of words: "I don't want to be a vegetable." I was close to crying, but laughed as well. One of her fears was to be like a vegetable after the surgery. She wanted to live, not to be a burden to her father or her boyfriend.
I liked the mention of certain bands, making Melody and Jace appear nerdy. That was really cute. Jace himself was just the cutest boy, seriously. As someone who doesn't live in the USA, I was also glad some of the words Melody used were explained. Her way of speaking, also Jasper's way of speaking was mysterious to me sometimes, haha. I don't get all these Southern sayings and words. Unfortunately, I still have no idea what Melody's culture background is. I think I'll have to google it. What was it? French Acadian or something?
Most books, even the new adult books, are about shy girls with a low confidence in themselves. That's probably the reason why I was so scared reading about Melody. She wasn't that type of girl and I had to get used to the fact at first. It made it difficult for me to relate to her or understand the thoughts behind her actions and stuff. But that isn't the author's fault, it's mine.
I'm thankful Cindy Miles didn't focus on the cancer so much, espescially in the beginning. It would have scared the readers away, I think. They first had to get the chance to understand Melody and her intentions just as well as Jace's. By the end, the cancer theme might have seemed a bit rushed, but I think it was okay.
A thing that had me bothered were the conversations with Melody's friends. Until the middle of the book, there were just too many of them, and too many that didn't even make any sense to me, like they weren't necessary for the story. Anyway, it was important for her to have friends, I guess, so I'll let it be.
If you've read the other two books in the series, I recommend you read this one as well. You can't do wrong here. I don't even want to say it was bad, because that would be a lie, but as already mentioned, it wasn't as good as the first one. I didn't even recognize the same style or anything, which makes me kind of sad. But I still prefered Stupid Love over Stupid Boy, so I'm glad I didn't give up on the series after that one.
About the author
I grew up on the salt marshes and back rivers of Savannah, Georgia. Moody, mossy, with its ancient cobblestones and Georgian and Gothic architecture, the city has inspired me to write 11 novels, 1 anthology, 3 short stories and 1 Young Adult novel.
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