Thursday, May 23, 2013

Matchplay by Dakota Madison

Matchplay by Dakota Madison
Release Date: March 17, 2013
Publisher: Short on Time Books

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? - Goodreads.com

Okay, I was looking for a fun, hot kind of New Adult story here, and for the most part that's what I got.  However, there were just a couple things that kept me from really getting into this one the way I had hoped to.  Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

First of all, I liked the main character, Rainy, and I felt for her as she had to give up a great deal of her last high school years caring for her mother.  Any girl who goes through that deserves some good times, so when her dad wants her to kick up her heals a little and enjoy college life, I felt it was well-deserved.  Aaron, on the hand, I didn't take to quite so quickly.  I liked him, don't get me wrong, and yes, he was kind of hot.  BUT, I just never felt like I got to know him.  He seemed very surface to me, with very little depth.  I didn't pick up on the things that made him a real person, so he just kind of seemed a bit unfinished.

Because the romance is front and center to this story, and I didn't feel like I knew the guy very well, this story just didn't hold my interest the whole time, because I never felt like I could get fully invested in their romance.  First of all, I had a hard time buying the fact that Rainy went ahead and went out with Aaron to begin with, knowing what she knew about him.  Granted, we may find out later that he's not as bad as his frat brothers are about the whole thing, but she didn't know that at the time.  So she seemed not too smart to just go out with him when she knows he's a part of this little tournament.  I felt like the situation, the romance, was somewhat forced.

I liked her friends, and I did like the premise of the story and how everything worked out, but due to the few factors mentioned above, I just couldn't fall in love with it completely the way I wanted to.  I did enjoy the author's writing, as it was straightforward, fast-reading, and interesting.

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