Title: Stupid Boy
Author: Cindy Miles
Series: Stupid in Love #2
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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.
By the time I’d finished a very poor attempt at
studying for an Art test and exited the library, the tell-tale signs of pending
dusk had crept onto Winston’s manicured campus. The early November air felt
crisp against my cheeks as it whisked through, rustling the leaves and sending
several pirouetting to the ground to land in scattered colors on the grass like
some strange abstract stained glass. Knowing darkness would soon swallow
everything, I hurried to the campus coffee house and café that stayed open
until midnight. Inside, students sat at tables studying, their laptops open,
the light illuminating their faces and coffee cups by their sides. As I took my
place in line I selected my usual pre-packaged turkey sandwich and a bottle of
lemonade and stood, waiting to pay.
“That’s all you’re eating?”
I jumped at the voice behind me and turned to find Kane
there. Instantly, my insides froze. He gazed down at me, his hands shoved into
his pockets, those broad shoulders sort of hunching toward me, almost…cornering
me; his eyes as worn and soft as the leather jacket he wore.
“Um, yes,” I answered. I gave a hesitant smile. “Not very
hungry, I guess.” What was he doing here? Suddenly I felt closed in—a feeling I
avoided at all costs.
“So what’s good here?” he asked. His Boston accent was heavy
and void of the letter r, just like
Brax’s, only…softer. Quiet. The kind of voice that you had to pay close
attention to or else you’d miss what they were saying completely.
I couldn’t believe he was talking to me. I shrugged,
pretended he didn’t bother me, and held up my sandwich. “Turkey?”
He said nothing as he lifted three turkey sandwiches from
the cooler; his smoky gaze remained riveted to mine. Then, he bent his head
close. “Kane McCarthy.”
I looked at him then, taken back by how his voice washed
over me and made my skin tingle. I forced myself to breathe; I wasn’t used to
being in this kind of situation. Guys just didn’t go out of their way to talk
to me. I made sure of it. But I didn’t balk. I mean, after all—Kane was my
potential reformation Dare. Right? Murphy’s words rushed back to me. Reform the barmy beast! I breathed.
Smiled. Pretended. “Harper Belle.”
Again, his eyes softened, and as we stepped up to the
cashier he gave her a nod and inclined his head toward me. Before I could say a
word, the cashier had rung our orders up together, and Kane handed her a
I looked at him, embarrassed. “Oh no, really, that’s okay,
you don’t have to—”
Kane’s eyes moved over me. “Yeah,” he said quietly. “I do.”
National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her upcoming New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college.
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