Published by Self-Published on May 13th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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During her senior year in high school, Maddie Burch promised herself not to ever fall for a cute guy – or any guy – again. Cute guys are players and not to be trusted, a fact she learned the hard way when her first boyfriend ran her heart through a paper shredder. Two years later, her promise is still intact, and she’s determined to make it through college without falling victim to another creep. She has her job, school and The Guys Are Props Club to keep her mind and hormones in check.
The club was founded by Jessica, Maddie’s best friend. It is a sisterhood of girls who have fallen prey to heartless jerks and who have vowed to turn the tables. Once a semester, Jessica requires members to “do onto others as they’ve done unto you.” Setting the example, Jessica’s next play is Sebastian Capello, a theater major with heartthrob looks and a flair for Latin dance, whose heart she plans to break the way hers was once broken.
What the friends don’t know is that Sebastian is different. Despite his perfect looks and popularity, he’s not a jerk. He doesn’t play games to get his way. Instead, he keeps it real and goes after what he wants with honest intentions. And what he wants is not a bombshell like Jessica, but a down-to-earth girl like Maddie – even if it causes a riff in the girl’s friendship. Even if it means getting Maddie to break her personal vow.
REVIEWED BY JOANNE
*An eARC was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Maddie and Jessica are best friends and room mates at college – they met during their first week as freshmen, bonding over their sadness, having had their hearts broken before coming to college. They vow never to be in that position again, and so set up ‘The Guys are Props Club’. The purpose of the club was initially to swap stories other girls in the same position but has now escalated to the stage where they are pulling plays – i.e. getting a boy to fall for them, then dumping them. Maddie is starting to get a sick of it all now, and then when Sebastian enters her life, after they meet at a salsa class, things start to get a lot more complicated.
Maddie is attracted to Sebastian but tries to ignore her feelings, as Jessica has set her sights on him, confident that he will be her next victim. Things don’t go to plan however, when it becomes clear that he only has eyes for Maddie. Convinced that he is just another ‘player’ Maddie uses the mantra of the G.A.P club to stop herself falling for him, such as ‘All handsome guys are players’ or ‘By any means necessary, a player will try to make you feel special and different from all the other girl’s he’s ever dated. Don’t fall for it’.
Sebastian is completely unaware of the club, and can’t understand why Maddie keeps rejecting him. As she gets to know him better, the more she begins to doubt the logic of the G.A.P club, and begins to think that maybe, just maybe, Sebastian is genuine.
I really liked Maddie; she was a nice girl, trying to get on with her life after a major betrayal while she was in high school that completely broke her heart. She’s studying medicine and works as a nursing assistant in a hospital a few days a week, where we are introduced to Hunter, one of her young patients and also Lola, another nursing assistant from her college. Lola was great, encouraging Maddie to follow her heart, and became the voice of reason that Maddie needed to hear.
“Take care of your needs, if you like the guy – and judging by the way you’ve been staring at that phone, you do – then don’t let Jessica or anybody get in the way. Go after him”
Jessica however came across as a bully, and a rich spoiled brat. She tended to brow-beat Maddie into doing things her way and never gave any consideration to her feelings. I was desperate for Maddie to stand up to her and do something for herself without feeling guilty about Jessica’s feelings.
If you’re looking for a light, easy read, then I would recommend this book, it’s a stand alone so doesn’t have a cliff hanger.