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Review: Matchplay by Dakota Madison

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   by: Dakota Madison

Publication Date: Mar. 17, 2013
Publisher: Short on Time Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-copy provided by AToMR and publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

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?

My Review:

As you can tell from my rating, I had some issues with this book. Or more specifically, the characters. I thought the plot was a fun idea and I really enjoyed the idea of this Tournament and the challenge for the boy to prove to the girl that he really does care about her.

Rainy is a college freshmen and is immediately told to stay away from the Clubhouse boys. Too bad she can't help but be immediately attracted to Aaron, the President. He seems into her too and we see him slowly try to work his way into her life, wanting to draw her in with his irresistible charm.

For the first part of the book, I felt it had potential. Sure, there's bound to be angst, but man. After a while it just got to be too much for me. There was way too much back and forth on Aaron's part and constant breaking of Rainy's trust. I never really felt that his feelings for her were genuine and just didn't buy their relationship.

He always seemed to be making up for something he did wrong and I hated how she let him treat her, especially when she has some really good, sweet guys vying for her attention. Being a senior in college, you would think Aaron would be a bit more mature than he actually was- he didn't have the guts to stand up to his friends when he wanted to back out of the tournament, he didn't push away the beautiful girl his family wants to see him end up with when Rainy was right there, and he avoided telling his parents about Rainy.

My love interests can't be spineless fish. I need a real man and Aaron did not fit the bill. I didn't have as much of an issue with Rainy, but again, I didn't like the way she allowed him to treat her.

And the ending? It seemed like he was trying too hard to make up for past mistakes and this was his magic solution.

*I received an e-copy of this book from AToMR and the publisher in return for an honest review.*

About the Author
Dakota Madison has been writing since she learned to read and fell in love with books. When she's not at her computer creating spicy new romances, Dakota is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

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  1. Hold up... her name is Rainy Dey? Can we just reflect on that gem for a moment? Hmm.

    1. Seriously?! I almost didn't read this because the name was so bad.

  2. Too bad. I see a lot of the same complaints. Probably going to be avoiding this one. And yeah...Rainy Dey? Trying very hard to suppress an eye roll here lol.

    1. Yeah, this is one to avoid. Didn't cut it for me at ALL.

  3. Hmmma tournament like that? No no no, stay away Dani, I can just imagine my goodreads status updates lol

    1. Hahaha, I can imagine your rants now! Actually, they'd be pretty damn humorous!


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