Review: MATCHPLAY by Dakota Madison
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?
Find the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Matchplay-ebook/dp/B00BW9LKQG/
When I initially read the synopsis for Matchplay, I was ready for an angst-filled, drama-filled story that would make me want to throw my e-reader across the room a few times. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that was entirely the case. Instead, I found myself reading a sweet, romantic story between Rainy and Aaron. Yes, the Tournament that Aaron is involved in factors into the challenges in their relationship. Overall though, I felt that the biggest challenge was Aaron’s inability to stand up for their relationship with friends and family. This is what made me want to reach in and shake Rainy a few times for letting him do that to her! Repeatedly! Argh!
With that said, I felt the dialogue flowed easily and there were many tender moments in the building of their relationship. The secondary characters like Rainy’s roomie, the roomie’s brother, Aaron’s friend, and a few others added nicely to the story without taking over. I had a very good mental picture of Aaron but I didn’t ever get a very clear image of Rainy other than height and weight. That mental image is very important for me as I’m reading.
Overall, this was a read that left me wanting more. The end wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly for my drama-loving mind. It was a light, sweet read that I wanted to finish to see if Aaron was going to eff it up or pull it together and realize what he could have with Rainy.
ARC provided by Author for 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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