Thursday, May 16, 2013

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?

3.5 star review

Rainy Dey spent the last few years of high school taking care of her sick mother.  After losing her mother a few months ago it is time for Rainy to move on, attend college and be a normal teenager and have fun.  On her first day she meets Aaron Donavan, who is rich, and gorgeous and President of the social club, The Clubhouse.   Rainy definitly has some interest in Aaron, until her roommate and her brother tell her to avoid him at all costs.  Why, you ask?  Well because The Clubhouse has a tournament every year, and we aren't talking about a golf, we are talking about a game, a challenge, a way to have sex with girls and make money in the end.  Sounds crazy right?  The challenge is to see how many points you can score by having sex with girls.  There are different ways to score points, but taking a girl's V-card will score the most points.   Rainy has no plans of being just another notch on Aaron's tournament belt, but for some reason when she is with him she can't help the feelings and attraction that she has for him.  Aaron wants Rainy and has every intention of getting her.  But are his intentions and feelings he claims to have for her real, or is it all just a ploy to win the tournament.   

I cannot say I fell in love with Aaron, but there were moments where he was very sweet and you wanted to believe that what he felt for Rainy was real.  I guess you can say I had a love/hate relationship with him.  Aaron had a tendency to screw things up with Rainy, his screw ups dealt more with the fact that he never defended their relationship or what she really meant to him.  Their biggest issue was trustRainy wasn't sure she could trust Aaron to tell her the truth, or trust him with her heart.  

I think that there was a lot more to Aaron that we saw.  I think, and this is just my assumption, that he has always done what his parent have told him to do, always tried to live up to everyone's expectationsAnd for once in his life he wanted to live his life the way he wanted it, which was to be with Rainy.  But being one of the richest families in their town, dating Rainy was something that his parents or friends would find unacceptable.  The moments where he should have stuck up for Rainy and their relationship, he took the coward's way out and said nothing and in turn ended up hurting the woman he said he loved.   I can say that in the end I believe that he loved Aaron, it just took a little time and trust for me to believe. 

Aaron is sweet and caring and when he sets out to prove his love to Rainy, he does a wonderful job.  I wish we knew more of Aaron's background to see why he acted the way he did.  I would have loved to see some moments from his POV to see what he was really thinking.  I enjoyed Rainy's character and the supporting characters were a wonderful addition to the story and would love to see them get their own story.  Overall I enjoyed Matchplay, it was a light, quick and fun read.  

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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