Matchplay: A New Adult Romanceby 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
This NEW ADULT ROMANCE contains language and content indented for adult readers (18+).
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?
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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
An enchanting book. The author wears her scholarship with grace, and the amazing story she has to tell is recounted with humor and understanding. Beautifully written, beautifully structured. Especially interesting to read now, as a contrast in time. Loved the characters immediately. I expected greatness from Dakota Madison when I picked up this novel, and I was not disappointed. Her characters are real with real lives - including a past replete with memories. Madison does a wonderful job of demonstrating a different coming-of-age than we usually hear about. Maturing from childhood to adulthood is not the only door we must step through in life. Madison lets us walk with this woman as she moves from one phase of her life to a new one.
Okay, I was looking for a fun, hot kind of New Adult story here, and for the most part that's what I got. However, there were just a couple things that kept me from really getting into this one the way I had hoped to. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. First of all, I liked the main character, Rainy, and I felt for her as she had to give up a great deal of her last high school years caring for her mother. Any girl who goes through that deserves some good times, so when her dad wants her to kick up her heals a little and enjoy college life, I felt it was well-deserved. Aaron, on the hand, I didn't take to quite so quickly. I liked him, don't get me wrong, and yes, he was kind of hot. BUT, I just never felt like I got to know him. He seemed very surface to me, with very little depth. I didn't pick up on the things that made him a real person, so he just kind of seemed a bit unfinished. Because the romance is front and center to this story, and I didn't feel like I knew the guy very well, this story just didn't hold my interest the whole time, because I never felt like I could get fully invested in their romance. First of all, I had a hard time buying the fact that Rainy went ahead and went out with Aaron to begin with, knowing what she knew about him. Granted, we may find out later that he's not as bad as his frat brothers are about the whole thing, but she didn't know that at the time. So she seemed not too smart to just go out with him when she knows he's a part of this little tournament. I felt like the situation, the romance, was somewhat forced. I liked her friends, and I did like the premise of the story and how everything worked out, but due to the few factors mentioned above, I just couldn't fall in love with it completely the way I wanted to. I did enjoy the author's writing, as it was straightforward, fast-reading, and interesting.
This novel had a heartbreaking beginning. Such harsh life lessons learned so young. With this beginning Madison takes you and drops you right into the middle of the story, fighting right alongside her wonderfully created characters, trying to make a go at a relationship that society dictates is probably bound to fail. I also love how this story takes place in a very concrete location but you never find out exactly where that is. As a reader, you are dependent on Madison to fully create this world for you, which she does brilliantly. Madison paints a mural of the campus where these characters live that is so vivid you feel like you’ve been there. Madison has presented us with a vast yet well-developed cast of characters to fill the pages of this novel. They range from the stereotypical frat boys, to well-to-do ladies, to studious geeks. Everyone has a well-defined place in the story, which is supported by both their past and their actions. The real life, gut lever reactions from these characters reach out to the readers. They are never forced or fake. It allows you to relate to them on many different levels. As a whole, this was a quite shocking yet very interesting and emotional novel that doesn’t let you go easily. It was a brilliantly put together novel from a very intriguing author.
This was a freebie on the Kindle and the description intrigued me, so I got it, fully expecting it to go into the big virtual pile of other ebooks that I have collected there. Something about that cover drew me and, as I had just finished reading a very charming YA SF story, I was in the right mood for this. Understand that most of the romance books I have read have been paranormal and there is NOTHING paranormal or SF/F/H about this one. Even so, I actually enjoyed it. Considering I am a middle-aged guy and this was all about the relationship, that is saying a lot. Okay, I am a bit of a romantic, so I wanted to see Rainy and Aaron work things out. The supporting cast was well done and, while I agree with another reviewer that it was hard to picture how Rainy looks, the story was quite well done, with only a few typoes here and there (and I might not have noticed those if I were not so "detail oriented"). If you like romance, especially college-age young love, first-time romance, give this one a try. You may find yourself coming back here to post a glowing recommendation, too.
I received this as a review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion. Matchplay is not a complicated NA romance story; it rarely strays from the boundaries of its genre; little happens to surprise or shock the reader - but yet I still found this novel compulsive reading and was completely attached to Rainy and Aaron! I knew as soon as Rainy (I thought Rainy Dey was one of the most gorgeous names I had ever come across in a book!) saw Aaron he was going to be 'bad' news and the fact that the boys in The Clubhouse had The Tournament running did not surprise me. However, the more that Rainy and Aaron's eyes meet, and he reveals his vulnerable side I thought that they may have a chance. Apart from the complications of Aaron and Rainy's romance Dakota Madison touches upon the difficult subject of admitting sexuality to friends and family. I think she deals with this well and in a fun way, rather than seriously. As someone who is not a fan of golf I did not appreciate the constant golf analogies but I think it gave the story a perspective, particularly with Aaron's connections. There were plenty of times in the story when I wanted to shout at both Aaron and Rainy for their stupidity, but Dakota Madison is always gently in the background reminding her reader of Rainy's naivety and Aaron's emotional insecurities. I definitely recommend this book :-).