Title: The Tenth Girl
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: New Adult/Young Adult
Release Date: September 9, 2018
Never play a game you can't win.
For Cain Kent, that rule is golden. Losing is not in his vocabulary, and up until now, everything has come easy. Football, school, girls ... his charm-laced ego may just be bigger than Texas itself.
The competition he started freshman year with his friends, to make ten notches each in their bedposts by graduation day, is practically in the bag. One more to go, and then it's off to college fame and eventually, the big time. Attachments aren't something he wants to form, but when the quiet new girl challenges him in front of his classmates, his curiosity is peaked. She would be the perfect final score, and what fun to break her in the process.
Too bad Harper Posy has no intention of being just another warm body, especially to the bad boy quarterback. Even if he does quote Forster and Huxley when no one is listening. An aspiring author herself, Cain and his hidden soft side are dangerous to her heart. She's seen men ruin her mother's dreams time and again, and she's determined to fly far away as soon as she has that diploma in her fist.
But as the school year’s end looms closer, both realize they didn’t quite understand the rules to begin with. Is winning a dirty bet worth the gamble when the stakes, or the other’s heart in this case, are so high?
Harper is the one girl who isn't up for playing games. And she just might make Cain lose. Everything.
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What a pig! The Tenth Girl had me saying this pretty much throughout the book. With that being said, this book still wormed its way into my heart. The Tenth Girl is a teenage romance with a lot of heat, drama, and secrets. I really enjoyed this book.
This book is set in high school with teenage characters. With that being said, they are seniors. I really enjoyed the high school setting with the normal high school drama. Harper goes through a huge change when her Mom moves her from her home in Florida back to Texas, where her mother is from. Cain is only after one thing. His only priorities are football and this competition he has with his friends to bag the most women. What happens when these two meet? You will have to read and find out.
I love Harper. Seriously, she is such a strong character. She is feisty and opinionated. I love that about her. I will say, she irritated me at times though. I felt like she gave in too easily, which I didn’t feel matched with her personality. Then you have Cain. He is a pig. For a good portion of the book, I wanted to smack him upside the head. He eventually redeemed himself, but still.
The heat in this book is amazing. It starts off slow then slowly begins to burn. It is perfect for a teenage romance. It is enough to make you feel the chemistry between the characters, but not so much that you feel like this book is all about that, when it kind of is if you think about it. The heat in this book is great.
I liked the writing style of this book. The book is told in a dual point of view. I like that sometimes we get to see the same situation in both point of views. I really liked the pace of the book. It was steady and I felt like it was perfect for these characters. I also liked the way the author told the story. I felt that was what really drew me in.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Even if at times I wanted to throw it against the wall. I would recommend this book to others. I will say that the heat in this book is a little bit more mature and to be aware of that. Even though the characters are YA, I don’t feel this book is really a YA book. Great story.
Writing Style: 5/5
“High school drama and romance, 5 stars”
Harper isn’t your normal teenager. She’s more mature and knows what she wants to do with her life. Harper kind of had to grow up fast and it shows. When she moves to her mother’s home town to finish high school she plans on flying under the radar. But that doesn’t happen when she sees then meets Cain. Will she let the bad boy jock entice her or will she stay far far away from him?
Everything has come pretty easy to Cain. His only flaw really is his opinion of women. When his friends and him were freshman they made a bet and now as a senior he’s almost finished with it. Then he meets Harper and he’s drawn to her. What starts off with poor intentions soon morphs into something completely foreign to Cain, love. When Harper finds out his truths will she still want him, or will it tear them apart?
I loved how strong Harper comes off but at times she seemed a little too weak when it came to Cain. He is her weakness. Cain really transforms in The Tenth Girl but at times I still wanted to throat punch him. The secondary characters were really take them or leave them, none of them really made a difference in the couples lives. Other than that, I loved how the story was done and told. Sometimes you get both Harper and Cain’s view of something going on and it was awesome to see how it was perceived by both. If you like Y/A with a redeemable hero, then The Tenth Girl may be the story for you.
Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant dress code, much better.
When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.
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