Saturday, May 4, 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?

This NEW ADULT ROMANCE contains language and content intended for adult readers (18+)
Publisher: Short On Time Books
Publication Date: March 17, 2013

Kat's Review

My first impression after finishing this book was that it's a book unfinished.  The ending seemed rushed and too cliché, and throughout the book I didn't get the sense that any of the underlying issues were ever confronted or dealt with in any depth. 

My biggest issue is with the fact that the main character (Rainey Dey) is dating not only a guy who is actively participating in the ridiculous tournament, but is actually the club President, and therefore essentially the guy running it.  Excusing the fact that she's decided to date a guy who thinks it's okay to participate in an event like this, they never actually talk about just how many points he's accumulated.  There's very little mention of how many women he's been involved in during the time that they've been flirting, even though their relationship progresses quite significantly before he actually drops out. 

I found Aaron to be weak.  It was obvious that he had feelings for Rainey, but on several occasions he neglected to step up to the plate and defend either her or their relationship.  This is an issue that I don't feel was resolved in any real way.  At the end off the novel Aaron makes a huge gesture (no spoilers) in order to show Rainey that he's serious about their relationship, but she's never introduced to his parents, and there's never any discussion about the way his friends have treated her. 

There was a lot of potential in this book.  Rainey was a naïve but likeable character, and her roommate definitely has a story to tell in a future book.  Aaron had potential, but I was never convinced that he would ever man-up when it counted.  Plus, any guy that could run such a competition is automatically not worth any girl's time.  Especially when he took so long to quit. 

Rating: Heavy Page Turner

I didn't have trouble reading this book, but I felt like it just skimmed the surface of the bigger issues in an attempt to offer up a sweet romance.  The tried and true virginal girl meets bad boy who changes for her, but without bringing anything new to the table.  If you're looking for a light read and don't care about the deeper issues, you might like this.  It just didn't do it for me.

I received a complementary copy of this title from ATOMR and the publisher in return for an honest review.




  1. I think I'm going to pass on this one. The plot just doesn't seem original enough for me, and I'm not a fan of this girl that knowingly and willingly dates a guy that sets up the whole thing. Hmmmm...

    1. It was a hard one for me to get past too. Thanks for reading the blog!


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