September 9, 2018
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.
The Tenth Girl is a Mature YA by the very talented, Carrie Aarons. I have had the pleasure of reading most of her books and have enjoyed them all. She always comes up with a unique storyline.
Cain was riding high. He was the star quarterback for his high school team. He already signed a deal with the college of his choice. He had his brothers on the field and girls lined up for him off it. He was entering his senior year at the top of the competition. The one he became a part of during his freshmen year. First one to have sex with ten girls wins. He was at nine. He didn’t want an easy win. That wasn’t him. He wanted a challenge and she came in the form of the new girl on campus, Harper Posy.
Harper was new to the state of Texas. She was a Florida girl. Her mom wanted her to spend time in her hometown for her senior year so here they were, in the heart of Texas. Where football players were kings and cheerleaders were their queens. She just wanted to be. To study. Graduate. Finish her book and travel the world. Then, she saw him. The cockiest boy in school. Cain Kent. King of the jocks. And for some reason he called her out. Well, she did technically call him out first but now, he was relentless. He was everywhere. And for some reason, he wanted her. For what? She only needed one guess for that one. But, he picked the wrong girl, she wouldn’t let him in that easy.
I thought this story was unique, funny, flirty, and smart. It also has some steam. Cain is definitely cocksure. Harper is definitely not having it. She sees through him and then he shocks her with moments of the real Cain Kent. Not the star player on and off the field but the man who quotes the classics. She isn’t sure what his game is. She does know that she should stay away from him but he pulls her in. That is something about him that makes her want to trust in him. Can she? Can she trust him or is she just a victory to him?
Overall…I loved it. The story. The characters. The writing. I don’t always read YA but Carrie writes them amazingly well. They are mature in a way but I also need to remember these are teens. I have to remember how I would react as a teen not as an adult.
What are they doing? Why are they here? The suspense novel reader and writer in me has to know.
That boy is like venom to my veins, paralyzing and scorching all at the same time.
“You know I only use my greatest pickup lines on you, darlin’.” I wink.
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.