Read: May 17, 2015
Rogue Chronicles Entry
The concept alone -- of the damsel rescuing the knight for once -- made me want to read this. Add to that a guy who's falling first, and --more importantly-- owning up to it, and there was no way I could say no. Probably also the reason I read this in one go.
So yeah, I enjoyed this very much. Both Miles and Darcy were great characters, and also made a good pair.
Miles was a perfect sweetheart, kinda broken, geeky with adorable quirks... but he also had determination. A truly weak person wouldn't put himself willingly through all this just to get into a frat or sorority. He had a huge heart, and actually a strong character already, but missed the last push. Falling in love with Darcy, and especially her loving him back, gave him that final bit of strength and confidence to fight for what he really wanted, even against everyone else's wishes or expectations.
Darcy was quite gallant, always coming to Miles' rescue without having any obligation to. Having always been picked on for being stupid, she knows how to handle more intelligent people, but thanks to her loving parents, she's strong enough in her sense of self and self-worth to stand up for herself and for others. She was an awesome character / person -- and pretty much perfect for Miles.
However, Darcy wasn't what I expected at all. Since Miles was set up to be the weaker link in this story and this relationship, why couldn't his rescuing damsel be your everyday girl, hm? Average to good grades, loves art and horses, and I don't know what else cliches would be fitting without making people roll their eyes. In my opinion, Darcy really didn't need a huge weakness like her concentration deficit, which just makes her all damsel again, in turn in need of a knight to the rescue. It wasn't necessary for the plot at all! She could've just had one weak subject, and he becomes her tutor -- like it happens to so many people around the globe. That's the one thing pissing me off, and big time!, because it's keeping this from being one of the cutest, most original reads I have come across in NA contemporary -- so I can't give this a full five stars. And if I was grumpy right now, I'd even take a full star off.
Plotwise, it was all good as far as I'm concerned. Haven't read about initiation and hazing before, and liked that as the main plotline. I also liked the minor characters, how all the puzzle pieces fit together. Very nice silver lining, even though I wasn't all in knots about what the next stage would be. I was more concerned with the relationships, which is good enough for me. The whole Hell Weeks could be made more thrilling, I guess, but not for me -- I liked it the way it was.
There was a bit of snuggly kissing towards the end, totally cute, but nothing too intense. It fit the two of them and the rest of story, I think.
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