Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Book #Review ~ Fling Club (Serendipity, Book #1) by Tara Brown

About the Book:

It’s revenge—sweet and hot—in the first book of this sexy and wickedly funny series by international bestselling author Tara Brown.

For the young, rich, and beautiful, summertime in the Hamptons means one thing: Fling Club. Only this time, Cherry Kennedy won’t be selecting a boy for a fleeting romance. Nope, this season, Cherry is out for revenge. Her target? The Fling Club founder and society darling who slept with Cherry’s now-very-ex-boyfriend. And all Cherry needs is the perfect guy for her plan…

Ashley Jardine can’t afford to refuse. He scored almost a full ride to MIT. But that almost still costs a lot. And this is so much money for a little game of revenge and a chance—albeit short—to live the high life. Here, rich girls rule the shore, and everyone has a role to play. Only nothing in the job description warned Ashley that the redhead who’s running the scheme would be so crazy. And cute. Or that he wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about her.

Now, everything is going according to plan—until an unexpected attraction raises the stakes. It’s enough to turn the perfect payback into absolute heartbreak.
Book Details:

Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: August 14, 2018

My Review:

Fling Club (Serendipity, #1)Fling Club by Tara Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fling Club is an interesting read about the lifestyles of the children of the rich. The story reminded me of the movie She’s All That with Freddy Prinze Jr. Rachael Leigh Cook. Of course, how the story and the movie develop are different, but the “let’s find someone poor and not hip and transform them into something they clearly aren’t all for the sake of popularity or revenge” is similar. So is what happens at the end of both media types. This is not a criticism, it’s an observation. I love She’s All That and I enjoyed Fling Club, even though both are pretty predicable.

Cherry Kennedy wants to get back at Cait, her rival and current ruler of the Hamptons, by setting her up to break the rules of Fling Club. Then Cherry will be able to call her out in front of everyone for all the nasty things she’s done. Enter one college guy named Ashely who’s good looking and in need of money to help pay tuition to ease the burden on his parents. Cherry isn’t supposed to really want Ashley or vice versa but that’s what happens, with the potential to sideline the plan and completely destroy everyone involved.

The story is well-paced; not too fast, not too slow, and the author’s writing style was easy and conversational. There’s not much character development as I found most of the rich kids didn’t really have a personality and they all pretty much acted the same immature way throughout the book. I trusted none of the secondary rich friends of Cherry. They were written in a way that the reader assumes they will do whatever needs to be done to get their way or to be friends with whomever is popular at the time. There is a bit of back story though, which explains the rivalry and the emotional upheaval provided near the end of the book. World-building was acceptable but not stellar. I could visualize some of the story but other times I only saw words as I read.

If you are reading this review, please take the lower starred reviews with a grain of salt and the five stars with a bit of ambition. The book isn’t perfect and has some pretty silly things happen, but I found Fling Club to be an enjoyable, fast read that kept me entertained. I value other people’s opinions about books, but I also like to make my own decisions. I’m glad I took a chance on Fling Club.

I was given a copy of this book to read.

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