Review: Biggest Flirts

Biggest FlirtsBiggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laidback swagger.

As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing Will away drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirts with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will’s new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…

What got me into this book was the fact that the protagonist, Tia, was – lets say, not too shy about hooking up. Granted it is not the first case of a character like that, I was interested in how Echols would spin the story. So, Tia is not interested in a relationship – her family is full of girls who fell in love young and then regretted it, so she is determined not to fall in love. But she does not mind the occasional hook-up with Sawyer, her friends-with-benefits, or whichever guy is ready for a one-night stand. When Will arrives new to town, he hooks up with her one night, but they don’t go further than third base. He was looking for a rebound at that time, but in the light of day, he is actually interested in dating her, which she is totally not into. They remain friends, and he plans to date another girl, but since they are in the marching band together, sparks fly unintentionally and they are labelled Biggest Flirts in the school yearbook.

Now, at this point, I would like to say I totally see her point of view, and honestly, I don’t mind the concept of hookup culture. Not every relationship is meant to be romantic, and not everybody is cut out for it. Which is why I was pissed when Will tries to make her feel responsible for ‘ruining his life’, as he puts it (like he wasn’t also flirting with her all along), by making him look like a player when the most he wanted to be was the New Guy. I see the sparks flying, and I see the sexual tension, but I don’t see how they get from there to confessing their love in a few week’s time and then immediately breaking up the next day – whiplash is an understatement at this point. I thought it was going to be a sex-positive story but it falls into the trap of being love-then-sex plot. And it seems prudent to mention at this point that there is on-page sex in this book, so looking at the intended audience, I do not see why the story had to end on that note. Granted, he is open to the idea of an open relationship by the end of the book and she to being committed to him, but since this is a series, how THAT ends up is yet to be seen. But in conclusion, still, this was a bit of a disappointment.

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