The Guys Are Props Club
by Ingrid Seymour
Summary: During her senior year in high school, Maddie Burch promised herself not to ever fall for a cute guy – or any guy – again. Cute guys are players and not to be trusted, a fact she learned the hard way when her first boyfriend ran her heart through a paper shredder. Two years later, her promise is still intact, and she’s determined to make it through college without falling victim to another creep. She has her job, school and The Guys Are Props Club to keep her mind and hormones in check.
The club was founded by Jessica, Maddie’s best friend. It is a sisterhood of girls who have fallen prey to heartless jerks and who have vowed to turn the tables. Once a semester, Jessica requires members to “do onto others as they’ve done unto you.” Setting the example, Jessica’s next play is Sebastian Capello, a theater major with heartthrob looks and a flair for Latin dance, whose heart she plans to break the way hers was once broken.
What the friends don’t know is that Sebastian is different. Despite his perfect looks and popularity, he’s not a jerk. He doesn’t play games to get his way. Instead, he keeps it real and goes after what he wants with honest intentions. And what he wants is not a bombshell like Jessica, but a down-to-earth girl like Maddie – even if it causes a riff in the girl’s friendship. Even if it means getting Maddie to break her personal vow.
*** Due to language and sexual situations this book is recommended for ages 17 and older.
Source: I received a paperback copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I also purchased a digital copy while it was free.
I enjoyed The Guys Are Props Club. It was a great NA contemporary romance with a heroine I respected and I devoured it quickly, eager to see what would happen next. Like many NA contemporary romances, the overall plot was straightforward and somewhat predictable in the way that fans enjoy, but the I also thought there were aspects to the story that were refreshing and unique.
The G.A.P. club was interesting. Jessica and Madison started the club after having their hearts broken in high school and needed an outlet to discuss their heartbreaks and disgust of players with other girls. I was expecting Madison to be a ruthless man-hating heroine, but she surprised me by being relatively understanding, less interested in breaking hearts and more interested in having a group of friends to share things with.
Sebastian was not your typical love interest. His allure was exotic instead of being due to any kind of bad boy or tough persona. Despite his ability to dance and his major in theater, he wasn’t feminine or sensitive like I thought he’d be. He was very masculine and confident. I loved that he didn’t have baggage or issues like a lot of bad boy personas, but he still had the tough demeanor that we all love. He was also charming and sweet.
I loved that the characters in The Guys Are Props Club had their own problems and history, but it wasn’t major or crazy like a lot of New Adult characters. It helped make the characters seem more realistic and since I've been devouring tons of New Adult contemporaries, I found it refreshing that no one had horrifying secrets that are completely abnormal. It just gets to be too much after awhile.
The attraction between Sebastian and Madison was electric. I loved how they interacted with each other and found myself rooting for them from the moment they met. They were just so great together. And Sebastian made my heart melt when he took an interest in the little boy Madison cared about from the oncology ward at the hospital where she worked. It was just so sweet.
I definitely recommend The Guys Are Props Club! I was expecting a somewhat revenge filled story like that of John Tucker Must Die or Burn For Burn, but I got a totally heart wrenching contemporary romance with characters I cared about instead! It was amazing. It’s a great read, completely refreshing, and well written. I loved that it was a stand alone novel, too. I’ll definitely read more from Ingrid Seymour in the future!
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