BOOK REVIEW: Fling Club by Tara Brown

 Fling Club
by Tara Brown
Publication Date: August 14th, 2018
Publisher: Skyscape
Edition: Kindle (Buy Here)
Special thanks to NetGalley for providing an e-book copy in exchange of an honest review.

Via GoodreadsIt’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 everyonehas 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.

I’m not really comfortable writing reviews like this one. But since reviews need to reflect honesty, I’m keeping this short to stop myself from ranting. There were so many things that I tried to look aside, but it did not work.

The first few chapters were full of hate that I actually felt stressed reading it. STRESSED. No one should be allowed to feel that when people read for leisure. 

The synopsis really intrigued me. The story itself was a slow build up, and I wouldn’t really mind it if the characters were somewhat interesting. The Kennedy siblings were full of vengeance and the love interest was a sexist, body-shaming, rude “nerd”.

Ashley Jardine was hired to be part of a revenge plot on a “mean girl” who started Fling Club. I should’ve liked him. I mean, a robotics engineering student at MIT plus very hot? A dream come true. But when it came to his POV, I wanted to barf!

“She represented everything I disliked in a girl and a human.” 

And yet, he lusted over Cherry, the main character, since he saw her. *rolls eyes* He kept insulting Cherry, but at the same time be attracted to her? Now I’m confused if they’re young adults or a bunch of kindergartners. 

“All girls are the same. Hung up on what someone else tells you you’re supposed to be. If I were a girl, I’d eat nothing but pizza and ice cream and stare at my gorgeous body in the mirror while telling everyone else to stick it.”

I mean, come on, Cherry already feels bad about herself from all the bullying she gets from her family and her so-called friend, but yes! Let’s enter another dry character and make him the possible love interest! Hooray!

The only character I enjoyed was the one I was actually supposed to hate— Cait. She made at least a third towards the end more interesting. I wanted to read more about the Fling Club and it's history and the drive that pushed Cait to boundaries to actually do it. I did get my answers, but it was a little too late.

Although there were a lot of things I couldn’t agree on, I still wasn’t able to put this book down. I wanted to know if it got better, but sadly for me, it didn’t. This is my first book by Tara Brown. Would I read more of her works? Weirdly enough, yes. 


  1. It sounded interesting from the synopsis, but your review definintly confirmed I'm not adding it to my TBR. I love when bloggers are really honest in their reviews instead of always being positive.

  2. I too love and honest review! I agree with Vibrant Reads and will not be adding it to my TBR. Thanks Audri!