Thursday, August 8, 2013

Blog Tour: The Guys Are Props Club by Ingrid Seymour

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The Guys Are Props Club
By:  Ingrid Seymour
Released:  July 15, 2013
Source:  Author
Host:  Oops I Read Again

GR's 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.

My Thoughts:

The Guys are Props Club grabbed me right away, and before I knew it, I was hooked!  The story is told soley form Maddie, the main character's point of view.  She is the co-founder of "The G.A.P. Club."  Maddie was devastated in her senior year of high school by her first love.  As a freshman in college, she became quick friends with her roommate Jessica, who was also left broken-hearted when her first love left her.  The two quickly bonded, and became best friends.  As they cried together, moped, and complained about their exes, Jessica came up with the idea for "The Gap Club."  Maddie thought Jessica was joking, but went along with it, when she realized that her roommate was series.  Their freshman year of college, they got other broken hearted girls to join the club, and they all bonded over their broken hearts.  Then, sophomore year in college, Jessica developed "plays."  Women put money in a pot and pledged a certain amount of "plays."  For each "play" they completed, they got a raffle ticket towards winning the large money pot at the end of the semester.  The club had a set of rules on how to identify players, and these rules were developed by Maddie and Jessica.  "Plays" were developed by targeting a certain guy (who was thought to be a player, based on "The G.A.P. Club" rules, then make him fall in love with you, dump him, and teach him a lesson.

Maddie had been coerced by Jessica to make a "play," last semester on a guy named Brian, and felt horrible about it.  She realized that it was wrong, and she didn't want to do it ever again.  Instead of telling her friend the truth, she tried to make excuses about why she couldn't participate in the "plays."  Jessica pledged 6 "plays," and took it upon herself to sign Maddie up for a play.  Before a G.A.P. meeting starts, a gorgeous, green-eyed, guy walks in to the wrong room, looking for the Latin Dance Club.  Right away Jessica stakes her claim, and tells Maddie that he will be her first "play" for the new semester.  She grabs Maddie and they attend the first dance class.  Jessica flirts shamelessly with Sebastian.  Maddie thinks he's gorgeous, and gets tongue tied around him.  Sebastian ends up being one of the dance teachers, and finds himself being annoyed with Jessica's extreme forwardness, and attracted to Maddie.  Things get tense between the two friends, the more Jessica pursues Sebastian, and he avoids her.  All the while, Maddie develops inner conflict, as she tries to stay out of Jessica's way, protect her heart, and attempts to push Sebastian away.  However, Sebastian is patient, persistent, and knows what he wants.  The more Maddie gets to know him, the more she likes what she sees, and she begins to wonder if Sebastian might be a nice guy after all.  The question becomes, "Will Maddie risk her heart, and give Sebastian a chance?"  Or, "Will she stay loyal to Jessica, and The G.A.P. Club?"

I really enjoyed this story!  Maddie and Sebastian were two characters that I grew extremely fond of.  I connected with Maddie, and was rooting for her to get her happily ever after.  She was a hard worker, had a huge heart, and wanted to be a pediatrician.  She did internship hours in the children's Oncology Ward, and got attached to 9 year old, Hunter.  Their friendship was sweet, and I loved Hunter's character.  Jessica seemed a bit "stalkerish," and  unbalanced.  I didn't trust her from the beginning, because she came off as self-centered, spoiled, and narcissistic.  Sebastian was a great character.  He was good looking, smooth on the dance floor, a gentleman, intelligent, and there was depth to him that made him more than what he first appeared.  I loved the college setting, and could picture it, along with the characters vividly.  The descriptions were seamless, and the plot was fun!

My Rating:

I give The Guys Are Props Club by Ingrid Seymour 4 Highly Addictive, Fun, Fast-Paced, Romantic, and Entertaining Stars!  You will fall for Sebastian!  He is sweet, Swoon-Worthy, Romantic, and Sexy all wrapped into one gorgeous package.  You will be rooting for Maddie to give him a chance.  The attraction, and chemistry between these two is magnetic!  Read The G.A.P. Club for a great New Adult Contemporary Read!

My Favorite Quotes:

"We definitely have some amazing chemistry, Sebastian said after his careful exploration.  I'm sure you've noticed.  And that's all well and good, but there's more to a relationship than just physical attraction.  Like I said, I want you whole.  I want to know you."  (eARC, Loc. 1468)

"I'm not...we're not...I'm not having sex with you, I blurted out.  Pressing me against the elevator wall, he ran a finger down my cheek.  I know, he breathed on top of my lips.  We're not ready for that.  One day, but not tonight.  Tonight, I have a million questions to ask you.  I want to know your favorite color and food, your middle name, what makes you so irresistible, and many other things."  (eARC, Loc. 1510)

"I felt like clay in his hands.  I was so feverish it seemed like a distinct possibility that I might melt."  (eARC, Loc. 2899)


She always got guys to ask her out pretty quickly, but this had to be some kind of record. Still, I shouldn’t have been surprised. It was a known fact to all G.A.P. members and also stated in Rule No.14 of the G.A.P. Playbook that a guy’s sluttiness is directly proportional to the level of his egotistical good looks. And in most cases, inversely proportional to the size of his . . .


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About the Author:

Ingrid Seymour loves, loves, loves to write. Her favorite genres are Young Adult and New Adult fiction.  Her debut novel “The Guys Are Props Club” is an NA contemporary romance which she immensely enjoyed writing.  Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She’s sure that one day she’ll see one of her books made into a movie. She likes to dream big ;)


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  1. Oh this one sounds SO good! Great review!

  2. I like the role reversal in this one, since it's usually guys playing games. I love the quotes you included!
    Great review, Lindy!

  3. First, WOW, I love your review! And I'm envious here with your blog design! So clean and fresh. Anyway, thank you so much for joining the tour, Lindy!

    1. Thank you so much Dianne! You are so sweet, and were a pleasure to work with on this tour!

  4. Wow!! This sounds amazing!!! I loved the quotes, your review, the trailer....I just love everything :)


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