★ SYNOPSIS ★
When Sydney Porter transfers to Northern University, she’s ready to put her past behind her. Landing a job on campus as an irreverent radio personality, she uses the anonymity to air all the campus dirty laundry—earning the infamous Sunday Lane more than a few enemies. But her true passion is spinning records, even if Drunk Earl is her biggest fan.
Sydney’s junior year kicks off with the promise to be amazing. Or at least it does until Gray Peters, hotshot quarterback, unexpectedly reenters the scene. His presence threatens to destroy everything she has going, as well as resurrecting a night Sydney never wants to remember or repeat. She’d run away like a coward, but this time she’s determined to stay and fight.
A twisted battle of wit and trickery ensues, with one common goal—vengeance. Sydney and Gray set out to make each other miserable. But misery loves company, and soon, walls are destroyed and truths are revealed that could change their future forever.
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★ MY REVIEW ★
“Hey there, Northern. I’ve been not-so-politely informed that I shouldn’t have outed Sara for her clap and terrible taste in men.” – Sunday Lane AKA Sydney Porter – Devious Minds by K.F. Germaine
Devious Minds is a book that had me in absolute giggle fits for about 75% of it. Some people can call bit of this immature humor, but frankly, this book was awesome. When I have family members poking their heads around corners or into rooms to find out what I’m in stitches over, you know its a good sign.
Devious Minds is a standalone novel by new-to-me author K.F. Germaine. I find this writers style absolutely brilliant. You may be asking yourself why? In those moments that I wasn’t laughing my backside off, I was going through moments of nail biting and angst, and I flat out wanted to know what these characters were going to do. I wanted to know what happened in the past to them. I wanted to know what stunt they would pull against the other next. I loved seeing and reading basically all out war between two characters that has so much chemistry that it sizzles off my Kindle. I’m a huge fan of novels that evoke emotions, immerse me and make me want to keep reading.
“But September is Safe Sex Month… Please wrap it up. And, number twenty-four, a Ziploc bag and rubber band won’t suffice. Please stop by Professor Grange’s office. Second drawer down, you’ll find condoms for elves. Should fit perfectly.” – Sunday Lane AKA Sydney Porter – Devious Minds by K.F. Germaine
As for our main characters. I haven’t come across two with a more underlying love/hate relationship in a long while. It’s so hard to go into details without giving spoilers though! What plays out is both immature on their parts, and yet I actually have to wonder if I was in their shoes, would I act differently? I could say I’d be mature, but would I be? These two love to make each other miserable, and its the oddest form of foreplay I’ve seen in a book in an age.
“My resolve to fuck with Sydney was morphing into my need to fuck Sydney.” – Gray Peters AKA Number Twenty-Four – Devious Minds by K.F. Germaine
I want to touch a bit on both characters individually because I think that as complex as they both are, those complexities added to the story.
Sydney has family issues… an odd younger brother who she tries constantly to protect and I can’t even politely term what her mother is. I sat in absolute horror reading the bits with Mrs. Porter in them. Thankfully you don’t see much of the mother. Syd herself is not only Sunday Lane but DJ Sinster, a girl who spends her spare time spinning tracks to make ends meet. She’s extremely protective and not just of her brother, but of herself and her own feelings. She wears a flippant attitude like a layer of skin, and sometimes I was thinking that she had no fear what-so-ever.
“You guys don’t know my sister. She keeps Mace on her all the time. Even when she sleeps.” He paused to take in a dramatic breath. “And one time, she was so pissed at my mom, she stole Mom’s car and gave it to a homeless guy in exchange for his dog.” – Jack Porter, Sydney’s Brother – Devious Minds by K.F. Germaine
Gray is the big man on campus, being scouted by the NFL. He drives a Porsche and more often then not with him, appearances are deceiving. As much as I loved Sydney, I loved Gray even more. As the story progressed and I found out what happened in that past, I sort of melted for the guy. He goes about things completely wrong with Syd, there is no denying that, or his sleuth skills. There were times I wanted to punch him in the face too and tell him to grow up, but it didn’t detract from my liking of him.
“Even when she looked like a teenage boy, she was the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen (scratch that first part). – Gray Peters – Devious Minds by K.F. Germaine
The most intriguing part for me, as I mentioned earlier was their past. You don’t just get told what happen in the past, you slowly find it out from Gray and Sydney’s memories over the whole book. I liked this, it kept the book flowing. You find out so much more happened than what either of them realize.
Overall, this was a five star book for me. It hit on all the things that I love in a book, without being a typical hate to love story. The characters were fun to read, and the co-stars added so much flavor and even more hilarity to the book that you fall for them as well. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole book and I would definitely recommend it.
**ARC Provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**