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Friday, November 17, 2017

BBReview: "Bailey and the Bad Boy" by R. Linda

Bailey And The Bad Boy
By: R. Linda
Genre: YA Contemorary Romance
Editor: Laura Kemmerer
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Blurb:
It’s the last day of school, and everyone is excited for the big summer leading up to our senior year. I was too…until my heart was ripped out of my chest.
As if getting dumped wasn’t bad enough, I’m forced to endure the humiliation of witnessing my ex-boyfriend flaunt his new girl—who also happens to be my now ex-best friend—all over town. Double whammy.
Now I’m the pathetic ex-girlfriend left gutted, heartbroken, and nose deep in a bucket of ice cream. I’m doomed to spend the summer sulking over a guy who thought I was predictable and bad in bed.
So, when I get an offer guaranteeing me some well-deserved payback, of course I’m going to take it. Besides, the plan is simple. Pretend like I’m dating Ryder, the town’s popular bad boy, and make my ex wallow in a pit of jealousy and regret. It’s perfect.
I mean…what could possibly go wrong?



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I am a lover of "bad boy" books so I was very excited to read this one. Thankfully it didn't let me down at all. I loved his book! I will be honest and say I did have some problems with our main character, Bailey, in the beginning. I like strong female characters and Bailey was just not that at all. I completely understand breakups are hard, but the way she took hers was just sad and embarrassing. I mean I totally understood and I had sympathy for her, but after awhile I just wanted to shake her and say, "Bailey, get your shit together!" Luckily, she learned to stand up for herself and become stronger. I liked her a lot more once she started showing signs of that side of her. The only other thing I didn't like about Bailey was that she was a little oblivious. For example, Ryder tells her a story about a guy who he used to be friends with and then had a falling out because of something awful he and his family did. To me it was obvious who he was talking about, but it just flew right over Bailey's head. 

Now, you're probably wondering how I could love this book when all I have done so far is complain about Bailey's character flaws, but my point for getting that out in the beginning is that those were the only flaws I found in the book. Other than those tiny minor issues the book was AMAZING! I seriously could not stop reading it. I have gone three days with only getting four hours or less of sleep each night, because I couldn't put this book down. The only thing I can think of that would have made this book better would be to make it longer (everyone says that about books they love) and having alternating points of view between Bailey and Ryder. It would have been nice to see things from Ryder's point of view as well. 

From being on Goodreads I saw that this is the first book in what will be a series called "Scandalous". You have no idea how happy that makes me, because I definitely need more from these characters. Bailey and Ryder were so made for each other and I just absolutely loved their chemistry and seeing their relationship form. Which since the chemistry was brought up, let's talk about that for a second. It was seriously steamy. The author does keep it pretty PG on the pages, but you could feel the sexual tension coming off these characters. I absolutely love when I can really feel the chemistry between characters. I found that their romance was written exceptionally well and was very believable. My husband and I met in highschool and it brought back so many memories of when we first got together.

I also found that the plot points were very believable and relatable. There wasn't a time in the book where I felt it wasn't authentic to high school. Well, actually that's kind of a lie. I went to a small high school and there were fights, but hardly any got as heated as most of the ones in this book do. They always got broken up, but these ones never did. But, then again this is fiction. There are lots of things in movies that depict high school in dramatic ways. too  I honestly can't say enough good things about this book. I just absolutely loved it and highly recommend you read it too. 

Overall:
This was an amazing read! I could not put this book down and found myself reading before work and after work only giving myself a max of four hours to sleep. I absolutely love the chemistry that Bailey and Ryder have. It was steamy while staying pretty tame and completely believable. It never felt rushed with Bailey and Ryder and I really liked that. I also have to mention that it wasn't insta-love either. I can't go too far into that topic without giving away small spoilers, but just know it wasn't insta-love and it was also amazing. I did have some small issues with Bailey's character in the beginning just because of how hard she took the breakup and how she wasn't able to stand up for herself. Luckily, this changes so I ended up really liking Bailey and relating to her a lot. If you love "bad boy" books, this one is definitely for you!

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

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R. Linda drinks wine and writes books.
A coffee addicted, tattoo enthusiastic fangirl with a slight obsession for a particular British boy band and solo artist, she is a writer of Contemporary YA/NA Romance and Suspense, sometimes dabbling in Paranormal as well.
Renee lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two sons. When not writing she can often be found reading books to her children and cuddling up with them on the couch to watch their favourite movies.


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