Thursday, November 3, 2016

ARC Review: The Bad Boy Bargain

Title: The Bad Boy Bargain 
Series:  None
Author:  Kendra C. Highley
Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance 
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Publication Date:  November 14, 2016 
Source:  A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.
Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.
Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer—dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer—is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.
But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.
Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses...and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.

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Ohh, you guys, I was so happy to be able to get an ARC of this book!  I've had my eye on it for a while.  A bad boy, a good girl, and a pretend relationship?  Yes, please, sign me up for that.  I'm a sucker for the fake relationship trope, especially with a bad boy.  This book didn't exactly deliver all of that but I did still enjoy reading it.  

So, once I started reading this book, I realized it wasn't exactly what I had been expecting.  It was much more . . . wholesome than I originally thought it would be.  Now, that's definitely not a bad thing - I actually really enjoyed the sweetness of the story!  It was all very cute.  Like I said though, it just wasn't quite what I expected.  I thought I was going to be reading a different story than the one I actually did.  

The main things that made this book so different than what I expected and so wholesome were the main characters.  They were just so sweet the whole time!  I was really expecting for the main guy, Kyle, to at least be a bit more bad than he actually was, since he's described as a bad boy.  While I can't say much without giving the story line away, I will say he just wasn't what he seemed.  Still a cool character, just not the one I thought I'd be meeting.  

The overall story line was good!  I had a lot of fun hearing about the pretend relationship Faith and Kyle made up and reading about everything that came up after it, especially the real relationship that started to develop.  It did kind of drag at about the 60% mark until about 85% but before and after that, I was just flying through the pages.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot but probably would have enjoyed it more had the title not misled me a bit.  I went into it thinking it was going to be a different story than it actually was.  Still, I had a good time reading about all the cuteness of this novel!  I'm excited to check out the other works this author has written.

“Because this didn’t feel like just messing around. This felt too big for just a quick hookup.” 

Three Teapots

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