Title: Bad Boy
Authors: J.C. Reed & Jackie Steele
Series: An Indecent Proposal #3
Genre: Mature N/A | Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 23rd February, 2016
I should have seen it coming.
Sexy? Handsome? Trouble? Check, check, and check.
Is he messing up my life? Hell yes.
All the signs are there: he is a bad boy.
Even his name is a lie. Too bad I married him. I can’t wait to get divorced. Does this make me sound crazy?
I know I should avoid him, run as fast as I can. However, when a harmless misunderstanding lands me in a foreign prison cell, my dear, lying husband is the only one who can get me out. Crap. I shouldn’t accept.
But how to say no to trouble when said trouble is the one who makes me fantasize all the dirty things he could do to me?
There’s no argument that these two authors together make a brill team. After reading book one and two which I thoroughly enjoyed, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Bad Boy. And for the reader, this full-length novel is a gem as one is easily able to read as a standalone. The most important facts from the two previous books were integrated into this one with skill resulting in a real page-turner. My sleep deprivation was on the cards! Although not without its moments of angst, what I liked more than anything was the banter entwined in a solid plot. Yeah, I’m a total sucker for good dialogue and Ms Reed and Ms Steele made sure that there was plenty of it!
“Let me guess, you want the whole ‘agree to disagree’ crap, too?”
I couldn’t make up my mind whether to like or hate Laurie to start off with. At times she’s indecisive and others, stubborn. Slightly introverted, she drove me around the bend but the point I’m making is this. Being lied to and deluded into thinking her husband was who he wasn’t, causes trust issues. It seemed like the only way she could cope was by setting herself rules which I didn’t entirely agree with. She’s a tad daft in the respect that she makes a rash decision complicating things quite a lot, too. When her bestie does the unthinkable, I could have gladly jumped into my Kindle and strangled the one person Laurie had faith in and considered family. Nevertheless, as the story evolves, I realised Jude was literally looking out for her. In fact, I found Jude’s sound advice really encouraging and I liked how she wasn’t judgemental. There were instances when I understood Laurie’s stance regarding Chase, and it wasn’t surprising that coming to terms with the real Chase and the reason behind his doings, triggered so much unease. Thus, Laurie’s wish to do things her way was more than comprehensible.
“My point is, I was just trying to help you, so don’t be mad.”
Chase is the ultimate bad boy who with his brother, are driven by revenge. Regardless of their differences, severe circumstances bought them closer together. Because Kade was so deeply affected regarding what had happened long ago, was the reason Chase held back the truth from him. I would have liked to have seen more detail about their brotherly relationship; nevertheless, the story concerning this couple’s nonsensical marriage was Laurie’s to tell. At all times, Chase had an ace up his sleeve. How he used them is divulged slowly but surely. Trying to convince Laurie of his good intentions when it had been a pack of lies from the very beginning was going to be a difficult feat.
“I have my resources. And as it happens, I’m also a good actor.”
False pretence is the basis of this love story with a difference and oh boy, to say it is hot would be putting it mildly. The twists and turns are bountiful, Chase’s demeanour and him sticking to his guns sold me lock, stock and barrel, then what was missing for me? Simply his point of view. The secondary characters are well developed as is the storyline. Bravo to you ladies and thank you for this marvellous series finishing on an even better note.
“All good things are worth the wait.”
One of my favourite quotes:
“God, Jude. Catfish would have a field day with you. How many fucking Facebook friends do you have?”