Cleopatra Paige hates one thing in this world — just one — and his name is Zachariah Prince.
In grade school, he pulled at her pigtails. In middle school, he spread false rumors about her. And in high school, he ruined her prom.
She hates that his smirks are unfairly sexy. And she definitely loathes that his dark eyes seem to follow her everywhere. Sometimes, even in her dreams.
It doesn’t matter that he’s rich and popular or that he lives in a freaking mansion full of butlers and maids. He’s rude and arrogant, and she wants to stay as far away from him as possible.
But unfortunately for Cleo, she lives in the same freaking mansion as Zach.
Only he’s the prince and she’s the lowly maid who serves him.
Reviewed by Donna on behalf of KFF
Cleopatra Paige first encountered Zachariah Prince at grade school. He was her tormentor with his fellow rich friends and she didn’t quite fit in being that she came from a less fortunate upbringing. This happens for years until Zach mysteriously disappeared supposedly having gone to Oxford.
Step forward in time and Cleo is now working for Zachs family at the big mansion as one of the cleaners. She lives in one of the cottages. What she isn’t expecting is for Zach to come back. Cleo gets a bit of a shock. Not only is her bully back, but he’s also a hot, broody, extremely tall and bearing a great physique. She can’t afford to have roaming eyes as she’s working all the hours God sends her to get back the house where she’d lived in with her parents. Cleo has to stay focused and not get distracted.
‘I can smell him. I can smell my enemy and he smells like….warm blueberry pie.’
Right from the first few pages, I absolutely loved Cleo. She was such a sassy, adventurous little devil and her exploits had me laughing and as well as churning at the thought of her getting caught out. She had some pretty hairbrained ideas and would stop at nothing once an idea entered her mind. Zach was moody and crass which made me not think much of him at all. He came across as very entitled and mean spirited, however, it wasn’t long into the story that I got the feeling there was more to him than met the eye. Layer by layer, I started painting a picture of what life had really been like for Zach and an explanation. Although he still had an edge, my feelings towards him warmed somewhat.
“I don’t need love. I don’t need acceptance or approval. I reject them before they can ever reject me.”
I was intrigued by this story which has so much intensity. There were so many emotions to Bad Boy Blues due to some of the subject matter. Ms. Kent has spun a great tale and reels you in with her words. I love that there were subjects not usually tackled in romance books and they were brilliantly portrayed from learning difficulties to domestic abuse and bullying. It was refreshing for a book to cover a multitude of issues. The chemistry and hot moments had me fanning myself and ultimately although this is an enemies-to-lovers romance, Kent gives an edge to it like no other. There is also a great playlist to accompany the book which I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to.
Writer of bad romances. Aspiring Lana del Rey of the book world.
Saffron A. Kent is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Contemporary and New Adult romance. More often than not, her love stories are edgy, forbidden and passionate. Her work has been featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After.
She has an MFA in Creative Writing and she lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband. Along with a million and one books.
She is represented by Meire Dias of Bookcase Agency.
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