Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley

The Bad Boy Bargain
By: Kendra C. Highley
Release Date: November 14, 2016

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.

This was definitely an interesting concept of denial and secrets when trying to be someone you are not, but isn’t that what high school is all about sometimes?  Pretending to be something that you are not.  It’s tough, and anyone who has been through high school knows just how hard it can be for some people and Kyle is no exception.  Kendra C. Highley did a good job showing how difficult times were for Kyle but also how sweet he can be when he finally let’s himself trust again. 

We meet Faith who is in a relationship that is going nowhere and fast, but one thing leads to another and they break up which now leads her to seeking out Kyle for a little revenge plot.  You know things like this never end well, or things get caught up and things tend to happen that are unexpected.  This is definitely the case with both Faith and Kyle, two people who from the outside are completely opposite of one another but deep down they both have great character.  It was interesting watching their interactions back and forth and loved the added spunk of Faith’s best friend Vivian.  Let’s not knock down Cade either even if he wasn’t in the book for very much he did spout some great wisdom to our friend Kyle.

Only thing was I didn’t really connect with the characters too much, I don’t know why but I didn’t really feel for them as much as I wanted to.  Yes the story was great, yes the characters definitely had their own way of being and they were interesting but I just couldn’t really connect with them.  There was something holding me back and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

Overall I liked the book, I liked the concept of the book but thought it could have been developed a little more.  Love the cover, but I really don’t picture Faith and Kyle on that cover.  Still super cute and was a great quick and easy fun read.  Although they did touch on bullying a little bit, there wasn’t much elaboration on it and in this day in age I think it always needs to be addressed more heavily they kind of waved it off, maybe that was my disconnect.  But regardless, you should check the book out because it was a cute quick read that just gets your mind out of reality for a bit.

I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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