{Review & Giveaway} Bad For Her by Christi Barth


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{Review & Giveaway} Bad For Her by Christi BarthBad For Her by Christi Barth
Series: Bad Boys Gone Good #1
Released: October 3, 2017 by Avon Impulse
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 384

Our Rating

4 Stars

Doctor Mollie Vickers loves the tight-knit community of her tiny Oregon town. But she’s not a fan of the limited dating options. Sleep with a guy who tried to copy off her in junior high? Pass. Mollie’s sex life is flatlining… until a deliciously handsome man she’s never seen before stops to help her fix a flat tire.

As an ex-mobster, Rafe Maguire’s no saint. But he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. Although he probably shouldn’t kiss the hot doctor on the side of the highway. Or suggest a no-strings fling with a woman he has no business pursuing. Rafe’s life is too complicated for love—his new WITSEC-provided identity doesn’t fit him at all and there’s a U.S. Marshal watching his every move. He can’t tell Mollie the truth… but their chemistry is scorching and being good doesn’t mean he can’t be a little bad.

Mollie can’t resist the guy who looks rough, talks tough, and is loyal to the bone. But it’s obvious Rafe is keeping secrets. When the truth comes out, Mollie must decide if she could ever love an ex-mobster… or if this bad boy has truly gone good.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Bad For Her by Christi Barth

The Hook: Well… Normally I stay far, far away from mob/mafia romances.  I’ve just picked up too many of them that were laughably unoriginal and badly written.  So I really can’t figure out why I took a chance on this one, but I’m glad I did.  Okay, so it’s not so much an “in the mob” book as a “used to be in the mob” book, but I think that’s what made it more plausible.

The Verdict: Mollie’s back in her home town, reining in her rambunctious grandmother and trying to get her teenage cousin back on the right track when she meets a man from out of town who’s her walking, talking fantasy.  Only he’s not really from out of town anymore; he’s taken up residence in her Mayberry little community, and as much as she tells herself not to get involved, she just can’t seem to keep away from him.

Rafe’s in hiding with his brothers, thanks to the witness protection program, and this little town is his last chance.  For one reason or another, no other town they’ve been put in has worked out, and the feds are ready to give up and walk away.  Now he and his brothers are trying to fit in, and the more he makes an effort to be a part of the town, the more he finds himself drawn to the pretty doctor.

Aside from the fun story and great writing, I think what I really loved about this book was the somewhat realistic backstory.  Rafe didn’t set out to be in the mob, but life threw him some curve balls, and it was the easiest way to provide for his brothers when they were left with no one to look after them.  But he doesn’t regret his choices, either.  In fact, in many ways, he seems perfectly cut out for the rather ruthless life he used to lead, but he’s not so far gone morally that he can’t try to make an honest go of things.  He’s also not too confident about getting involved with Mollie.  Sure, they’re attracted to each other and before long feeling quite a bit more for each other.  But he knows that to keep his position with the feds and keep his brothers safe, he can’t exactly go telling her his life story.

Mollie has some issues of her own, though not nearly as serious.  So she tries to hold back, but it’s pointless.  Rafe wins her over, against her better judgment, and it isn’t long before she realizes something’s a little off.  She doesn’t know where he moved from, what his life was like before he moved here, or even whether he ever went to college.  For someone she’s beginning to care about, he’s a pretty big mystery.

I won’t spoil it, but I can tell you that Bad for Her  by Christi Barth is a really fun book.  The story is pretty unique compared to most in this subgenre, and Rafe’s situation is well-explained and believable.  Mollie, on the other hand, is strong-willed and independent, but like most of us, she wants her happily ever after, too.  All in all, Bad for Her is a nice change from your usual mob romances, and I’ll definitely be grabbing the next book in the series.

The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
4 star rating
4 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
4 star rating
Overall Rating 4 star rating


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