Friday, May 19, 2017

REVIEW: "The Bad Boy's Girl" by Blair Holden (New Adult Romance)

by Blair Holden

Publisher: Trident Media Group
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: February 21st 2017

Series: The Bad Boy's Girl, #1
Standalone: No, Cliffhanger ending

Enemies to Lovers, Introverted Female, Bad Boy, Childhood Friends, Heavy Subjects (Bullying, self-esteem)
Description from Publisher:
“Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything. They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.”
— Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever

Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy.But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel.

Warning: The story comes with a bad boy notorious for making you swoon, inducing hysterical laughter and making you question whether you could purchase a clone on ebay.

My Rating:
Heat Rating:

The slow burn of Cole and Tessa's relationship is swoonworthy and I really just love Cole. He is definitely "bad boy with a heart of gold" and the way he handles everything is awesome. I love what he did to help Tessa become stronger and more self-assured. His patience and gentleness is really admirable.

The way these two keep getting interrupted or having wrenches thrown is a bit frustrating, but in that real-life way. I cannot stand Jay and want to smack him basically every scene he is in. Nicole is just pure evil and I'm glad she isn't featured as much as one might assume the "villain" would be. The real antagonist here, I think, are Tessa and Cole's insecurities.

The high school aspect is more believable than a lot of those depicted typically, but still a bit unbelievable. The amount of class the kids are missing is a bit hard to believe, for example, as is the one homeroom teacher always being asleep. That said, it isn't that hard to suspend belief a bit.

The parents mostly being absent fits well with the demographic (rich teens in a small town) and works for the story. I like how it presents opportunities to show various types of dysfunctional families, and how it brings the teenagers closer together.

This is a longer read, but really goes by quickly! I hadn't realized it would have a cliffhanger though, so reader be warned! Definitely worth the wait for the sequel, but &#^@%#&, I want to know what happens!! :P

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author:
BLAIR HOLDEN (@jessgirl93 on Wattpad) is a college student by day and Wattpad author by night. Her hobbies include obsessively scouring Goodreads and reading romance novels, with a preference for all things new adult. Her own work usually contains lots of romance, humor and brooding bad-boy heroes. She writes for herself and also to make readers swoon, laugh, and occasionally cry.
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