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Monday, April 6, 2015

Tasty Book Tours: Bad for Me by Codi Gary (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Some books drive you insane in a good way and that's exactly how I feel with Codi Gary's Rock Canyon series. Have you read the series yet? Come chat with me about it if you have, or even if you haven't and have questions!

About Codi Gary:

An obsessive bookworm, CODI GARY likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments.

When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children.

She lives in Idaho with her family.

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Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Avon Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015

Callie Jacobsen isn't about to open her heart to just anyone. Not so very long ago, trusting someone changed her life forever—and not in a fun way. Now she's better off focusing on her career, her friends, and her dog. So when former Marine Everett Silverton takes an interest in her, Callie's more than a little wary. No matter how charming he is, men are a bad idea. In fact, she's got the scars to prove it.

But Everett isn't convinced Callie should shut everyone out—especially not him. He may be a hero to the people of Rock Canyon, but he's got his own demons, and he bets they're not that different from Callie's. Still, he knows it's going to take more than chemistry to get her to let her guard down. Everett will do whatever it takes to show her she's safe with him. All she has to do is take a chance, take a step … and take his hand.

After the tornado that was Caroline Willis, author Cody Gary slowed it down just a tad with Bad for Me, the latest installment of her Rock Canyon series.

After a horrifying attack left her scarred, scared and shut down, Callie Jacobsen has come to Rock Canyon looking for a quiet life as the local DJ where she can focus on herself, her dog and the new friends she’s recently made. The local hero is definitely one complication she doesn’t want.

Former Marine Everett Silverton’s infatuation with Callie encourages him to try and help her overcome her demons, but he doesn’t count on having to face his own as well. He may be the hometown hero but memories of war plague him day in and day out. Both he and Callie have so much in common, including a fierce attraction but that might not be enough to make them happy if they keep letting their pasts interfere.

Bad for Me gave me just what I wanted with its damaged, imperfect characters and the deep well of emotions that they experience. Everett and Callie both suffer from traumatic events but they have vastly different ways of dealing with it. Their methods for coping caused some pretty big conflicts between them that sometimes seemed impossible to overcome. It was their very real psychological and emotional problems that hooked me like a fish.

Callie was my favorite of the two. She may not have seen herself as a brave woman but I did. She survived something horrific and was valiantly trying to piece herself together and move on as best as she could. She was far from perfect but her internal struggles carried such realism that I connected with her. Even when she was making huge mistakes in her relationship with Everett, I liked her. The scenes where she lets her facade slip were so well written, I felt what Callie was saying. She became this raw, ragged and emotionally drained character who didn’t know where she was going to end up in life. It was heartbreaking and heartfelt.

Everett was the steadier of the two because he had been seeking help for his past for a while but he still had a long way to go before he came to terms with it. I loved his calm, patient personality because I felt it went so well with Callie’s jittery, nervous one. Everett was a genuine people person, always willing to help someone in need and while he didn’t think he was a hero, I certainly did.

Bad for Me focuses on the personal growth and healing between two characters and that’s what I found so appealing. Codi Gary doesn’t “pretty” up things like PTSD, mental illness or domestic abuse but she doesn’t saturate the story in it either. The conflicts are balanced out by the wry humor and the passionate chemistry between Everett and Callie to create a realistic but still fun romance. With so much emotional depth and character growth, Bad for Me is an exceptional small town romance.

And with minor appearances from previous characters, Bad for Me maintains the connection between previous books without giving away too much of those plot lines so each book can be read as a standalone but I would highly recommend that you read them all in order.

Final Verdict: The small town setting would normally drive me nuts with all the meddling and gossip but Codi Gary's characters are so intense, so passionate and so addictive and the plot so interesting that the small town life takes on its own entity and becomes something the characters have to fight against.

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      “I’ve almost got it.”

      “Thank you. This was really nice of you, especially when I haven’t given you a reason to be.”

      Everett looked up at her, wiping the rain off his face so he could meet her gaze. “You seem to assume that just because people are kind to you, they want something. Sometimes people help because it’s the right thing to do.”

      Her gaze shifted away, and he went back to tightening the nuts on the wheel. He’d said his piece, but knew he wasn’t going to convince Callie with words that his intentions were honorable.

      He had to prove it to her.

      When he finished, he released the jack and gathered up all the tools, sliding them back in the spare tire kit. “I’ll put this and the new tire in the back, and you’ll be good to go. I’ll haul this one off to the dump for you.”

      She knelt down next to him and took the kit from him, their fingers brushing. Despite the chill of their skin, heat sizzled between them, sending a shot of awareness down his throat. Her blonde curls were wet and falling out of her messy top knot, and drops of rain were clinging to her cheeks. Before he could stop himself, he traced the pad of his thumb across one, catching the cool droplet on his skin. Her amber eyes widened, and he dropped his hand, cursing his impulse.

      “Sorry. You had something on your cheek.”

      Callie cleared her throat and stood up. “It’s okay.”

      He climbed to his feet and couldn’t help wondering if she’d felt something too. Was that why she kept pulling away?

      But if she didn’t want him, why was he pushing?

      Because she doesn’t treat you like a defective puppy she’d have to fix.

      Grabbing her spare tire from the back of his truck, he slid it into the back of her Jeep. She stood back as he closed the door, and he could tell she was nervous—her hands kept twisting.

      “Well, you’re all set. You should get home and change out of those wet clothes. If you get sick, I’ll have to listen to one of those ridiculous weekend deejays, and they play nothing but crap.”

      Everett started to head back to his truck, but she caught his hand. “Hey.”

      Just the touch of her hand sent his heart from a trot to a gallop. He loved the way her soft skin wrapped around his.

      Facing her, he waited, afraid to move a muscle and scare her off.

      But she moved so fast, he wasn’t prepared when her lips brushed the scarred side of his face. He stiffened as the warmth seeped through his cheek, his stomach twisting up as a thousand thoughts and insecurities made him wince. Had the roughness repelled her? Why hadn’t she picked the untouched side?

      “Thank you. For being kind.”

      Callie dropped his hand and ran to her car, as if afraid he would come after her. As she started it and pulled forward, he was finally able to move again, backing up a ways to watch her disappear down the road.

      Everett’s hand came up to rest against his cheek, and he realized that he’d lied to Callie when he said he didn’t want anything from her.

      He wanted everything.

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  1. Oh that's good. I acknowledge the ugly things life can deal us with, I hate it when the characters dwell on shit instead of making the proverbial lemonade. Fab review, lady!

  2. Thank you for hosting BAD FOR ME!

  3. No problem Lisa, I'm a huge fan of this series now thanks to a previous tour!


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