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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Review: Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin

Nope. No, no, nopety, nope, nope. This didn’t work for me at all.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: September 15, 2015

Seven years in the army will change a guy. But after a shoulder wound ends his career as a sniper, Jackson Worthington finds himself back home, fighting a battle that's all too familiar: keeping his hands off Lily Hastings. She's still her rich daddy's little angel, innocent, impossibly lovely, as squeaky-clean as Jackson is dirty. And she's still his stepsister—forbidden but not forgotten, not after the soul-melting kiss that got him kicked out of the house at eighteen. He couldn't resist her then. How the hell can he resist her now?

Lily is about to marry a man she doesn't love, and commit to a high-stress job she hates, all to please the father who controls every waking moment of her life. On top of everything, her teenage crush is back, with a sleek, chiseled body and a trace of the rebellious boy whose lips sealed her fate. Jackson's timing couldn't be worse . . . or better. Because Lily's all grown up, too. She's aching for another taste. And for the first time, she's ready to be a bad girl.

I was all set to read a “taboo” romance with step siblings in an understandably complicated situation with the odds stacked against them.

What I got was a whiny, spineless, immature brat with a penchant for jerking the hero around and waaaaay too much drama. In fact, I may have spotted a llama roaming around somewhere (As in the drama llama).

So basically the story is that after seven years in the army ends with a shoulder wound Jackson Worthington is back home and still lusting after squeaky clean Lily Hastings, who just happens to be his stepsister. Kissing her was what got him kicked out of the house when he was 18 and basically he still wants the hell out of her. Lily is engaged to marry a man she doesn’t love because she’s all about pleasing the parental instead of finding her own happiness but despite that she and Jackson begin a red hot but secret affair. Of course, nothing can stay a secret for long right?

I just could not overlook how immature and weak Lily was! She needed someone to slap some sense into her pea brain because that girl just created a gigantic problem out of a situation that could have been solved with determination, stubbornness and some old fashion woman’s intuition. To me she seemed like a lifeless puppet who needed a puppet master in order to seem real. She seemed to enjoy playing with the Jackson’s feelings and that didn’t sit well with me. She knew she was hurting him and making him look bad but as long as she didn’t look bad it didn’t matter. I need my heroines to have a backbone in order to connect with them and Lily just didn’t have one.

Jackson was slightly more likable though I seriously questioned his taste in women. He had more development in his personality and I felt like he was more of a multi-dimensional character than Lily. His PTSD symptoms were realistic and really showcased where he was mentally when he was forced home.

Final Verdict: Bad Romance was sadly just what the title suggests, a bad romance which was a shame because I’ve enjoyed Jen McLaughlin’s books in the past.

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