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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: Bad for Her by Christi Barth

I love me a bad boy gone good romance, especially one with so much humor and heat!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: October 3, 2017

USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth launches a sexy new series about three bad-boy brothers in Witness Protection who are about to learn that going good is harder than they thought...

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.





What’s it About? Ex-mobster Rafe Maguire and his brothers are in the WITSEC program and have one last chance to make a new life for themselves, this time in a tiny town in Oregon. Rafe’s new identity doesn’t fit who he was but that’s part of the deal with the program, they protect him and his brothers and they turn over a new leaf. When he meets Mollie Vickers he sees the opportunity to have a no strings fling with her and maybe find a way to make a place for himself in the process. Mollie is used to fixing patients up caring about their welfare that she doesn’t have time to date. Not that she wants to date a local who has known her since she was a kid. So when Rafe Maguire kisses her on the side of the road she’s all about taking a chance and having a hot fling with him. Except they don’t just have great physical chemistry, they have a growing connection that is put in jeopardy when the truth of Rafe’s presence in Mollie’s town comes out.



Overall reaction to the story? Bad for Her has a charm all its own and a different take on the whole bad boy going good theme. There’s heat, charm, and plenty of humor to be had in the entire book. I did think the story slowed to a crawl in the middle with not much happening but overall Bad for Her grabbed my attention and I can’t wait for Rafe’s brothers to get their stories!


Describe the hero in five words: Caring. Selfless. Charming. Tough. Determined.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Rafe’s previous life as a mob enforcer made him a bad boy but later in the story you find out how and why he became involved with the mob and that he’s essentially a good guy. I loved that Rafe wasn’t always sure of his place in his new life or his place in Mollies. His growth from beginning to end was great but at the same time he kept his cheeky humor. He wasn’t hard to fall for at all.


Describe the heroine in five words: Loyal. Intelligent. Blunt. Stubborn. Naïve.
Did you like her? Mostly.
Why? Mollie doesn’t play games. She isn’t subtle about what she wants, she’s 100% confident about going for what she needs which is sex. I love a sexually confident heroine who doesn’t beat around the bush with the guy and just tells him what she needs from him. I just loved that about her! Mollie was also cheeky and had a great sense of humor that kept up with Rafe’s similar way of joking. The only thing that kind of bugged me was how naïve she was when the truth about Rafe came out. She was stubborn about the danger Rafe was in and kind of had a narrow minded way of looking at the situation. Other than that though, I liked her.


Let’s talk about the romance: Rafe and Mollie had scorching physical chemistry but what really sold me on their romance was Mollie’s insistence that they had to be friends before she would sleep with him. They developed a lovely friendship that could stand independently of their sexual chemistry. The love that grew between them was believable and had this funny, entertaining side to it that really made it work.


How about that supporting cast? Rafe’s brothers, Kellan and Flynn both handled the WITSEC situation differently and I’m curious to see how they shape up in the tiny Oregon town. The three of them need to learn how to be a family without their pasts hanging over them. There’s a lot of anger and resentment that they need to work out but all in all I liked them both.

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