Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley
Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.
Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.
Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer—dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer—is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.
But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.
Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses...and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.
Genre: Romance, Teen--
Faith has been wanting to break up for her boyfriend for a while but she just has't gotten around to it, but when she catches him in bed with another girl at her best friends party, it means it's over. But he tells everyone that he broke up with her for being an ice queen. To try and counter the rumor and the backlash she has received from everyone, she hatches a crazy plan. She will convince Kyle, the school bad-boy who just so happens to be landscaping her backyard, into pretending to be her boyfriend. But the problem is that neither of them are pretending, and Kyle is pretty sure his secret will be revealed as to who he really is.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this story. I can 100% say that I really liked this book. It was an incredibly fast read, with very likable characters and a pretty straightforward plot. This was the perfect read for a lazy day so I did not have to put the book down, instead I ended up reading it in one sitting. This was the perfect blend of romance, teen angst, and humor rolled into a cute compact package.
I thought that I loved the bad boy, but after reading this book I am pretty sure that I love the good guy (or at least the good guy wrapped in a bad boy exterior) just as much or even more than the bad boy character that I usually find dreamy. Kyle was so freaking sweet (minus his few days of personal angst and stupidity, but I forgive him), that I just wanted to protect him from the world. Don't judge, but I totally crushed on him... and it didn't hurt that he was muscular and attractive, but whatever. He grew so much as a character/person during the course of the book (with much help from quirky Cade) and finally realized who he wanted to be. I also enjoyed Faith and her ability to see the truth in a hard situation, for being forgiving and open-minded and her crazy idea that started the mess to begin with. Together they were great, complementing each other's weaknesses. The two side character that made most of the humor in the story was Violet and Kyle's Grandpa, both so full of life and personality.
The ending of the book was not a surprise, you could easily see where it was heading right from the start, but I still enjoyed the ride. This was my first book by this author, but it won't be my last. She was able to create such well rounded book, with a cute is naughty premise and characters that I absolutely loved. I can't wait to pick up my next read and I would easily recommend this to anyone looking for a cure teen romance.
I received this title in return for my honest review.
Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate
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