Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Once Upon a Bad Boy (Sometimes in Love #3), by Melonie Johnson

St. Martin's Press, ISBN 9781250193070, June 2019

Now that Cassie and Bonnie have their guys, it's Sadie Gold's turn. Her years of working on a so-so but popular soap opera have paid off, and she's landed the lead in an action hero movie based on a bestselling novel. This should be her big break.

Too bad the stunt coordinator turns out to be her old boyfriend, her childhood sweetheart, the guy who dumped her on prom night and said he didn't want to see her again.

Too bad he's hotter than ever. Too bad she's still hung up on him.

And he's still hung up on her.

Oh, and this job is also make or break for him, because he's in danger of losing the deal that would give him full control of Windy City Stunts. Neither one of them can afford to do anything the media might spin as "unprofessional" on this job.

I like both Sadie and Bo, as well as Bo's family,  and Sadie's Nana and her friends. Of the five Chicago girl gang, Ana and her penchant for both baking and costumes is the one who plays a relatively big role here. The family issues feel very real. Both Bo and Sadie have secrets they have to fess up to for them to fix their relationship, and those issues are quite real, too. The plot is somewhat affected by #MeToo without directly acknowledging it, presumably because this is a light, fun romance, not something intended to cause emotional upheaval in the reader. I was pleased to see it not ignored.

This is overall quite a fun book, with good story, good characters, and good resolution.

For my tastes, there is too much explicit sex. I don't care for that--but many people do, so either way, just be aware.

Overall, recommended.

I received an electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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