Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bad For Her by Christi Barth

Title: Bad For Her
Author: Christi Barth
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Bad Boys Gone Good #1
Main Characters: Mollie and Rafe
Release Date: October 2017
Publisher: Avon Impulse
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
YES! A new series by Christi Barth. This one is set up around three brothers who have been put in the Witness Protection Program. Rafe and Flynn were both working for the mob. But the mob wanted Rafe to turn on Flynn and send him to prison. Instead he turned on his mob boss. The third brother, Kellan, is an innocent who was about to graduate law school before his brothers blew up his life. Now they are all in their last relocation town. They can't screw this up or they are on their own. The three aren't great about following the rules. 

Mollie is a doctor who's just come home to this small town of three thousand people. While there are definite downsides to small town life, like the fact that she'll never be able to date because everyone in town will eventually be a patient, AND they all know her whole life history, she loves this small town and can't imagine living anywhere else. 

Rafe and Mollie meet when he comes to her rescue on the side of the highway. He's new in town and confused about directions so when she asks him where he lives, he points the wrong way. Not a local means she's free to flirt, and flirt she does. The chemistry is off the charts. But then it turns out they DO live in the same town. So, they come to an agreement. This is sex only, because there's nothing wrong with a little physical release that they both need. 

I loved Mollie. She hasn't been given an easy hand in life and she has some interesting characters in her life with her grandmother and Jesse. She loves her family and small town even when she's very honest about the downside of both...that love is pure above all.

I really liked the setup for this entire series. The brothers are great, although there's a lot of tension between them all because of their situation. They all miss home and there's a lot of blame going around about how they ended up here. Rafe is coming to some hard realizations about what got them here and how they survive the next fifty years in this place. Honestly, I loved that part of the story. He's having to dig deep to find some happiness with his new life reality...something that doesn't come natural to him. I loved watching that character arc for him and how he works that through with his relationship to his brothers. 

And I am so dang excited to get to the brothers' stories. Like I said, I really like the setup on this one. It's definitely an auto-buy series for me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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