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Monday, November 14, 2016

Book Review - The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley

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Review by Suze
Faith's boyfriend Cameron is pressuring her and wants her to do things she isn't ready for, especially not with him. When he cheats on her she knows it was the right decision to hold out, but even after that Cameron isn't done hurting her. He tries to ruin Faith's reputation to save face. Faith needs someone to help her get out of this mess and the perfect solution presents itself when she finds Kyle in her backyard. Kyle is a landscape specialist and even though he's still in high school he already has his own company. He's supposed to be a bad boy, but Faith thinks he's pretty nice.
Kyle agrees to help Faith to get back at her ex. The plan is a success, but maybe it works a little too well. Kyle is about to lose the reputation he carefully built for years because of one girl. Does he like Faith enough to give up everything for her or has he been pretending for so long that he doesn't know how to be himself anymore?
Faith and Kyle are both sweethearts with gentle and caring personalities. I loved them from the start, they're adorable. I liked that they have so much in common and that they're incredibly talented. Faith is an exceptional dancer and singer and Kyle can do anything with plants and he's great at baseball. They're serious about their futures, they're kind to the people who raise them and they're determined to chase their dreams. They approach love with the same intensity, which makes them a fascinating couple to read about. Faith and Kyle are perfect for each other.
Kendra C. Highley's writing is vivid and imaginative. I especially loved the way she describes movement, it makes her story come to life really well. Faith and Kyle's personalities don't only shine because of the descriptions of their characters, but also because of how they work with what they have and the way they present themselves. I found that absolutely wonderful.
The Bad Boy Bargain is a story about peer pressure, daring to be yourself and true teenage love. All of these things are terribly scary and Kendra C. Highley writes about them in an empathic and insightful way. She gives her story many interesting layers and the emotions feel real. There are some scenes about bullying that brought tears to my eyes. There's a good balance between light and dark though. The romance put a smile on my face. I enjoyed reading about Faith and Kyle very much, they're a truly special couple.

About Kendra C. Highley

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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 US only Giveaway
One very lucky winner from the US will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, a paperback copy of Defying Gravity, and bookmarks from Finding Perfect, Defying Gravity, and The Bad Boy Bargain.


  1. I read a lot of hockey m/m...Avon Gale's POWER PLAY and EMPTY NET were excellent this year, but I also like Jeff Adams'YA HAT TRICK series, Isa K's HOW TO QUIT PLAYING HOCKEY, and Riley Shane's IN THE PENALTY BOX.


  2. It sounds like a great read, added to my TBR!!

  3. This is live?! Yes! I so can't wait to read it.

  4. Awesome review! Will put this on my tbr list :)

  5. Sounds like a good book for my daughter to read. Information about not being pushed into things.

  6. This is something I could read with some of my classes of teens with intellectual disability followed by a general discussion about peer pressure, bullying, informed consent etc.

  7. I know a person that would love that book :)

  8. This sounds like a great book to read. Will have to check it out. Thanks.

  9. I like that this has some dark moments, but has enough light moments to counterbalance them.

  10. This sounds like a really sweet book. Thanks for the recommendation.