Bad Business by Nicole Edwards Release Date: March, 2018 Publisher: Loveswept Book #2 in the Bad Boys of Sports series Number of Pages: 245 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F Rating: XXX Read 3/11/18 to 3/12/18
I will never pass up an opportunity to read a Nicole Edwards book, especially an ARC that I get to read before the general public. Yet I went into this one with a bit of trepidation. Although I loved the last half of the first book in this series, Bad Reputation, I let it be known it was a slow starter for me. The author’s writing seemed off from her usual style and I wondered if it had to do with this series not being part of her self-published works. Well, I ended up loving this story so I had no need to worry.
The way Savannah and Stone (aka Jason) first officially meet is so fun. What I found the most appealing in that scene was, although the reader knows Savannah is more straight-laced and Stone is the wilder of the two, and the characters seem to know this fact, they really both play the opposite role. Still, there’s no question in Stone’s or the reader’s mind that Savannah is not your everyday groupie/hussy.
Stone is a swoon-worthy hero. He’s aggressive but able to compromise, he’s an alpha male but likes seeing Savannah take charge in life, and there’s nothing that means more to him than his family. He’s very protective of those around him. Best of all, he doesn’t jump to conclusions.
One of the very best things about this book would be a spoiler. Let’s just say, as an avid reader, there are so many scenarios that I predicted playing out as this story unfolded. It’s not that there’s some major plot twist, but the way the story plays out is a very pleasant surprise. I love when a hero and heroine can be adults and still be interesting.
It seems Ms. Edwards has found her groove with this series and now I’m anxiously awaiting what will come next. Oh, and one last thing. Although this is a series, this book can truly be read as a standalone. There is absolutely nothing you’ll miss out on or be confused about if you don’t read these in order. But you should still read them both because Ms. Edwards is a wonderful writer.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**