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    Achingly Beautiful Story

    Having never read this author before, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I have to say that I was definitely not disappointed. With this book, Jen McLaughlin has managed to deliver something so heart-wrenchingly poignant. These characters really stick with you, especially the tortured soul of Lilly's stepbrother, Jackson. He really just touches your heart; wanting love so much, yet truly believing he doesn't deserve it. The way Jackson and Lilly come together is just so achingly beautiful. You truly hurt with them every step of the way in their seemingly hopeless affair. This book is intriguing and sensual and romantic and erotic and tantalizing and scandalous and once started, you will not want to put it down. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a wonderfully well written novel about seemingly forbidden romance. * I was given an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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    Loved it!

    So...I'm not quite sure why I loved this book because the characters torture themselves trying to do what they think is the right thing, but I guess I got past that, and got to the heart of the story, and really enjoyed the deep connection between Lily and Jackson. I love second chance at love stories, so Lily and Jackson's story right off the bat was something I was interested in, and it definitely helps my enjoyment that these 2 never moved on from each other even though they hadn't stayed in touch. Jackson is an alpha, which I liked, and I liked that he didn't sleep around; he's a guy that has some morals and has some control over himself, and isn't led around by his manhood, so I absolutely adored him. He's a sweetheart, who really feels a deep connection with Lily, and since he doesn't think he's good enough for her, he keeps pushing her away and causing himself and Lily pain. Now, Lily is a people pleaser, even if it's to the own determent of herself, which I found to be horribly frustrating! She's going to marry some douche, who she doesn't love and doesn't give a crap about her, just because she doesn't want the people at her father's company to lose their jobs; it's totally ridiculous! Giving up your happiness, so people can work for your father is insane; those people would probably find different jobs and be totally fine, but the fact that she can't find a way to get past her hold up about these people's jobs is totally aggravating. So, of course she doesn't tell Jackson how she feels because they can't be together in the long run anyway because she stuck on marrying to "help" these people. Despite wanting to shake some sense into the characters, I couldn't put this book down! I loved the romance between Jackson and Lily, and their love scenes were very passionate and well written, and their relationship was so sweet. Also, the whole stepbrother thing shouldn't even been an issue. So, in the end I loved this book! I will definitely look for more books by Jen McLaughlin!
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    Needed more

    This one had all the components of a great story but it just fell a bit short. It just didn't have the angst of a good "stepbrother" story. While teenagers, Jackson and Lily fight their attraction. Jackson knows Lily has a crush on him but he won't cross that line, until one night after another bad fight with his stepfather. One kiss is all they had before being discovered by Lily's father and immediately throws Jackson out of the house. Seven years later, after suffering an injury while fighting as a marine, Jackson is back. Lily is still Daddy's little girl and ready to marry a man she doesn't love to make him happy. Can she really avoid the temptation of Jackson?? Really not a bad story, just needed something to really spice it up.
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    Loved it!

    Wow! Amazing story! Lots of steamy sex scenes and lots of drama and heartbreak but a real true love story! Bravo bravo!!
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    Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin

    I really enjoyed this story by Jen McLaughlin. BAD ROMANCE is so much more than a stepbrother novel. Lily and Jackson's (love that name!) parents marry when Lily is 16 and Jackson a couple years older, but their lives couldn't be more different. Lily has been wanted, loved, protected and yes, controlled. Jackson's mother never wanted him and didn't bother to hide it. He's always been made to feel like a burden, a hindrance who never did anything right and would never be good enough. Until Lily. Right from the start she shows him unconditional love, a first time for him, but he's so convinced he's no good he fights how he feels. And then he leaves for 7 years. Jackson gains a sense of honor and worth as he fights for his country, but then he's injured and that too is gone. He is sent back to his hometown as a recruiter and to heal. He doesn't plan to let his family know he's back, but he sees Lily at a local tavern and she's in trouble. His protective instincts kick in... and then there's no going back. The feelings they share, the connection, the bond are undeniable. But there are so many reasons they shouldn't be together. So many things keeping them apart. I loved Jackson! JM does a tremendous job in developing his character. I could feel his pain and frustrations, and his desire to be a better man, and his desire for what he believes he doesn't deserve. Lily. Lily was harder for me to relate to, but her character was true and stayed the course. She has lived a life sacrificing herself to please or to help others, so as much as Jackson is the one thing she has always wanted for herself... She still feels compelled in her role as martyr. It was impossible not to respect that even when I wanted to tell her to grow a backbone. Bad Romance was well written, with an interesting storyline, some really steamy scenes, well-defined characters and backstory, and few surprises. I enjoyed reading it and definitely recommend it. 4 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
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