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    Amazing

    An amazing read! By far my favorite of the 3 Destiny books. While this one is easily read standalone, treat yourself to the other two as well. This is Levi's story. The youngest of the King Brothers and the one with the best memories of Destiny. That's mostly due to his best friend who happens to be the girl next door, Shelly. When he left Destiny the always stayed in touch and now that he's back she's the first person he wants to see. He's shocked to see she's not the young girl he left behind though. Although she hides behind too big and frankly ugly clothes, he can see the beautiful woman beneath. He's determined to get her to shake things up in her life and have a little fun. Will she find the man of her dreams when she does this or has she known him all along??? Definitely a book you want to read. I highly recommend it.
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    Contemporary Romance

    This is a story of first times and Levi’s desire to give quite a few firsts to his best friend, Shelly. Levi, Duke and Cole were taken in by their Aunt Lolly when their father abandoned them. When they are called and told she is in ICU they head home to see her. Lolly has an agenda for each of them that is revealed in the Destiny trilogy. I have not read Duke’s story (book 1) or Cole’s (book 2) but Levi’s story is complete in and of itself without having to read them. Levi has been friends with Shelly, Lolly’s next door neighbor, since childhood. Her father works as a prison guard and is a very religious man…as is she. Her mother dying when she was young has left her feeling she must be perfect and reflect well on her parents. Levi left 13 years before this story begins and has kept in touch with Shelly through mail, e-mail, phone calls and gifts he sends on holidays and her birthday. When he gets home she is no longer 15 and is quite a bit different looking than his memories of her. With her father away they are freer to explore one another - in more ways than one. Shelly develops a bucket list for their summer month together – and what a list it is – thus the firsts that are sprinkled through the book. Levi and Shelly are interesting together. Both have known childish love and have cared for one another for many years. Their move from friends to lovers is appropriate and the story well told. More fantasy than reality in some ways with three down and out brothers becoming multi-millionaires BUT what is a good romance without some fantasy? Thank you to NetGalley for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 3.5 Stars
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    Wonderful bad boy racer and girl next door romance

    Four and a half amazeballs stars! I think that this is my favourite of the three Destiny books. The three King boys were once considered trash in the small town of Destiny, Nevada where they grew up. Son of the town drunk they grew up dirt poor, the eldest Duke once got arrested as a teenager for stealing food to feed his brothers. Then Duke got put in prison for ten years for beating up the Police Chief's son and the town turned against them. One way and another the King boys left Destiny and made new lives for themselves, creating a reality TV show centred on Duke's custom car renovations and featuring the youngest boy, Levi a former racing driver, as the host. Together the King empire has made each of the men very wealthy under the direction of the middle son, Colt. When their aunt Lolly goes into hospital the boys are forced to return and face their demons. If you haven't read the first two books in the series you can easily read this one as a stand-alone - just don't read the epilogue! The USP of this series is that each book is set in the same time period, so each starts with a different King brother reacting to the news of Lolly's illness and how they react to returning to Destiny. This book features the youngest, Levi King. Living the life of a playboy from his base in Vegas, Levi is vaguely dissatisfied. The cars and the girls and the international travel are starting to become a bit same-same and he is contemplating going back to racing, even though he nearly died in a crash. When he returns to Destiny his first visit is to see his childhood best friend Shelly. Shelly is Levi's opposite; her father is a prison guard and deacon of the local church, she is an elementary school teacher, never drunk alcohol, never had sex, never even gone dancing, a woman who wears her hair in a tight bun and dresses like a nun. Yet the two of them had been best friends since they were eight years old and a little girl in a pretty pink dress and a pink hair ribbon decided to befriend a little boy with ripped jeans and a T-shirt that was too small. All the time that Levi has been away from Destiny Shelly has been writing to him and sending him little gifts, telling him the minutiae of her life - she doesn't realise how much those letters meant to Levi. Maybe the way I've described this Shelly comes across as a prudish, bible-bashing, kill-joy but she isn't at all. In her letters to Levi she lets out all the things she thinks and feels (her 'confession' about her dreams involving peanut cookies and milk made me laugh out loud), in return Levi validates her feelings. Shelly is kind of a Pollyanna (in a nice way), she is always happy and helpful to others, she volunteers for the local church and helps the elderly 'just because'. What she really wants to do is live a little, see the world, have adventures. Now I've read 100s of friends-to-lovers novels, and novels where the heroine has been in love with the hero since they were children, and lots of variations on the themes but I don't think I've ever enjoyed one as much as this. Both Levi and Shelly were just great characters. It was blindingly obvious to the reader that they were in love with each other, as one character says near the end, what twenty-something man writes letters like a little old lady to a girl unless he is in love? I just enjoyed the ride and the sassy comments that Shelly comes out with. She might be innocent but she is one heck of a fun girl, the sort of friend everyone wants. If only she liked red wine! I honestly worry that part of the reason I stopped work wasn't because I was suffering from a head-cold today but because I just couldn't wait to finish this book. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! I think Sugar Jamison has just got better with each book. Please tell me that Judy gets a book. I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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    ...a sweet and salty good time.

    Ms. Jamison knows how to create a heartthrob. I received an ARC of Heart of the Bad Boy by Sugar Jamison in exchange for an honest review. The King brothers are worthy of some serious salivating. Tough on the outside but marshmallows on the inside. What woman wouldn't love that?Add the complicated history between these alpha men and their hometown of Destiny, you get stories of redemption and triumph. Heart of a Bad Boy is baby brother Levi's story. With the many upsets in his life Levi's sense of stability was almost non-existent. Family tragedy, physical abuse and prejudice were abundant fixtures within his childhood. There was a bright spot though. His best friend Shelly who looked beyond the renegade and saw the heart of a lost boy. Circumstances separated them but the ingenuity of a shrewd old woman and the pull of family bonds make for a love story that proves to be a combination sweet and salty good time. Have a soft spot for those bad boys and Sugar Jamison delivers.
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