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  • Second chance romance is the best!

    Once Upon a Bad Boy is the third book in the Sometimes in Love series. Things are a bit different this time around. Instead of one of the best friends meeting a Scot or a Brit, Once Upon a Bad Boy is a second chance romance. It’s also darker and more intense. There is still the humor that had me laughing out loud and the steamy scenes, and the movie references are great, but this story has history and long ago, still lingering, heartbreak. Sadie has the chance to take her career to the next level, and she needs a stunt coordinator. Turns out that guy is Bo, her first love who broke up with her without explanation on their high school prom night. Sadie ran and never went back, and this is the first Sadie and Bo have seen each other since that night. It’s obvious right away that the chemistry is still there, but can they go back? Or move ahead together? Is the risk of more heartbreak too great? Once Upon a Bad Boy is an entertaining story. Sadie and Bo both have a lot of baggage, but their attraction is too strong to ignore. There is an array of colorful secondary characters (and old favorites from the first two books) that pop in and out and add to the fun of the story. As Bo and Sadie spend more and more time together both on and off the set, they explore their old and current feelings and why things worked out as they did. This is where the story got a little difficult for me. Sadie’s reaction on prom night is understandable because she was a teenager, but her inability or unwillingness to reflect on it as an adult did not sit well with me, especially the way she has allowed her relationship with her grandmother to suffer. The over-the-top, sometimes immature reactions and behavior of “the girls” worked better in the first two books, maybe because these were unfamiliar settings and new romances rather than revisiting and examining history, but at times Sadie comes off as spoiled and unwilling to just sit down and take a minute and think things through rather than wailing like a soap opera queen about what she has lost. I also thought that some of the secondary characters with very dramatic storylines could have been explored or explained a little deeper. Once Upon a Bad Boy is a sweet, contemporary romance that I'd recommend for a vacation or beach read. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing this ARC to be reviewed in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Awesome Contemporary Romance

    Once Upon A Bad Boy is a fantastic contemporary romance by Melonie Johnson. Ms. Johnson has once again impressed me with her storytelling abilities with this well-written book. The characters are outstanding and I love the humor. Sadie is an actress and donut aficionado. Bo is her ex and now the stunt coordinator on her new movie. Their story is packed with drama, humor, sizzle and fun and snappy dialog. There's nothing I didn't like about this book. I loved every page and look forward to my next book by Melonie Johnson. Once Upon A Bad Boy is book 3 of the Sometimes In Love Series but can be read as a standalone. I've read all 3 books of this series and I think this one might be my favorite so far. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Disappointed

    I really didn’t care for this book. I just couldn’t get into in and won’t be reading any more books by this author. Sorry to say, I'm just not a fan.

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  • An emotional roller-coaster

    I’ve read the books before this. I shouldn’t have been surprised. But this still caught me unawares and left me bawling like a baby in the end. This whole series has been an emotional roller-coaster; leading me through twists and turns I never quite saw coming. I adored Sadie! She’s so fierce and feisty. I loved watching the way she fought her way over, around, or through every obstacle in her path. Bo left me wanting to smack him more than once. I loved how devoted he is to his family and his career, but he kind of has the emotional quotient of a rutabaga. That made my heart hurt for Sadie for a lot of the book. It made me so very happy for these two when things were going right with their relationship and depressed the living hell out of me when they were on the outs. I am nowhere close to being ready to say “goodbye” to this group of characters, so I’m desperately hoping there’s still more books about them to come. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley.

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  • Once upon a bad boy

    Third in the series I was happy to see some of the other characters join the story. This story has drama and romance with some hard life choices. Bo and Sophie learn that it doesn’t matter what the world says about what should be.

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