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Review | Bad Habit by Charleigh Rose

Bad Habit (Bad Love #1)

by Charleigh Rose

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SYNOPSIS

BRIAR
I was infatuated with Asher Kelley the moment he came tumbling through my brother’s window five years ago.
Even bruised and bloodied, he was the most beautiful boy I’d ever seen.
We couldn’t ever be together.
I was too young, and he was too untouchable.
He was too troubled, and I was too naive.
But the heart is rebellious, and mine decided it didn’t care about any of those things.
As I got older, harmless flirting turned to stolen moments in dark corners.
Until one day, he was gone without a trace.
Now, three years later, he’s back.
Callous and cruel.
He’s my brother’s best friend. My parents’ worst nightmare.
I should hate him.
But like a Bad Habit, I can’t quit him.

ASHER
I was drawn to Briar Vale from the first time she looked up at me with stars in her big, blue eyes.
She was just a kid, nothing but elbows and knees, but she was the most beautiful creature I’d ever seen.
We could never be together.
I was too old and she was too off limits.
She was too good and I was too fucked up.
Eventually, the temptation became too much to resist.
I risked everything for a kiss and she betrayed me.
Three years have passed and I’m forced to see her again, but now she’s all grown up.
She’s my best friend’s baby sister. My downfall.
I hate her for what she did.
But she’s always been my drug of choice.


REVIEW

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I’m awfully late reading (and reviewing) Bad Habit.

It often takes me forever to discover new authors, or to start reading authors I’ve had sitting on my list for ages. Why oh why? I’ve been missing something good here. Whilst the writing is reminiscent of other stories I’ve read before, I’m going to push that thought aside for now.

Enemies to lovers is my absolute favourite, yet Bad Habit is so much more than that. From best friend’s little sister, forbidden romance and friends since childhood mixed with some angst, this story contains a plethora of tropes that most readers know and love.

People say it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all, but those people have never been in love with Asher Kelley.

Asher Kelley disappeared three years ago, leaving Briar Vale disappointed, heartbroken and questioning everything that transpired between them when she was fourteen. When he finally returns to Arizona, the troubled boy Briar fell in love with is broodier, moodier and all man.

With Asher’s return to Arizona, a hometown filled with many terrible memories and the woman who still holds his heart in the palm of her hand, old feelings resurface, making everything more complicated than they expected.

Now that his shoulders are broader, his chest and arms bigger, and his jaw more chiseled…he’s a man. And he’s perfection.

I have a weakness for asshole heroes.

Tall, dark and handsome (I’m so freaking cliche).

And the broodier the better in my opinion.

Battered and bruised throughout his childhood, Asher is jaded and angry towards the world, especially towards Briar, who betrayed him in inconceivable and unimaginable ways. Tall, dark and handsome, as well as aloof and broody, Asher is flawed and damaged.

But underneath his seeming detached exterior, he does possess a protective nature, he is capable of loving when provided the opportunity and he’s passionate about Briar, even when he wants to desperately despise her with every facet of his being.

Bad habits are easy to make and impossible to break, and Asher was the worst addiction of them all. I let him crawl inside my body, and he burned me from the inside out, leaving nothing but ashes in his absence.

Briar is someone with unwavering commitment and loves unconditionally. She’s sweet. Caring. Understanding. She’s confident, self-assured and mature beyond her years. While Briar does display moments of immaturity (really, who doesn’t?), she’s at least aware and has the ability to recognise such actions and thoughts.

Bad Habit will draw readers in. Beginning with flashback scenes, setting up Asher and Briar’s tumultuous, forbidden relationship, the present will throw us into a love/hate relationship. Uncertainties fester and doubts will bubble, but the sexual chemistry between these two overrides everything.

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Review | Bro Code by Kendall Ryan

Bro Code

by Kendall Ryan


SYNOPSIS

There’s pretty much only one rule when you’re a guy.

Don’t be a douche.

Turns out, the fastest way to break that rule is to fall for your best friend’s sister.

Ava’s brilliant, sharp-tongued, gorgeous, and five years younger than me.

She’s the sexual equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she’s dangerous. And completely off-limits.

Falling for her could ruin everything.

Yet I can’t seem to stop, even when her company is threatened by a lawsuit, and my promotion hinges on representing the opposing client—and winning.

I can’t see a way out of this mess that doesn’t end in a broken friendship, a broken heart, or a ruined career.

I may have broken the bro code when I fell for Ava. But do I have the balls to handle what comes next?


REVIEW

★★★★

I’ve been devouring Kendall Ryan novels over the last few days and every one seems to be better than the last. Her writing is direct and her stories filled with perfect amounts of angst.

Bro Code is quite simply a sweet “falling in love with your older brother’s best friend” story, which happens to be one of my favourite tropes. I found it to be entertaining with a good amount of delicious angst and conventional drama. There are genuine emotions sitting atop some scorching scenes, rife with undeniable chemistry between Ava and Barrett.

And that’s why it is so easy to love Kendall Ryan’s writing.

Wanting her is the equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she’s dangerous. Wanting her this desperately could put an end to the closest friendship I’ve got, and worse than that, I sense she could leave me brokenhearted.

Barrett Wilson is an upcoming attorney in Chicago with one easy goal in mind: to become partner in his firm. Putting immense hours into this firm and having a thriving career means Barrett has sacrificed socialising and having relationships. He can’t afford to have distractions, especially when he is mere steps away from becoming partner.

When it is time to return to his hometown in Indiana, there’s one person he’s anxious yet dreading to see. Ava Saunders, his best friend’s little sister, his tempting forbidden, shiny apple. For years, Barrett’s harboured secret feelings towards Ava, but the unspoken “bro code” prevents a relationship from flourishing.

She’s my best friend’s sister. She’s brilliant, gorgeous, and completely forbidden.

But Barrett isn’t the only one who has old feelings resurfacing. Ava Saunders has always found her older brother’s best friend attractive and sweet. She’ll see now, after all these years, her high school crush has transformed into an even more handsome yet forbidden man.

Though Ava and Barrett share a mutual attraction, they’re about to enter a dangerous game of stolen kisses and quiet exchanges. They have to consider their actions, and the consequences of succumbing to their desires and feelings they have been carrying for the last few years.

If you love the older brother’s best friend trope, then you’ll enjoy Bro Code. With the forbidden aspect caused by the unspoken “bro code”, the thrill of potentially being caught, and the intense desire between Ava and Barrett, Bro Code is an enticing and alluring read.


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