Bad Habit (Bad Love #1)
by Charleigh Rose
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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.
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.
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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.