{Book Review} THE BAD BOY BARGAIN by Kendra C. Highley

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{Book Review} THE BAD BOY BARGAIN by Kendra C. HighleyThe Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Entangled Teen Crush on November 14th 2016
Genres: Dating & Relationships, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Performing Arts, Romance, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.

Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.

Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer—dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer—is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.

But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.

Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses...and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.

There Kendra Highley goes, making a bigger fan out of me more than I already am. It’s no secret that I love, emphasis on the L-O-V-E, Ben Fisher Franklin from Finding Perfect. He’s dreamy and nerdy and all levels of “I want one!” This story felt as effortless as Faith on pointe, and I fell head-over-heels in love with this not-so-bad boy. Better watch out, Ben!

Faith Gladwell was an experienced ballerina and so over her boyfriend, Cameron. I didn’t like him at all, but I also felt sorry for him—a tiny bit. Not enough so that I wanted her to go back to him, but I did say an inward “awe” when she mentioned the look on his face. Nevertheless, I was wholeheartedly on Faith’s side. She was the good girl that didn’t want to come off as glacial when it came to relationships, and I got her. No one wants to be perceived as heartless, and I understood her desire to prove Cameron wrong, even if it might have been a rash decision on her part. But what a good decision it was!

Kyle Sawyer…boy, you’re seriously giving Ben Fisher Franklin a run for his money! Bad boy romances are addictive. They have a fairytale-like quality, while staying clear of reality. Translation: bad boys with hearts of gold are good in theory, but their actual existence is questionable. Kyle put up the façade of being a bad boy, but he wasn’t. He acted the part only when he needed it to keep the walls around him to make it through high school. I liked the real Kyle so much. I swooned at his shyness, his gentlemanly behavior, and when he called Faith lovely…I can’t even. I wish I could articulate just how much I adored Kyle, but I’m not sure it’s possible for one review.

Their romance was adorable. Faith didn’t know what to expect out of Kyle, since she had only heard rumors of his delinquent behavior. He flummoxed her, kept her guessing. I’m glad this book was told in dual perspectives because he would have had me just as confused. Everything she had known about Kyle was thrown away with the dreadful plants their last landscaper had planted, and her new opinions and infatuation was allowed to flourish with the Azaleas he planted in her backyard. This is a romance that you want to last for all of eternity it was so precious and pure. Each kiss and glance, every unsure word and hesitant compliment made me fall more in love with their love.

I continue to love all of Kendra C. Highley’s contemporary YA more and more. I didn’t think it was possible to not love a story more than the next and still make room in my heart for these characters. The Bad Boy Bargain glides across the page and is as effortless as breathing. I can’t wait to pick up more of Highley’s work because I need it in my life.


About Kendra C. Highley

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Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

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