Saturday, November 16, 2019

Once Upon a Bad Boy (Sometimes in Love #3) by Melonie Johnson ~ Book Review

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Never say never when it comes to love

Sadie Gold is ready to take her career to the next level with the role of a lifetime. Finally, she can shake her reputation as a pretty face with more wealth and connections than talent. But Sadie is not prepared for the wild turn her own life is about to take. The man in charge of training Sadie for her most demanding role yet is none other than her first real boyfriend—the one who took her heart and ran away.

Bo Ibarra is as good-looking and irresistible as ever. Maybe even more so, now that everything once worked against them—Sadie’s pampered and privileged upbringing and Bo’s childhood in a family struggling to make ends meet—is in the past. But the future is still unwritten…and getting there, together, means coming clean about painful secrets and slashing through nasty tabloid rumors while trying to control the attraction that crackles between them. Maybe it’s finally time for them to walk off into the sunset and into a true and lasting love?

This is a hard review for me to write because normally I do not like to give spoilers away but I feel the need to share a part of this book because it is so rarely discussed in Romance novels. 

Do NOT click on the button if you do not want to read about the spoiler!

I recently had a conversation with an online friend about a book that we had read where Abortion was mentioned but that was it, and I asked why she thought that was the case and her response was "Abortion discussion: I agree, good for her for raising it. I'm not sure we'll ever get to the point, especially in the romance genre, where we're going to see an author take a couple there though. It' s a reality of life (in most places, anyway) that it's a viable choice, but I don't think most readers want to see their romances go that way." ~ Charlene

I agreed with Charlene but thought that every woman has a choice and what if she wasn't ready for a child at the time she had found herself pregnant. Well, in this story Melonie Johnson gives us Sadie Gold who found herself in that exact situation and chose to have an abortion.

This story is much more than the one sensitive topic it's about friendships, family, and second chances. Bo and Sadie are great together their relationship may have ended ten years earlier but their feelings definitely haven't diminished and their chemistry...WOW!   

This has been a great series to sink my teeth into. I would suggest reading the books in order of release, each book is based on one couple but it revolves around  a group of friends and their stories overlap at times. But regardless of that, it would spoil the fun of watching each of the couples finding their HEAs in the order they were meant to.

Happy Reading!!!


A Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, award-winning author Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. They went on to live happily ever after in the suburbs of Chicago with two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a trio of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin.

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