Bad Boy Rebound by Julia Templeton
Published by Self-published on August 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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When her long-time fiancé trades twenty-six-year-old Amanda Hathaway in for his boss’s teenage daughter, she decides it's time to make some changes. She packs up her Arizona apartment and heads home to Maple Creek, Washington, where she plans to live a quiet existence sans a man—until the town bad boy Braxton Mitchell walks back into her life. Brax, her younger brother's best friend, was just a gangly boy when Amanda left home. Now, the twenty-two-year-old is a sexy-as-sin contractor whose smile alone sends lustful thoughts racing through her body, making Amanda revise her plan about no more men in her life, or at least, in her bed.
BAD BOY REBOUND is a sexy New Adult Contemporary Romance meant for readers 18+.
This is the story about a 26-year-old woman and a cute younger 22-year-old construction guy, who didn’t come across at all as a bad boy IMO, more like a gentleman. The bad boy image seems to be based that he wasn’t into relationships and had a Harley he rode occasionally. I suppose in a small close-knit community others might see him as a bad boy but that’s not my definition of a bad boy. Between the cover and the title, I anticipated a book about a bad boy biker. But ‘Brax’ was anything but trouble. Temptation definitely but he didn’t come across as trouble. Neither was a biggie as I was looking for a quick easy read awhich I got, just not in the setting I thought it would be in.
The story is told from alternate POVs between Amanda and Brax. Amanda is heartbroken after a sudden unexpected break up with her fiancé and decides to start life afresh. She returns to her hometown to a loving family and all the goodness they offer. Having done well for herself during the years, she has saved enough money to set herself up as the owner of a renovators dream. She plans to take a few months off before looking for work again, giving her the time to get her new home and self in order.
Brax, the best friend of her younger brother Todd offers his services to undertake the renovations the house desperately needs. Amanda finds herself seeing a very different Brax to the one she knew all those years ago. He’s hot, the kind of hot that turns heads where ever he goes, with a reputation for being a player and she finds herself distracted by his presence…in a good way!
Brax’s reputation is well known to Amanda’s family and they warn her of his noncommitment issues. Amanda struggles with the minor age difference, he’s her brother’s best friend and the local talk he has attracted. She is determined to avoid another relationship that will head in the same direction as her last one. He, on the other hand, sees the girl of his dreams and knows that if he is to have any hope of making that dream come true, he needs to take it easy with her. And there you have it, she’s not uninterested but cautious and he is determined to win her over. Not a lot of angst but definitely things get heated between the sheets and a few other locations.
Forgetting that the story wasn’t what I thought it would be, it was still an easy quick read (114 pages) that I enjoyed. It’s a book that can be read as a standalone and I was lucky to have picked this up as a freebie on Amazon. At the time I wrote this review, it was priced around the US$3 which is a good reminder to pick up these freebies when you see them!
Rating: 3 Stars
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