Review: Where Bad Boys Are Ruined by Holly Renee

where bad boys are ruinedTitle: Where Bad Boys Are Ruined

Author: Holly Renee

Year of publication: Out now! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Baker Charlie Walters

The hero: Tattoo artist Brandon Hudson

The blurb: I ate leftover cupcakes and cracked macarons for breakfast.

I was ninety percent sure he simply ate up girls like me.

I was covered in paint splatters, cake batter, and sweat the first time I met him. He was covered in badass tattoos and a smile that seemed to hold a secret I would never figure out.

Rule number 1 was never, under any circumstances, fall for the man who I wrote my lease check to. So, I tucked him away in the “Fantasize Only” compartment of my brain and called it a day.

But he didn’t make it easy. He was arrogant, funny, and the biggest flirt I had ever met. Most of the time, I didn’t know if I was just a game to him.

If I didn’t know better, I’d say he was on a mission to ruin my life. And maybe my heart, too.

Standalone or series: Book three in the Good Girls series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Charlie Walters is an adorable heroine. Red hair, green eyes, freckles for days, she’s finally following her dream and opening a bakery. She’s worked hard for years to save for this, and she manages to find an amazing space to rent at a wonderful price.

The building is owned by the men who run the tattoo shop next door, and when Charlie meets Brandon Hudson, the bad boy of the title, she’s instantly attracted to him. But she refuses to admit it to her new friends, Staci and Livy (the latter being the wife of Brandon’s partner, Parker), so they set her up on a blind date with David, who works with Staci’s boyfriend Mason (Livy’s brother).

David is a nice guy, the type of guy Charlie usually dates, but she can’t stop thinking about Brandon. She goes on several dates with David, but when Brandon kisses her on a group date at laser tag, she knows it’s Brandon her heart wants.

Charlie joins the other five on a camping trip, and she and Brandon share a tent and get up to some pretty raunchy stuff in it. They eventually give in to their attraction, and Charlie allows Brandon to pick and give her a tattoo.

There were lots of great moments in this book; Charlie’s mother was amusing, the bakery was cute, Brandon’s nickname of Freckle made me smile, and the sex scenes were pretty hot. But I couldn’t help but wonder why Brandon was constantly dubbed the ‘bad boy’ – he didn’t do anything particularly bad. Sure, he has tattoos and piercings and owns a tattoo parlour, but heroes in this occupation are not uncommon in romance books. Brandon was actually a nice guy, so no bad boys here.