ARC Review: Bad for Her (Bad Boys Gone Good #1) by Christi Barth

Title: Bad for Her (Bad Boys Gone Good #1)

Author: Christi Barth

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Format: eBook, Print

Length: 432 pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars



Doctor Mollie Vickers loves the tight-knit community of her tiny Oregon town. But she’s not a fan of the limited dating options. Sleep with a guy who tried to copy off her in junior high? Pass. Mollie’s sex life is flatlining… until a deliciously handsome man she’s never seen before stops to help her fix a flat tire.

As an ex-mobster, Rafe Maguire’s no saint. But he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. Although he probably shouldn’t kiss the hot doctor on the side of the highway. Or suggest a no-strings fling with a woman he has no business pursuing. Rafe’s life is too complicated for love—his new WITSEC-provided identity doesn’t fit him at all and there’s a U.S. Marshal watching his every move. He can’t tell Mollie the truth… but their chemistry is scorching and being good doesn’t mean he can’t be a little bad.

Mollie can’t resist the guy who looks rough, talks tough, and is loyal to the bone. But it’s obvious Rafe is keeping secrets. When the truth comes out, Mollie must decide if she could ever love an ex-mobster… or if this bad boy has truly gone good.


♦ Personal Thought ♦

As a newbie to Christie Barth’s writings, this book certainly draws me in. If nothing else, her writing and the witty back and forth between the characters really entertain me! It is fun, touching and hawt to boot.

Bad for Her is the first book of Christi Barth’s new “Bad Boys Gone Good” series, that tells the stories of three brothers under WITSEC and try to build new life with new identities. The eldest of (now call themselves) Maguire brothers, Rafe grapples to settle down in Bandon, a small town in Oregon, when he stumbles upon Dr. Mollie Vickers and help her change her tire. It’s a flirtation that escalate into full blown affair. And before long, they plunge into what’s neither of them bargain for.

Rafe and Mollie certainly have chemistry going between them; their affair is scorching. Doesn’t matter the place they happen to be – roadside, woods, laundry room, whatever! – these two would put the place to good use. But more than that, what draw me to the story was the characters themselves. Both got chips on their shoulders and it’s their internal struggle of come clean to themselves and really see the other clearly – and understand them – that made it more interesting. Especially on the Maguire’s side, as there’s quite a list Rafe have to settle among his siblings.

There’s an added problem – which at first had me suspecting one of the character’s good friend – of blackmailing. I thought it would give some sort of “danger vibe” to the story. Alas, it doesn’t turn into what I expected.

Still, overall Bad for Her is an enjoyable read and a really nice introduction to the author’s works for me. For sure I’ll be following this series and looking forward to the other Maguire’s books. In the mean time, I shall check-out Ms. Barth’s backlist titles and catching up!