Friday, November 21, 2014

Return of the Bad Girl

Bad girls don't forgive.
Bad girls don't forget.
Bad girls don't fall in love.

Caroline Willis may be known for causing trouble, but she is NOT about to become homeless. So when she learns that her perfect apartment has been double-booked—to a dangerously hot bad boy—Caroline's bad-girl reputation comes out in full force. He may be sexy as sin, but she's not afraid of him … or his panty-melting smile.

Rock Canyon's got room for only one bad attitude—and Gabe Moriarty was here first. Still, starting over means playing it smart, so while sharing his new apartment is less than ideal, it's worth getting his dream business off the ground. Not to mention that it means shacking up with a sexy wild child. Caroline may be giving him the cold shoulder, but Gabe always was good at starting fires …

Caroline vows to keep things professional with Gabe, but as close quarters begin to ignite the sizzling chemistry between them, she's left wondering: Bad boy plus bad girl equals nothing but trouble … right?

***I received this book in exchange for an honest review***
Codi brings us back to that rowdy town of Rock Canyon. And this blogger couldn't be more thrilled! And how hot is this cover?!? So, let me start with one of my lists. 
1) One of my favorite things about this Rock Canyon installment is that each chapter starts with a quote from the always entertaining and widely despised Miss Know It All. 
2) After falling hard for Chase, Miss Codi has given me another man on a bike to pine after: the tall, dark and handsome Gabe Moriarty. Chase said it best: "Aw, you came all this way for me," Chase said, jokingly clasping his hands to his chest. "Be still my heart. Trust and believe that Chase will not be the only one who is smitten with Mr. Moriarty. 
3) And finally, there are kittens. I friggin love kittens. Even if Gabe thinks "...they're a couple of cock-blocking fuzzbuts."
4) While getting to know the latest talk of the town, you get to catch up with all of Rock Canyon's most recent love connections, while watching other progress a little more. 

In Return of the Bad Girl, Codi flawlessly pens a heart tugging story of second chances. Caroline: ..."She'd burned more bridges before she was eighteen than most people lit up in their entire lifetime." Gabe spent five years in jail for an accident that left his life turned upside down. And finally, Edward Willis had a second chance to mend the broken relationship he had with his daughter, Caroline. And that was no easy feat for stubborn Willis folks. "Really, Caroline, I am trying to control my temper, but your obnoxious attempts to bait me are grating."
Caroline and Gabe are both finding themselves while getting to know each other. While the physical attraction was pretty immediate, I enjoyed how they slowly peeled away layers of their past: the pains, the fears and opened themselves up for something real. 
Gabe had himself confused he wasn't good enough; wasn't deserving of love from another person - whether it be his sister, Honey or Caroline. "If she started thinking he was anything but an arrogant dick head, he would only disappoint her. Even at his best, there was too much bad surrounding him to combat the good."  Caroline feels her damaged past wouldn't be appealing to any man worth settling down for. A match made in some kind of broken heaven. 
"I don't care how damaged you are, because I am just as broken, maybe more so."
Every part of this book was incredible. The tension and snark that lead to the opening up to one another. The sex that lead to amusing lines like this: 
"When you said sex with you was a ride, you weren't just whistlin' Dixie." 
"Whistlin' Dixie? Who are you, Granny Clampet?"
Finally, to wrap up my review - I must say this is the BEST book from Codi Gary to date. Her writing has matured tremendously since The Trouble With Sexy. Codi is an author you want to keep an eye on because she is going places in the world of contemporary romance! (And honestly, anywhere else she and her pen decide to venture.) An easy FIVE contemporary romantic stars from this lady! I cannot for this to hit E-Readers and bookshelves EVERYONE. For now, I suggest you Pre-Order it, Add it to your TBR or Wish List! You will not want to miss this amazing book on it's release: December 30, 2014. Now let's show the wonderful Ms. Codi Gary some LOVE: 

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