Sunday, September 27, 2015

Review: Bad to the Bone by Wendy Byrne

Trust is a dangerous game...
When her Uncle Jack is arrested on drug charges, Sammie Murphy hops the first plane to Key West. Being rescued isn't on her uncle's to-do list, though. When he admits guilt and instructs her to go home, Sammie knows with 100% certainty something is seriously wrong.

Veteran DEA agent Enrique Santos knows when a bust is solid. So why is he allowing Jack Murphy's niece to mess with his head? He's been set-up and nearly killed by a woman like her before, and he's not about to make that mistake again.

But then things at Murphy's bar take a turn for the dangerous, leaving Sammie entangled in Enrique's dark past. Forced to second-guess his convictions, Enrique has no choice but to kidnap the one woman who could destroy everything...including his heart.


Bad to the Bone is the first book that I've read by Wendy Byrne and I was pretty impressed! To be honest, I would have given this book five stars but I became quite irritated with it in the beginning but we'll go over that a bit later. 

I enjoyed most of the characters in this book. I thought that Uncle Jack was endearing and completely overly protective (as he should be) and the author absolutely made me believe that this man would do anything to keep his niece safe. He is the main focus of this book but I was left with a few questions at the end that I wish that I didn't have. But it was nothing that was super important to the plot or anything. It comes down to the author creating an interesting character and me feeling like I just didn't get enough background info. But I'm never happy because I'm a greedy reader. Anyhow ...

Sammie. Oooh, Sammie. I liked her character. But only after the first 50 pages or so. Holy crap. Those first 50 were a bit painful and it was for an extremely stupid reason!! And please, keep in mind that this is just my issue, you probably won't have the same feelings. Hopefully. Here's the deal ... Sammie said over and over (ad nauseam) stuff about "bad boys". 

For example: Sammie is only attracted to bad boys, and bad boys are attracted to her ... look isn't this dude a bad boy? No, that dude might not be a bad boy. She likes how bad boys look but bad boys don't treat her nicely and bad boys always surprise her but not in a good way and you know she is destined to be with a bad boy so she might as well not try and be with someone else but aren't bad boys really cute, they are super cute but they are bad! BAD BOY! They're so naughty, those bad, bad boys.

Yeah. That was not a direct quote, by the way. That is just how reading the first part of the book felt. Damn, woman! You're like a dog with a bone but I've got it. I can read and understand most words in the English language, I think I've picked up on the fact that you like bad boys and they aren't good for you. Got it. Check that damn box and let's move on! After I got through that torturous part of the book, I was good. The author does calm down with that bad boy talk the further you get into the book. I understand why it was done ... it needed to be established that Sammie makes bad choices when it comes to men. But I think it didn't need to be so in your face. 

Like I said, I did enjoy this one and I would definitely pick up another book by Byrne in the future because maybe in the next one I won't be so sensitive and irritable and take it out on a poor, innocent book. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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