Bad Influence by Stefanie London

Wednesday, March 6, 2019


by Stephanie London
Series: Bad Bachelors #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: February 26th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

The Bad Bachelors series has been such a treat overall. I have to say though that this finale was easily one of my most anticipated books of 2019. I couldn't wait to find out more about the woman behind the Bad Bachelor app that was wreaking havoc in NYC and all about the man who broke her heart. Bad Influence delivered a strong romantic story that I am most definitely going to be revisiting in the future.

Joe and Annie used to be the IT couple before an unfortunate event forces them to break up with each other the eve of them leaving for a new life in Singapore. Joe leaves to pursue his dreams in Singapore, while Annie decides to stay behind in NYC. Broken-hearted, she creates an app for the women of NYC. Though her intentions were originally to safeguard the women of NYC hearts, the app soon creates more trouble than she imagined. I'll be honest, in the first two books, I wasn't 100% sure that I liked Annie, especially after her refusal to help out her friend, Remi, in the second book. London had to work hard to make her character work for me and she did a wonderful job. We finally get to see the motivations behind Annie's actions. Underneath it all was simply a woman who had been deeply hurt by someone she loved. It was hard not to sympathize with that. When Joe returns into her life out of the blue, she doesn't quite know how to handle her emotions. His return as well as the threats she has been getting in regards to her app force her to think about the consequences her app was having on people's lives. She goes through quite a bit of an emotional journey here, and I was very pleased with how her character turned around in such a positive way. It was obvious that Annie wasn't a bad person. Instead, she was someone with principles that didn't always work in her favor.

Joe was a new introduction to this series and I wound up really loving his character, as well. He was a driven man, almost to a fault. Although his passion, hard work, and desire to please his parents were admirable, it had also cost him his happiness. Like Annie, he too came to quite a few revelations in Bad Influence. These two certainly had to overcome a lot before they could get back together, but the journey was so fulfilling. They talked, they lashed out, but most importantly, they opened up about the hurt they caused each other. Annie and Joe were both equally to blame for their break up and Stefanie London does not brush over that here. They had to work hard to get back together, which made their relationship very realistic. Bad Influence had an intense, but emotionally satisfying romance and as always, London delivered on the chemistry. There were also a few relevant side plots with their respective families that only added to my enjoyment of the story.

Bad Influence was a great way to end this series. I'm going to miss these characters, but I'm looking forward to seeing what Stephanie London writes next.

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