Once Upon A Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson

Monday, August 19, 2019


by Melonie Johnson
Series: Sometimes in Love #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: June 25th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Sometimes an unexpected book comes along that has you dropping all of your duties to read. Once Upon a Bad Boy was one of those books for me. I knew it was going to be enjoyable having read the first two books in the Sometimes in Love series, but I didn't realize just how consumed I would be with this story.

Once again, Melonie Johnson has crafted well-rounded and winning characters in the hero and heroine of Once Upon a Bad Boy. Sadie was a hardworking actress who was training and getting ready for a life-changing role in a book-to-movie adaptation. Her dedication and admiration towards her career was very inspiring. I liked how the author also made a point to highlight the self-doubt and insecurities Sadie sometimes had when it came to her abilities as an actor. It was very thoughtfully written and relatable to readers from across the career spectrum. I have a soft spot for career driven characters, so it didn't surprise me that Sadie's character worked for me so well. Besides her passion, Sadie's kind heart, vulnerable soul, and her bold personality made her an even more palatable character. Truly, Melonie Johnson has done an exceptional job at writing really lovely heroines.

Even though Sadie absolutely stole my heart here, I grew to really love Bo as well. I will say he wasn't really a bad boy as the title claims he is, but I think that's probably why I wound up liking him so much. He is hired as the stunt coordinator in her movie. Bo was as hardworking as Sadie was. He grew up with not much and had built a reputable position for himself. He had his own share of vulnerabilities and insecurities that he had to work through as well, which gave him a softer edge.

Sadie and Bo used to be in love when they were younger until Bo broke Sadie's heart at her prom. So, Once Upon a Bad Boy is a second chance romance, and a very good one at that. I found the chemistry and angst between the two to be the perfect balance. I could really feel the intensity of their relationship through the pages. My heart ached and soared with these two. They obviously had to work through their past and also through the new obstacles in their relationship. When they were together, Sadie and Bo were really good together. Their emotional connection with each other was especially beautifully written. I've also got to give a shoutout to the amazing female friendships in this book - I love this gang of girls so much! Also, Bo's family and Sadie's grandmother were exceptional. Bo's little nephew especially was a cute addition who brought some sweet and light moments to the story.

Truly, this series has been a pure joy to read. Melonie Johnson has managed to achieve the impeccable balance of a swoony romance, relatable characters, and excellent friendships with this series. I highly recommend it!

What are some of your favorite second chance romance?

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