(3.5 rounded down to a 3)
Bad Girl Reputation by Elle Kennedy is a contemporary second-chance romance. I listened to the audiobook, which clocks in at ten and a half hours and is narrated by Lee Samuels and Summer Morton. We follow are two main characters with alternating first-person points-of-view.
Genevieve West just returned home to Avalon Bay for her mother’s funeral. Known as a “bad girl” while she was growing up, she’s attempting to turn a new leaf. To help with that, she knows she should keep her distance from her ex, Evan Hartley. That may prove difficult, though, as their coastal town is pretty small and Genevieve’s agreed to stay for a bit to help her father run his business.
Though this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone, which is what I did.
This was a pretty okay read. Though both main characters felt very immature to me, they both grew and developed as individuals over the course of the novel. There’s a lot of learning how to love and forgive both themselves and others.
This is a character-driven story, and there isn’t much plot here. But it was a pleasant way to spend a day listening to an audiobook.
The chemistry between the leads was great, but for a time I was wondering if that’s all they really had going for them. They definitely had a fairly toxic relationship at the beginning of this book.
Tropes in this book include: second-chance, high school sweethearts, small town, toxic relationship, twins
CW: death of parent, absentee parent, addiction, sobriety, drug use (on-page) and abuse, alcohol abuse, mental health issues
The publisher provided a audio ARC of this book for me to review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
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