Book 1, Forbidden Love - A Stepbrother Novel
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In this explosive novel from bestselling author Jen McLaughlin, a good girl falls for the ultimate bad boy: her stepbrother. Perfect for fans of Sabrina Paige, Caitlin Daire, and Krista Lakes, Bad Romance proves that passion can be so wrong it’s right.
Seven years in the army will change a guy. But after a shoulder wound ends his career as a sniper, Jackson Worthington finds himself back home, fighting a battle that’s all too familiar: keeping his hands off Lily Hastings. She’s still her rich daddy’s little angel, innocent, impossibly lovely, as squeaky-clean as Jackson is dirty. And she’s still his stepsister—forbidden but not forgotten, not after the soul-melting kiss that got him kicked out of the house at eighteen. He couldn’t resist her then. How the hell can he resist her now?
Lily is about to marry a man she doesn’t love, and commit to a high-stress job she hates, all to please the father who controls every waking moment of her life. On top of everything, her teenage crush is back, with a sleek, chiseled body and a trace of the rebellious boy whose lips sealed her fate. Jackson’s timing couldn’t be worse . . . or better. Because Lily’s all grown up, too. She’s aching for another taste. And for the first time, she’s ready to be a bad girl.
Praise for Bad Romance
“Addicting from start to finish! A sexy, emotional, steamy read, Bad Romance has it all.”—New York Times bestselling author Addison Moore
“Bad Romance was my first book by Jen McLaughlin and I couldn’t be happier for that. I enjoyed her writing immensely and she made me crave more of it. I can’t wait to read her next book.”—Collectors of Book Boyfriends and Girlfriends
“Rec this? Absolutely yes! If you love an angsty, really well written romance with characters that come to life, this is a great add for your TBR.”—The Book Hookup
“Bad Romance was well written, with an interesting storyline, some really steamy scenes, well-defined characters and backstory, and few surprises. I enjoyed reading it and definitely recommend it.”—Ms C’s Diversions
“Fast paced and utterly romantic.”—Book Angel Booktopia
“A fun, light, and sexy read.”—A Bookish Escape
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Bad Romance was, quite frankly, very bad. Humdrum plot and storyline. No character depth. I forced myself to read 90 percent of it but I just could not finish.
How is love bad for you?
Jackson Worthington was sure he would never see Lily Hastings again. His mother married her father, making them sort of family. Then he kissed her by the pool one night, and was told never to come back.
The last person he was expecting to see at a friends club was Lily. As she was dancing and turning the whole room on - he was thinking she was the perfect girl to help him forget. Until she turned around and he remembered too much.
Lily wants to make him feel at home again. She knows he can never tell her all the things he has seen and experienced in the military. He just seems very wounded in his soul. Family complications aside, she is still in love with him.
Jackson knows that he should stay away from her. He wants the best for her and he does not believe he is it. After one complicated evening, he learns he feels more for her than he ever dreamed. Now he wants a future....
This is such a complicated story and relationship! I was rooting for both characters as I was reading. I found the characters very interesting and the story itself is so compelling. They are so good together they just need to figure that out.
***This ARC was given from Netgalley.com and its publisher in return for an honest review only.
Achingly Beautiful Story
Having never read this author before, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I have to say that I was definitely not disappointed. With this book, Jen McLaughlin has managed to deliver something so heart-wrenchingly poignant. These characters really stick with you, especially the tortured soul of Lilly's stepbrother, Jackson. He really just touches your heart; wanting love so much, yet truly believing he doesn't deserve it. The way Jackson and Lilly come together is just so achingly beautiful. You truly hurt with them every step of the way in their seemingly hopeless affair. This book is intriguing and sensual and romantic and erotic and tantalizing and scandalous and once started, you will not want to put it down. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a wonderfully well written novel about seemingly forbidden romance.
* I was given an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Other Books in This Series
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Sep 15, 2015
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 320 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Forbidden Love