The Bad Boy CEO
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The Bad Boys of Destiny are back and this playboy billionaire has his sights set on more than just a merger.
Colt King has spent his whole life trying to prove he's not the trash his hometown of Destiny, Nevada, thought he and his brothers were. As soon as he was old enough he left town, vowing to make a name for himself and never looking back at the place that looked down on him. But that plan goes out the window when his ailing elderly aunt asks him to come home.
He begrudgingly returns to help the woman who raised him. But he's no longer the poor kid from the bad part of town. He's the ruler of a custom car empire and a financial genius. He arrives expecting a boring stay, but when he walks into his childhood home to find a woman in nothing but her underwear pointing a shotgun at his face, he knows his trip home will be a memorable one. With his aunt sick and forcing him to help her restore her fledgling hair salon, he has more than enough on his plate. Colt has no idea that her sexy tenant, Zanna, is going to be the cause of his many sleepless nights.
Zanna Jacobs came to the ghost town of Destiny to stay out of trouble and stay the hell away from men. She's got a serious thing for bad boys that's she trying to kick, and when she lays her eyes on the brutishly handsome Colt, she knows he's got bad news written all over him. He's not the typical thug she goes for: He's too clean cut, too good looking, and too cold--and when he comes to take over her salon, she's not going to take it. Zanna decides to show him exactly who the boss is. Colt is used to people following his orders, and when Zanna challenges his every word he finds her infuriating and incredibly sexy. He can't keep his hands off her...and knows that once he returns to Las Vegas, all bets are off...
OMG the drama!
The first I’ve read from this author, I rather expected some drama, but OMG the drama! From characters that are working their own agendas to the often overstated independence and self-reliance, they had me thinking in many spots these are perfect examples of ‘what not to be’ when you reach adulthood. And no, I don’t say ‘grow up’ since both Colt and Zanna were stalled in childhood and past issues, making them far more reactive than take charge.
Character wise, there was a decided lack of depth of emotional veracity for both Colt and Zanna. The posturing from Colt often seemed more important to him than actually making a change: perfectly depicting deep insecurities, but he never really confronts those issues. Zanna had a bit more depth, although I would have preferred that she did more that was visible without being TOLD repeatedly that she was moving forward.
Relationship wise, the story was a tale of hot, sexy moments that were ultimately flattened by the lack of honest connection between the characters. While dialogue flowed nicely, and interactions between Colt and Zanna, or Colt and his brothers was fast-paced and felt as if you could hear it, there was an emotional element missing.
Now, part of the missing bits could be the need for some serious editing, while I realize this was an ARC and not in ‘final sale mode’, the story read far too roughly. Often I was correcting as I read, wondering why some issues were overplayed and others not explored to build tension from the characters, not from the multiple returns, repeats and reliving old issues. A story with promise could have shone with a more finished and polished ARC. As it stands, the story I read had promise but was let down by repeated grammatical errors, lack of character development and a reliance on outside influences to create drama and conflict that were already predominant in the characters, yet left untouched and unresolved.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Nov 03, 2015
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Seller: Macmillan
- Print Length: 200 Pages
- Language: English