by Kendra C. Highley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: November 14th 2016 by Entangled Crush
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Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.
Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.
Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer—dark, dangerous, totally swoon worthy Kyle Sawyer—is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.
But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Faith is the type of girl who’s considered a goody-two-shoes. She’s been wanting to break up with her boyfriend Cameron and when she finds him cheating on her, she takes that opportunity to leave him. Unfortunately for her, Cameron tells everyone at school that she’s cold, uptight and basically wouldn’t “put out”. In order to stop those rumors, she needs a plan. When she sees Kyle Sawyer, the delinquent, ladies man and the bad boy from her school, fixing her backyard, she decides to ask Kyle to fake date. Kyle agrees but he’s afraid that Faith will realize his reputation is actually not who he is.
I absolutely loved Faith and Kyle’s friendship and relationship. I was a little nervous that their relationship wouldn’t be believable once they admitted they liked each other later on. But I was surprised that it was included very early on in the story and it was done really well. Kyle’s interest in Faith is there from the start. He would be so respectful towards her and the dates he would take her on were really thoughtful. Kyle is definite swoon-worthy material! Faith’s attraction to Kyle was immediate and with purpose! I mean, the guy is shirtless, showing off all the muscles while doing heavy yard work *fans face*. And to tease her, he throws water over himself. Commence all the swooning ever. I felt for Kyle since he has a reputation to uphold and the closer he gets to Faith, the harder it is to keep it up. But Faith figures he really is a good guy and the rumors spread about him are just that: rumors.
I was really invested in the story, despite a few cliches and cheesy moments. It was so fun to read and cute, adorable, and a little steamy with the kisses. It was beyond entertaining! I loved the real, genuine interest both characters had for each other. I also loved Faith’s friendship with Violet! Violet was the funniest character in the story and she deserves her own book!
Overall, The Bad Boy Bargain is a fast yet very entertaining story with an adorable romance and a message of staying true to yourself.
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