Series: Bad Boys of Sports #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: October 3, 2017 by Loveswept
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Meet the most wanted players in sports . . . one ridiculously hot alpha male at a time.
Chase: With a nickname like “Sin,” it’s no wonder they call me the bad boy of hockey. Opponents curse me. Fans scream my name—in the arena and in other, much more private places. Penalties or not, I’m not afraid to dish out a little pain. But pleasure? That’s my weakness. And no one knows it better than my best friend, Cassie Desrosiers. I’d have to be blind not to notice her rocking body and teasing grin. So when she invites me along on a trip to Vegas, my curiosity isn’t the only thing that’s aroused.
Cassie: Chase Barrett is a world-class A-hole. As his best friend, I’m allowed to call him on his BS. Who else is going to do it? Certainly not the puck bunnies swooning at every flex of his biceps. Everyone knows that Chase is the love-’em-and-leave-’em type. There’s no such thing as commitment for the king of casual hookups. So why should I care? Maybe because all work and no play makes me a sexually frustrated girl. It’s time to put the hockey stud at my beck and call to good use . . . but after a week in Vegas with Chase, I might never want to go back to the real world.
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.
Bad Reputation is a New Adult, friends-to-lovers, sports romance about two best friends Chase and Cassie. I’ve been into sports romances recently, so I was really looking forward to this book. It was such a fun, fast read, and I finished it in one day! NA is my go to genre when I’m in a reading slump, and I know this book will definitely be something I reread in the future.
New Adult books tend to be pretty iffy for me. It’s hard to find stories I like that don’t have slut shaming or other similar issues. Thankfully this book didn’t have any of those problems, and was fun and believable.
I liked both of the characters. Cassie is very career oriented, and Chase is the “bad boy” of hockey. Initially I thought Chase would be more of a bad boy character but he really isn’t, his nickname comes from all the trouble he get into on the ice. Even though he doesn’t want a relationship, he’s very respectful of the women he hooks up with. I was pleasantly surprised by this because these types of characters typically use women and aren’t ashamed of it.
Cassie and Chase have been best friends for nine years, and are generally okay with where their relationship stands. Chase has secretly always had a thing for Cassie, but never acted on it because he knew she didn’t reciprocate his feelings. However, things change when he accompanies Cassie on a business trip to Vegas. On the trip Cassie starts to see Chase in a different way, and is very confused about her feelings. This is where the romance part of the story really kicks in. After a few drinks, Cassie and Chase explore their feelings for one another, and some craziness ensues.
I really liked how even though they’re friends and Chase in interested in Cassie, they have a normal friendship. They have dinner together once a week, they hang out, and neither is jealous when someone is interested in the other. It was a realistic portrayal of a male/female friendship.
The only issue I had with the story is that I felt annoyed towards the end because neither of them want to tell the other how they feel. They’re both clearly on the same page, but they don’t say anything. The ending kind of dragged on because of this. Besides that though, this was a great read.
I really enjoyed this book, and can’t wait to see what Nicole Edwards comes out with next!
Side note: It’s set in Texas (yay!) Although hockey isn’t really a big deal here lol. Texans have so much pride in their state, so I can’t help but be excited anytime I read a book set in Texas.