Genres: Contemporary Romance, Humorous, Love to Hate, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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Once upon a time, I loved him.
He broke me and he didn't even know it.
I ran from him.
He didn't chase me.
He never needed to, because he knew I'd come back.
He was right.
Death brought me home to him.
Drop dead gorgeous and filthy-mouthed with a smile that turns saints to sinners.
A casanova to his core.
My ex-best friend.
And the bad boy whose reputation precedes him—the same reputation I'm tasked with turning to gold... Or so they think.
Revenge is a dish best served cold, after all...
Without a doubt I adore Emma Hart, I don’t think that will ever change. She has a great writing style that is just so easy to fall into. I was looking forward to this book because I love books where the main characters are antagonistic towards each other. What can I say, I’m a girl who likes her books with a bit of drama. Plus Emma has such a great history of laugh out loud moments within her books.
Going into the novel, I knew that Lani hated Brett. I knew there was some sort of history behind their relationship, that ended in her hating him, leaving home, and never looking back. I was really looking forward to finding out what the catalyst was for his extreme displeasure towards Brett. For me honestly, I wasn’t impressed with the reason. It’s been eight years, they were kids, she overheard something, and basically hit the ground running. I don’t think it was grounds to leave everything behind and never talk to him again. I don’t think it was grounds for her to act the way she does towards him when she finally sees him. That being said, I did like Lani, she seems like a pretty cool chick. She’s made a good career for herself, she’s a great writer, she has a lot of integrity as a person, so outside of the reasoning for her feelings for Brett I did actually really like her personality.
I didn’t love Brett. Wait, no I take that back. There were some moments with Brett that I really, really liked him. And then there were moments where he just did nothing for me. We go into this book with Brett having a come to Jesus moment. He has a serious playboy reputation and his reputation is so far gone that his family has basically decided that either he cleans up his act or they are going to cut him off financially. Needless to say Brett doesn’t have much of a choice in the matter. And the of course the family hires Lani to help rehab his image in their small town. Brett does have a lot of redeeming qualities, there are some really great scenes in this book where I really ended up liking him. But the problem I have with Brett is the same problem I have with Lani, I didn’t really buy into the characters motivations for why they were the way they were. I didn’t really get why Brett was so down on himself or why he was so determined to perpetuate this image of himself. I wish that I had a better understanding or that he had strong reasons for why he was the way he was, so I could have fallen for him the way I really wanted to.
Outside of the motivation issues though, Emma has a great writing style. She is so easy to read, and even when I wasn’t 100% in love with the characters, the book was still pretty freaking enjoyable. Like always I had a lot of laugh out loud moments where my hubby turned around and looked at me like I was a crazy person. I love reading Emma’s books, and I would without a doubt read this book again. I am so looking forward to whatever she puts out next, Emma will probably be my favorite author for the foreseeable future.