Giving it to the Bad Boy

Jenika Snow
Giving it to the Bad Boy
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Evernight Publishing
Release Date
January 2014
Book 1 of Tattooed and Pierced
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, New Adult

It all started when Kiera gave the bad boy her virginity...

Kiera knew Reese Trenton wasn't for her, but she couldn't stay away. He was rough around the edges, tattooed and pierced, and fiercer than any guy she had ever met. He knew too much about sex, got drunk, and started far too many fights. He was a bad boy, but Kiera still wanted him in the worst kind of way.

Reese's life is lonely, despite always being surrounded by people. He's only wanted one thing, and that is Kiera Sheppard, the girl he has watched from afar for four years. As they grow closer, Reese wants to give her everything and show her he is worthy of her love. But his sordid past tears their bond and he doesn't know if he can redeem himself and show her she is the most important thing in his broken life.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Nov 24, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
142 people found the following review helpful
You may be far removed from your own high school experience, but in GIVING IT TO THE BAD BOY, you'll be transported back to a time of first loves, gossip, rumors, fights and of hope for the future.

High school seniors Kiera Sheppard and Reese Trenton have barely spoken 10 words to one another since freshman year, but that doesn't mean they're not acutely aware of one another. Every time Reese enters a room, Kiera can't help the way her body reacts on a primal level to his inked-up bad boy presence. She knows she should stay away, but something about him draws her in. Reese's life is full of ugliness and depravity that sweet Kiera doesn't deserve to be subjected to.

When Reese comes to Kiera's rescue at a party, the two find it impossible to stay apart. They begin spending more time together, much to the confusion and frustration of all of their friends. What could sexy and popular Reese see in the dowdy wallflower Kiera? Something about the quiet, sweet Kiera touches Reese's soul, and once the door opens, he can't seem to close it again. Kiera knows Reese is a damaged kid who has been through more in his life than anyone should ever have to. She wants to heal him, to be part of his life, but misunderstandings and drama may end their new relationship before it ever has a chance.

I will admit that my comfort level with new adult romance novels is fairly low, and GIVING IT TO THE BAD BOY features very new, barely legal adults. I found myself having to imagine the characters as thirty-something work colleagues instead of high school students so that I could better relate to the situations and experiences Kiera and Reese go through.

I thought that Reese's character was very well developed and had a depth that I enjoyed reading about. His horrible life experiences molded him into the stereotypical bad boy, yet that one person in his life made him care enough about himself to not go down the same path of his father.

Kiera, however, left a lot to be desired. She had little dialogue during the entire book, and she didn't have any of the depth that her counterpart had. It was difficult to understand what exactly attracted Reese to Kiera. She was very self-conscious and shy, and not in a cute way. Once Reese came into her life, her sole focus was on pleasing him. Toward the end of the book she grew a backbone occasionally, but otherwise she came off as a perpetual doormat.

Their relationship was filled with the kind of drama one would expect from teenagers whose lives revolve around one another. The conflict between Kiera and Reese was fairly bland and predictable, as was the entire storyline of "hot guy falls for geeky girl and pretty girl tries to break them up."

That said, the two did have a decent chemistry, even considering that their relationship was a very unlikely thing. It was tough to muster up any emotion other than indifference to the characters in this book, and as an adult woman, I simply couldn't relate to this book. Overall, GIVING IT TO THE BAD BOY was an ok read.
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