on November 14th 2016
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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 swoonworthy 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.
‘The Bad Boy Bargain’ is an incredibly sweet read about appearances and reality…and for a very refreshing change, how a bad boy’s cultivated image doesn’t at all match who he really is as a person.
The revenge plan and the bargain Kyle Sawyer strikes with Faith Gladwell drive the plot, but I think Kyle himself is pretty much the standout in this for me. For most part, I was intrigued by how Kyle juggled both versions of himself and will probably remember the book for this alone: the bad-boy player versus the sweet but hot landscaper (!) who actually does have some sexy moves without knowing it. And knowing that the sweet boy lay beneath was strangely more of a turn-on if only for the unfamiliarity of it all when horny player teenagers who suddenly look for commitment when the right girl comes along pepper this genre.
The usual teen issues about identity and change don’t bear down too heavily here and I did like how events wove themselves around Kyle’s and Faith’s getting together without Kyle having to effect some massive personality transplant at the end. In any case, this surprised me – in a good way, might I add – and made for a light but entertaining afternoon.