Monday, February 8, 2016
Review for Betting the Bad Boy by Sugar Jamison - 5 out of 5!
SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -
Ten years ago, Duke King knew that getting involved with Grace Truman would only bring trouble into his already hard life. After all, the son of the town drunk has no business falling for the judge’s daughter…a passion that led to disaster and ended with Duke serving a ten year prison sentence. Duke never wanted to return to Destiny, especially now that he’s built a multimillion dollar custom car empire with his brothers. But when his sick aunt calls him home, he must face his past and discover a secret that instantly changes his life.
Grace never thought she would see Duke again, especially after years of silence. But when Duke comes storming back into her life, looking hotter than ever, and determined to get to know the son he never knew he had, she realizes that maybe she’d been wrong about him so many years ago. So Grace decides to make Duke a bet. If he can stay in the house with them for the next thirty days and prove he’ll be a good father, she’ll agree to letting him be part of his son’s life. If not, he’d better be prepared for a fight.
Going from single guy to family man isn’t going to be easy for Duke, especially with the still sexy, now fiery, Grace clouding his every thought. Can Duke be the man he never thought he could be or will his old bad boy ways be too much to conquer?
MY REVIEW -
I'm really loving this series! I wasn't sure how I would feel about each book taking place during the same time, but I think Sugar did a good job of not being too repetitive. In the beginning of the book, I was thinking yeah, yeah sick aunt, let's move on, but luckily the beginning was the only part that was a bit too repetitive; I actually enjoyed getting a different perspective of some of the scenes from the first book.
Betting the Bad Boy is a second chance at love story, and I happen to love those type of stories, so I enjoyed reading about Duke and Grace reconnecting. Duke is back in the town he grew up because his aunt is in the hospital. Duke hates being back in the town of Destiny because his family was looked down upon, and Duke ended up going to prison for almost killing a guy, who had hit Grace. Grace is back in town because her mom died, and she asked Grace to look after Grace's father; Grace has some bad blood with her father because he tried to force Grace to have an abortion. Grace's kid is Duke's, and Duke had no idea that he had a kid. Grace and Duke still have lots of feelings for each other, but Duke is having a bit of a hard time because Grace didn't try hard enough to let him know about their kid, and Grace feels really bad about not making more of an effort to tell Duke; Grace is unsure how Duke feels about her, but she is scared that he hates/blamed her for his going to prison. So, Duke and Grace are trying to see if there is any hope of letting the past go and becoming a family. Duke will do whatever he needs to do to prove that he will be a great father because he has no intention of missing another day in his son's life.
I liked both Grace and Duke. Grace is a self sufficient, intelligent woman, and Duke is a tough guy with a hidden soft side. I loved the sweet moments in this book, and I enjoyed the progression of Grace and Duke's relationship. They have a really great connection, and as the reader, you can just tell how much they really do love each other. I like the dual POV's, and Sugar did a good job of balancing the story and the romance. I love all of the King brothers, and I am really looking forward to the next book with Levi King; it seems like a friends to lovers story, so I'm all down for that. I love Sugar's writing! I love the Perfect Fit series, and now I love the Destiny series!