Badly Behaved

Badly Behaved Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 11 hours and 13 minutes
Author Meagan Brandy
Narrator Savannah Peachwood, Lance Greenfield
Whispersync for Voice Ready Release Date October 19, 2021
Publisher Audible Studios
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank #36,454 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#2,576 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,497 in New Adult & College Romance (Books)
#23,123 in Contemporary Romance (Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing and unpredictable!
By The Romantic Rush Blog on April 7, 2021
Holy smoking delicious book goodness- Meagan Brandy has created another unforgettable and consuming story. Only this story is something that we’ve never seen before, entirely unpredictable and completely unexpected, while still evoking all the tried and true Meagan Brandyisms we’ve come to love and adore about her writing. I went into this story completely unaware of just what it was going to be- and I’m so glad I did, because Badly Behaved absorbed me entirely.

Brayshaw boys, move over! Oh yes, it is that good- with just a spark of Brayshaw familiarity yet entirely different from the flagship series. This cast of characters is bolder, braver, more intoxicating, and every bit as addictive. Meagan somehow juxtaposes a melancholic, raw gravitas with a captivating joie de vivre, a contrast that not only makes this story so dynamic and engrossing, but also speaks to the sincere and heartfelt message this story inspires underneath its flashy sparkle. Delivered in the most unexpected of ways, this is a story about living, and finding the courage to live BETTER. By accepting yourself but also choosing yourself, by finding the strength to stop living the life expected and start living the life you crave. And about the everyday bravery needed to be vulnerable and open enough to go after what you want, and to truly connect with others.

Like all Meagan stories, this is really about characters- flawed, complex, unusual characters. Captivating and defensively broken characters. Our heroine Jameson is so engaging- by far Meagan Brandy’s most realized, more layered character to date. She’s a character of contrasts- the jaded socialite, the apathetic dreamer, a stoic feeler, cautiously reckless. Her fear of vulnerability, her solitude, and her general lostness made her so relatable and empathetic, despite her living a life that few will understand. And then we have the Blackout Boys- Ransom, Arsen, and Beretta- the mysterious bad boys that ensnare our heroine into their antics- a catalytic jolt that awakens Jameson from her resigned slumber. These guys are all kinds of delicious in the way they challenge Jameson. They are somehow both dangerous and unsettling while also being swoony and sweet. And they rival the Brayshaws in terms of how they operate as a family. The dynamics are complicated, messy, and defy explanation- just expect steam, angst, tons of twists, and a a character chemistry that will make your heart skip beats.

And expect A LOT OF questions. If you are reading this hoping that I'll spoil the tropes or plot or anything about the unique dynamics of this story, I'm going to disappoint you. This is meant to be read unawares- you are meant to question, to second guess, to be constantly analyzing. And that is the very POINT of this story- about how we as humans are constantly trying to fit some arbitrary mold, fit into the parameters that someone else created that inhibit real existence, that trap authenticity and self-actualization. Meagan's narrative approach is brilliant in basically calling attention to the very theme she's so lovingly articulating - this story can't be put in a box, but as we read it we constantly are trying to do that. We want to compartmentalize and define it- because that's what we've internalized to do. Label, categorize, and ultimately limit. Meagan creates a story structure that matches its themes- let it go, JUST BE, lean into your joy and happiness. When we live on our own terms, when we live without the boxes, the story (and the living) is ALL that much more richer and intoxicatingly freeing.

There are elements of this that were not perfect for me- the ending does feel a bit rushed, the pace is super slow at first, and we only truly dig super deep with our heroine. But- I feel like that is by design- she's the center. And, ultimately, any small imperfections matter not to me. Because to read this story is about the EXPERIENCE. The metaphysical journey we take as a reader that is an exact replica of that of our heroine. We embody her pysche do deeply, uncover the truths and meaning just as she does, that we don't just stumble into the meaning of this story, we DEEPLY breathe it, internalize it as our own. And that, well that is the point of this journey- and at that, this book amazes. Hands down my favorite Meagan Brandy book- and her most creative story telling to date!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trapped in a cage who wants to be set free
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on September 18, 2022
L beaver
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay read. I like this author and have read several of her books already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not sure words can describe how amazing this book is
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4.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the blurb.
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sharon brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Brayshaw
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