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I would like to point out first that due to the sexual content this book is for mature readers. Which mean there is some pretty hot stuff!
Lizzie Hathaway had it all, heiress to an empire that she really had no desire to be a part of expectations she felt she could never meet in her parents eyes. However she meets Conroy Beale and he brought out her confidence to stand up to her parents, he made her feel beautiful and sexy something that she had always lack in her curvy body. He was gorgeous, wealthy, educated, everything she could ever want and he wanted her, or so she thought.
Everything comes crashing down around Lizzie and when she confronts Con and the truth comes out who he really is she can't believe that she was so stupid. That anyone could actually want her, could actually just love her for who she was. Conroy really cares for Lizzie but Love he's not capable of anymore. Heartbroken and angry Lizzie flees New York.
Lizzie hates Con actually she hates that she still cares for the man and when he shows up to save her from herself she is determined to get back at him for hurting her this time.
In a rollercoaster of events Con and Lizzie both discover things about themselves that facing the past can only help clear a path to the future and sometimes Love is really all you need.
Jennifer Lewis really knows how to bring out the laughter and the heartbreak in one sitting you couldn't help but feel for these characters and in the end you felt as if you were right there with them.
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I'm in two minds about this book. The way that every thing is described is very detailed and brings the scenes to life. The characters, however, are another thing altogether.
The fact that Lizzie assumed everything about Conroy just shows how naive she is and how Conroy just let her believe it speaks volumes about a serious lack of trust. The fact that he thought he could marry her and not tell her about himself, just goes to show that he was only interested in one thing. He may say that he could marry her and make her happy but when the money is taken off the table, he quickly changes his mind.
When she does a runner, he tracks her down and tries to help her get back on her feet but she is only interested in making him pay for using her. She decides to get even and talks him into marrying her but only for show, or in this case, a tv show.
She decides to sell their story to a tv network that her cousin works for, getting them to foot the bill and also pay her $50,000. He agrees but doesn't realise that she's going to make him pay in the worst way. She insists that they go back to the small town on the Bayou where he grew up. Somewhere he hasn't been to since he ran away from at the age of 14.
What is supposed to be a show about their wedding soon turns into the Conroy Beale show as he finds out about his family and his past. The network decides to follow up on his story and Lizzie gets pushed to one side.
When I was reading this book my feelings towards the characters kept changing. I found them both to be both likable but also really annoying. They both needed a boot up the backside and a good shake at times. They both had their own agenda but if they had just been honest with each other, they would have been able to resolve their problems and avoid all the pain they put themselves through.
The rest of the characters are funny and the story is interesting but I don't know that I would buy this book if I was browsing in my local bookstore.
I really wasn't sure I liked Lizzie much, at first. She initially comes across as a spoiled upper-crust socialite fighting with her parents who don't want her to marry the man of her dreams. Very quickly, she changed my mind. Her plan for the future she never anticipated was realistic and based solely on love. Too bad what she thought she knew about Conroy was all a lie.
I can't say that I was always on Lizzie's side but I always wanted to be. That says something right? Con, on the other hand...I wanted to hate him. He makes it pretty impossible, especially a little over half way through the story when his past and his desires start coming to light.
Here's the rub. Con really isn't a bad boy. Not in my definition anyway. Yes, he somewhat conned his way into Lizzie's life, he's a liar and maybe a little of a cheat. But his intentions are way too sweet and pure to consider him a bad boy. That doesn't mean I didn't really (really) enjoy him and the way he treats Lizzie throughout most of the book is super swoon worthy.
There was something about A Bad Boy is Good to Find that felt strange though. I think it was the way the characters spoke. It was at times, casual and current and at other times all too stuffy. It made it difficult for me to find the characters relatable from the start. BUT, once I did get a handle on it...I felt it. I felt Lizzie's heart break, I felt Con struggle with where his life came from and where it was heading. I felt the need of Lewis' characters. And really, that is never a bad thing.
So, while the title is slightly misleading, the characters have an odd staunchy way of speaking at times and perhaps the book feels a tad bit long...it was still an enjoyable read with some very heartwarming moments.
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