- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Avon Impulse (February 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062372238
- ISBN-13: 978-0062372239
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,613,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Return of the Bad Girl Mass Market Paperback – February 3, 2015
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About the Author
An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.
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Top Customer Reviews
Codi brings us back to that rowdy town of Rock Canyon. And this blogger couldn't be more thrilled! And how hot is this cover?!? So, let me start with one of my lists.
1) One of my favorite things about this Rock Canyon installment is that each chapter starts with a quote from the always entertaining and widely despised Miss Know It All.
2) After falling hard for Chase, Miss Codi has given me another man on a bike to pine after: the tall, dark and handsome Gabe Moriarty. Chase said it best: "Aw, you came all this way for me," Chase said, jokingly clasping his hands to his chest. "Be still my heart. Trust and believe that Chase will not be the only one who is smitten with Mr. Moriarty.
3) And finally, there are kittens. I friggin love kittens. Even if Gabe thinks "...they're a couple of cock-blocking fuzzbuts."
4) While getting to know the latest talk of the town, you get to catch up with all of Rock Canyon's most recent love connections, while watching other progress a little more.
In Return of the Bad Girl, Codi flawlessly pens a heart tugging story of second chances. Caroline: ..."She'd burned more bridges before she was eighteen than most people lit up in their entire lifetime." Gabe spent five years in jail for an accident that left his life turned upside down. And finally, Edward Willis had a second chance to mend the broken relationship he had with his daughter, Caroline. And that was no easy feat for stubborn Willis folks. "Really, Caroline, I am trying to control my temper, but your obnoxious attempts to bait me are grating."
Caroline and Gabe are both finding themselves while getting to know each other. While the physical attraction was pretty immediate, I enjoyed how they slowly peeled away layers of their past: the pains, the fears and opened themselves up for something real.
Gabe had himself confused he wasn't good enough; wasn't deserving of love from another person - whether it be his sister, Honey or Caroline. "If she started thinking he was anything but an arrogant dick head, he would only disappoint her. Even at his best, there was too much bad surrounding him to combat the good." Caroline feels her damaged past wouldn't be appealing to any man worth settling down for. A match made in some kind of broken heaven.
"I don't care how damaged you are, because I am just as broken, maybe more so."
Every part of this book was incredible. The tension and snark that lead to the opening up to one another. The sex that lead to amusing lines like this:
"When you said sex with you was a ride, you weren't just whistlin' Dixie."
"Whistlin' Dixie? Who are you, Granny Clampet?"
Finally, to wrap up my review - I must say this is the BEST book from Codi Gary to date. Her writing has matured tremendously since The Trouble With Sexy. Codi is an author you want to keep an eye on because she is going places in the world of contemporary romance! (And honestly, anywhere else she and her pen decide to venture.) An easy FIVE contemporary romantic stars from this lady! I cannot for this to hit E-Readers and bookshelves EVERYONE. For now, I suggest you Pre-Order it, Add it to your TBR or Wish List! You will not want to miss this amazing book on it's release: December 30, 2014.
Return of the Bad Girl came to my attention on another blog and I picked it up because it sounded like a lot of fun. I’d never read anything by this author before and really had no idea what to expect. I'm happy to report Ms. Gary totally had me hook, line and sinker from page one.
At first I wasn’t sure about the heroine, Caroline. She was just so bitchy!! As I got to know her though, I came to understand what had made her that way. Caroline was hurt badly as a teenager and lashed out from the pain and anger inside by doing a lot of hurtful things to the people around her. She left home and although she initially struggled, she went on to make a success of herself. In Return of the Bad Girl she was back home in Rock Canyon to finally settle down and make amends with her father who had just suffered a heart attack. What she didn’t plan on was Gabe Moriarty. I loved Gabe from the get-go. He’d made a huge mistake when he was younger that cost him dearly and was now trying to make it up to the people he hurt while also building a life for himself.
Boy did the sparks fly at Caroline and Gabe’s first meeting! Both had major attitudes, but I could totally feel the heat between them. The sexual tension was so yummy and it was so much fun watching them try to resist the pull between them by fighting and ripping into one another every chance they got. It was one of those I-want-you-so-bad-but-don’t-want-to-want-you-so-I’ll-act-like-I-hate-you situations. You just knew they were eventually going to rip each other’s clothes off and it was going to be so good! It was highly enjoyable :). What they didn’t count on though were the feelings they’d developed for one another. Watching them try to figure it all out was fun and very entertaining.
I loved the banter between Gabe and Caroline. They’re so hot for one another but try to deny it by being downright nasty :).
‘Are you trying to irritate me?’
‘I didn’t know I had to try. I thought you just woke up, and the annoyance was there.’
‘Oh, no, some mornings I wake up thinking, I must’ve imagined it. He can’t be that bad. And then I see you, and it all comes flooding back like a drunken night of idiocy.’ When she tapped his chest with a long, glittery purple nail, he resisted the urge to grab it and nibble the tip.
‘Only it’s not my idiocy I’m remembering.’
Gabe was ridiculously hot. He was this big, tough, tattooed and pierced hunk of a man on the outside, but so sweet and sensitive on the inside. Yum! He made some terrible mistakes, but deep down was a good man with a big heart. Totally swoon worthy <3.
Not only did this book have me laughing, it also moved me to tears. Gabe’s interactions with his sister, Honey, and with Caroline’s kittens had me tearing up from how sweet and adorable he was. And the same for the way Caroline treated Honey; she was just so wonderful with her, I couldn’t help but tear up.
Return of the Bad Girl was funny, sexy, and sweet. It was a quick and fun read that was pure entertainment from beginning to end. I highly recommend it and I plan to go back and read the other books in the series.