Bad for Her: A Bad Boys Gone Good Novel

Bad for Her: A Bad Boys Gone Good Novel

by Christi Barth

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Bad for Her: A Bad Boys Gone Good Novel by Christi Barth

USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth launches a sexy new series about three bad-boy brothers in Witness Protection who are about to learn that going good is harder than they thought...

Doctor Mollie Vickers loves the tight-knit community of her tiny Oregon town. But she’s not a fan of the limited dating options. Sleep with a guy who tried to copy off her in junior high? Pass. Mollie’s sex life is flatlining… until a deliciously handsome man she’s never seen before stops to help her fix a flat tire.

As an ex-mobster, Rafe Maguire’s no saint. But he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. Although he probably shouldn’t kiss the hot doctor on the side of the highway. Or suggest a no-strings fling with a woman he has no business pursuing. Rafe’s life is too complicated for love—his new WITSEC-provided identity doesn’t fit him at all and there’s a U.S. Marshal watching his every move. He can’t tell Mollie the truth… but their chemistry is scorching and being good doesn’t mean he can’t be a little bad.

Mollie can’t resist the guy who looks rough, talks tough, and is loyal to the bone. But it’s obvious Rafe is keeping secrets. When the truth comes out, Mollie must decide if she could ever love an ex-mobster… or if this bad boy has truly gone good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062685636
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Bad Boys Gone Good , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 17,478
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

USA TODAY bestseller Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance.

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.

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Bad for Her: A Bad Boys Gone Good Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry. I couldn't even finish this, because the writing was so trite and boring. Strange sentence structure, and kept veering away from the point. I was so frustrated, so I had to stop. Rafe may be sexy, but his story needs to be edited.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars It’s been awhile since I’ve read Christi Barth. When I was trying to decide if I wanted to read Bad for Her, what got my attention was the fact that the series itself focused on three brothers in WITSEC. Once I started reading Bad for Her, I was sold on the story by the lead characters Mollie and Rafe. They have a flirtatious, passionate relationship. But what I really loved about them was their playfulness. The secondary characters of Flynn and Kellan, Rafe’s brothers are good as well. In fact, all the characters you get to meet in the book add something to the story. I’m really glad I decided to read this book. Initially, I had no idea why the Maguire brothers were under the protection of the US Marshals. The revelation was very surprising. What was also a surprise, was the character of Rafe. Yes, he was a mobster. Yes, he did some violent things. But Rafe lives for his family and is truly a man of honor. Mollie isn’t a shrinking violet. She’s made a conscious decision to return to her small town of Bandon, Oregon and live with her grandmother and young cousin. She’s a very caring person and knows what she wants. I have to admit that I have a serious issue with how these two meet. Mollie has a flat tire on a deserted highway and Rafe stops to help her. They proceed to flirt and then kiss each other. Mollie was seriously not thinking about her safety. Then Rafe….My goodness. The whole scene seemed a little too much like a set up to me. I mean the man is supposed to be fearing for his life and the lives of his brothers and he’s on the side of a highway with trees all around getting his flirt on? Maybe I watch too many crime shows, but I was seriously expecting a hitman to walk out of the forest. Regardless of the first meet scene, Bad for Her was a really good story. Christi spent a lot of time revealing Rafe’s character and his life experiences. She managed to make him someone that readers could understand, root for, and support. While Bad for Her is a full and complete story with a HFN, the mob angle is still in play. I’m looking forward to the next book, Never Been Good, to see what Flynn’s take on this whole WITSEC deal is and watching him fall head over heels for the waitress who doesn’t give him the time of day. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
Alwaysahappyeverafter More than 1 year ago
I love the little mood status' at the beginning of each chapter.   By chapter 13 the anticipation of them actually shagging was getting to me let alone Mollie and Rafe.   A great story and hea.   Mollie is lovely and Rafe is everything alpha.   A great book, i'll definitely be looking for the rest of the series.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A sexy-hot reformed bad boy? Yes please! Kicking off her new Bad Boys Gone Good series, Christi Barth takes us into the life of a mobster trying to turn over a new leaf! The sass between the characters is super fun and you’ll find yourself laughing out loud often. With an interesting plot to keep our attention, we travel through the ups and downs when love finds him when he least expects it! Doctor Mollie Vickers loves living and working in her little hometown in Oregon, but there are drawbacks. Everyone in town knows all about her life, her family is always underfoot, and there are only so many men in a small town, and she’s not looking forward to dating the ones she’s already rejected again … but her luck must be changing, because the sexy stranger that just stopped to help her when she’s stranded on the side of the road is HOT! Ex-mobster Rafe Maguire might be trying to adjust to a new life in WITSEC, but nothing is going to stop him from recognizing a sexy woman in distress! He probably should’t be flirting with someone from his new town before he’s even settled in … and yeah, he definitely shouldn’t have kissed her … but what’s a guy to do?? A sexy fling doesn’t exactly turn out that way when the connection they both feel burns deeper than they expected … will Rafe be able to convince her he’s worth taking a chance on when all of his secrets come out?
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
Romance books are becoming my go-to reads. Therefore, when I heard about Christi Barth's Bad For Her, the first book in her new A Bad Boy Gone Good series, I instantly added it to my TBR pile. I mean, a romance involving bad boys in witness protection landing in a small town? What's NOT to love about that? Answer: NOTHING! The Result? Romantic, suspenseful, and heartwarming, Bad For Her was a strong opening to a new series - one that I will MOST DEFINITELY be following all the way through! Bad for Her is told in the alternating POVs of Mollie Vickers and Rafe Maguire, the classic good girl and bad boy, respectively. Mollie is book smart, too sweet for her own good, and strong willed. I found her easy to like and relate to. I especially loved how Christi Barth made Mollie's family such an important part to her character, as it gave yet another relatable quality and quite few laughs due to her cousin and grandmother's crazy antics. Rafe, on the other hand, is dark and mysterious; however, as most bad boys found in books go, he has a heart of gold. Like Mollie, I was happy to see family play such an important part in his life. The bond between him and his brothers was unbreakable, no matter how many tough words were thrown around. Bringing Rafe and Mollie together, a super hot romance was delivered. Let me tell you the chemistry between them was smoking hot. It was also easy to feel a "true" connection between them. That connection made their respective characters not only more developed but the story as well. In addition to romance, Bad For Her also focuses on letting loose and overcoming past challenges. For Mollie, that meant learning to accept her sad past, and for Rafe, that meant learning to love a new life, no matter how much he missed his days in Chicago. I loved seeing both of these characters begin to thrive and smile as the book progressed. Better yet, I enjoyed seeing Rafe give back to the community be it helping Mollie's troubled cousin or saving the town from their own "bad guys"! In all, Bad For Her is perfect for the romance fan! It's one of those books you can't help but smile at the whole way through! Better yet, this isn't the last of the bad boys - Rafe's middle brother gets his own story in 2018! And I, for one, will be the first in line to buy it! Grade: A-
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a sexy, well-written book. Doctor Mollie Vickers loves her home town, but since everyone has known her since she was a baby, she has sworn off dating anyone in town. Then one day an amazingly handsome stranger stops to help her fix a flat tire. Rafe Maguire is an ex-mobster who is now in the witness protection program. His life is too complicated for dating. But the chemistry between these two is undeniable... This was a fast-paced, sexy, fun story. This book can be read as a standalone story, though it is the first in the Bad Boys Gone Good series. This was a great book and I will be looking for the next book in this series as well as others by this author.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The beauty of a Christi Barth novel is the versatility of the voice behind them. Her characters are not afraid to show the foibles of humanity and that makes them relatable to me as a reader. Rafe is a man with a ton of baggage. His secrets have secrets. His past is full of bad decisions and dangerous situations, but in his heart he wants to be a better man. Will the stigma of his past ruin his chance for a brighter future? Bad For Her is a tale of prejudice, second chances and modern day lessons. Romance and wisdom are a sweet combination that Christi Barth always shines in.
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
Great romance with a bit of suspense thrown in. Rafe is by no means a saint. He has seen the worst of the worst of humanity being an ex-mobster. But, he left that life to save his and his brothers’ lives. Now, they are in witness protection, this may be their last chance at any kind of life staying together. He knows he has to play the part of his new identity, and he has to make sure his brothers do the same. There is no other alternative. So, there is no time for a romance, but he considers changing that when he comes to the aid of a beautiful woman, Mollie, on the side of the road in his new town in Oregon. From the beginning, the chemistry between these two is scorching. What starts out as a sort of “friends/dating with benefits,” becomes something more. But, can Rafe trust Mollie with is true identity without putting her life in jeopardy? How will she react when she finds out the truth? I always like to touch on characters in my reviews because for me, they are what really drive a story. And, I loved both Rafe and Mollie. Mollie is not only beautiful but smart. She is a doctor, much different from the women Rafe dated in his old life. Some of the women in Chicago liked what he did. Mollie doesn’t know that side of him. She challenges him, and the banter between the two was sexy, sweet, and at times, hilarious. It’s a romance yet it’s a story about a man becoming the man he was meant to be. He isn’t the mobster who he thought he was, not who the others in the mob organization thought he was, and not the made- up man who is in hiding. He finds himself through Mollie, “a little bit bad, but trying hard as hell to be good” for her! She allows him to be who he should be. Loved it! I hadn’t read anything by Christi Barth, but I’m so glad I have now. She has a way of pulling you into the story with her characters, and even her secondary ones. I loved that this is a series about brothers. Throughout the book, the sense of family and bond between these men is unbreakable despite their circumstances. I cannot wait to get to know the other two in upcoming books! ***Read and Reviewed for Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews***
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Rafe Maguire is a man with many names and many talents, which is what happens when you get put in Wit-Sec after reporting your ex-mob boss for his shady dealings... and while it is not the life he planned for himself and his brothers...it's the life they now have indefinitely. Just when they start to feel like they can breath a sigh of relief, Marshal Evans shows up on their doorstep and informs them that they need to move to a new town and assume a new identity, and their latest stop is tiny little town in Oregon. And just when Rafe is about to declare this town a dud too, he meets a very sexy doctor alongside the road, and from there the sparks start to fly, and a little strings-free relationships ensues... but for how long? Dr. Mollie Vickers has made Bandon, Oregon her home, and for the most part she loves it, the one downfall is that the nightlife is sparse, and unattached men are pretty much non-existent. But then when she finds herself stranded alongside the road, and hunky mystery man stops to help her out, she decides her luck with finding love might be changing! Question is once she learns about his past will she still be thinking luck is on her side? Bad For Her was such a refreshing change of pace for me, I normally steer clear of mob-related reads because they aren't really my thing, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and embrace something new for a change... and boy am I happy that I did! The characters were fabulous, they had amazing chemistry, were very well written and researched, and completely stole my heart. This is the first offering in a new series from Ms. Barth, and after finishing I think it is safe to say I will be back for more!! It's one of those emotional roller coaster type reads, giving you moments of happiness, moments that squeeze your heart, moments that have you excited and on the edge of your seat and moments that will have you sporting a serious blush!! I am so happy I gave this one a try, it was such a pleasurable read, highly recommend!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was so fun and flirty! It was such a sweet romance and so incredibly entertaining. I enjoyed it all. Rafe and Mollie were wonderful. I loved their first meeting, they had some great flirting happening and instant chemistry. Lust at first site! I loved that they embraced the flirty, it was just outright fun. They're in an interesting situation because of Rafe history so it made them getting to know one another interesting. I loved really getting to see who Rafe was as a man and who he was becoming. Mollie was so sweet and caring. She accepted unconditionally and was so positive. I loved them getting to know one another and watching their heat build as the flirting turns to more. I really liked Rafe's fight to keep his secret and be himself in the midst of opening up to Mollie. It was such a unique and fresh twist in getting to know someone. I loved the storyline and Rafe’s battle to be the man he truly was meant to be in spite of his past. We get enough details about his past life to get a feel of who he was and what he's done but it's really about who he is now and the type of man he can become. The writing was really good, it was laid out well, I liked the development and there was a good pace. Nice details and descriptions though I found certain facts to be very repetitive. I loved that the story was told from dual POVs as well. There was a great cast of secondary characters and I thought they really helped to enhance the story. Rafe’s brothers were awesome and I loved their bonding and ribbing with one another. I loved Mick, he was a great addition and Mollie's grandmother was a blast. The story is pretty light for the most part but there's a bit of conflict and drama that kept things exciting. Honestly it was just entertaining and sweet with a nice amount of flirty and sexy mixed in. I thought it was a great introduction to a new series and I'm definitely looking forward to more. All in all though, the story was awesome, the characters were likable, it was super entertaining to read and I enjoyed it all. Complimentary copy received for honest review.