Bad for You

Bad for You

by J. Daniels

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ISBN-13: 9781538743430
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Series: Dirty Deeds , #3
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 55,470
File size: 728 KB

About the Author

J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series. She loves curling up with a good book, drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee, and writing stories her children will never be allowed to read. Daniels grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.

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Bad for You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Boundlessbookreviews 10 months ago
I am not a huge fan of the “damaged hero” romances.  When I look that genre up on GR, it seems I’ve read a lot of them.  However, the majority that I have read the hero is still very alpha.  In Bad for You, Sean isn’t alpha at all.  He is damaged from a past that he has yet to get over.  It is a horrific past, yet I felt Daniels could have gone a different direction with the character and made him harder from his experiences yet able to grow and find love with Shayla.  That’s what I would have liked to see.  Instead, it felt like Sean was so afraid to move on from his past mistakes and he was such a beat down mess that Shayla took the lead in everything.  He was emasculated to the point I was wondering where his balls were? Compared to the first two stories in this series this one was just a huge disappointment, and I had such high hopes.  I am giving it 2 Boundless stars it really could have been better.  
borntoreadbooks More than 1 year ago
I had been looking forward to read this story! Shay and Sean's book. And it didn't disappoint me. The characters are amazing, especially Shay. She is a really good girl. She is willing to help anyone. And she is determined to save Sean. He thinks he deserves nothing because his mom only taught him that. It's true that the rest of the couples don't appear that much in this book. But even though I like them a lot, I didn't miss them. Shay and Sean didn't need anyone to complete them. This series is getting better with each book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sean is now my book boyfriend. Great read about love always coming victorious and real situations when it comes to the bad in the world.
KMariReads More than 1 year ago
This book will grab your heart!! Every time J. Daniels has a book coming out, I stop everything to read it. I love her and her writing is so passionate, humorous and always leaves me with a smile. Each character she puts out seems to grab me on some level. This book...I can’t even. Bad For You(Dirty Deeds #) is a story I have been salivating for since I first met Stitch in book one. I knew his story was going to have some heartbreaking moments, but I was not prepared for what I got. OMG...talk about a sobbing mess. There is a scene that I literally felt like my heart was breaking and my chest was cracking open. Sean and Shay got the story they deserved. J. Daniels has outdone herself with this. Sean or Stitch as we all know him is a quiet man. Some might say that he is a little dangerous looking, or sexy depending on the person. He gives off a don’t mess with me vibe, but underneath all of that is a scared and sad man. He doesn’t feel worthy of people because of his past, and especially doesn’t feel worthy of Shay. She’s the bright light to his darkness, but he won’t take a chance with her, no matter how much he desires her. Why? Because the dark always wins. Shayla or Shay is a sweet, caring woman who is so full of passion and life. I wanted to be friends with her right away. She works as a waitress at Whitecaps, while she tries to get her own hairstyling/salon business started. She loves her job, but her dream has always been to own her own salon. Shay has made some fantastic friends at Whitecaps and then there is Sean/Stitch. She is attracted to him, and goes out of her way to get to know him, but he is closed off. When he blows her off, she is done. She may want to get to know him and maybe have a relationship, but she won’t be dismissed like she was by him. I liked that Shay wasn’t a pushover, she was sassy, yet compassionate. She was protective and beautiful inside and out. I realize that every love story is going to not be perfect, because life isn’t perfect. What I love about J. Daniels is she seems to get that. She writes real love stories that have the ups and the downs. That show that a relationship takes work. Shay and Sean were total opposites but they worked well together and connected on a different level. Their chemistry was combustible and I felt the passion between them right from the start. I just didn’t understand why Sean kept pulling away, until I finally got it. And boy did I get it...broke my heart. I wanted to hug Sean and tell him he was worth it. I got angry once everything was revealed. As I said above there is a scene between these two that utterly devastated me. Shay wanted nothing more than to help heal Sean, but he kept fighting her. She wanted him to see how much he was worth and that he was loved. Their journey together was imperfectly perfect. These two are going to get under your skin and you won’t be able to stop it. I loved seeing our old favorites and I can’t wait for more Dirty Deeds. This book will give you the feels. I want to say so much, but I can’t spoil it for you. I highly recommend this series and especially this book! I had originally rated it 4.5 Stars, but after thinking about my words and doing a little re-reading. I am changing it too 5 Stars! This might just be her best work yet! I requested this book and this is my honest opinion.
Natalie_The_Biblioholic More than 1 year ago
5 “You are so freaking worthy” stars!! I didn’t know what to expect when I picked this book up. One of the things I love most about J. Daniels’ work is that her stories are unpredictable. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, her books are romantic, swoony, sexy and erotic, having me envious of the heroines ALL THE TIME , but because she doesn’t really follow a set formula, all of her stories stay fresh and unique for me. I stared into his perfect face, belonging to this perfect man, who had overcome so much to be here. The biggest joy I found in this book, what made me feel absolutely blissful contentment, was something that I look for in all characters in all books. The heart. The hearts of both Sean and Shayla were massive! I don’t think it was even possible to make these two any better. Sean’s pain and suffering was gut-wrenching in its raw authenticity, however, his core was still beautiful. I just wish he could always see it. I think the author captured his silent torture perfectly. It was just so real. I hated every minute of it and yet loved what it brought to the story. His depth was immeasurable. As for Shayla… dammit I loved this chick so much. Her capacity to understand, overstand, sympathize, empathize, feel, protect, nurture, etc. She was an incredible force to be reckoned with. She was a miniature dynamo, willing to take on all comers in her defense of Sean. She was the first to see his awesomeness and also the first to reap the rewards of it. His kindness, caring, concern, and willingness to help her were just some of the traits that made him the right man for her. "You stood there wantin’ me, wantin’ us, as much as I did, and you buried that want so I could get it all." He knew. He knew everything. I could continue to wax poetic about the brilliance of this book. I could give you so many more reasons why I loved these characters. I can think of about 15 gifs that I could post to illustrate my love. I basically highlighted the entire book and therefore have a multitude of other quotes I could inundate you with. But I won’t. Let me just say that this is a book that shouldn’t be missed. A story that will pull you in and touch you in the sweetest of ways. A story full of pain, sacrifice, hope, rebirth, new beginnings, and love, with a couple that was worthy of all the beauty that life and love have to offer. Release: Jan. 23, 2018 | Genre: Contemporary Romance | POV: Dual - 1st person | Heat: 3.5 out of 5 | Standalone - Book #3 of the Dirty Deeds series with character crossover
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a way to kick off 2018 than with a book that totally knocks your socks off! I never saw this book coming. Not for one single minute. It snuck up on me and grabbed me from the very first page. I was completely, 100% consumed with Sean and Shay’s story. My eyes were glued to the pages and I didn’t want to put this book down…… Bad For You is incredibly well written and is a beautiful second chance romance. This story is one of redemption and it will steal your breath away. As I’m sitting here, trying to type up this review, I am at a total loss. I have no words. I am speechless in the most amazing way….. From the moment I met Sean, I was dying to know more about him. He was quiet, hard, and didn’t let anyone get close or in. But, I just knew there had to more to this man than meets the eye and boy was I not wrong. Sean’s life has been anything but easy. He has lived through and done things that no one ever should have. This is the kind of man that upon meeting, you just want to protect him with everything you have and bring a smile to his face. He is not perfect, but his motives came from a good place. This man with his tough exterior had the biggest heart. He pulled at my heartstrings and just made me ache. Ache for the life he had. Ache for all that he lost. Ache for all he should have. And Shay was the light Sean desperately needed in his life. Shay is full of life and love. She is hard-working, devoted and will fiercely protect those who are in her life. Shay is definitely the kind of woman you’d want taking your back. She sees the good in everyone and when she meets Sean, she can’t possibly stay away. I love, love, loved the slow build between Shay and Sean. Their feelings and interactions were so real and and genuine. They didn’t jump into a relationship straight away. They got to know one another. They built the foundation. There was no rushing it. They waited until just the right moment, and then all bets were off. These two together were just magic. They got each other in a way that no one else could possibly understand. Their chemistry was scorching and the pull….UGH!! I just couldn’t get enough. I loved watching their story unfold and seeing them handle all the hurdles along the way. Bad for You was an amazing read from beginning to end. It stole my heart and turned my world upside down. From sad moments, to funny ones, to moments that had you bursting with joy and swooning so hard, you thought your heart was just going to burst out of your chest; this book had it all. This book was so much more than I ever expected and is a story that will remain with me for a long time to come.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
FYI, it's possible to smile so much you cry. J. Daniels proves it! Bad for You is all kinds of good!!!!! I would be bad for a certain cook any day! He heats up any kitchen! Strong, silent type...yes, please! All the above are the tamer thoughts that prevailed while reading Bad for You. I had some creepy, pervy ones too but what Sean and I do with cuffs is none of your business. ;) Sean is bad news, according to him. He is Bad for You. But everyone, and I mean everyone, will disagree with him. Sean Molina is a hardened man. He is the poster child for a system that clearly didn't work. He is heartbreak. Moms will want to hold him. You will want to help him. And everyone will lust after him (even if longer hair isn't your thing- trust me!) Being Bad for You isn't a badge for him. Sean holds his demons close and wears his shame as armor. He's hurt and it is so sexy to watch his transformation. (If my hubs reads this he would be shaking his head- he doesn't get characters are real *shaking my head at his naivete*) Bad for You is a glimpse into the evils of the word without getting dark. It's emotionally charged and you will experience the ups and downs. You will be there for the highest highs and crash with the lows. Your gut will clench and you might even spill tears. But when it's all said and done...you will be begging for more! reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
Tanya_tgbookboutique More than 1 year ago
Bad For You by J. Daniels is such an incredible book with so many feels. I couldn't stop reading it and feeling everything the book had to offer. Shayla and Stitch are just incredible characters that feel so real. I love that they have real problems that we get to know about because it makes them true characters and it made me feel for them. I was in tune with Bad For You and the characters. That's how every book should be. Shayla is such a good character and I fell in love with her once I met her. There is just something about her that is just so genuine and true. She made me smile and realize how much we have to know a person before judging them. She is just awesome. Stitch is a broody heartthrob. I was enthralled by him and so curious about him. Everything about him just captured my heart. J. Daniels creates a world that you want to live in and jump into. She just amazes me with her writing and how she creates such true characters. I love all these books and highly recommend this series to everyone!
RentasticR More than 1 year ago
When it comes to any book written by J. Daniels, you scramble and do whatever it takes to have it in your hands to devour. She’s definitely one of my ultimate favorite authors and she proves time and again just why. Captivating and breathtaking, this third book in the Dirty Deeds series will undoubtedly make you yearn for so much more even after you’re done reading it. All I know is that this book checked almost every single one of the boxes in what I want in an exceptional and unforgettable romance novel. If you thought you loved Trouble and Wild in Four Letter Word or Loser and Legs in Hit the Spot—to me, they’ve got nothing on Stitch and Shay. These two just rocked me to the core. No matter how different they were, that blazing chemistry and soul-deep connection they shared was surreal—they’ll make you jealous and crave for the kind of relationship they have. Bad for You just knocked me completely on my bum. Hell, just reading the prologue, I was already pummeled with so much agony and pain. First chapter in and I was sucked into Stitch’s vortex that I never wanted to get out of—that I never wanted to leave. It shredded my heart and soul, then went ahead and mended, soothed and made it all better after. It packed the emotional and gut-wrenching punch I never expected from Sean’s story, but at the same time, Shay’s comic relief was ultimately welcomed. She had me giggling from some of the weirdest, funniest and quirkiest things that she said or did. It certainly balanced out the heaviness of the emotions running through my system all throughout. This has been by far THE BEST and my favorite out of all the books in the Dirty Deeds series. Hell, probably even in all of J. Daniels’ books. And knowing how much I love everything she has written thus far, that’s truly saying something. Bad for You is a story I’m keeping close to my heart, never letting go and won’t ever forget for a really, really long time.
RandysGal69 More than 1 year ago
My cherries cried and burst into a hot mess! It is because this book just broke me in such a good way. Such a heartbreaking, angsty, loving story. I just wanted to hug Sean and hold onto him tight. His life has been rough and when he meets Shayla, he comforts her and she in return comforts him as back with his self doubt from his tortured past. A good dose of two broken hearts who help each other find out that love can be possible no matter what. Great overall character development, storyline and a nice surprise ending that had my cherries popping in excitement. Loved all these books in this series which can be read as standalones.
S_Lewis_TMLA More than 1 year ago
Where to start with this fabulous book?! I'm sure like myself everyone has been curious about Sean since the beginning of the series. I was so excited I was picked to review I squealed. So on to my thoughts....I absolutely loved this story. It broke me apart on more then one occasion, but I would put right back together whole in one piece with plenty of happy tears to cover the sad. This is not your normal love story! There was a longing from one and a friendship from the other. Finally, the longing won out and a friendship from both sides was started and once that ball got to rounding there was no stopping it! Sean is so terribly broken, he doesn't think he will ever be put back together, but it is amazing what a sassy, stubborn Shayla can do for a person's soul! This book left me speechless for days! I didn't think it could get any better than the last book, and boy was I wrong!
sarahbabyy211 More than 1 year ago
6 stars!!!! Bad for You is a wonderful, beautiful, heartwarming, emotional cant get enough of story that everyone needs to read. I loved Sean and his story so much, even though it was hard to read about. It's very touching and wonderful to see his character grow. I loved the character of Shayla as well, I thought she was perfect for Sean. I loved there story and there chemistry. Definitely one of my favorite books of this year already. Cant wait for the next one!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars-- 4.25 stars--BAD FOR YOU is the third instalment in J. Daniels’ contemporary, adult DIRTY DEEDS erotic, romance series focusing on twenty-three year old diner waitress and hair stylist Shayla Perkins, and twenty-seven diner cook and single father Sean Molina. BAD FOR YOU can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. NOTE: BAD FOR YOU contains scenes and references to violence and child sexual abuse and may not be suitable for all readers. Told from dual first person points of view (Shayla and Sean) BAD FOR YOU follows the building romance and relationship between diner waitress and upstart hairstylist Shayla Perkins, and diner cook Sean Molina. With the death of her beloved grandmother, Shayla Perkins is about to discover that being a parent to her two younger siblings is a lot tougher than she could ever have imagined when her parents must leave to settle her grandmother’s estate. Struggling with her brothers’ fluctuating schedules including after school sporting events, tutoring lessons and speech therapy Shayla will finally break down only to come face to face with the man who has starred in all of her fantasies for close to a year. Enter co-worker and diner cook Sean Molina, a dark, brooding, tattooed and quiet young man who hides years of painful abuse and loss behind a mask of cool indifference and heart breaking pain. What ensues is the friends to lovers relationship between Sean and Shayla, and the potential fall out when Shayla steps aside, sacrificing her own happiness to allow Sean’s past a second chance. Sean Molina’s back story is painful and heart breaking; a life full of abuse and neglect that will eventually spiral out of control leaving our hero broken, scarred and permanently lost. Shayla Perkins is the epitome of perfection as it pertains to her handling and defense of our story line hero-a hug here, a caress there for a man not use to affection or love slowly begins to break down the barriers and walls necessary to survive. The relationship between Shayla and Sean struggles in the early stages as Sean is unable to let go; unable to accept Shayla’s overtures of friendship as he continues to suffer with memories of betrayal, abuse and loss. Shayla’s continuous need to protect Sean is of-times over the top but one born of sympathy and love. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate. The reader is introduced to Shayla’s brothers Eli and Dom; as well as Sean’s ex Val, and his two daughters Fiona and Caroline: and Whitecaps Cafe new cook J.R. The return of Tori and Jamie (Hit The Stop #2), Sydney and Brian (Four Letter Word #1), as well as diner owner and manager Nate adds familiarity and cohesion between the story line. BAD FOR YOU is an emotional and heart breaking story where the reader is pulled into the past as one young boy struggles to survive against a world determined to destroy and break; and a present that refuses to give up the ghosts and memories. The premise is moving and visceral; the characters are broken, tragic and colorful; the romance is touching and passionate.
Theresa-Martin More than 1 year ago
Sean and Shayla might very well be my favorite couple in this series! Sean (Stitch) is a complicated man, and that doesn't stop Shayla's attraction to him. He's had a tough childhood, and is trying to atone for his sins. For some reason, Shayla's very protective of Sean, and he finds that endearing, even though he believes he's not good enough for her. Their getting together is a tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat, then pushes you right out of it! I laughed, cried, yelled, cursed, and swooned w/this story. You got a few peeks in the previous two books in this series, but I wasn't expecting the story to gut me--but it was a good gutting. I don't know how Jessica creates these wonderful, powerful, and hot stories, but I'm so glad she does. I can't wait for the next book in this series, and also a catch up of the couples from these three books.
kahea46 More than 1 year ago
***5 ‘Don’t Stop Talkin’” Stars*** Oh. My. Gosh. The FEELS! In all honesty I wasn’t prepared for what Bad For You put me through. I knew there would be feels, it was unavoidable considering what had already happened, or didn’t happen, between Stitch and Shayla, but I wasn’t prepared for all of THAT. I hit both ends of the feels spectrum, as well as everything in between, numerous times throughout the story and in the end I wouldn’t change any of it because the journey was so damn worth it. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve wanted more of Stitch from the moment I met him in Four Letter Word. I love me some broody male with a passion, and Stitch is the emperor of broody men, but what made him that way absolutely gutted me. But what amazed me, and had me falling into adoration with the broody male, was the golden heart that lay underneath the armour. The simple and genuine goodness, along with a very blunt honesty, had me falling hard for the man. Shayla. This girl. I really liked her. Hell, I ended up adoring her, but the peppiness (is that even a word?) took me a minute to get used to. It wasn’t that she was being fake, she really is a little ball of pep and positivity, it was just in a couple of situations I needed more snark and not pep. But as things progressed the pep became normal and I loved how huge her heart was because once she claimed you, she’d fight to her last breath for you. Sean and Shayla’s journey could have taken any number of routes to their HEA, but this one fit the people who they are at their cores. There was a good dose of drama, but not the OTT angsty kind, that only served to bring about understanding and bringing them closer instead of tearing them apart. I loved the slow build nature of their evolving relationship because I got to watch as they got to know each other on the deepest of emotional levels as the sexual chemistry kept building between them. As for the big roadblock in their journey, I saw it coming but it took a little twist that I didn’t expect, but really liked and had I not gotten to know these characters I probably would have tossed my ereader into the freezer, but I understood it and loved how everything worked out in the end. While I never like to pigeon hole myself in anyway way, I have to say that this may just go down as my favorite of the series. Everything from the character’s backstories to their evolution throughout the book was done so well that the bar has been set. With that being said, I know that there is more to come from the Dirty Deeds world, and there is one character I’m hoping will get his HEA *cough* Nate *cough*, so I may be eating my words sooner rather than later, but should it happen I will gladly do it. So bring on the next book! ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
cordee More than 1 year ago
I would like to say that I haven't read a book with such a tragic hero in a long time but that would be lying. I have. But what I can say is that I haven't cried because of one in a while. When I met the taciturn cook of Whitecaps known as Stitch in Four Letter Word and Hit The Spot I knew there would be story. If you read those books you know that they weren't extremely heavy on the angst. So I didn't expect that I would be grieving for the hero a good portion of BAD FOR YOU. Right from the Prologue you know that Sean didn't have a good childhood. Scratch that. His childhood was basically non-existent, his father pulled a disappearing act, leaving his very young son dealing with his drug addict mother. Sean went to bed with an empty stomach, never had enough to eat, his clothes were worn to a point it was a miracle they weren't falling off his body. So he started stealing. Which eventually would get him in trouble. The kind that lands you in prison. The owner of Whitecaps, Nate (I've been salivating for his story!) takes a chance on him and is the first person who shows him kindness in a long time. If you've read the first two in this series you know that Shayla has been crushing on Sean. She is the exact opposite of Sean, open, friendly and loves chatting his ear off...until he pushes her away. And this is where we are now - Shayla and Sean not talking. Of course this changes soon since Shayla is in a bit of a pickle and Sean helps her out. Hold on to someone because this is where it starts to get heartbreaking. Sean doesn't see his worth. All the good he does, he doesn't realize what a good man he is. A man who has never had much love in his life. I was a blubbering mess every time he broke down, every time his nightmares tore him apart and every time he felt he didn't deserve good in his life. Shayla's selfless love, her fierce support and spirit slowly, slowly change the image he has of himself. Gah. I grieved for the child, the teenager and the young man. He was so confused when people were kind to him. A hero like Sean needs a heroine who can take that grief for and with him. Somebody who is observant and gives him what he needs to heal. Shayla is all that, she is sweet, endearing and loyal to the core and perfect for him with her compassionate heart and fiery and protective personality. She shows Sean even in the toughest moments that she has his back, front, flanks and center. With her sunny disposition he starts to smile, every day a little bit more. This story is a super slow burn romance and I'm not complaining at all. Shayla and Sean are friends for more than half of the book and while I was eager to get to the romance part of the story I understood that she needed to establish trust before anything could happen. Sean is a bit like a deer in headlights when it comes to intimacy. Hugs are for him almost unbearable because he doesn't feel like he is lovable. So to me it was a natural development that they built on that friendship. I was happy to catch up with Tori and Jamie, Syd and Brian. The way they welcomed Sean into their fold, sharing their Sunday dinners with him and making him feel a part of the family was sweeter than candy. Now the anticipation begins for Nate and Jenna's story. Nate is a widower and single-dad. Pretty sure this will be just as heartbreaking. Bad For You is a tearjerker. It will have your stomach in knots and your throat clogging up.After all the angst I need a hug. Or a drink. Or both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great! Loved the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't disappoint! Best in series yet. Loved Stitch!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!