Never Been Good: A Bad Boys Gone Good Novel

Never Been Good: A Bad Boys Gone Good Novel

by Christi Barth

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Never Been Good: A Bad Boys Gone Good Novel by Christi Barth

USA Today bestseller Christi Barth returns with another steamy Bad Boys Gone Good novel!

Flynn Maguire isn’t really a bad guy. Sure, he worked for the mob, but he ran a legitimate business—on paper anyway—and it paid enough to keep his brother out of the lifestyle. Until they turned on him. Now he’s stuck in Witness Protection, tending bar in Nowheresville Oregon… and pissed the life he knew is gone. The only bright spot? Fantasizing about his quiet, secretive, beautiful coworker.

Sierra Williams is a woman on the run. All she wants now is to settle into small town life… and ignore the brooding, sexy bartender who can’t seem to take his eyes off her. Flynn’s bad-boy vibe pushes all her buttons, but Sierra fell for the wrong man once already. She can’t afford to let her guard down again. Except Flynn’s tough exterior is slowly melting away to reveal the sweet man beneath and their attraction is too strong to resist.

Sierra and Flynn are falling fast, but they’re both keeping so many secrets. The truth could ruin everything… unless a girl who’s a little bad is perfect for a guy who’s never really been good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062685650
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Bad Boys Gone Good , #2
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 18,070
File size: 1 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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Never Been Good: A Bad Boys Gone Good Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying, I didn’t read the first in this series – and I most probably should have to get the best understanding of the backstory for the series. But, not having that experience, the story did, once it took hold and things started to develop, keep me intrigued and I did enjoy both Flynn and Sierra as a couple – and the overladen mystery that seemed to draw and repel the two. Flynn is a bit closed off – and it isn’t until he starts to act on his attraction to Sierra in the most protective ways that he starts to open up and become more fully developed. He’s in a tough place – his safety depends on him being the least like who he was before – and that keeps him on edge. But, expecting some anxiety that was clear and apparent – he turns that into sulking and a touch of surly – something that comes easily when he’s in his own head. Sierra – started out cautious but clearly relatable – her general demeanor was working on Flynn in ways that he turned into fantasy before action. And it was hard not to like Sierra – until she did an about-face a bit more than three-quarters in. Decisions and changes in her just felt as if they were reached for, perhaps overreached, and truly didn’t serve their ‘relationship” or flirtation or connection –whatever term they chose to use in describing the electricity between them. Overall – even with Sierra’s story told, there was an overlay of angst that never clearly presented as from any particular source, and the real depth to which Flynn was involved with the mob was also not clearly laid forth in this book. Sure – I enjoyed Sierra and Flynn together, and their connection was electric, but something just didn’t feel settled, or perhaps felt missing, as I just feel as if there are pieces I didn’t read that I needed. Perhaps a result of not reading the first in the series – but I’d caution others to be aware of this best read in order book. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review: I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Christi Barth continues her Bad Boys Gone Good series with Never Been Good, the second installment about ex-mobster Flynn Maguire and artist on the run Sierra Williams. In order to hide from their pasts, both are keeping secrets. Can they trust each other with more than the truth? Can they trust each other with their hearts? Sierra trusted the wrong man once, a mistake she’s not likely to make again, but ignoring the surly bartender with a hard exterior who insists on making sure she gets home safe is proving to be harder every day. Flynn is angry at himself and the hand he’s been dealt. He and his brothers had to leave the big city life, assume new identities and try to fit in the tiniest city in the US all because he needs to testify against the mob. There is a silver lining and she’s his enigmatic coworker who he wants to get to know, even though he knows it’s unfair because he can’t tell her about his past. Christi Barth provides the right mix of fun, sweet, and sexy that pulled me into this story right from the start from the interesting premise about ex-mob brothers who go into WITSEC, to the small town charm where they’re hiding in, to the characters you want to get to know. Even though he’s angry, underneath all of Flynn’s tough exterior lays the heart of a reliable and kind man who cares for his community, and a loving brother whose life choices had been made for him, forcing him to work for the mob. I felt his misery, but was glad that not only could he resolve his relationship with his brothers, but also found a new purpose and love. As for Sierra, her past is almost as bad as Flynn’s, but she’s brave and sweet and perfect for Flynn. Together the steamed up the pages with witty, fun and sexy back and forth. Never Been Good is book #2 of the Bad Boys Gone Good series by Christi Barth. It is standalone contemporary romance told by both points of view with a happy ending.
ChillingTaz More than 1 year ago
Flynn McGuire is hating his life in Witsec with his brothers over their involvement in the mob. He misses everything about his former life. Sierra is the sweet waitress that he can't stop looking at and wanting since the minute he met her. Learning to open up and trust each other is only half the battle. Great plot twists with an original storyline in a town I wish was real. Barth writes her characters with flaws that make them more realistic to the reader. I can't wait for the final McGuire brother to find love.
Alwaysahappyeverafter More than 1 year ago
Another great book from Christi Barth in the Bad Boys Gone Good series. I rated the first book ‘Bad for her’ 5 stars and I’ll be giving this book 5 stars too. Flynn is hidden in the dark until Sierra shines her light on him, but he doesn’t realise is that he shines his light right back at her. I loved it and I can't wait to read Kellan’s book.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars “Bad boys aren’t always as bad as they seem on the outside. In fact, they can be pretty darned wonderful on the inside.” Christi Barth should be on everyone's reading list. I don’t know how she manages to continue to write stories that immediately draw readers in, but she does. Never Been Good finds Flynn Maguire aka Frank Mullaney still licking his wounds after being dragged halfway across the country as part of the WITSEC program. It’s been seven months since he and his brothers had to leave everything behind. Seven months of Flynn realizing that everything he believed to be true was a lie. Seven months of Flynn being miserable and angry. Seven months of realizing that he and his brothers lives have been turned upside down because of him. No, Flynn didn’t make the choice to turn on the Chicago mob and go on the run. His older brother Rafe did. But what else is new? It seems that since his parents died, his life hasn’t been his own. Other people have made decisions for him. There is however, this little bright spot in the too small town of Bandon, Oregon that he finds himself in and that is the waitress he works with at the Gorse. Sierra Williams isn’t all she seems to be. After losing her parents at a young age, she grew up in various foster homes. Her hard work and perseverance was rewarded with a full scholarship to art school and grad school. However, she still had bills to pay. She ended up meeting and falling head over heels for a guy who only wanted to use her. Now, Sierra finds herself halfway across the country on the run from her ex, who is a thief and an attempted murderer, and possibly the police. Sierra loves being in Bandon, and is tired of keeping her distance from people. When an unforeseen accident forces her to spend time with Flynn, Sierra starts to think that maybe she can give her heart to someone else. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Flynn would be such a nice, good, decent man. Yes, he worked for the mob, but only for the legal business. He never truly did anything illegal, well except for the night before he disappeared. All the times in the past seven months where he’s been “Mr. Grumpy” and a total jerk to everyone was just his way of dealing with what he viewed as ruining his brothers’ lives. He never felt he deserved their loyalty. “You use to be the heart. You were always the glue for us. You’re the one who makes us work. As brothers. You’re all we need.” Once Flynn and Sierra started spending time together, they realized how much they have in common. They ground each other, not just physically, but emotionally. They’re fun together. Flynn has this need to protect Sierra and make her life better. The mafia storyline continues to be played out in this book, but I do believe that Never Been Good can be a standalone read. You have the added storyline of Sierra’s past, which I can only assume will also come into play in the third and final book, Got it Bad. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this series. Not because I want it to end. But because I really want to see how the Maguire men and the women who love them handle the reckoning of Chicago Mafia Crime Boss, Danny McGinty. I’m also looking forward to seeing how the secondary characters in the series step up. I have a feeling that all the friendships the Maguire brothers have formed will come into play with their future. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Never Been Good is the second book in the Bad Boys Gone Good Series. Never Been Good follows the story of Flynn and Sierra and can totally be read as a stand-alone novel. Flynn is still reeling from having his world turned upside down. He’s kinda sorta a bad guy, but mostly a good guy. Sure his past wasn’t on the up and up, what with his connections to the mob and all. But, he ran his own business and did what he could to keep his family out of it…..that is until it all went wrong. Flynn now finds himself stuck in a life he never wanted or planned for. The only highlight to his life now is Sierra. Sierra is mysterious in her own way. Quiet, secretive and keeps to herself. She too is on the run and wants nothing more than to forget her past. The last thing she needs is the sexy, brooding bartender, Flynn. Flynn pushes all her buttons and reminds Sierra of how good it is to live. Sierra can’t afford to let her guard down, but Flynn doesn’t make it easy for her. Soon, Sierra will see that behind this bad boy exterior is a man with a heart of gold. The chemistry between Flynn and Sierra is intense and impossible to ignore. Will these two give in to the passion that is between them? Or will their secrets and pasts catch up to them and ruin everything?? There’s only one way to find out…. Never Been Good is my first book by this author and it definitely won’t be my last. Never Been Good is the perfect book to curl up with and just spend the day getting lost in. It’s the perfect mix of sexy and sweet with a bit of suspense too. The characters are intriguing and have excellent chemistry. They pull you into the story immediately and make you want to learn more about them. I loved getting to know Flynn and Sierra. They were so similar and I think that is part of what made them work so well together. They had secrets and had told so many lies to protect their pasts. They were both hesitant to get involved with someone, but recognized that their connection was too strong to ignore. I really enjoyed seeing their story come together and found myself rooting for these two to find their happily ever after. Overall, I thought this book was an enjoyable read. From secrets and lies to sexy and sweet with a little drama in between, this book has a little something for everyone. As I previously stated, this is my first book by this author and I’m looking forward to checking out more from her in the future.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Flynn and Sierra's story--they're both characters it's easy to sympathize with and root for. Both are keeping pretty major secrets, and neither of them are 100% at fault for the reasons behind those secrets, which makes them even more sympathetic. Both are also struggling to find their places in the new world they've immersed themselves into, and watching them figure out "what to do when they grow up" is almost as fun as watching them grow into a relationship. Flynn is all kinds of grumpy and growly at the book's start and watching him go from that to the much lighter and happier person that Sierra helps him to be is wonderful (not to mention doubly appreciated by his brothers...) Somehow I missed the first book in this series (no worries, I'm on the library's waiting list now) but that didn't stop me from enjoying book two...it just stopped me from knowing the details behind Rafe and Mollie's getting together. All that we need to know about the "bad boys" going into WITSEC we are told (again, I'm guessing, for those who have read Bad for Her --but it's brief, just the details we need to continue) here, so no worries. The set-up for Kellan's book ( Got It Bad ) is absolutely delicious, and I cannot wait to see where he's been disappearing to all the time. Not to mention we're sure to get plenty of glimpses of Flynn and Sierra and Rafe and Mollie, given how close all three brothers are. How soon is September? ;) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Flynn and Sierra's story--they're both characters it's easy to sympathize with and root for. Both are keeping pretty major secrets, and neither of them are 100% at fault for the reasons behind those secrets, which makes them even more sympathetic. Both are also struggling to find their places in the new world they've immersed themselves into, and watching them figure out "what to do when they grow up" is almost as fun as watching them grow into a relationship. Flynn is all kinds of grumpy and growly at the book's start and watching him go from that to the much lighter and happier person that Sierra helps him to be is wonderful (not to mention doubly appreciated by his brothers...) Somehow I missed the first book in this series (no worries, I'm on the library's waiting list now) but that didn't stop me from enjoying book two...it just stopped me from knowing the details behind Rafe and Mollie's getting together. All that we need to know about the "bad boys" going into WITSEC we are told (again, I'm guessing, for those who have read Bad for Her --but it's brief, just the details we need to continue) here, so no worries. The set-up for Kellan's book ( Got It Bad ) is absolutely delicious, and I cannot wait to see where he's been disappearing to all the time. Not to mention we're sure to get plenty of glimpses of Flynn and Sierra and Rafe and Mollie, given how close all three brothers are. How soon is September? ;) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
gillek2 More than 1 year ago
Flynn and his brothers used to work with the Chicago mob even if they weren’t part of it until they were considered expendable. Having to choose between jail or witness protection they agreed to turn against the mob and now he’s stuck as a bartender in a small town with no way out. Sierra has her own past she is running from after she realized what the person that she was closest to was capable of. She had to give up her schooling and her dreams for her future and is a waitress at the same bar as Flynn. They both know that they can’t afford to make any personal connections as it will not only draw attention to them but it could also bring danger to everyone around them. They are both very attracted to each other and it is only a matter of time before the chemistry between them explodes but will they be able to stay ahead of the threats from their pasts? I really liked these two characters together. The chemistry between them was intense, the banter humorous and they had more in common than they even realized. The secondary characters add an extra depth to the story and the relationship between the brothers is exactly how siblings are. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Danger and deception pave the way towards happily ever after! With the second book in the Bad Boys Gone Good series, we get to indulge in watching Flynn let down his defenses and fall in love. This series is a lot of fun to read. The brothers are really nice guys considering they were former mobsters, so it’s fun to see them get their girls. Can’t wait for Kellan’s story! Flynn Maguire is mad at the world. He’s spent months trying to adjust to this new life in witness protection with his brothers after a lifetime of looking the other way for the mob, and nothing feels right. He carries the weight of the world around on his shoulders with the guilt that he feels about his brother’s losing their freedom. The only thing that can sooth his savage beast is a quiet, gorgeous creature who calms his soul like no other. Sierra Williams is on the run, and she doesn’t know if she should let her guard down and build this new life or if she’s just going to have to pick up at the drop of a hat and run again. She’s been pretty good at keeping to herself and not getting attached, but when Flynn steps into her personal space one day, she finds she can’t resist getting to know him … or as much as either of them can get to know each other without revealing their secret lives!
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
This was a great story! It is book 2 of a 3 book series, and I've really enjoyed these brothers and their awesome family connection. Flynn Maguire used to have a different name. He also used to be in the Chicago Irish mob. Well, sort of. He ran their legitimate construction business, and kept himself out of trouble to keep it running smoothly. But when the boss chooses him as the fall guy for a crime, his older brother Rafe (the boss' right hand man) decides to turn evidence and put all 3 brothers, including their youngest brother Kellan who is totally innocent, into witness protection. Flynn agreed it was the right call, as he had no interest in going to jail, especially for something he didn't do. But, it's been a lot harder adjustment than he anticipated. He's mad at his brother, at the world, but mostly at himself. He's been in a crap mood for months, and he's worried he'll never snap himself out of it. Then, a shy, pretty waitress at the bar where he works takes him by surprise. Sierra is on the run from a criminal ex-boyfriend, and an art counterfeiting ring she never wanted to be a part of. She's an amazing artist, but she had to drop out of her master's program at the art institute and go on the run, when she witnessed a crime committed by her ex. She's found herself in the small seaside Oregon town, and she's waiting tables at the local bar. She of course notices the hot bartender, Flynn, but assumes he's way out of her league. Not to mention that she's trying to keep a low profile so no one finds out her secrets. She really likes this small town, and the people she's found there, and she doesn't want to give them up if she can help it. Flynn and Sierra have great chemistry from the start. They're both hesitant to start anything, as they are both lying about who they are, and they know it'll be harder to keep up if they get close to someone. But, eventually, neither of them can resist. I really loved their fun banter, and how in sync they were with each other from the beginning. They both had their secrets, and strong reasons for keeping them, but they really started to see how they could trust each other, and I appreciated how they took their time with everything. All of the kooky side characters in this small town are highly entertaining, and I love each of them. The owner of the local coffee shop/marijuana dispensary is a total hoot, the grumpy retired Marine who acts as a neighborhood watch of sorts is a delight, and the bar owner with the heart of gold is such a lovable brute. I enjoy all their interactions with each other and with the brothers. In the 2 books so far, what I really love the most is the strong bond between the 3 brothers. Even when things are hard, and terrible, they have stuck together through it all, and I love their relationship. They always have each others backs, and I am so looking forward to the time when all 3 of them are truly happy in their new situation, all at the same time. I'm really anticipating the final book, and seeing more of Kellan's obvious connection to their U.S. Marshals handler, Delaney. Kellan's really the only true innocent of the 3 brothers, and funny enough, he'll be the only one who can be honest from the start with his heroine, so it'll be a whole different dynamic. I can't wait to read it.