Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder... Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.
Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.
Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer—dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer—is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “ dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.
But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all...and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.
Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses...and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.
Each book in the Suttonville Sentinels series is STANDALONE:
* The Bad Boy Bargain
* Swinging at Love
* The Perfectly Imperfect Match
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The Bad Boy Bargain
By Kendra C. Highley, Heather Howland
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Badass, troublemaker, girl magnet — familiar words always followed Kyle from his locker to his senior English classroom. Or from the cafeteria to the parking lot. Or from the locker room to the baseball field. Anywhere he went, the whispers followed.
Today, it went something like, "Ooh, I know who we should vote most likely to drop out before graduation," as he walked by. Or, "I heard he banged two girls at once at North Texas last weekend. College girls, man!" Or, "Dude, I heard MLB scouts are coming to the games to watch him play."
He wished that last one were true.
Kyle zipped his hoodie up tighter, acting like he couldn't hear a word. The dark red hoodie and a pair of headphones were pretty thin armor, even if he did encourage the stories ... the lies. Suttonville High was a big enough maze of suck without letting the truth out.
And no way, no how, was he showing any sort of weakness ever again.
"Dude! Wait up!" a guy called.
For a second, Kyle stiffened. Old habits died hard. But he recognized the voice and let his shoulders relax. Cade Adams, unlike the hundreds of rich, snobby kids crowding the halls, was worth waiting for. He slowed his stride until Cade caught up, looking disheveled. For an amused moment, he wondered if Cade was running from a pack of zombified football players, then he noticed the pleading look on Cade's face. The same one he'd ignored from a half dozen other guys.
He shook his head. "Nope, still not going."
"It's supposed to be a great party," Cade said, running a hand over his hair to coerce it back into shape. It was a little too long, and curls kept springing up on his head. "First night of spring break, man. All the seniors are going."
"Everyone except me," Kyle said, quickening his pace.
"Come on," Cade pleaded. "I need to be your wingman. Just once. Your leftovers would be a feast to us mere mortals."
That's what half the baseball team said, too. But if he let someone be his wingman, they'd find out really quick that he wasn't what everyone assumed. "Sorry, not my scene."
"Fine. Okay, I get it." Cade's crooked smile didn't do much to hide his disappointment. "Just ... think about it."
He strode off, breezing through the hall filled with students in designer clothes as if his Iron Man T-shirt, wild hair, and faded jeans didn't matter to him. And it didn't — at some point last fall, Cade had become cool. Either that, or he'd stopped caring what any of them thought.
Kyle stalked to chemistry, praying he'd pass today's test. Being dyslexic turned the periodic table into a medieval torture device, even if his teacher was good about giving him tutoring on the down low. He couldn't let anyone know he actually cared about his grades, aside from passing to play baseball.
"I heard he's going out with some girl at Texas Woman's," a girl whispered to another as he walked in, as if he couldn't hear them.
"Wish I knew for sure if anyone here has a chance," said the other girl, a pretty senior who had a reputation of being a man-eater. "Because I'd ride that pony all over town."
Kyle's ears flamed up. To hide his discomfort, he rolled his neck, getting a little satisfaction out of the wary stares after the vertebrae cracked. That's right, the scary kid just cracked his back. You puny humans shouldn't try that at home.
The bell rang and he sank into his desk, adopting his typical pose of "I'm only here because the truant officer made me show up today" with his legs stretched out in the aisle. Mrs. Moody, the chem teacher, rolled her eyes. She saw right through him. And if she could, how much longer would it be before everyone else did?
During the test — in which chemical compounds morphed into ancient Hebrew right before his eyes — he couldn't shake the conversation with Cade. He felt bad about letting the guy down, especially since he hadn't been much of a friend the last few years, but he hated those parties because of the baggage that rode on them. Namely, his reputation.
Because who at Suttonville would believe that the resident delinquent, skateboard-riding, drag-racing, smart-mouthed chick magnet Kyle Sawyer was actually none of those things?CHAPTER 2
"Faith Gladwell?" The school secretary's voice was bored. "Your mother left you a package."
Faith sighed in relief. She hadn't meant to leave her ballet shoes at home, but she'd nearly been late for first period, and a tardy on her record was worse than the shame of calling for help.
She took her dance bag from the secretary and flashed her a big smile. "You made my morning."
Like magic, the secretary smiled back. "Glad to help."
That was thing most people missed about life — being nice actually worked. And with a name like Faith Gladwell, people expected nice. They wanted an angel with a sweet smile and bubbly attitude, and she was happy to oblige. Most of the time, anyway.
But it was getting harder. Wings were heavy and really hard to keep from dragging on the ground. Especially when you dated one of the most popular guys in school — and you weren't sure you wanted to be with him anymore.
She hurried to the drama room, dodging past other students as if it were all a dance. Everything was a dance to her, especially now with her big break on the horizon. The musical was in two weeks, and they'd be starting dress rehearsals soon. After Mr. Fisk had learned she was classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop, he'd insisted she try out for the lead in Oklahoma!
"You're a triple threat, dear," he said in his drawling theater voice. "We knew you could sing, and you can certainly act ... but you can dance? Well, between all that and your girl-next-door demeanor, and you're perfect for Laurey. I can just see you pirouetting in the dream sequence. Perfect!" He'd snapped his fingers and strode off, shouting for the costume designers to come take her measurements, not even waiting for tryouts to be finished.
The lead ... she still couldn't believe Mr. Fist had picked her. Mom was thrilled. Dad had taken to singing "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" at random intervals. Even her older sisters had called home to say congrats.
Cameron, though, had frowned and asked how much time the rehearsals would take up. "Will I be able to see you?" he'd asked. "Or will the musical take up all your time?"
Some people would call that sweet. Faith called it "smothering slowly," especially since she knew he wasn't really missing her, but a warm body to coo at his football stories and let him stick his hand up her shirt. She'd almost told him, nicely, that he could keep himself perfectly good company, given what he really wanted out of her.
So much for nice.
She hummed as she skipped through the halls. Getting the lead in the school musical was one more box checked for her high school bucket list. Only two marks left:
Get accepted to NYU's musical theater program.
Have sex with a guy she loved.
Her mother would need smelling salts if she ever peeked in Faith's diary, but what she didn't know wouldn't give her a stroke. Dad? Well, he'd lock her up and go shopping for chastity belts.
Faith snorted. That image was way too easy to conjure up. Dad probably knew someone who made chastity belts. He hadn't even let her get into a car with a boy alone until she was sixteen. S-E-X wasn't spoken of.
Faith slowed in front of the drama room, feeling a little pang catch her heart. Her family loved her. They loved her dreams, her dramatic streak, and even her feet, ugly from years of dance. Still, she knew they worried about her. The baby. The one most likely to turn out wild.
And they hated Cameron.
Funny thing was, she was starting to see why. Every time they went out now, his hands got a little more aggressive, and he couldn't understand why she was reluctant to go past second base after dating for six months.
She didn't have the heart to tell him it was because she was waiting until she really fell in love ... and that she didn't love him.
God, that was going to be a horrific conversation, wasn't it?
"Faith! Wait up, you long-legged gazelle!" Violet Moore dashed after her, cursing the fact — loudly — that she was five three and friends with a girl who was five nine. "George Washington on a pogo stick, you walk fast."
She chuckled. Violet's ponytail was coming lose from its elastic and her face was red. "How long have you been trying to catch me?"
"Since you left the office!" Her best friend paused to suck down air. "I wanted to make sure you can still meet after school to get ready for the party."
"Yep. I'll be there at three thirty."
"Good, because I'm seeing my hair stylist at five."
Faith's eyes widened. "You're really going to do it?"
Violet swung her ponytail. "Hell yassss. Tell your mom we'll send her the hair for the foundation."
"Sweet!" Faith grinned. "I can't wait to see you with short hair. It'll match your height."
"Aw, shut up, Amazon." But she smiled. The smile faded fast, though. "Great. Asshat at eleven o'clock."
"Yeah. I'm going to blaze before I say something that'll land me in jail." Violet gave her arm a squeeze. "You need to turf him. And soon."
"I know." She sighed and turned. Cameron was muscling his way past a group of freshmen to get to her. "I'll ... I'll do it after the party."
"Good girl. Later!"
Violet left a vapor trail, racing away before Cameron reached Faith. "Why'd she run off?"
"Class." Faith hid a cringe. "She was asking me to help set up for the party."
"Getting the weekend started right!" he crowed, throwing a possessive arm across her shoulders and pulling her against his side. "You'll be ready at eight, right?"
"Yeah." Her heart sank. "I'll be ready."CHAPTER 3
The ball came hurtling down in a perfect arc toward left field. Tristan yelled that he had it, but Kyle waved him off, running hard and laying himself out flat to catch it. The front of his body slammed into the grass and slid, but he cupped his mitt around the ball. "Got it!"
"Sawyer, save the diving catches for games, okay?" Coach Swanson yelled. "That goes for you, too, Murrell! That ball was Sawyer's, and I don't need any heroes on the practice field!"
Tristan rolled his eyes, grinning as Kyle peeled himself off the turf. "Nice grass stains."
Kyle looked down. The front of his practice jersey was one big swipe of green. Just the way he liked it. "You know me. Not happy unless I'm filthy."
"That's what all the girls tell me!" Tristan called as he drifted back to his spot about sixty yards away.
Kyle pretended to brush dirt off his knees to hide his flush. "What's your mom say?"
"Bastard!" But Tristan's tone was cheerful. "What, you gonna marry that ball, or throw it?"
Kyle stood, noticing their pitcher was waving at him. Kyle wound back and threw it past his cutoff man at shortstop, straight into the pitcher's waiting mitt. The shortstop tossed up his hands. "Dude, I'm right here. Stop throwing past me!"
"Batting practice!" Coach shouted, and the assistants herded them all to the dugout. "Sawyer, you first, since you seem to have some pent-up energy."
Tristan opened his mouth to make some other smart-ass remark, but Kyle grabbed his bat and headed to the batter's box before he could say anything. Sure, he had a rep to protect, but it got old, listening to all of them talk about his "love life" as if it were a legend in the making. It made his insides squirm, knowing how hard they'd laugh if they knew it was just that: an urban legend.
He swung his bat a few times, then stood ready, waiting for the pitch. A slider, a little high. Kyle let it go by. "Ball!"
"Oh, shut up, Sawyer."
When the pitcher wound up again, Kyle knew it would be a fastball, probably low, but not too low to swing at. The ball came flying toward him, and Kyle swung with full power.
Crack! God, how he loved that sound. The ball sailed over the pitcher's head, and it had good distance. It flew over the fence, and the guys on the bench groaned.
"Home run," Coach said. "Dennings, throw him a changeup. That fastball was a grapefruit, kid."
Kyle stepped back into the batter's box, waggling the bat a bit. Knowing it was a changeup didn't help. He had to see it, understand the trajectory, before he could decide to swing.
The guy wound up, then threw. Kyle saw it go wide and turned his body. The ball smacked into his hip, sending a bolt of numbness down his leg.
"Sorry," Dennings said. The sheepish expression on his face was more than enough to let Kyle know it wasn't on purpose.
Coach let Kyle take a seat after that, sending a sacrificial freshman up for a turn. Tristan turned to him as soon as he sat down. "You going to Vi's party tonight?"
Kyle shook his head. "Other plans, man."
"Please tell me it involves a couple of college girls and a pillow fight."
"I don't talk." He raised an eyebrow at Tristan. "I like to give you guys something to wonder about."
"Must be something good." Tristan heaved a sigh. "Wish I could come with."
Kyle snorted. His date was with a lawn mower. He doubted Tristan would find that exciting. "Sorry ... this is a one-man job."
And, for as long as he could keep the con running, that's all it would ever be.
The sound of a lawn mower wasn't a song of boring chores. No, it was his future. Kyle smiled as Avenged Sevenfold blared through his earbuds, barely drowning out the Toro's motor. He loved spring ... and he loved the work that came with it. He might not get the periodic table, but he could turn someone's lawn into a green carpet of awesome.
His dad called it a gift. Kyle couldn't disagree. He understood plants better than people sometimes, and definitely more than words that rearranged themselves on the page without warning. If anyone at school figured out his love of gardening, though, he'd never hear the end of it. That's why he drove the black Charger his grandpa had given him for his seventeenth birthday to school, and why his beloved Toyota pickup with ninety thousand miles on it stayed hidden inside their six-car garage so their snobby neighbors wouldn't complain.
He laughed as he made a turn around the Denkhoffs' lawn. They had great grass, and a big-ass yard surrounding their big-ass house. He could charge thirty bucks to mow it and Mrs. Denkhoff didn't even bat an eyelash. None of his customers did, not when they found out he could work a form of alchemy that resulted in "best lawn in the neighborhood" awards and the envy of their neighbors.
The air had a little bite to it, but he could tell it would warm up fast this week. March was always like that in North Texas. Some years it was fifty degrees and raining. Some years it was ninety degrees and humid as hell. From the blue sky above, Kyle knew the weekend would be gorgeous, probably low eighties and sunny.
He had pushed the mower around the bend at the side of the house when the lady next door waved at him. She looked vaguely familiar ... wait — she was the woman in those TV ads about the children's cancer center. That's right — she ran the Gladwell Foundation. Dad was a fan and donated money to it every year.
He powered down the mower and took out his earbuds. "Did you call me, ma'am?"
"Are you Kyle?" she asked, breathless.
She stood atop the retaining wall between the yards, making him crane his neck to look up at her. God, he hadn't broken one of their sprinkler heads or something, had he? "Yes, ma'am?"
"Thank goodness. Sherry tells me you're good with yards. I'm having a benefit tea in my backyard in a month, and we have some serious problems with our grass back there. Well, that's not true. We have serious problems with everything back there." She smiled. "I'm Michelle Gladwell, by the way. I think you go to school with my daughter? Faith?"
If he did, he didn't know her. There were seven hundred students in his senior class. Kyle shrugged. "Yeah, I guess we do."
"So, would you have time to take a look? At the grass I mean?"
He barely choked back a laugh. What, was she worried he thought she meant Faith? Sorry, lady, your daughter's virtue is safe with me. "Is tomorrow morning okay? It's already getting dark, but I have plenty of time to get started this weekend."
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This book was EXACTLY what I needed. After hitting a bit of a slump, I decided to pick this one up and I just adored it. It was cute, sweet, AND fun. Not to mention, it handled some topics that fit the age range perfectly. I like when young adult tackles issues teens actually face. This one dealt with so many: image, bullying, sex, identity, relationships... and yet this wasn't an overly angsty book. I really liked Kyle, even though he could be a little infuriating with his running hot and cold on Faith. We see his reasons why and while I understood it, I wish he had decided to talk to her earlier. She never gave him the impression she wouldn't understand or would hate him for keeping that secret from her. Still, I did like how he was with her and how respectful and sweet he was. Faith was a sweet girl too and my heart ached for what she was going through with her jerk of an ex-boyfriend. I really like how relevant the author was with the social media aspects too. Family played a big role in this book, which was nice to see. I liked both Faith and Kyle's families a lot. They were very different, but they were a good support system for both teens and I like that it was highlighted. Overall, while this wasn't anything new in terms of storyline and it was predictable, I thought it was executed well and I was engaged the entire way through. A very enjoyable read.
As I mentioned above, I found this book through Entangled Publishing, and I love their books and stories, so I’m always scoping out what’s next on the release. The cover caught my eye first, and once I read the description it was game over. I wanted to read this. You see, I have a soft spot for bad boys and naturally, I love romance so The Bad Boy Bargain was right up my alley. Disclosure: I’m actually pretty tough on romance novels because I feel like romance has a lot of stupid clichés and more often than not, I end up disappointed or annoyed at how lame the plot or dialogue was. But let me be clear. There was zero disappointment here. I LOVE LOVE LOVED THE BAD BOY BARGAIN. Here’s what I loved about it: The Build-up: Kendra, the author, does a fantastic job building the world that we meet. We meet the main characters without info-dumping and it’s fantastic being able to see the world through their eyes via the third person perspective. The Romance: There is nothing I love more than sexual tension. Ms. Highley does a fantastic job creating this tension, building this tension, until as readers we’re ripe with anticipation over what on earth is going to happen between Kyle and Faith. Sweetness: This book kind of reminded me of A Walk to Remember (the movie and the book). In both the book and the movie (though they were different in many ways) at the essence of the story, was a sweet, true love. Kyle kind of reminded me of Landon and Faith reminded me of Jamie. They both have problems and flaws, but they find comfort, love, and belonging in each other and the journey to being together. It’s the kind of love that you can’t help but cheer for and scream from the rooftops about when they finally kiss. Sass sass sass: I really loved Faith because she wasn’t meek and mild. She was strong, ballsy, and I appreciated how she carried herself. There were a few times when she had these clutch one liners, “…I like kissing a lot, too…” (don’t worry, you’ll get it when you read it) and I wanted to be there, high-fiving her for putting herself out there like that. Happily Ever After: I love a good dose of happily ever after and this one has that and more. There’s nothing more satisfying than closing a book (or in this instance, turning the digital page) with a smile on my face when it’s all over. I really enjoyed the ride and I felt happy and giddy when I tried to imagine what their future will hold. And really, I think that’s the key here. I cared enough about these characters at the end to not stop their story there. I thought about their future, their history, long after I turned my e-reader off. Thank you Ms. Highley for the fun adventure and sweet read! I can’t wait to check out your other books! If you’re looking for a sweet, fun romance to read, look no further. Pick up a copy of The Bad Boy Bargain!
Sweet young love story
Okay, so this book is perfect for teenage romantics. It was a bit too predictable for me, but like I said..great for teenagers! This books was fun and easy to read and it wasn’t too emotional and makes for a fun, light read involving high school crushes. * I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Netgalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.*
“The Bad Boy Bargain” is a cute and easy read. It can be read in a sitting or two and won’t require a lot of effort on the part of the reader. I wish there were half stars, because I could give it a 3 1/2, but not a four. Good choice for those who enjoy light and fluffy romances. This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* This was a good book with quite an original idea although the plot did seem to drag on a bit in places. The characters themselves were interesting and the idea that how people may perceive us is different to our true selves was quite accurate. This could indeed be a metaphor for most teenagers especially during high school when everyone is trying to get in with the 'cool kids' and avoid being picked on. Overall, this was an enjoyable read if slow at times.
Kyle was rumored to be a troublemaker, thief and girl magnate especially older ones in college when he was a senior in HS and played baseball. Cade was Kyle’s good friend and wanted kyle to go to a party that cade was going to. Kyle was also dyslexic though few knew. Faith dated one of the most popular guys at school- Cameron but Faith wasn’t sure she really wanted to be with Cameron anymore.Also rehearsals for Oklahoma started in two weeks and Cameron wanted all Faith’s time. Cameron was not happy when Faith got the lead female part. Cameron and Faith had been dating for six months but Cameron was not happy faith would not sleep with him. Violet was Faith’s best friend. Kyle had a love for gardening but also kept that hidden but Kyle made money even though his family was well to do but believed he should work for the things he wanted and he did. Faith and Cameron went to the party Cade had asked Kyle to go to. Cameron had asked Faith what wa sup then took off on her , then Faith caught Cameron in bed naked with Holly. Faith then broke it off with Cameron Kyle had only been three when his grandma and mom died in a car accident so he really didn’t know much about females. Kyle lived with his dad and grandpa. Faith finds out Cameron is trashing her and said he dumped her because she was an ice queen. Faith decides she needs to be with Kyle with his bad boy womanizer image. Then Faith finds out Kyle is working on their lawn in the back yard to redo it for an important luncheon. Also cameron’s lies would be questioned if Faith turned up with Kyle. Kyle agrees to Faith’s idea as it was Cameron and his friends who made life hell for Kyle in middle school. \This was a good read and i did enjoy it. It was predictable but that didn’t take away from the story at all as there were a lot of little twists in the story. I liked how Faith seemed to sense the rumors about Kyle just weren’t true and that wasn’t who Kyle really was. I also liked how Kyle showed Faith who he really was. Kyle didn’t want Faith hurt by the lies that he had told. Yet when Cade came to him and told him faith needed him he went to her. I liked the plot and liked the characters a lot. I liked the ins and out of this story and I recommend.
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.) “Because this didn’t feel like just messing around. This felt too big for just a quick hookup.” This was a sweet YA contemporary romance about a bad boy and a ballerina. I really liked Faith and I felt really sorry for her having such a mean boyfriend. The way he treated her was totally unacceptable, and I was pleased when she dumped him. Kyle was also a sweetheart, although I still don’t understand where he got his bad-boy rep from. The storyline in this was about Faith asking Kyle to pretend to be her boyfriend to stop the rumours that he ex had spread about her being frigid, but slowly things changed and Faith and Kyle both realised that they were falling for one another. This was a really sweet contemporary romance story, and I really liked the chemistry between Faith and Kyle. The ending to this was good, and I was satisfied with the way things ended. 8 out of 10
I'm a sucker for the revenge/bargain plot line and this one sounded adorable. I loved Faith and Kyle. They're both such good people and I really enjoyed being in their heads. I loved that she was obsessed with his arms and he was obsessed with her legs. Every time it was mentioned, I couldn't stop grinning. Oh, I have to say, Faith's BFF, Violet, stole every scene she was in and I would happily read her story. Bonus points for present and positive parents. Sure, things were a bit predictable, but I was so wrapped up in these characters, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I was a bit disappointed at the seemingly abrupt ending, but the epilogue was fairly satisfying. Overall, it was a quick and cute read. I'll definitely be checking out future works from this author. **Huge thanks to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**
Ohh, you guys, I was so happy to be able to get an ARC of this book! I've had my eye on it for a while. A bad boy, a good girl, and a pretend relationship? Yes, please, sign me up for that. I'm a sucker for the fake relationship trope, especially with a bad boy. This book didn't exactly deliver all of that but I did still enjoy reading it. So, once I started reading this book, I realized it wasn't exactly what I had been expecting. It was much more . . . wholesome than I originally thought it would be. Now, that's definitely not a bad thing - I actually really enjoyed the sweetness of the story! It was all very cute. Like I said though, it just wasn't quite what I expected. I thought I was going to be reading a different story than the one I actually did. The main things that made this book so different than what I expected and so wholesome were the main characters. They were just so sweet the whole time! I was really expecting for the main guy, Kyle, to at least be a bit more bad than he actually was, since he's described as a bad boy. While I can't say much without giving the story line away, I will say he just wasn't what he seemed. Still a cool character, just not the one I thought I'd be meeting. The overall story line was good! I had a lot of fun hearing about the pretend relationship Faith and Kyle made up and reading about everything that came up after it, especially the real relationship that started to develop. It did kind of drag at about the 60% mark until about 85% but before and after that, I was just flying through the pages. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot but probably would have enjoyed it more had the title not misled me a bit. I went into it thinking it was going to be a different story than it actually was. Still, I had a good time reading about all the cuteness of this novel! I'm excited to check out the other works this author has written.
Words that describes this book: Cute, Adorable, Fast-read, Twist and Cliche So we have this "bad boy" and good girl romance, that's incredible sweet. It's a fast read with a little bit of a twist but still a cliche. I love to read this kind of stories in those days where I just need something light, nothing big with a complicated plot, nothing to extravagant. Kyle our bad boy it's not so bad after all, he's the opposite. Faith is a good girl, that asks for Kyle's help after her ex-cheating boyfriend tries to ruin her reputation. At the end we have a HEA, which I love. The book is not perfect, I had some eye-rolling, want-to-shake-you-and-make-you-react moments, at sometime I felt like the plot was dragging a little bit, BUT overall it was a good book. Unless you're looking for a fast, sweet, and with a HEA book, don't pick up this book because you probably won't like it. If you are looking for those things give this book a try. ****I reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Entangled Teen Publishing via NetGalley. This in no way affect my review, my thoughts are completely mine***
If you've read almost any of my other reviews, you'll know that I am a complete sucker for sexy, sweet and vulnerable "nice guys," so I suppose it's no real surprise that: I. Loved. Kyle. He is awkward and sweet and passionate. He was such a wonderful "nice guy" hero. Faith was also great and I liked their chemistry and the adorable ways they got to know one another. The fact that this was "fake dating" with little actual fake dating and their issues weren't predominantly a lot of confusion over how real their feelings were was refreshing (much as I AM a fan of that trope!). If you go into this expecting a story about a "bad boy," you'll be surprised that this isn't the story of an actual bad boy, but more of a story about misconceptions and how those can affect us. Everyone somehow believes that Kyle, despite the fact that he is so obviously NICE, is a delinquent womanizer, all thanks to too many people who enjoy gossip too much. Faith is also eventually affected by the rumor mill, which is the catalyst for her "bargain" with the resident "bad boy." Ironically, these two are actually both more the opposite of what the rumors have declared them. This story is such a feel-good YA Romance and I gobbled it up at lightning speed, enjoying all of its charm and adorableness. I received an ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This is no way influenced my review. My opinion is my own.
The Bad Boy Bargain is such a delightfully charming read! Faith and Kyle are really so endearing, I adored them both. Faith is the quintessential high school "it" girl- she's friendly, popular, outgoing. Kyle has worked hard to keep up his image as the high school bad boy...even if it's not who he really is. For all their perceived differences these 2 have more in common than they think. This was such a sweet story, one that encompasses many of the trials and tribulations we've all faced in high school: peer pressure; bullying; pretending to be someone you're not. Faith's dealing with a jerk of an ex when she enlists Kyle's help to change her image. Turns out Kyle has some deep-rooted feelings about her ex as well, and he doesn't hesitate to jump on board to help. To say they both get much more out of their bargain than either one expected is an understatement, and it made for some very heartfelt and real situations. I really enjoyed The Bad Boy Bargain. It's funny and genuine. Kyle and Faith are lovable, their families loving and caring. Everything about this book just gave me the warm fuzzies, like I was bundled up in a blanket on a cold winter's day. Although I'm well over the age this story is geared towards I loved it.
The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley.....I love a good revenge storyline with sweetness, fun and this story delivered. Kyle and Faith are very likeable and relatable. These two both want revenge on Cameron he cheated on Faith and was extremely mean, know as a bully in Kyle's younger years. This is a perfect book to let you escape reality for a couple of hours. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy from publisher via NetGalley.
Sometimes, you just need a cute romance that's light on the drama, but has just enough oomf to keep you reading. The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley had all that and more. Faith Gladwell is the consummate "good girl." She makes good grades. She's in ballet. Has a popular boyfriend, Cameron. Or she did, before finding out he was a cheater. Now, with him telling the school she’s cold as a fish, she is ready to fight back. Enter Kyle Sawyer. He’s a bad boy player who skateboards and drag races. If only the reputation was true. But Kyle has a bone to pick himself with Cameron so he agrees to Faith’s proposal: pretend to be her bad boy boyfriend. As they get closer however, Faith realizes Kyle isn’t who he pretends to be. I really wanted a sweet romance, and I am happy to say I got more than I bargained for. Faith is such a sweetheart, but she is also so bold. She was the one who made the moves on Kyle, the one who ended up having more experience, and this led to some great moments! Kyle has his own lawn company, and he is working on Faith’s backyard when they meet. No one knows this about Kyle, that he has such a talent for plants. He keeps it hidden, and the reason for it is so heartbreaking and so important in today’s world. But for all his sweet ways (and his inexperience with girls) he is more than up for the challenge in dealing with Faith. The boy knows how to flirt. These two really bring back the drama of high school, the demand to fit in, but also the bitter tones of first love and truly finding oneself. Faith needs someone that is into her - someone she can trust - and Kyle is that person. Just like Kyle needs someone to see him for him. The shy boy who only wanted to walk from the shadow of his past. He also knows Faith has an inner strength, recognizes it and desires it, and the tone was inherent in their interactions. That being said, there was a lot of talk of “the one,” and it was a mite overdone. It almost became cliche in some parts. However, the youthfulness was there, the hope, with the relevance of today’s youth that is so needed. I highly recommend this young adult read, and I dare you not to fall in love with these two.
5 Reasons to read The Bad Boy Bargain I love romances that start off as being “fake” and turn into something more. I was a big fan of how Kyle treated Faith. He tried to be the guy people think he is, but he just can’t. Seeing Faith realize she is worth more than the relationship she had is great. Seeing Kyle and Faith together is adorable. It’s that innocent crush we all experience at one time or another. Both Faith and Kyle have their own issues. Faith doesn’t want to seem like a prude after her ex was a jerk, but Kyle has his own secrets. I loved this book. It was sweet, funny, and everything first love should be.
"Received an advance reader copy for a fair review." Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley! Kyle keeps his distance from everyone and he enjoys the reputation that has been created about him, the playboy delinquent. Faith is in a relationship that she wants to end. She is ready to find love, not popularity. Faith walks in on her boyfriend, Cameron, cheating with another girl. Cameron then starts rumors about Faith and how cold and horrible she is. At this point, Faith decides to seek revenge. She strikes up a bargain with Kyle to get revenge on Cameron because it just so happens that Cameron and his friends bullied Kyle horribly in middle school. Kyle wants revenge just as badly as Faith does. The revenge doesn't work exactly as planned and a lot of things change for both Kyle and Faith. Family dynamics, personal secrets and vulnerable characters make this story endearing. 4 stars!
Thank you Netgalley for providing us with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Kendra Highley did such a good job with The Bad Boy Bargain!! It was so well put together, I could not put it down. The plot was well set up and just the book as a whole was fantastic. I loved how the characters were developed and how they were portrayed in the book. Everything about this was just absolutely extraordinary!! This lovely book had to deal with a girl named Faith who is dating the most popular guy in school who goes by the name Cameron. An incident causes them to break up and Faith, finally relieved after getting rid of Cameron ends up receiving some bad news. Cameron goes around spreading rumors and in order to keep her reputation, Faith must seek help from the town's 'Bad Boy' and Heartbreaker, Kyle Sawyer. They make a deal to keep both his and her's reputation but, will the plan uphold or will some feeling's get in the way? The characters were put together so well and just brought the book together so wonderfully! We have Faith, who is an elegant dancer and very shy as well. She faces these tough problems that we all wish we never have to face. She has the courage and braveness to face these problems and battle them head on which makes her an outstanding character and a great addition to the book. Next, we have Kyle Sawyer, the town's bad boy with quite the reputation. At first, I thought Kyle was going to have an attitude problem and was going to be hurting Faith's feelings a lot but he turned out to be a complete sweetheart and was very shy. These two characters were so wonderful and they made it impossible for me to put the book down!! Beautiful characters make a beautiful book!! Overall, this book was a huge success in the romance department for me and it definitely will be for you too. The characters were so beautiful and the plot was brilliant as well as the turn of events throughout the book. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a good romance book!! I give this book 5/5 stars without a doubt! Definitely, check it out. I give it a 5+/5 stars!
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC in exchange for a honest review from Netgalley.I really enjoyed reading this book,loved the characters and storyline.I will be reading more of her books in the future.
An awesome YA read that shows some of the pressures and issues that are live and real in high school. Faith is dealing with rumors being spread by an ex boyfriend and Kyle is dealing with self esteem issuing stemming from bullying he endured in middle school. Just so happens both are being caused by the same jerk. Faith and Kyle come up with a plan to get back at Cameron (her ex) by pretending to be a couple which will drive Cameron crazy. Kyle has slowly built a rep of the school bad boy. So maybe the rep isn't really who Kyle is but Cameron doesn't know that!! This was a fun read and very well done. I definitely recommend it.
This sweet, adorable romance ticked all the boxes for me. It was a quick, entertaining read that left me with so many good feels. I'll definitely be checking out more of this author's work in future. Faith has been trying to work up the courage to finish with her bf of six months, Cameron, but she's a nice girl and she doesn't want to hurt his feelings. When the cat is out of the bag, Cameron shows no such concern for her when he runs off with another girl straightaway and then starts spreading malicious rumors about her around school. Faith needs to put a stop to it and the solution magically appears in her backyard. Kyle has lived behind his manufactured rep for years and the strain of keeping up a facade is really getting to him. When Faith enters his world, for the very first time he's forced to confront the reality of his situation and he doesn't like the corner he's boxed himself into. As he grows closer to Faith, he begins to question everything about himself and the path he has chosen. Faith starts to fall for the sweet boy who is nothing like she expected. She quickly realizes something is amiss but it takes a bit of toing and froing before Kyle can summon up the courage to tell her who he really is. Gosh, I just loved this story in its entirety! Not only is it an entertaining well-written story with great characters and the appropriate amount of emotional depth but it is packed full of so many positive messages for teens. I loved how the author explored teen identity vs societal perception and how powerful the message was about being true to yourself. I also really adored Kyle's personality and how thoughtful he was when it came to winning Faith's heart. He was so respectful of her and he took the time to get to know her and find out the things she liked and took a real genuine interest in same. Not because he wanted to get her into bed but because he truly liked her and wanted to understand and support her. It was a different take on the hot bad-boy type and I really found that refreshing. The writing is great and the pacing is perfect. I genuinely can't find any fault with this book. I loved it so much I'm planning on purchasing a paperback copy for my 16-year-old son because I think it will be a great read for him. Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.