From the Wrong Side of the Tracks (A Bad Boys Book List)

Hello, my lovely and beautiful bookworms.

Not long ago I posted a book list for those readers out who may be craving the bad girl. Now I present to you a book list for those of you craving a bad boy. Let’s’ be honest. Every once in a while…okay a lot. We enjoy our dangerous and daring and rebellious and seducing bad boy, not because they’d hurt us, but because they’d reach out to our deepest desires to reach out of our comfort zone and tap into the wild parts of us. And every once in a while we wish we were just as bold. Maybe it’s just a fantasy, but fantasies are a beautiful thing and we need them from time to time get the hell out of our lives.

Below I present a list and you may know a few of these already, but nonetheless I have books that present all kinds of bad boys. Some are supernatural and some are just down right dirty. While others touch on that sweet part in our hearts.

Some of these have already been reviewed here, on my blog. So take a peek.

 

Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire

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Travis Maddox, world renowned ass-kicker. Okay, not world renowned, but renowned in the small college town of Eakins, Illinois. Known for his fights and one night stands, he doesn’t do relationships or any kind of attachment. At one of his fights, he sees Abby Abernathy and she’s not like the usual girl. Though she wears the good girl cardigans, there’s something about her that isn’t goody two shoes at all. Determined to know her, they make a bet he knows he’ll win: if she loses she stays with him in his apartment for a month and if he loses he doesn’t get to have sex for a month. This new friendship is put to the limits when it extends to something more that neither of them were expecting.

 

Paper Prince/Broken Prince
Author Erin Watt

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Reed Royal gets what he wants when he wants and rules don’t mean jack, but when his dad brings home a girl, Ella Harper, he’s stricken with odd feelings. It’s bad enough his dad is dating the gold-digger, Brooke, but now this? He isn’t sure if he likes Ella or hates her. Either way, his guard is up and he’ll be damned if it comes down. Like Brooke, he’s sure she’s here for Royal money. According to Dad, she’s here because of a promise. Whatever the case, Reed’ll do just about anything to see her gone, regardless of her being just as stubborn, sarcastic and feisty as him. That is, until she leaves and then he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back.

 

The Picture of Dorian Grey
Author: Oscar Wilde

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Young and narcissistic Dorian Gray is young forever thanks to a special painting of him. All of his years go into it and as long as he never looks at it he’ll be young forever. A heartbreaker to no end, he cares not for others’ lives, even those he drives to kill themselves. Guilt follows him everywhere though and he isn’t sure if he can escape it or the painting.

 

 

The Vampire Diaries
Author: L.J. Smith

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Two brothers, vampires, fall in love with the same girl. Elena Gilbert, who looks strikingly similar to Katherine, their maker and the first woman they both fell in love with long ago when they were human. Stefan Salvatore, the sweet and caring brother, can’t stay away from Elena and needs to know her. Damon Salvatore, the eldest brother, is bent on revenge and won’t let the look-alike stand in his way of that…until he falls in love with her too. Could she redeem his dark years of bloodshed and hatred?

 

Fifty Shades of Grey/Grey
Author: E.L. James

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Christian Grey, CEO, rich, handsome and secretive. Anastasia Steel walks in to do an interview of him and his walls begin to crumble right then. He invites her into his world, reluctantly, of BDSM, a way he’s learned to deal with his past. While Anastasia is curious and wants to be with him, she’s unsure how far she can go. Christian doesn’t mind guiding her. In fact, he thrives on breaking her. Then suddenly he begins to worry for the first time in his life that he could lose her. Can he change? Can he come to terms with his past for Ana?

 

A Walk to Remember
Author: Nicholas Sparks

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Enter, Landon Carter. Bad boy of the town, he never expected to fall in love with Jamie Sullivan, the town’s minister. They’re thrown together through a thread of events. She gets to him in a way that nobody else has. She expects great things out of him when everybody else sees him as a delinquent. After meeting her, life will never be the same and will guide him to decisions he never imagined before her.

 

Oblivion
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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In LUX: Obsidian we saw through Katy’s POV how it was to be around the sarcastic, annoying and dangerous Daemon Black, a Luxen. An alien. In Oblivion, discover the world from the day Katy moved into the house next door from Daemon’s POV and delve deeper into what makes him tick, which just happens to be her. He can’t help but get under her skin just as she does to him.

 

Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver

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Alex, a boy from the ‘Wilds’ falls in love with Lena. That’s not good since love is now considered a disease by the United States. But he doesn’t care. Breaking the rules of the dystopian society, he falls in love with her and doesn’t care if that means they’re infected. The government thinks otherwise.

 

 

Blood + Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klaus

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Vivian is young, wild and for the most part free, especially in her wolf skin under the sweet moon. Gabriel sees this and she knows he does. It disgusts her with the way he saunters about, acting like he’s the alpha when in fact he isn’t. Staring down badass bikers and any wolf that crosses his path, he likes it best when she’s around. There hasn’t been an alpha in a long time, since her father. When the time comes to choose one, can she stand behind someone so dangerous or will she stay with her safe, human, boyfriend who may be even more dangerous than him?

 

Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

A forbidden love. Nora Grey doesn’t go looking for it. Never has. Then comes Patch and something about him is off. After terrifying encounters and him knowing more about her than anyone, she isn’t so sure she wants to be around him anymore, no matter how drawn to him she is, especially after she discovers what he really is. A fallen angel. And though he’s in love with her, he’s there to kill her. Again, forbidden love. She didn’t go looking for it. Complicated and dangerous, it ran right smack into her.

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More to come soon…

K.

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Secrets Become You (Beautiful Oblivion – A Book Review)

Beautiful Oblivion
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: 2014

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You fell in love with Abby and Travis. Now meet Cami and Trent.

Independent and determined, Cami Camlin is a bartender at the local bar, the Red Door, by night and a student at college by day. After a cancelled trip to California to see her boyfriend, she runs into Trenton Maddox and he gives her that teasing grin. Just as tough and rowdy as the rest of his brothers, he works as a tattoo artist at Skin Deep. Cami’s done well in avoiding his flirtatious ways since grade school, but then he insists that they have to at least be friends. Harmless, right?

Yeah. Right.

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With her current relationship on the rocks and her family life in constant shambles because of her alcoholic father, and Trenton being kind and pretty perfect with always there for her, she begins to feel like the two of them aren’t just friends. And that isn’t so bad, but it is. She can’t fall in love with him and not just because he’s a Maddox.

Like all Maddox brothers, Trenton doesn’t take no for an answer and he’ll do just about anything to prove himself to Cami and show her that he’s better than her California boyfriend. But when he finds out her secret, she’s sure that he’ll never want to be with her.

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This is the first in the full-fledged series about the Maddox brothers and is attached to the Beautiful Disaster series. And like Beautiful Disaster, this book was a rollercoaster of secrets and falling in wild love that leaves your heart pounding. Personally, I loved the amount of stubbornness that Cami has and the loyalty she has to everybody she loves, including her troublesome brothers.

One of my favorite things that a book can do is exploring characters’ lives throughout the book instead of gaining all of it at once. Cami’s issues with her family that keeps her in constant avoidance of them, and the crippling guilt that keeps Trenton from allowing anyone else to drive with him in the car is what really pulled me in. Jamie McGuire did an amazing job with how realistic she made these issues and while to some people might not seem like it, all I can say is, if you have never been in any of these situations then you don’t understand.

I feel like Trenton’s issues weren’t explored enough, however. The picture was there, but unlike Cami, he never fully said what happened to him. It was just common knowledge to everyone in the book that he’d been in a car accident with a girl and he was blamed for it. I wanted to hear about it from him.

This book really pulled me in though. I can’t wait to read the next ones because I’m such a sucker for a crazy and steamy romance. But then there’s a big question isn’t there? Which Maddox brother do I choose? I’ll have to have that figured out by the end. Which one do you choose?

 

Quotables:

“I was pretty damn smart. Smart enough to have kept my distance from Trenton all these years. I’d seen him flirt, seduce, and evade since we were kids. There was absolutely no trick Trenton Maddox could play that I wouldn’t be ready for.” (Cami, p. 29)

“I wondered whether continuing  with something that seemed so futile was worth dragging my heart through the mud, and what it meant that he’d come all the way here to only see me for three minutes.” (Cami, p. 50)

“I was in trouble. Big, disastrous, Maddox trouble.” (Cami, p. 83)

“I froze for a moment, feeling like a cornered animal. He’d been giving me the third degree since the server set our dinner on the table, and I was becoming emotionally exhausted. Seeing him for the first time, and then being alone with my thought all day…it was too much. I was a runner without anywhere to go.” (Cami, p. 175)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Into Dust by Mazzy Star.

This is Not a Fairytale Romance (Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster – A Book Review)

Walking Disaster
Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: 2011

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltHalf bolt

 

In walks Abby Abernathy and she instantly makes it on to Travis Maddox’s radar, but that’s not why she came to college in a sleepy Illinois town and it’s certainly not where she wants to be…until it is. She loses a bet against the playboy and now has to live with him. The more time she spends around him, the harder it is to hold on to the good girl image she’s worked so hard to create for herself. It’s also harder to ignore the feelings that are growing for him. She knows she should resist them and tries time and time again. He’s brash and a jerk and possessive, but more so, he’s caring and thoughtful and protective. One can’t go wrong with a combination like that, but then it does go wrong when her past is brought to light.

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Travis “Mad Dog” Maddox comes from a family of all brothers where he’s always had to defend himself. Known around town for his amazing fighting skills, he spots Abby Abernathy at one of his fights and his world spins out of control. Nobody has ever had this effect on him, and it’s not like the usual “take it and forget it”. He has to know her because underneath this innocent exterior there’s some more, wild and daring. Trying to discover it, he finds himself doing a thing he didn’t think himself capable of. Falling in love. He’s scared though. Can she handle damaged goods like him?

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I couldn’t do separate reviews on these books because they’re two sides of the same coin. These books are the same story, but from different points of view. I love books that can manage something special like this. Being able to walk through the eyes of two people in one story is amazing. Both of them are so different and you can see the push and pull between Abby, getting away from her past, and Travis, not wanting to lose another person he loves again, so well. I couldn’t feel a single bit of repetitiveness that would lead them to feel like their identical.

These two books were wild and dangerous and so much fun to get lost in. Definitely a toe-curler. The love created between these two characters could start a wildfire. They show that such strong feelings aren’t easy and that’s how it is. Love isn’t easy. It makes you angry and scared and you’ll be wondering if you’re doing it right nearly every day. You may also feel like you belong in the psych ward, in one of those nice padded rooms. It’ll make you crazy. But that’s what’s great about it. Abby and Travis are crazy about each other and I’m crazy about them. One of my favorite ships. Because you aren’t losing your mind then what are you doing?!

I’ve only read three out of the Maddox Brothers series and I can’t wait to finish. I love a good, no, beautiful and complicated love story.

 

Quotables:

“Tell him that I’ll keep my promise. By this time tomorrow he won’t miss me.” (Beautiful Disaster, Abby to America, p. 178)

I saw the same peace in Travis’s eyes that I had witnessed handful of times. And it hit me that just like on the other nights, his content expression was a direct result of reassurance from me.” (Beautiful Disaster, Abby, p. 256)

I wasn’t stupid enough to hope, or strong enough to stop myself from feeling the way I did. Total eye-opener. Not so tough, after all. Not when it came to Abby.” (Walking Disaster, Travis, p.90)

Maybe it was just me. Maybe it was just me and her. Maybe together we were this volatile entity that would either implode or meld together. Either way, it seemed the moment I met her, my life has been turned upside down. And I didn’t want it any other way.” (Walking Disaster, Travis, p. 252)

 

P.S. Song of the day? Untouched by The Veronicas.