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Beach Read Alert: Once Upon a Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

It’s been awhile since I’ve read an honest to goodness Contemporary Romance. Kind of glad I did. I went into Once Upon a Bad Boy with fresh eyes and a heart that was willing to have another go at the genre. This is the perfect book to take with you to the beach, since summer is just around the corner.


Once Upon a Bad Boy

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Okay, let me start by saying that I just jumped into this series. It’s book #3 and while reading this book, I didn’t feel out of place at all. It’s such a cozy feeling reading about characters that have such great chemistry with each other. The friendships are where it’s at, let me say. Especially between our heroine, Sadie and one of her besties Ana. Ana is a hoot.

While talking about donuts and love lives:

“Delayed gratification only works up to a point.” Ana eyed her up and down pointedly. “Trust me, you don’t want to end up with a stale donut.”

and this:

“Ryan was grocery store cake. You don’t fall in love with grocery store cake.”



(Me thinks she’ll be eating those words later…) <—see what I did there? 😉 har har har.

Anyways, this is a second chance at love romance between Sadie and Bo. Childhood sweethearts that broke up and miraculously find their way back to each other. I liked the movie star aspect of this as well. Sadie is an aspiring actress who got a big role in a major film. Coming right out of the soap opera scene and kind of labeled a spoiled brat (which she’s anything but! I was kind of worried about that), Sadie wants to prove to herself and her audience that she has the acting chops. Bo finds his way back to her by being the stunt coordinator on set. So sparks fly (angry sparks on Sadie’s end), friendships are rebuilt, and the sizzling between the sheets happens. Major sizzling, I might add. In fact, I was kind of tired of it midway through the book. A big chunk of the story is dedicated to it. I wanted them to get back on track with filming the movie.

There are secrets being held in this story, a major secret that not even the reader is privy too until almost the very end of the book. Well, let me say that there was something Sadie wasn’t telling us (the reader and Bo), but her actual thoughts weren’t made clear until much further in the story. I actually liked that, because even then it still wasn’t brought out into the open until she told Bo. So big surprise. It was handled well and Bo handled that news realistically in my honest opinion.


All in all, this was a fun and fast paced read with some good drama thrown in. Totally beach worthy read, if you’re headed that way this summer.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Once Upon a Bad Boy

Beach Read Alert: Once Upon a Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson
by Melonie Johnson
Series: Sometimes in Love #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
on June 25th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 384
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 Stars



Sadie Gold is ready to take her career to the next level with the role of a lifetime. Finally, she can shake her reputation as a pretty face with more wealth and connections than talent. But Sadie is not prepared for the wild turn her own life is about to take. The man in charge of training Sadie for her most demanding role yet is none other than her first real boyfriend—the one who took her heart and ran away.

Bo Ibarra is as good-looking and irresistible as ever. Maybe even more so, now that everything once worked against them—Sadie’s pampered and privileged upbringing and Bo’s childhood in a family struggling to make ends meet—is in the past. But the future is still unwritten…and getting there, together, means coming clean about painful secrets and slashing through nasty tabloid rumors while trying to control the attraction that crackles between them. Maybe it’s finally time for them to walk off into the sunset and into a true and lasting love?

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Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

I love a good second chance romance. It’s interesting to see how character dynamics are influenced by the shared past and how the characters have grown in the interim. Ana seems like a fun side characters; those quotes are hilarious 🙂

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

I’m glad this book was able to kind of refresh your enjoyment of the contemporary romance genre 🙂 It sounds like a fun romance and definitely a great beach read!

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