Title: Betting the Bad Boy
Author: Sugar Jamison
Publication: February 2nd 2016
Number of pages: 198
Synopsis: Ten years ago, Duke King knew that getting involved with Grace Truman would only bring trouble into his already hard life. After all, the son of the town drunk has no business falling for the judge’s daughter…a passion that led to disaster and ended with Duke serving a ten year prison sentence. Duke never wanted to return to Destiny, especially now that he’s built a multimillion dollar custom car empire with his brothers. But when his sick aunt calls him home, he must face his past and discover a secret that instantly changes his life.
Grace never thought she would see Duke again, especially after years of silence. But when Duke comes storming back into her life, looking hotter than ever, and determined to get to know the son he never knew he had, she realizes that maybe she’d been wrong about him so many years ago. So Grace decides to make Duke a bet. If he can stay in the house with them for the next thirty days and prove he’ll be a good father, she’ll agree to letting him be part of his son’s life. If not, he’d better be prepared for a fight.
Going from single guy to family man isn’t going to be easy for Duke, especially with the still sexy, now fiery, Grace clouding his every thought. Can Duke be the man he never thought he could be or will his old bad boy ways be too much to conquer?
Disclaimer: I have received an Arc on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4.5/5
What I liked…
From the very first page, I was hooked. I fell in love with Duke and his brothers and his aunt. They were whip-smart, funny, and had so much love for each other that I just knew that this book wasn’t a standalone. And it wasn’t. It was my complete mistake to not realize that this was actually book two of the Destiny series by Sugar Jamison but it can be read as a standalone. You know the author has done right when they are able to make you intrigued on other characters and their relationships with their loved ones and that was what Sugar Jamison exactly did.
I also really enjoyed the whole premise of the book. I’m a sucker for romances where they are unplanned pregnancies with a dominant man who really wants to be a good father because he never had a supportive one. And the strong heroine who really sticks up to the guy and tells him straight up that she can raise the child on her own, no problem.
Aside from the plotline itself, I liked how Sugar executed the story or how the characters are dominating but not too dominating. They’re real. They have motivations for why they act the way that they do. They are understanding. At some points of the book, I actually cried! I just love stories involving family issues and to see problems being worked out is awesome.
What I didn’t like…
This book is fairly short. It’s just under 200 pages but Sugar did well with it for the most part. It was only until the very end where I thought she rushed too much. She added some danger elements to it that left me worrying over if she could flush out details/emotions enough so that I felt something. While I tried my best to be sympathetic to characters, Sugar could have done way better by moving the scene somewhere in the middle of the story so that it didn’t feel rushed.
Should you read it?
Definitely pick it up if you’re into muscular dudes with tattoos. Nice!