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Review: Once Upon a Bad Boy (Sometimes in Love #3) by Melonie Johnson

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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?


Once Upon a Bad Boy is the third book in the Sometimes in Love Series and it follows the story of Sadie & Bo. All Sadie ever wanted was to be an actress. So, when she wins the role of a lifetime, she is over the moon and is excited about the direction her life is about to take….that is until she is brought face to face with the one man who’s always owned her heart. Their upbringings tore them apart, but their love has never been forgotten. Their future is brighter than ever before, and maybe, just maybe it might be time to put the past behind them. What will happen when the truth comes out and secrets come to light? Will these two have the strength to fight for what they want?? There’s only one way to find out…..

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I am a sucker for those second chance romances and can never really get enough of them. I thought this book started off really well and gave us a good look at who Sadie & Bo are. Sadie is full of sass, a loyal friend and has an incredibly big heart. But, underneath all of that, she has imperfections and insecurities like the rest of us and I think those qualities made her easy to relate to. And then we have Bo, with his good looks and charm. He is fierce, yet vulnerable when he needs to be. He’s worked hard to overcome his past and now that Sadie is back into his life, he can’t help but go after the girl that has always owned his heart.

Bo & Sadie fell hard and fast and I loved that their journey wasn’t always hearts and flowers. Sadie and Bo came from two different worlds, but the chemistry between them was undeniable. Neither one of them was perfect and Bo, especially had some growing up to do. But, I really did enjoy watching them try to figure things out and see if their love is the long-lasting kind.

I did have a few issues with this book though. The biggest one being the pacing of this story. I felt like the story started off really well, but then after the first quarter of the book, the pacing just died. It felt like the story was taking forever to progress. I found myself getting distracted at times and had to really force myself to stay on task. I will say though that the pacing does pick up about the last quarter of the book, which was great. I don’t know what happened with the pacing of the middle of the story though….The other thing that had me scratching my head was the inconsistency with the important details, especially in regards to Bo and his heritage. A few things did not make sense to me and left me wondering if maybe these details were supposed to be changed and they were just overlooked?? I’m not really sure, but sometimes those little things really stick out.

As I previously stated, I thought Once Upon a Bad Boy was an ok read. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. There were a lot of good moments with family, friends and familiar faces. This story had the right mix of sweet and sexy. I think this author has a lot of great potential and I do look forward to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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