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text 2018-04-13 07:10
Blog Tour - Never Been Good


About the Book:


Never Been Good
by Christi Barth

Series: Bad Boys Gone Good #2

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Publication Date: April 3, 2018





Flynn Maguire isn’t really a bad guy. Sure, he worked for the mob, but he ran a legitimate business—on paper anyway—and it paid enough to keep his brother out of the lifestyle. Until they turned on him. Now he’s stuck in Witness Protection, tending bar in Nowheresville Oregon… and pissed the life he knew is gone.


The only bright spot? Fantasizing about his quiet, secretive, beautiful coworker.


Sierra Williams is a woman on the run. All she wants now is to settle into small town life… and ignore the brooding, sexy bartender who can’t seem to take his eyes off her. Flynn’s bad-boy vibe pushes all her buttons, but Sierra fell for the wrong man once already. She can’t afford to let her guard down again. Except Flynn’s tough exterior is slowly melting away to reveal the sweet man beneath and their attraction is too strong to resist.


Sierra and Flynn are falling fast, but they’re both keeping so many secrets. The truth could ruin everything… unless a girl who’s a little bad is perfect for a guy who’s never really been good.



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Tour Wide Giveaway:


To celebrate the release of NEVER BEEN GOOD, we’re giving away two paperback copies of BAD FOR HER by Christi Barth!


GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. Two winners will each receive a paperback copy of Bad For Her by Christi Barth.  This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 4/16/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!







About Christi Barth:

USA Today bestseller Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance.


Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.


Christi’s Links:

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review 2018-03-14 16:39
I Know How You Feel
I Know How You Feel - F Diane Barth

Author: F. Diane Barth

Rating: 4 stars


I enjoyed this book. It's worth a read.


This book is written by a psychotherapist who specializes in women's relationships.  It delves into all the nuances of female relationships. I liked how it brought out that some women feel if they don't have that close we -share -everything-and-talk-everyday kind of relationship, one that is often idealized in movies and TV, there is something wrong or they did something wrong and they don't have real friendships. I've felt that way at times.


What I really enjoyed was the format. Ms. Barth gets in there at the beginning of the chapter and raises a premise. She states studies in succinct fashion and then exits the book for a bit and allows women to speak. The chapters are filled with women's life experiences and stories in their own words. I really enjoyed the parts about how women handle competition in life - over men, in the workplace, in social circles. And again the one on how relationships change as you age or make transitions in life. Each section has a what you can do section designed to help you better support and overcome obstacles in your friendships - or know when to let go while still learning from the experience.


I would love to see this book done in a book club.  The premises, observations and life experiences make for great conversation. 

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text 2018-03-13 16:17
Reading progress update: I've read 13%.
I Know How You Feel - F Diane Barth

This book, written by a psychotherapist that specializes in women's relationships, really delves into the complexities of female friendships. It is hitting me all over with the feels, got me saying "Amen"s and the "You speak truth"s. 


I feel like I have been waiting for this book. You watch TV and they paint this picture of these "ride or die" relationships that withstand Armageddon. I have those friends - don't get me wrong - but they are the exception and not the rule. It's so much more complex than that. I've lost longtime friends-  some became toxic, some we expected too much of each other, some we just grew apart.


Mmmm.  Such a good read. 

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review 2017-10-05 23:58
Bad for Her (Bad Boys Gone Good) by Christi Barth
Bad for Her: A Bad Boys Gone Good Novel - Christi Barth


The beauty of a Christi Barth novel is the versatility of the voice behind them. Her characters are not afraid to show the foibles of humanity and that makes them relatable to me as a reader. Rafe is a man with a ton of baggage. His secrets have secrets. His past is full of bad decisions and dangerous situations, but in his heart he wants to be a better man. Will the stigma of his past ruin his chance for a brighter future? Bad For Her is a tale of prejudice, second chances and modern day lessons. Romance and wisdom are a sweet combination that Christi Barth always shines in.

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review 2017-10-01 00:00
Bad for Her
Bad for Her - Christi Barth Bad for Her - Christi Barth 2.75 stars

May Contain Spoilers

Bad for Her caught my attention because the hero is in witness protection. A former mobster, he and his brothers have been moved to a small town in Oregon, with new identities, to lay low before the trial of his mob boss. Unfortunately, the reasons I wanted read this are the reasons it didn’t work for me.

Rafe was the right hand man for a Chicago mob boss. He decides to testify against his boss if the government will protect him and his two brothers. Since Danny McGinty is such a nasty villain, of course they will. It turns out that Rafe and his brothers don’t take their new circumstances too seriously, however. In only a few months, they have been moved a number of times after blowing their cover, and this last move is the final one. If they mess up again, younger brother Kellan will be kicked out of the program, left unprotected, and probably killed by vengeful mobsters.

Now, Rafe and Flynn, who both worked for the mob, know how dangerous it would be if they are discovered, yet nobody seems to think that keeping a low profile would be in their best interest. Coupled with Rafe’s declaration that he never killed anybody, even though he worked for the mob as an enforcer for YEARS, didn’t ring true. If Danny was that awful, telling your boss, “nope, sorry, I’m not going to do what you tell me and kill that guy” just would not cut it. Not that I wanted to see Rafe as a stone-cold killer, but if he was busting heads for his boss, the claims that he wouldn’t kill a mob enemy just did not ring true.

Mollie is a doctor who has just moved back to her small hometown with her cousin. Big city life wasn’t working for her teenaged cousin, who kept getting into trouble and getting kicked out of school. This is his last chance, and when he starts teetering back into bad behavior, Mollie is desperate to keep him on the right track. Cue new guy, Rafe, who changed her flat tire on the highway, while getting her motor revved at the same time. Rafe, knowing a thing or two about being on the wrong side of the law, agrees to mentor Jesse by employing him at the auto repair shop where he works.

Neither Mollie or Rafe want anything other than friends with benefits, and frankly, I am getting tired of this trope. Even Mollie’s motivation, being abandoned by her mother, didn’t make it any more palatable. Their determination to keep things no strings attached didn’t make sense since they were always together, so saying that there will be no dating, even with there is very obviously dating, made that a moot point.

Rafe is a bit of a dirty talker, but compared to some of the other books I’ve read recently, he needs to up his game. I’m not sure how I would feel if some random guy stopped on the freeway when I had a flat tire and proceeded with blatant innuendos, but Mollie is obviously made of sterner stuff. While much of their banter was amusing, Rafe’s repeated intrusions at Mollie’s place of employment were not. Though, since both of them were living with extended family, I guess there was no other place to get their groove on.

This is a fast read, and while it didn’t completely work for me, Bad for Her was a pleasant escape from reality. I’m curious to read younger brother Kellan’s story, but for some reason, Flynn just rubbed me the wrong way, so I won’t be back for his.
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