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review 2018-03-16 17:26
Bad Reputation by Nicole Edwards
Bad Reputation: A Bad Boys of Sports Novel - Nicole Edwards

I requested this book from Netgalley but I have no idea why. I am not interested in sports. I’m guessing it was the cover.

I managed to get through this one despite myself. It was touch and go there for a bit, I’m not even going to attempt to pretend otherwise. Only my laziness to figure out what I wanted to read next kept me going. One of these days I will learn how to DNF correctly.

Chase is a rich and famous hockey star and has a reputation as being “the bad boy of hockey” because he’s a trouble maker on the ice and he likes to sleep with women. Ummm, ok. He’s young, he’s loaded and he’s beautiful. I’d say that’s pretty normal not “bad” but what do I know? He is secretly in love with his best friend Cassie but he knows he can never share his feelings because it will destroy their close friendship. Thus, all the sleeping around with the hockey “bunnies”. 

After Chase scares off Cassie’s latest date (in a real jerky alpha move) she laughs it off and calls him an asshole but she is relieved. She is focused on her career and moving on up and isn’t seriously pursuing a relationship. She’d much rather hang out with Chase and his friends than some random boring guy anyway. And when your best friend is a hockey god normal guys don’t stand a chance.

My description is making this sound dreadful, I know that and it’s not. At least not yet!

Cassie is chosen to make a key note speech and present a huge rollout for her company. This is a BIG deal for Cassie. It takes weeks of preparation and will help her reach her goals. The trip is in Vegas. She decides to take Chase with her and it’s here that the story goes all to hell for me. I won’t spoil it for everyone dying to read it but I will say that some colossally idiotic behavior goes down and Cassie ends up looking like a complete idiot when it was all said and done.

You might be able to get past that and forget about it. Not I. She is only 28 at the time, you might say, but at 28 I already had two kids, a mortgage, and a full time job and was well on the way to becoming the grumpy reader I am today. 28 is old enough to know better than to act like a coed on spring break. Cassie, up until Vegas, was painted as a responsible, intelligent woman so none of this made sense. This Vegas nonsense tainted the rest of the story for me because after Vegas happened I didn’t give any craps about her and her relationship with Chase.



That’s better. So, as I mentioned, I did carry on after taking a little break and a few deep cleansing breaths. What followed wasn’t really worth the effort. Their sexy times were hot, I’ll give them that, but that’s not enough to carry me through a book like this when their thoughts and self-talk are repetitive and tedious. Chase describes Cassie as “hilarious” but I never saw it which is a crying shame. Telling me someone is hilarious does me no good at all when they come across as average to boring on the page. They say love is blind though and I do believe it is true. Ah well, perhaps I’m just too grouchy for this kind of book. 

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text 2018-03-14 18:59
Reading progress update: I've read 50% ish
Bad Reputation: A Bad Boys of Sports Novel - Nicole Edwards

This heroine just did something so incredibly stupid and out of character that I don't give a damn what happens to her and her lover boy now. Such a dum-dum I cannot stand it.

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review 2017-10-17 05:43
Slow pace
Bad Reputation: A Bad Boys of Sports Novel - Nicole Edwards

Bad Reputation grabs the reader's attention pretty quickly as characters are introduced and we learn about the friendship between Chase and Cassie. The characters are interesting and the dialogue is often witty and fun. While Chase is a bad boy on the ice, I wouldn't necessarily call him that when it comes to romance. A playboy, yes, but that doesn't make him a bad boy. His best friend who, according to the blurb, calls him on his BS, even mentions what a great guy he is and how well he treats women. That aside, the story is engaging at the beginning, but begins to fizzle soon thereafter. The pacing is almost agonizingly slow at times and I found myself wondering if there was actually going to be any romance. Things do start to heat up between Cassie and Chase, but the turnaround in Cassie's behavior seemed a bit much, considering how career driven she is up to that point. 

The writer is certainly talented and the premise is good, but the pacing made it too easy to set aside for something else. 

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review 2017-10-03 02:32
Bad Reputation: A Bad Boys of Sports Novel - Nicole Edwards

Chase Barrett and Cassie Desrosiers are best friends and have been since college.  They have NEVER crossed that line because they value their friendship too much, but lately they both have been secretly wondering "what if".

Cassie is an executive VP for an IT company and has been selected to be the keynote speaker at the big Technology conference in Las Vegas, NV to talk about her company's new app she is in charge of launching.  

Chase is the bad boy of hockey and even has the nickname of Sin, both on and off the court!  Of course the only person who can put Chase in his place is Cassie.  After losing their game that would have put them into the playoffs, Chase heads to Cassie's place for some cheering up.  He's not happy when he realizes some guy is already at her place.  Chase lets himself into Cassie's place and that's when the fun begins.  This scene was so LOL funny!  One thing leads to another and all of sudden Chase is going to go with Cassie to Vegas.

While in Las Vegas, Chase and Cassie get completely drunk and have the attitude "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas".  As most people know, that is never the case.  Now they both must figure out what is happening and where they should from there.

I loved Chase.  He was so fun and cocky and such a dirty talker!  Cassie is fun and sweet and the responsible one.  The journey these two went on to get to their happy ending was fun, adventurous and emotional.  I laughed, cried and swooned.  I really enjoyed this friends to lovers story.

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review 2017-09-05 05:12
Everything
Bad Reputation: A Bad Boys of Sports Novel - Nicole Edwards

Cassie and Chase have been best friends since college.  There has never been anything romantic between them.  Not until a crazy night in Vegas.  Then it all changes.

 

Chase has always been interested in Cassie.  As a best friend, and as a woman.  She thinks he is with all these other women, but he is not.  No one can hold a candle to Cassie.  If they can overcome an assumption that is incorrect, maybe there is a chance at a bright future.

 

This was such a lovely and hot story.  So intense, but really fun.  I always love best friends stories, (I married mine, after all.)  The heat and friendship in this book are very much worth the read.  I cannot wait to read the next book in the Bad Boys of Sports series.  I give this story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!  

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher in exchange for an honest review only.

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