on February 16, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Format: eBook, ARC
Lucian Badd saved my life. He jumped into the freezing water of the Ketchikan harbor after I fell in. He took me to his room, stripped my wet clothes off, and wrapped me in a warm blanket.
That should have been it. I should have hit the road as soon as I could, because I’m a vagabond, a drifter. A homeless orphan with no family and no future except what I create for myself. Which is why getting tangled up with a guy—no matter how tall, dark, quiet, and sexy he may be—is a really terrible idea.
Yet…I kissed him anyway. And that one kiss? It set my world on fire, turned everything upside down.
I know I shouldn’t get involved with him. I tell myself I won’t. Yet, I still get pulled in by him and his seven brothers and their wives and girlfriends—by the concept of family, something I haven’t had in a very, very long time. Something I never thought I’d have again.
Every moment I spend with Lucian turns my present into perfect, and puts my future at risk.
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As the second youngest Badd brother, I’ve lived my entire life in the long, broad shadows cast by my older brothers—the burly, bad boy bartender, the Navy SEAL, the trick pilot, the athlete, and the rock star twins. Even my younger brother, Xavier, finds a way to outshine everyone in the room with his unassuming charisma and dizzying intellect. More and more lately, I’ve been asking myself where I fit in.
And then Joss Mackenzie fell into the Inside Passage in the middle of a freak snowstorm, and in so doing, fell into my life. I saved her from the icy water, but can I can I save myself from falling for a girl I know is only going to end up doing the one thing she does best—leave?
It’s evident from the first kiss what the answer is—there’s no saving myself, not from the magnetic appeal of her wild, untamable spirit, or the exotic allure of her caramel skin and long dreadlocks and golden-brown eyes and perfect body. I’m helpless against this attraction.
But as I seek to find myself and my place among my larger-than-life brothers, will I lose my heart to the exotic beauty with walls a mile high and a tragic past?
**Disclaimer** I received a digital ARC from Novel Grounds and Jasinda Wilder in hopes that I would review and be a part of their blog tour. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
The Badd Brothers series has been one of my favorites ever since Jasinda first published Badd Motherf*cker, and I never thought that anyone could top Sebastian Badd, but I was so very wrong. Lucian Badd is now my new favorite. His entire story is my favorite in so many ways; this book was utter perfection.
“Because you’re going to get out there, and you’re going to realize how wrong you are. You’re going to realize that home is where you choose to be, and that family is who you choose to surround yourself with. You’re going to realize that we are your family and this is home.”
Lucian is the second youngest of the Badd clan, and he’s the most mysterious. All through growing up he never quite let himself fit in and the other brothers really just didn’t know much about him even then. He was quiet…introverted, and prefered to keep his thoughts and emotions to himself with his head burried in a book. When he was finally old enough to leave, he did and never looked back. Until he had to. Even now that all of the brothers are back , Lucian still just does his own thing and sticks to himself. From the start of this series I was curious and intrigued by this subtle yet beautiful man.
Joss Mackenzie is going no where fast, not because she wants to but because for the last few years her life has been completely thrown off track in the harshest of ways. Ever since the accident that tore her world apart she’s been on her own and running from a past that is catching up with her a little more every day. Lucian is the last thing she wants in her life, but when he saves her from the icy passage in the middle of a blizzard, he may just be exactly what she needs to find herself again. Luce and his family make her feel things she hasn’t felt in years and it terrifies her. Security, love, acceptance…everything she desires but thinks she can’t have is right there in front of her in the form of 15 people, all with the last name Badd. Lucian especially terrifies her but for more than just those reasons.
“It wasn’t just a kiss, Lucian.”
I blew out a breath, eyeing her. “Then what else was it?”
“A gateway drug.”
Together, both Lucian and Joss are scared of putting faith in anyone because for years all they’ve had to depend on is themselves. I loved watching their relationship grow. Yes, the chemistry was instant and pretty darn amazing, but Jasinda slowed down their connection and really made it believable. As readers, we got to watch both characters grow personally and together, and let me tell you…it was an amazing experience. We also get glimpses from all of the other brothers and their significant others, which was just icing on the cake for me. This whole storyline felt real and I connected with it in a way I wasn’t able to with the previous two books. Jasinda gave us so much more than words on pages or an empty plotline here. She gave us characters that I felt an instant kinship with. I related so much to Lucian, it was kind of uncanny, and wish Joss my heart her for the things that she lost and life that she had to live.
Overall, this book was one of Jasinda’s best. I couldn’t put this down and I never wanted the story to end. The Badd brothers will always have my complete devotion and Lucian will always hold a speical place in my heart.
***NOTE TO READERS*** The quotes above came from the advanced reader’s digital copy. They are subject to change and may/may not be in the final published copy of book.