Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Review: Bad Boy Blues

Bad Boy Blues Bad Boy Blues by Saffron A. Kent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Final Score - 5 Stars!

Tale as old as time ... Rich boy from the right part of town vs. the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Zach and Cleo have known each other since grade school, and it's been an epic battle of wills ever since.  Zach was Cleo's bully and tormented Cleo for years.  But, like all tormentors, appearances are deceiving.  And then he disappeared.  For years.  Cleo finally thought she was safe and started breathe again.  But circumstances have a funny way of changing.  Now Cleo works on the other side of town - Zach's side.  In his house.  For his family.  She needs to save money to buy back her childhood home and she can’t afford any distractions.  So when the prodigal son returns, well that's just too big of a distraction for her to handle.  And Zach is no longer a the demon boy she once knew.  He's all grown up.  He's now a brooding, tattooed, sexy alpha male of a man. And he's got Cleo once again in his sights.  Game on!

From the first heartbreaking moments until the last, I was engrossed with book.  Bullying a topic that still strikes a chord with me - as I was a victim of it in my younger years.   But there is so much more - abuse, dyslexia, self-loathing, & social status just to name a few.  I loved how the authors integrated all these topics together to create this complex and multidimensional story that just tugged at my heart and made me weep not only for Cleo but for Zach as well.  Both of them are victims bullying, either by peers or by a parent.

Bad Boy Blues is going to stay with me a for a while, I can feel it.  My emotions were high with this one.  This was truly a a beautiful tale of two broken souls and hearts that were stitch back together with kindness, patience and most of all love.  Zach and Cleo are not only courageous survivors, but an epic love story.

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