“Who gives a damn about their reputation? Oh, that would be me! Especially since mine had gone straight to hell in the span of thirty minutes”.
Maysie Ardin is soaking up the summer before her junior year of college, shopping, hanging by the pool and shopping some more. But when her black belt in spending lands her in trouble with her parents, she is forced to take a second job at a local bar to dig herself out of a deep financial pit.
She thought she’d be miserable. But then Maysie didn’t count on Jordan Levitt, the hot, pierced and tattooed, drum playing bartender who also happens to be very interested in her. And the feelings are totally mutual.
It had the makings of the perfect romantic set up. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy has girlfriend? Okay, maybe not.
But attraction is a hard thing to ignore and soon Jordan and Maysie find themselves in the middle of a gossip induced firestorm. Maysie has to learn whether she can set aside her fear of public disapproval in order to be with the one she wants. Or will she let the opinions of others dictate her life and her heart?
So let’s start with the most important part. I, Smitten, am totally in love with Jordan Levitt!
5 stars for Jordan and Maysie!
Awwww, this book is so good. Firstly, you have to know, I have a hell of a lot going on in my life at the moment, so finding a book that can hold my attention is difficult. I’m only getting short periods of time to read and I’m finding things just aren’t holding my interest so well… and then I picked up Bad Rep.
Well, the first day I started it, I was terribly late for work. A. Meredith Walters, I hold you solely responsible for that. It still took me a week to get through, due to ‘real life’ crap, but it was so nice to know that I had a book that would whisk me off into a dream world and allow me to forget every day life, at the end of a long day.
That, for me, is what reading is about. Escapism, losing yourself in a story and immersing yourself in the words on the page and the lives of these fictional characters.Bad Rep offered exactly that.
This is the story of Maysie Ardin and Jordan Levitt. They meet when Maysie takes on a job at a local bar, where Jordan works, to pay off her debts. The insta-lust is unavoidable and the connection between these two characters is palpable.
“Every love song I write now is because of you. Every song I will ever write for the rest of my life will be because of you.”
However, despite the instant undeniable attraction between tattooed, bad boy, drummer/barman, Jordan and sassy sorority girl, Maysie, it isn’t all plain sailing. Jordan has a girlfriend. And not just any girlfriend… his girlfriend is president of Maysie’s sorority and he has been with her for three long years.
So both Jordan and Maysie do everything they can to ignore the pull that they feel between them every time they are in the same room. But how long can they pretend they feel nothing for one another? And when things get heated, how will they fair under the scrutiny and judgement of others?
“I thought you were worth everything. That we were worth all the drama and bullshit. I am willing to fight to the death for what we have. But I can only do that if you’re willing to fight with me.”
Now, some people are going to want to black list this book immediately. It does include cheating. However… I have learnt a lot about what I find acceptable and unacceptable when reading. I have to just stress, my views regarding fictional characters do notmatch my views regarding real life, but hey, that’s the beauty of reading, right? It’s not real and we can be a lot more liberal and naughty than we would get away with in the real world. 😉
“I don’t like seeing some other guy touching you. Not when it should be me touching you.”
So, it turns out, I can accept pretty much anything as long as it is in the name of love. If the motive of the character is that they have done something, perhaps something terrible, because they love the other character… I can deal. However, if they betray trust or break my heart for no good reason or simply because they made an error in judgement, I’m a lot less forgiving.
I’ve also learnt that I can accept cheating if it is between the two main characters. If one of my main characters cheats on the other, I’m done. I cant cope with that and I can’t forgive it. However, if the two characters I love cheat with one another, I can totally get over it. I know, I know. I have disgusting double standards and I should be completely ashamed… but meh, suck it up, that’s the way it is. :p
His voice was like liquid caramel. And I knew exactly what I wanted to do with him. I wanted no holds barred, throw-me-against-a-wall-and-pound-me-within-an-inch-of-my-life-SEX.
So, now we’ve delved into the inner workings of Smitten’s conscience, lets talk about Bad Rep some more.
Who gives a damn about their reputation? Oh, that would be me.
I really liked Maysie. She’s real. Yes she spends too much money on designer clothing, yes she’s insecure, yes she really can be a bit of a bitch and yes she over reacts to some things. But if you tell me you aren’t guilty one or all of those things, I’ll tell you to get your head out of your ass! Hey, we’re women, it’s our prerogative to go from an insecure mess to uber-bitch-from-hell in 0.2 seconds flat, right?!
“Hey, Mays,” Jordan yelled from behind me. I grudgingly turned back around, my back straight and my face blank.
Jordan cocked his head to the side, his eyes burning into mine. “Jaz may be pretty, but you’re fucking gorgeous,” he called out loud enough for me to hear over the thumping base of the band. He grinned at me and the freaking winked. I hated and loved it when he did that.
And then there’s Jordan. Ohhhh my goodness! He could not be more perfect. I know it’s wrong but I just lapped up the fact that he just had to have Maysie. He was head over heels from the very beginning and it was super hot! He’s got piercings, tattoos and he plays the freakin’ drums!!! Two words… Drummers. Arms. ❤
I was sold already, and then he went and did all these naughty, forbidden things to Maysie with his fingers and his tongue, when he really shouldn’t be doing them… Ohhh my… Stick a fork in me, I was D.O.N.E!
He was gorgeous, he played in a band, he was a freaking frat boy and he had the whole tattoo, piercing thing going on. I was very aware of what he was, without knowing any more than that.
Urgh, the angst in this book. It’s scrummy! Maysie really battles with what she knows is right and wrong, what she wants and what she feels she should do, how she feels and what everybody else thinks… it’s a constant internal war for Maysie and I really wanted to simultaneously hold her hand through it and kick her up the ass!
“You have taken my heart, every inch of me Maysie. I don’t know that I have anything else to give you that you don’t already have.”
I hate bullying with a vengeance and have been known for being a little feisty, so I really wanted to maim Olivia and Milla at so many points in the book. Honestly, Ihated them so much. Ok, I get that Olivia was hurting and that she was wronged, but seriously, there is a limit and she crossed it… over and over! Bitch needed taking down a peg or two. Her and her little ho of a sidekick.
And I hated how Maysie took the majority of the rap for her and Jordan’s actions and he got away pretty lightly. I mean, I know his frat brothers were assholes too, but Maysie went through absolute hell and Jordan kinda seemed to get off easy.
However, I loved the surrounding characters that had Maysie’s back. Riley, Gracie and Vivian are all great and really provide that feeling of camaraderie and sisterhood, ironically, despite the lack of sisterhood shown with Maysie’s sorority.
“Stop it!” she hissed. I frowned and rubbed my arm. “What are you talking about?” I whispered back. Riley pointed at me, waggling her finger. “I know that look on your face! You’re picturing him naked with you naked.”
Ok, I think I’ve mumbled on enough now. And you can probably get that I really loved this book. I’ve enjoyed A. Meredith Walter’s writing before, so I did expect to enjoy Bad Rep and it didn’t disappoint! Get involved.
Bad Rep Statistics
• Steam Rating (out of 5): ♥♥♥♥
• Ending: HEA
• Length: 374 pages
• Narrative: Maisey’s POV. First person. Past tense.
• Series: ✓
• Reading Order:
– Book #1 – Bad Rep (Bad Rep, #1)
– Book #2 – Perfect Regret (Bad Rep, #2)
• Can this be read as a standalone? Yes
Rock star romance
• WARNING. This book includes…
Sexual content. Cheating
• Writing: Great
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