Saturday, November 22, 2014

Review: The Good Girl's Guide to Bad Boys by Katie Hart


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
When feisty break dancer Andrea left for university, she thought she was ready to step into the real world. But she wasn’t prepared for meeting her new neighbour, Hunter.
Arrogant, dangerous and a bit too sexy, Hunter’s everything Andrea knows she should resist…and can’t.
But when she gets swept up into Hunter’s dark, mysterious family, it seems that falling for a seductive rebel might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Is this good girl really ready to take on a bad boy?
Wattpad sensation Katie Hart is the queen of bad boys! Her debut, The Good Girl's Guide to Bad Boys, is perfect for fans of Kirsty Moseley.

MY TAKE:
If The Godfather and Step Up movies had a British book for a child, it would be this book.

In The Good Girl's Guide to Bad Boys, Andy is starting her first year at university. With costs being high at student housing, she decides to share an apartment with Hunter, who had no idea she was a girl when he agreed for her to be his roommate. Sparks fly between the two, and soon enough a romance between them begins. Hunter, however, is not an ordinary guy and he and his family's activities could put Andy in danger.

As I wrote earlier, this book reminded me at first of the Step Up movies, then later on by The Godfather books and movies. Honestly, with a lot more dancing, this could be the plot of a much darker and more adult Step Up movie.

The story starts relatively light-hearted, with some dancing, descriptions of university life, and the heating up of Hunter and Andy's romance. As more of Hunter's past is revealed, the story starts to head down the thriller/action-adventure path.

Hunter is much more of a bad boy than I originally thought. By that, I mean, he's not just a rebel without a cause. He's not evil, though. If you've read The Godfather or you've seen the movie, he's more early Michael Corleone than Sonny.

Andy, on the other hand, is as advertised. She is quite feisty and says what's on her mind. When I started to get distracted by the number of times the word "smirk(ed)" was used, I tried to picture an actor and actress playing Hunter and Andy. The actress who came to mind immediately was Caitlin Stasey, who plays Kenna on Reign. Naturally, Hunter, in my mind, became Torrance Coombs, who plays Bash on Reign.

The constant banter between Hunter and Andy actually reminds me of Kenna and Bash during the early stages of their relationship. Even some of their sweeter moments vaguely reminds me of some scenes between Kenna and Bash when they got things sorted out between them. Really, if you liked Hunter and Andy's relationship, and you haven't seen Reign, go watch Reign.

The only thing that I wasn't too sure of is the ending. It was a logical ending, but it left me feeling a little cold. Maybe you'll feel differently?

Thanks to NetGalley and Carina UK for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. Andy and Hunter's romance was pretty hot.
  2. It's not your typical romance story.
  3. Andy can be pretty funny. 

THE BAD:

  1. It was a lot darker than I thought it would be. 

READ IT IF:

  1. You liked The Godfather.
  2. You like bad boys with a good heart.
  3. You like feisty heroines. 

RATING:
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