Title: The Bad Boy’s Girl
Author: Blair Holden / JessGirl93
Series: Bad Boy Series #1
Status: Published April 12, 2017
Parts: 55 Pages: 395
Genre: Romance, Young Adult
Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy. But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel.
For me, this is one of the most daunting ‘Concealed Crowns’ books that I am undertaking reviewing. Not only has this series been dear to my heart, but it has been in my heart for a long time now, (revealing it seems odd). I don’t tell many people to read this book, not because it doesn’t warrant it, because trust me, it does. I don’t tell people about it because if they don’t like it I think I will take it a bit personally. Obviously, as the author, Blair Holden will always have a stronger connection than I can ever have to this story, that is what happens when you put your whole soul into a book series while writing it, and that is exactly what she did. The amount of personality and life she put into this book is probably the reason why I love it as much as I do.
Tessa O’Connell is an accurate representation of a teenage girl, she hold flaws and also great redeeming qualities that can only be shaped through her experiences that are so crucial to this story. We all make mistakes and find ourselves enticed by the things we know deep down we cannot have. The way Tessa responds to the obstacles in her life shows how human these fictional characters have the potential of being. Often, I find myself annoyed with how, either flawed or perfect characters are in books. Things in life are not black and white, they often have many different angels to look from, and this book addresses that. Even though for some, characters in the book like Cole Stone seem too good to be true, for others he is the guy we all strive to find in life.
Although sometimes annoying and rash, when you take a step back, you are able to see why and how they reacted to the choices the characters made. Honestly, none of us can know how we would react in these situations, no matter how much we believe that we do. Until it comes to the point of fight or flight, we can never truly know what we will do. Tessa is the definition of unexpected choices and dealing with the obstacles life provides.
The Bad Boy’s Girl is first and foremost, a romance book. With the main journey being that of Cole’s and Tessa’s love, it doesn’t hold back the other story that progresses at the same time. This other story being the journey of maturity and realizing who you want to be, and how you are going to be that.
This book has been, and probably will stay one of my favorite books. I really urge you to buy it and read this journey that is laid out before you. It is truly remarkable what the soul of a writer can produce when it is nourished enough to do it.