Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Bad Boy Brody by Tijan

One punch took him from Hollywood’s Golden Boy to Bad Boy Brody.

The media didn’t care he was grieving his brother’s death. They descended on him, but to change his reputation, his manager got him a deal. Act in an indie film, one that already had Oscar buzz, and he’d get the movie roles he needed to secure his future.

He took the deal.

Yet he wasn’t prepared for the real-life people behind the script. He wasn’t prepared for the murder the movie was based on. And he really wasn’t prepared for her, the biggest secret of all.

She was wild. She was beautiful. She defied gravity.

But was she the leading role that would tame him?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This was a great book – I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that had me quite as intrigued as this one. Morgan is such a unique character and learning about her “way of life” was interesting. I’m giving this read a solid 5 stars!

Brody is an up and coming actor who spiraled out after the death of his brother. Now, he’s trying to save his career by doing a smaller movie that will test his ability to focus. The movie is the story of a woman who was murdered, and the movie is being filmed on her land at the permission of her step-children and biological daughter that no one knows about – Morgan. Morgan lives with the wild mustangs that roam her land, she literally sleeps out in the woods with them. She rarely comes back to the main house because she feels to confined and she’s especially adverse to coming back to the house while it’s filled with all the cast for the movie. When Morgan does finally make an appearance, the sparks between her and Brody are immediate, and she can’t seem to stay away.

I seriously loved Morgan’s character. She’s unique, headstrong, and truly wild in the most literal sense of the word. She suffered a terrible loss when her mother was murdered, not only with having lost her mother but also because her step-siblings were sent away and Morgan was left alone. Her only family are the horses and their connection is unbreakable. I highly recommend reading this book – no review is going to be able to do this unique story justice.

Random side note: I didn’t love the title – I felt this was more Morgan’s story than Brody’s and she deserved the title.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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So, I just have to start by saying that Tijan's writing is one that almost always evokes emotions. This book did evoke emotions and sometimes they were conflicting and sometimes they were amazing.

There is a lot of misdirection in this story and it made it that much more interesting. It was slower than most of the Tijan books I've read in the past, so at times, I struggled to make it through. Also, there were some parts that were just kind of hard to think as realistic, but the goal of a story was to entertain, and this did that.

Matthew, Finn, and Abby have been hoping to see their sister, Morgan, for years. They come back to their family's house in order to make a movie about their stepmother's murder. Things go wrong in terms of the Hollywood aspect, the actors seem somewhat aloof, but overall, the story needs all of these characters in order to be successful.

Brody is still dealing from the trauma of losing his brother to an accident. He is known for having a short temper and being a playboy. However, being on the farm, away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood is just what he needs. Despite his internal struggle with his own trauma, he catches the eye of farm resident, Morgan. The first few times that Brody sees Morgan, it's from a distance and despite knowing better, he is intrigued.

Morgan is more comfortable living among the horses that run through her property than she is with people. After surviving the trauma of her mother's murder, she just knows that her instincts and love are better off served with Shiloh and Shoal, the two wild horses that are closest to her. As the real world encroaches on her home and the home of her horses, Morgan has to decide if putting up with people and the realities that are out there are worth it – is love worth the sacrifice?

This had a strange mystery twist to it and I really enjoyed that. Despite Brody and Morgan's romance, which I thought was somewhat strange at the beginning, they balanced each other in the end. Finally, the emotions that were brought out, especially when things peaked, were hard to deny – you wanted to hug or slug people within the story and sometimes, it conflicted. There were also aspects of the story that made it hard to seem realistic, but I was able to look past that – I enjoyed this story a lot.

Tijan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Carter Reed series, the Fallen Crest series, and the Broken and Screwed series, among others. She lives in northern Minnesota.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bad Boy Brody by Tijan to read and review.

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