When He Was Bad

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Title: When He Was Bad
Author: Poppy Dennison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Jul 20, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 70 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5


Coconut Cove: Book Three

Lights, camera… wardrobe?

Coconut Cove is television’s newest hot sensation. The glitzy teen drama set in the beach lover’s paradise of Key West is the talk of every gossip rag eager for dirt and hookup news on the hot young actors—like Levi Phillips, who plays the show’s resident bad boy.

Levi’s attraction to costume designer Whit heads into high romance when Whit orders Levi out of his clothes—in an attempt to save Levi from heat exhaustion, of course.

Sassy Whit knows just how to dress, and undress, Levi, and soon the sexy duo are steaming it up offscreen, which is no surprise to their friends and castmates.

But love in the public eye is complicated, and rumors pose challenges that can threaten careers and love….

It was a lighthearted story with a humorous tone, but it just didn’t worked that well for me. The sense of humor wasn’t of my liking and the relationship between Whit and Levi wasn’t as good as I could expect.

There were things that I enjoyed about it. It had a nice steady pace, it was free of angst and I, particularly loved the way the story was mixed with the scenes of the show they were shooting. I loved that way of telling the story, although there were only few moments. I was even intrigued by the plot of the show. Sometimes even more than the one of the book.

I wasn’t that much convinced by their relationship. I couldn’t really feel much emotions between them and the chemistry just wasn’t there. The flirting was too aggressive for my taste. I prefer something more subtle.

The conflicts that were presented to Whit and Levi were really light and they got resolved with such easiness that I lost interest very quickly. For someone who likes angst, I was left wanting so much more.

Overall it was ok. I think a reader looking for a lighthearted book and free of angst would be able to enjoy it.

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I love to read M/M books. I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject.

Here are some of my favorite books


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