Thursday, June 15, 2017

Book Review: Bad Penny - Staci Hart

Nothing good comes after the third date.

See, date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he gets weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy.

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way.

So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked and can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.

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They always say that love is sweeter the second time around. And I think that’s what happened with Staci Hart. My introduction with her
from A Thousand Letters was just an okay one. On hindsight, it is a good thing that I’m not one to turn back after just the first book.
I’m so glad I did, or I may not have read this otherwise.

Although the story was a typical cliché as a whole, at least for me, it was written in a way that it is still interesting and makes you
want to know what happens next. I think Staci Hart really writes with a lot of narration and “self-conversations”. For some reasons, it was
okay for this story. The details were elaborate and I did not see loopholes in it. One downfall that I didn’t like was the bed scenes. The first few scenes were okay, but it became a little draggy for me later on. I just hoped that those parts were not as significant in the plot, because I kind of just skim through them. Having said that, the story was still quite enjoyable. Considering that there were, I think,
three or four scenes that I skipped, I was still able to savor and adore the entirety of the story.

The characters were typical. Not so grand but not subtle as well. I liked that they are closer to reality than fiction. They were honest
and expose truth of their personalities. At least their reactions on what life (or the author for that matter) throws at them were as true
as it can be. Another plus point is that Bodie is a math geek. Who wouldn’t want hot, humorous, Math geek? Definitely not me.

I’d give this a 4.5 stars. I haven’t cried and felt so much pain in a light read for some time now, and Bad Penny definitely did that to me.

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