Title: Bad Girlfriend (First and Last #4) Author: Kirsten DeMuzio Genre: New Adult Romance Release Date: March 18, 2014
Brooke Mills has only ever wanted to be loved. The product of a teenage pregnancy and raised by her grandmother, Brooke went looking for love in all the wrong places. She has been the other woman or someone’s dirty little secret more times than she cares to admit. When Brooke’s questionable judgment lands her in the bed of her new neighbor, it’s the wakeup call she needs to change her ways. With the help of her friends, Brooke is determined to find a nice guy. Adam Branigan is new in town, and despite the way he and Brooke met, Adam knows there’s more to the beautiful redhead than meets the eye. He wants to be the guy to show Brooke that she deserves more than late night booty calls. But will outside pressures and past relationships conspire to keep them apart? **This book is intended for a mature audience, age 18 and older, due to language and explicit content.
Excerpt - Adam’s POV
I was overwhelmed with the urge to show her that good guys did exist, and that I was one of them. But that’s not what she needed right now.
When we were done eating, I threw the pizza box in the fridge. Brooke poured another round of shots for us, and this time I did mine at the same time as her, with my eyes closed.
“So, you know my story. Now it’s your turn.”
Brooke shrugged one slender shoulder and picked at the blanket with her pale yellow fingernails. I looked to her toes and saw they were painted in a matching shade. At first glance, everything about this girl screamed high maintenance. Yet, here she sat on my bed, eating pizza out of a box, drinking tequila shots and seemed to be perfectly comfortable doing it.
“There’s not much to tell. I grew up here with Gram. My mom was only sixteen when I was born and was too young to handle raising a kid. She comes and goes, but mostly goes. I went to cosmetology school after high school, and I do hair at Loraine’s Luscious Locks.” She winced as she said that last part. “I hate that name. Luscious is such a weird word.”
I laughed. “Do you like what you do?”
“Yeah, I really do. I’m good at it. I like making people feel good about themselves. It’s not brain surgery, but I like it.”
“You don’t have to save lives to be doing something important. I’m sure a good haircut can do more for a woman’s self-esteem than twenty sessions with a psychiatrist.”
“That’s probably true,” Brooke said, tilting her head to the side as she studied me.
“What?” I asked, thinking I must have pizza sauce smeared on my face or something.
She narrowed her eyes. “Are you gay?”
“What?” I repeated. This conversation was not going where I thought it would.
“It’s just that you’re so…nice. And you seem to really understand women.”
I snorted. “I assure you, Brooke, I am not gay. And I absolutely do not understand women. Your species is a complex and unsolvable mystery to me.”
She giggled and reached for the tequila bottle again. When we both had our shots in hand, she held hers up. “To new friends.”
I clinked my glass against hers. “To new friends.”
That’s the last thing I have any clear memory of…
My 4 star review:
Brooke, I love her spunk and how smart she is. She is also so insecure and so desperate to be loved. That desperation has landed her in bad relationships with men. Her latest guy treats her like crap, heck he has never even taken her out on a date and let’s just say he isn’t a very giving lover. Tired of being treated like a dirty little secret, Brooke is determined to find what her best friend Poppy has found with Ford. 100% true love.
When Brooke meets her new neighbor Adam, let’s just say their first meeting involved a lot of ta-kill-ya and blank memory on what happened. Tired of repeating the same mistakes, Brooke along with her friends set some ground rules for her to follow. The most important rule is that the guy she dates has to put her first!
Adam is new in town and after witnessing an argument involving his new neighbor, he is immediately taken by her. For the life of him, he can’t figure out why the idiot she was arguing with treated her the way he did. He is determined to show her just how beautiful and smart she truly is and wants to be the one to show her what it is like to be cared for, to be the priority and to be loved.
Taking things slow and at her pace, they both discover how much they really needed each other and how much they have in common. Finding what they have both been searching for, their relationship is put to the test by people of their past. With their future at risk one learns to let go while the other struggles with trust.
Brooke is such a fantastic character. So beautiful and smart but lacks the trust and confidence in herself as well as others
Adam is unlike any man she has ever known. He is nerdy but sexy, not the type of guy she usually goes for. Brooke is definitely not the type that Adam has dated in the past. In fact, he feels that she is out of his league. Adam is awesome. He is smart, gorgeous and caring. I loved how attentive and how reassuring he was with Brooke.
I enjoyed watching them grow together, figure out where they fit into each others lives.
Kirsten DeMuzio has another hit on her hands. The characters were great. Perfect mix of heart ache, angst and sex.
The First and Last series is a wonderful read with some hot men and some fantastic women.