I am so, so, so, happy I read this book. Why? Because, I felt like I was reading a book that screamed talent. This ladies and gentleman is how you write a book.
I make it no secret that I did not enjoy the first two books of the, Dirty Deeds Series. In fact, I found them to be very mediocre. They just weren’t up to J. Daniels standards, IMO. For that reason I was ready to put this whole series behind me. But, after reading a review from a blogger buddy of mine that claimed it was better than the other books – I decided to read it.
Bad For You by J. Daniels reminded me of why I enjoyed her other books. Not like, Hit The Spot.
This one is going to stay pretty.
Let’s hear what the author has to say first. . .
He didn’t want to be bad. He just didn’t have a choice…
Shayla Perkins isn’t the kind of girl who makes the same mistake twice, especially when it comes to Sean “Stitch” Molina. So when he gives her the world’s biggest rejection, that’s it–she’s done. Until the sexy, silent, unavailable Sean makes Shay a very personal offer. Of course, it still doesn’t mean he’s interested in her. Or does it?
Sean has done things in life. Bad things. And he’s paid the price. All he wants now is to make up for his past by doing good in the present. And no one deserves more good than Shay. Beautiful on the inside and out, Shay is the kind of woman who should be cared for and protected–especially from a man like Sean. He’s tried to keep his feelings for her in check, but a single, reckless impulse pulls them closer than ever before.
Soon the two are sharing their biggest dreams and satisfying their deepest desires. But what will happen if the only way to truly give each other what they want most…is to let each other go?
Hey J. Daniels! It’s great to see you again! I have missed you! I am so happy to read another book by you that shows your incredible writing skills!
I had every single fucking emotion possible reading Sean and Shayla’s story. I mean, seriously! Sean is BAE (Before Anyone Else) and Shayla can join my outer ring circle – only because my inner ring circle is only made up of my day one’s.
So, let me tell you guys about this beautiful story. I’m going to start with Sean, aka, Bae. I was always intrigued by Sean in the first two books. Really, he was the only thing I was intrigued by from the series. There was something about him. He’s moody, quiet behavior made me want to know everything about him. I knew he had some secrets, but I didn’t expect them to be has heartbreaking as they were. For a man who came across like a brick wall, finding out why he was a closed off person was gut wrenching.
Sean was always a secret, a locked boxed but somehow Shayla was able to get him to open up. She didn’t care how long it took, all she knew was that she would wait. Their story was a slow burn and I’m not always about that slow burn life but with the two of them it was perfect. The writing was just, wow!
Shayla didn’t know how to shut up even when she was sure she was getting on Sean’s last nerve, but all those random stories and facts about herself were just what he needed.
“Don’t stop talkin’. I like hearing’ you, Shayla. I always did. I gotta keep hearing’ you.” – Sean
Words never came easy for Sean and my heart hurt when he did speak because the story that was his life wasn’t pretty. The words that eventually come out of his mouth gave me way too many feels. I just wanted to hug my Bae. He did get loads of hugs from Shayla and her girls, so I’m content with that.
Shayla’s had a huge heart. Sean had an even bigger heartt, he just didn’t know it yet. Shayla did and she was determined to get him to a place where he knew that deep in his bones.
“I want you to have all the love in the world, Sean. You deserve that. And I won’t stop until you get it.” – Shayla
The thing I loved most about this book was the natural progression of the relationship. It wasn’t rushed like so many of books are these days. I think that and the fact it wasn’t based around some rich man taking care of a poor girl like every other NA romance books are these days. **cue eye roll**
Their story plays out over months and months. No woman can heal a man soul in three to six weeks – it takes time and patience. Sean needed everyone of those moments to find a way to get to the point of healing.
All in all, I’m so happy that J. Daniels knocked this one out of the park. You guys have no idea how much I needed a book like this from her.
Do I recommend this book? I really do. It is a standalone which I think is great because I don’t recommend the first two books in the series. Sean has zero affiliation with the others so you’re not missing out on anything.
Will I read another book by J. Daniels? I will. For better or for worse, I’m most likely going to read all of her books at some point in my life.
I told you guys I wasn’t going to get messy with this one and I didn’t.
TTYL, lovers. . .
There was a bit in there where J. Daniels throws some shade on strippers and I didn’t appreciate that.
“She’s a stripper and she’s coming over here judging you? Is she insane?” – Shayla
Strippers are fucking awesome and I can’t stand it when people judge them because of how they chose to make their money. Before you judge somebody and call them whores, take a look in the fucking mirror. I’m just saying. The shit bothered me.
4 thoughts on “Bad For You by J. Daniels”
this was a very good review! I haven’t read anything by this author before, but I’m interested in reading some of their work.
Thank you! She is a great author. Her favorite books of mine are, The Alabama Series. I would start there.
Love this review. I like you did not like the first two books in the series and was extremely disappointed because I love J. Daniel’s other two series. But I had such strong hopes for this book because as you said Sean and Shayla were the most interesting parts of the series. I have been dying for them to get together. Now I am very excited to read this book.
After you read, I really want to know what you think. I was going to call it quits with this series but I’m happy I read this one, if only to find a reason to love her books again. This one is way different than the others.