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Title: Bad Reputation
Series: Bad Boys of Sport #1
Author: Nicole Edwards
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: 3 Oct 2017
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Meet the most wanted players in sports . . . one ridiculously hot alpha male at a time.

Chase: With a nickname like “Sin,” it’s no wonder they call me the bad boy of hockey. Opponents curse me. Fans scream my name—in the arena and in other, much more private places. Penalties or not, I’m not afraid to dish out a little pain. But pleasure? That’s my weakness. And no one knows it better than my best friend, Cassie Desrosiers. I’d have to be blind not to notice her rocking body and teasing grin. So when she invites me along on a trip to Vegas, my curiosity isn’t the only thing that’s aroused.

Cassie: Chase Barrett is a world-class A-hole. As his best friend, I’m allowed to call him on his BS. Who else is going to do it? Certainly not the puck bunnies swooning at every flex of his biceps. Everyone knows that Chase is the love-’em-and-leave-’em type. There’s no such thing as commitment for the king of casual hookups. So why should I care? Maybe because all work and no play makes me a sexually frustrated girl. It’s time to put the hockey stud at my beck and call to good use . . . but after a week in Vegas with Chase, I might never want to go back to the real world.


I’ve read a few of Nicole’s books before where she pushes the boundaries with the sizzle factor, however, Bad Reputation is a nice surprise mixing the sweet side of Nicole with the sizzle she has become known for.

Chase’s reputation as a bad boy of sport on and off the ice leads to preconceived ideas as to the type of relationship he would enter into – you know one without strings. Even his best friend, Cassie, believes Chase to be a player. While he isn’t a saint, he also does not live up to the reputation he has been given either. Yet, he is content to let people think what they wish until his reputation threatens to harm his relationship with Cassie, who he has secretly been harbouring feelings of more than friendship for.

What happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas when Chase accompanies Cassie on a business trip. Highly career orientated, Cassie lets herself become carried away on the spirit of Vegas which leaves her career in tatters, her relationship with Chase on a whole new playing field and then there is the case of the missing memories of one of the nights in Vegas.

It is obvious to the outside observer that Cassie and Chase belong together, I really liked how secure Chase was with his feelings and the way in which he attempted to woo Cassie. It’s refreshing to see the female main character have issues with relationships and commitment, although Cassie’s fears are understandable due to her mother’s constant quest for more and subsequent cycle of marriage and divorce.

Bad Reputation shows there is more to people that the rumours and gossip that surround them, everything happens for a reason and leads you to where you should be and the person you should be with ♥