Review: Never Been Good by Christi Barth

Title: Never Been Good
Series: Bad Boys Gone Good #2
Author: Christi Barth
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: 3 April 2018
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Flynn Maguire isn’t really a bad guy. Sure, he worked for the mob, but he ran a legitimate business—on paper anyway—and it paid enough to keep his brother out of the lifestyle. Until they turned on him. Now he’s stuck in Witness Protection, tending bar in Nowheresville Oregon… and pissed the life he knew is gone. The only bright spot? Fantasizing about his quiet, secretive, beautiful coworker.

Sierra Williams is a woman on the run. All she wants now is to settle into small-town life… and ignore the brooding, sexy bartender who can’t seem to take his eyes off her. Flynn’s bad-boy vibe pushes all her buttons, but Sierra fell for the wrong man once already. She can’t afford to let her guard down again. Except Flynn’s tough exterior is slowly melting away to reveal the sweet man beneath and their attraction is too strong to resist.

Sierra and Flynn are falling fast, but they’re both keeping so many secrets. The truth could ruin everything… unless a girl who’s a little bad is perfect for a guy who’s never really been good.

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REVIEW 

I love how the Bad Boys Gone Good series makes you consider what it would be like to have your life wiped clean; to start somewhere with a completely fresh slate apart from the memories you carry with you. What would you choose to do with that amount of possibility, knowing that you didn’t have to worry about finding the money to fund your new life and having the freedom to find something that ‘fit’ who you have always wanted to be but lacked the opportunity because of other obligations.

Flynn is the middle Maguire brother, the brooding one, resentful of the WITSEC program but for reasons other than the obvious. Flynn has blamed himself for their current situation even though it was Rafe (Bad For Her) who placed them in witness protection. That kernel of negativity has slowly eaten away at Flynn creating his perpetual bad mood and an unusual rift with his brothers. That is until Sierra shines her light into his grey world bringing it to glorious colour.

However, Sierra has secrets of her own having fled her previous life after being used as a pawn in a very dangerous game. Sierra, understandably, has a lot of emotional barriers in place to protect herself. Yet, her innate goodness and optimism are not something that can be contained.Especially surprising given her upbringing in foster care.  Sierra is a shining example to us all the appreciate the little things in our lives.

With both Sierra and Flynn guarding their pasts, they have skirted around their attraction while working together in the bar.  Until the inevitable chemical explosion, the sweetness bomb came as a surprise aftershock 😉 Flynn’s romantic skills rival his MMA fighting skills 😉

Building their new lives and being together require a level of trust between Flynn and Sierra, something they both find difficult considering the basis of their new lives is built on lies. Adding to the tension is the looming trial Flynn and his brothers are involved in to bring down the Chicago Irish Mob and Sierra’s own fears for her safety. Throw in an appearance of an unwelcome visitor to their new town and you have an intense plot.

I adore the town of Bandon and the quirky characters who live there, especially the way in which they take care of each other along with taking deserving newcomers under their collective wing ♥

Sneaky little clues have been placed within Never Been Good leading to speculation regarding the last remaining single brother, Kellan. I cannot wait to learn more about the ‘good’ brother!!!!

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