Title: Diary of a Bad Boy
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 5 March 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads
I might have gotten myself into a wee bit of trouble—and I’m not talking about the “court-mandated community service,” or “therapy sessions from bashing a bloke in the head” kind of trouble.
I wish it were that simple.
Nope. I’m talking about the “falling in love with one of my client’s daughters,” kind of trouble . . . The kind of problem I can’t talk my way out of when the truth gets out.
How I ended up with her phone is a long story—and when she called to get it back, I took things a bit too far. One innocent exchange wound up leading to so much more.
Fun, new, and totally immune to my charm, Sutton is different. And I had no idea she was the daughter of Foster Green.
Blame it on the dark-coloured stout running through my veins, pushing me toward one bad decision after another. Pushing me toward her even though I know right from wrong; even though she’s my client’s daughter.
Dating her might be the best or worst decision I’ve ever made. Only time, whiskey, and one more roll around the mattress with her will tell.
Roark isn’t your typical hero, in fact, he would fall firmly into the anti-hero category at the beginning of Diary of a Bad Boy. However, it is quickly apparent that Roark’s bad boy persona is a form of armour he wears in order to protect himself from emotional damage – having endured verbal abuse from those closest to him from a very young age. Despite being a very successful businessman, Roark still carries the scars on his psyche creating somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy where his personal life is concerned.
Sutton, on the other hand, is the ultimate good girl, she shines with inner light if anyone would be able to leave rainbows in their wake it would be Sutton. But being a good girl has also made her a little timid in trying new things. Something, she is working on with her resolution list and quirky best friend.
Roark and Sutton meet in an odd situation when their phones get switched and for some reason, Roark decides to play with Sutton by keeping hold of her phone for a while. It is as if his subconscious recognised his connection to Sutton before either of them could comprehend it.
Fate continues to throw Roark and Sutton together building on their bond. Although Roark and Sutton are opposites they balance each other, Sutton becomes more confident and outgoing while her presence calms Roark like nothing else in his life ever has.
Unfortunately, Roark’s emotional wounds are continually being re-opened and adding to his low opinion of himself. The only way to work through his problems and open himself to the happiness he deserves is to believe in himself. Something that is often easier to say than to believe.
Roark’s character development is the true heart of Diary of a Bad Boy and his diary entries add insight into his actions and emotions, along with the biting humour Meghan Quinn is so, so good at.
I loved seeing an appearance from Bram and Rath from The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister; alongside Roark and Sutton’s story, we are gifted with the continuation of Bram and Julia’s relationship as well as subtle hints as to Rath’s relationship status!!!!