Bad For You by J. Daniels Review

5 Smooches


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?


Let’s start this review by saying this as a fact: Bad For You is J. Daniel’s BEST BOOK YET. There I said it.

I have been eagerly awaiting Shayla and Stitch’s story since I got a touch of it in HIt The Spot. It was clear from the teases we got that this would be an angsty hard romance but still, I was unprepared for the depth of emotion this story brought out in me. I am torn between gushing over every well thought out and planned detail in this book and keeping my lips shut so you, the reader, can discover all the details that J. Daniels meticulously laid out. Bad For You is incredibly well written. She mixed tenderness, with heat, heart, and a dose of soul-crushing angst (not so much you won’t recover but Sean’s story will have you tearing up in parts).

There were so many hits in this novel for me I cannot even list them all without the review feeling too gushy. I adored how she mixed in pop culture, Snapchat. I fell hard for Stitch, he was so much more than I could have ever imagined. Shayla’s determination had me rooting for her from the start. These were two characters determined to get what they wanted in this life, even if that meant sacrificing in order to achieve it. Neither had it easy but both worked hard and deserved their HEA so so so much.

Bad For You was addicting in the best way possible. I yearn for more. I have been a longtime fan of the author but I can honestly say I am so proud of the depth and heart she put into this story.