My Week With The Bad Boy by Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parrish Review

4 Smooches


Never trust a man who answers the front door wearing nothing more than a pair of low-cut jeans and a panty-melting smirk.

That should’ve been my first sign.

I write about guys just like him for a living—sexy and charming, yet reluctant to get into a serious relationship. His body screams sex appeal, but his condescending personality makes him a classic fuckboy.

And I want nothing to do with that.

Writing romance novels comes with its perks—traveling, meeting new people, creating characters from the voices in my head—but Ethan Rochester enters my life and rearranges all my preconceived notions about writing what inspires you.

One week is all it took. One week to realize that not everything is as it seems.

One week with the bad boy, and I wanted more.


Vada is in desperate need of a vacation to help her get her next romance book written. When she arrives at the guesthouse, ready to get her writing on, she didn’t expect a hot, cocky and shirtless man with a smirk on his face to answer the door. Vada just knows that he is exactly like the bad boys she writes about and wants to steer clear but Ethan isn’t going to make that easy for her. Ethan may come across as having it all and he definitely is cocky but behind his smile and amazing body, is a sad past. Could it be that bad boy Ethan is exactly what Vada needs and could Vada be Ethan’s perfect match? 

“You’re seriously one of the biggest douchebags I’ve ever met.” “Oh, come on. That can’t be true. I’m sure you’ve met bigger ones.”

What a sexy, funny, and emotional read this one was. The chemistry, flirting and sexy aspect of the story I was certainly expecting, but the emotional side of it was a pleasant surprise. This took me through a great combination of emotions and was just overall a great romance read with two characters I felt were both equally funny and likeable. 

“Vada came barreling into my life, so unexpected and yet, it’s as if I’d been waiting for her all this time.”

Even though Vada could come across as a bit uptight and maybe a bit cynical I thought she was actually very real and she also gave as good as she got when it came to sparring up against Ethan which was very entertaining to read. I definitely wanted her to let loose a little and take a risk and as the story developed, I think we saw Vada come out of her romance author shell a little more. 

“As an adult, words became my escape as well, but in a different way. Though the world may be filled with loveless assholes and men who can’t give me a happy ending, at least in my books there’s always love and happily ever afters.”

The chemistry and flirtation between Ethan and Vada is off the charts. This is one steamy read and I couldn’t get enough when Ethan and Vada were together. Yes the romance is great and I loved watching them both slowly move on from their pasts and realising that maybe the two of them together was the perfect match. But I also really enjoyed the slightly unexpected emotional side of the story. Although Vada also hasn’t had an easy time of it, it was Ethan’s story which really broke my heart. His past and him trying to move on from it was so emotional to read and really added another depth to the plot. These two are not in for an easy ride of things at all, it is definitely an emotional rollercoaster read but it is a romance story I definitely recommend for those needing a steamy read as well as a little cry! Can’t wait for the next in the series!



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