Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Performance (CJ): ★★★★★
Performance (Joe): ★★★★★
Narrator: CJ Bloom, Joe Arden
Audiobook Length: 6hr 23m
Release Date: 02-15-2018
Reading Time: 6 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Falling for the Bad Boy from AudiOMG! in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author, narrators and/or publisher’s generosity.
Never trust a man who answers the 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 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 f*ckboy.
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 my preconceived notions about writing what inspires you.
Meeting him was fate, but falling for him was inevitable.
And forgetting him will be impossible.
**This is a complete STANDALONE novel — filled with plenty of humor, steam, & romance! 18 & up only due to explicit sexual content, language, and adult content. Previously published as My Week with the Bad Boy by Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish.**
First Line: “The plane rattles and shakes as it prepares to make its landing.”
Narrator Review (CJ):
I can’t believe how amazing CJ Bloom is. First of all, I have an entire slew of her audiobooks in the queue, but I had no idea that she narrated Vada in this text. Well, not until the introduction played. I literally squealed and I was a mere five seconds in.
After that point, I was pretty much done for. CJ dragged me on a leash to smutty heaven and I blushed the entire way.
And underneath that great voice is a treasure trove of awesomeness. I wasn’t expecting CJ to have such a great arsenal of accents. Her southern drawl is en pointe. It was a pleasant surprise and her performance is effortless throughout. I want this accent. My drawl is more redneck than southern…but hey, a girl can dream. I bet CJ could make redneck sound sexy. She just knows how to transform a text into a masterpiece.
In Falling for the Bad Boy, her tone is very girl-next-door meets Sex and the City (funny, because that’s how the hero describes her in the book). Gawwd, I love a good casting. Whether she’s narrating in third person or first person, this girl is flawless.
Narrator Review (Joe):
Aaaand just when you think you’ve heard everything from Joe Arden, he whips out his southern drawl. Good God. This man knows how to initiate cardiac arrest.
My favorite part of Joe’s narration here is when he says, “and when…”
Bleh it just pulverizes me. I’ve never hit the rewind button so many times just to hear two words. I swear it’s like this adorable glottal stop shoved inside a drawl with a little lilt in the beginning. GAH. And when. And when. And when.
If there is a perfect speed to talk, Joe has mastered this. Nothing’s worse than listening to a male narrator on x1.5. I mean, nothing. There should be some kind of award for this. Heck, it took me nine hours to listen to a six-ish hour audiobook because I kept REWINDING the thing.
Joe is always subtle, yet totally swoony. His performances are never overdone or dramatic, and he has this way of exposing a character that’s enticing—mysterious yet concurrently vulnerable. He does this in every audiobook, not just here. Even with a feel-good book such as this, Joe manages to strip the content bare and give it new meaning. This is what puts him in a league of his own.
We are first introduced to Vada Collins. Err. I don’t know how I feel about this name, but it just…works here. She has booked a mini-vacation to Charleston in hopes of finding peace and quiet to write her romance novel.
Of course, when she arrives, she encounters Ethan Rochester. Sweet Jesus, this man in naughty. Yes, you’re in love with this plot already.
Their attraction is instant, but I wouldn’t say it’s insta-love. It’s fervent and passionate, and what girl doesn’t want that? However, most girls prefer romance to last. Vada? Well, she only has one week in South Carolina, so her options are a wee bit limited. Plus, it’s not like she allows herself to trust anymore. After a long list of heartbreaks and douchebags, she just wants to write her dirty novel.
Let’s talk about Ethan because I’m a little obsessed.
“…she bursts out in laughter. I like the sound—a lot, actually. Although she’s a bit uptight, I enjoy watching her laugh. The wrinkles in her face, the freckles that move along her cheeks, and the sweet sound that releases from her throat. It’s adorable.”
Ethan definitely overshadows our heroine, and I’m perfectly okay with that! I would wait endless days just to hear his witty tongue spew off cocky comments. Lay it on me, Ethan! He’s snarky, then he’s sweet and I’ll take both versions, please.
But behind that snark is a man who has lost everything. Kennedy Fox sure does know how to write a well-rounded, fast-paced read.
Already, these two have some serious trust issues, but Vada is like a mare in heat and she’s desperate for some of that sweet loving. I mean, Vada and Ethan roll around in every position imaginable. That can’t possibly be comfortable. Oh gosh, I’m covering my eyes. You smutty smuts will love this book.
“Our bodies fit together like two jagged pieces of a puzzle that somehow line up perfectly.”
Ethan and Vada tread along, living life like porn stars, until reality sets in. Emotions get involved. Vada has gotten herself into a deep, deep mess. Can she trust Ethan? Will Ethan let her? He’s in this awkward limbo, too, for a completely different reason.
She’s falling for this filthy man, and Ethan can’t help himself from reciprocating those feelz.
Inevitably, they become lovers, but all good things come to an end. Ethan has to move past his previous loss and realize he wants Vada, or risk losing another woman he loves.
THIS BOOK IS SO FANTASTIC. Vada—wait, who’s Vada?—she falls a little short. Not all of her actions are justified and although I enjoyed her story, Ethan steals the show. However, I have to say that CJ Bloom really changed my opinion here. The text is good, but the narration is unworldly. CJ brings life to Vada’s character that is missing in the original text.
We have two wounded people who find each other, hate each other, and learn to love and trust once more. To be honest, I didn’t care much for the smut or Vada’s character on paper, but Ethan…my heart aches for him. His transformation is beautiful, and by the end, he finally has the family he’s always wanted.