- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 5264 KB
- Print Length: 364 pages
- Publisher: Raglan (8 Nov. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07767XSYV
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bad Idea Kindle Edition
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If you haven't guessed it yet, I loved this book. I liked that it presented all the obvious social dilemmas that have been written about time and again and it didn't use them as a way of conjuring pity and empathy toward the characters. These are just cold hard facts. That's the hand that Nico and Layla have been given. What makes this story special is that it really is just a love story. It's a story about two people loving each other so fiercely that they are willing to hurt on the long run, rather than walking away from each other. This plot is so far from your generic happily ever after. I don't want to give anything away, because it would be sadistic of me to deprive others of the beautiful experience I got. You know, when I started this book I assumed it was going to be another poor boy meets rich girl and they take on the world so that eventually it bends to their stubborn will and love, and they end up around a bonfire with their 2.4 kids singing Kumbaya. Turns out that it's so much more. I read a lot of romances, and a lot of the time they focus on all the things that love makes you do. They romanticise the idea of love, rather than the reality of it. That's exactly what Nicole did with Bad Idea, she made love in it's raw and unforgiving form romantic. There aren't these unrealistic grand gestures that only filthy rich fictional characters can seem to pull off. Layla and Nico are just two everyday people, like me and you and my neighbour next door, that have a normal working life. For me that's what made this book so fantastic. This plot is grounded and raw. It has grit and substance. It really is imperfectly perfect.
The cast for this book is a little long, but to be honest it doesn't feel it when you're reading the story. Aside from Nico and Layla you have two groups of characters— the secondary characters like Quinn, Jamie, Shama, Flaco and K.C. and then you have background characters that are used to give insight into the back stories or set a scene like Blake and his mates and even Layla's parents. Although these characters impact the story, they aren't a big part of it. You don't see that much of them and when you do they just push the snowball that will create the avalanche. If that makes sense. They're instigators, seed planters, eye openers... In fact K.C. is somewhere in between a background and secondary character. He's in the plot quite a bit even if just from a distance. Then there's Flaco and although you don't get to know him in depth, his interactions with Nico say a lot about him and man did I love him. He's like the clown friend that jokes aside offers insight and clarity in many ways he is the stark opposite to Quinn. She's got this thing where she only sees the bad in a situation, a real negative trait that in many ways offers Layla the same things that Flaco offers Nico. I'd really love to see more of these two in the upcoming book Lost Ones. Although Jamie and Shama are in a lot of this book, I don't feel like they do as much as Quinn, but that may be down to the fact that she's a bit like the Queen or rather Quinnie. What I love about this cast is that it never takes the spotlight away from Nico and Layla. They are the stars of the show. Period. I really loved both of these characters— Nico is sweet and charming and he has this bad boy thing about him with his background, however that is never something that is magnified in this book. Yes, there is that undertone of their clashing upbringings and there are times where it does impact their interactions with one another, but it is never massive thing. What is a massive thing and what made me fall in love with Nico was his openness and kindness. I'm not saying that he doesn't have his flaws, I mean his temper at times gets the better of him, but he always has good intentions. Everything he does is with making things better for them regardless of what they are. Not to mention that when his wild side comes out to play, he is downright sexy and delicious and wowzers. He's got GAAAAAAAAAAAAAME! Now, Layla is whole other ball game. I really wasn't expecting her. I was expecting the age gap to make a difference in how she and Nico saw things, however she handled herself so well. Not that Nico is in anyway immature, he's not. I actually think in many ways he is wise beyond his years as is Layla. I really liked that the age gap thing wasn't a massive play on their story. I liked that they were on a level with one another. For me what made me love Layla was her ability to see beyond feelings. She's so grounded and although she wants certain things so badly, she knows when to let go. If that makes sense. Don't get me wrong there were times when I wanted to give her a piece of my mind and tell her just to go with it, however her determination to guard her her heart is what made her so real to me. I understood her and I empathised with her. I liked that as a heroine she was strong and bold and sure of herself. I'd really love to see more heroines like her.
This is such an exciting start to this series. I really hope I don't have to wait much longer for the next book, especially with the cliffhanger that Nicole left me with. Bad Idea has literally left me on tenterhooks waiting for the Lost Ones. I can pretty much hear the clocks ticking around me and I'm already beginning to feel withdrawal symptoms from these characters. Now I'm wishing I could skip Christmas altogether and just get to 2018 so I can carry on with this series!
I felt so many emotions while reading this book. I was happy and hopeful for the two one moment and then my heart was breaking for them in the next. The constant struggle to defend each other to their family and friends was frustrating. The inner turmoil Layla and Nico grapple with is saddening. I admired Nico for being the glue that held his family together and trying to give them the best life he possibly could. I loved Nico and Layla together. Their love for each other is totally apparent but the timing for their relationship is off. The odds seem to be stacked against them but I’m holding out hope that they’ll find their way back to each other and overcome everything keeping them apart.
Layla is not what Nico was expecting. He is used to being the guy to have fun with and if that includes sex, then all the better. Doesn’t mean he likes it, but he accepts it….until Layla. She sees him for who he is. He knows she comes from money, but he doesn’t get the normal vibe he gets from the girls from the same background. She is different. Her father is from Brazil, and her mother is from California. Her father is a successful plastic surgeon, but he doesn’t give her money. Because of that, she is independent and refuses to ask for help even when she needs it. She knows it’s a “bad idea” to get involved with Nico. He’s completely different from her. He’s older and doesn’t have much education, but she can’t fight his pull. Just as Nico finally finds someone like Layla, he has plans to leave to pursue dreams on in California. All these things combine to create obstacles to their HEA, but it definitely doesn’t stop them from trying!
This was a great romance with the right combination of sexy and sweet. However, the writer dug deeper. She didn’t just gloss over their differences. She really delved into the stereotypes many people hold about different ethnic groups, educational levels, and socioeconomic status. One thing is evident throughout the book though…love doesn’t see those differences. Those things don’t determine who the person is deep in their souls. We are all human! Great book, and holy crap, what a twist at the ending!!! I just hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next book!
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