by Elle Kennedy
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Source: AuthorA flirty standalone novel* from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy!
One night with him will change her life...
Between her waitressing job, volunteer work, and college classes, there are never enough hours in Maggie Reilly’s day. Especially not for a relationship. Luckily, she’s got the perfect arrangement: a lover she meets three or four times a year. But when she shows up at the hotel expecting to hop into bed with one man, she accidentally ends up with another—Ben Barrett, Hollywood’s most notorious bad boy.
Ben, determined to lay low after another scandal, just wants some much-needed sleep. What he gets is a scorching make-out session with a gorgeous, naked redhead. He won’t accept her apology, but what he will accept is a place to hide out…and if there’s some hot, no-strings sex involved, why the heck not?
But Ben soon discovers that one week with his sassy, bed-hopping waitress is definitely not enough. He wants more. A lot more.
Now he needs to convince relationship-averse Maggie that a bad boy might be oh so good for her—and the best thing that’s ever happened to both of them.
* Previously published in 2008, Bad Apple (formerly Midnight Encounters) features almost entirely new content, including a point-of-view switch. Enjoy this new version of an old favorite!
A new [okay, newly republished] Elle Kennedy book? With a gorgeous cover? Count me in!
Maggie is one busy woman who has no time for anything. Between work to pay for school, school, and her volunteering, there's no time for friends or a relationship. So when her twice-a-year fling calls to say he's in town, Maggie is ready to let off some steam for the night and go back to reality in the morning. Instead of finding her fling in their designated hotel room, she rolls into bed with Ben Barrett, movie star who's trying to evade the paparazzi after a scandal recently broke loose. Maggie is mortified, but Ben is intrigued and is determined to see if Maggie wants to spend more time together.
I had never read this book when it came out in 2008, so I wasn't sure what to expect in this one. This was definitely a pretty short and sweet book, but it definitely delivered on two characters who were each dealing with their own problems with their pasts. I really enjoyed Ben's character and how he just didn't want to deal with the drama going on with the press right now. Maggie was someone he could forget reality with and she wasn't fawning over him like every other female in the world was.
While this wasn't the most amazing romance ever, it was still super cute watching Ben and Maggie spending more time together and liking each other more and more, and watching Maggie freak out about it. I did think it was a bit too insta-lovey at the end, but other than that, this was just a fun romance between an actor and a woman who was too busy with life to look for love.