Author: Codi Gary
Series: Rock Canyon Romance #3
Published by: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: May 20, 2014
The bad girl who stole his heart …
Valerie Willis has done it all: tattoos, one-night stands, even strip poker. And now she can add getting a messy public divorce to that list. Back in her hometown of Rock Canyon, Val just wants to bury her head and wait for the scandal to pass. But when she suddenly finds herself at a singles' weekend face-to-face with former flame Justin Silverton, hiding from her heart—and the sexy Marine—won't be that simple.
Is just too good to let go …
It's been ten years since Justin kissed Val, but he still remembers the way they just seemed to … fit. Since then he's served his country and helped his father keep their ranch intact, but he's never forgotten Val or her wild ways. So when a twist of fate brings him the chance to chase her across state lines and spend a weekend winning her heart, Justin's all in. Because when he sees something he wants, he fights for it. And he's ready to fight for the right to call this bad girl his one and only.
What’s this? I read the third book in a series first? That’s right, I rebelled against my OCD. Believe me, there was much anxiety involved. I received the fourth book for review, and was going to start with it until I discovered the main character’s sister is the MC of this book. Therefore I had to at least start with Bad Girls Don’t Marry Marines.
Five reasons I liked it:
– I do love the bad girls! I was expecting Valerie to be a wild one, but turns out her bad girl days are behind her. Oh, but the reputation has stuck. She’s 26 and more mature now after a messy high-profile divorce, but she can still be a handful. She can still be a spitfire, which I really liked.
– Justin is a hottie ex-Marine working on the family farm. Let’s take a moment with the vision of him all hot a sweaty out on a tractor … ahem, anyway. He’s a nice guy and a total gentlemen. While he did feel a bit smothering at times, he did push and help her get that rebellious spark back.
– I enjoy a good second chance romance. The first time around, they had one night of fun when they were teens, but they had an amazing connection. Ten years later, that attraction is still there, but there are forces working against them. One of those forces being her douchebag dad. Their journey was both fun and frustrating, with some big bumps along the way.
– I adore all the sisterly love! Val has two sisters who are considered “bad girls” too, and are often referred to as “those Willis sisters”. I love how they are there for each other, and can’t wait to see more of them in the next book.
– Gus, Val’s bulldog. Seriously, how could someone not love him?
Bad Girls Don’t Marry Marines was a pretty quick, enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.