I was rather intrigued by the Maguire brothers since I read “Bad for Her” and was truly entertained by Rafe and Mollie’s word dance throughout the reading. “Never Been Good” is a step further in the siblings department for the Maguires. Where the previous book showed sulking and cantankerous Flynn, here we got glimpses of him pre-WITSEC in all his playful and optimistic attitude. “Never Been Good” tell his healing process in the act, dealing with the guilt that ate him up. I loved the Maguires’ interactions here, how they rallied-up (for each other) when necessary. It was one of the (few) things that moved me about this book. I’m a sucker for family, loyalty, and the whole male bonding shown here!
At first, I was also all for Sierra, the heroine in this installment. Broke, deceived by an ex, and on the run, this girl showed spunk and rebuilt her life from practically nothing! What’s not to love about that? Coming from her background, her being paranoid and difficult to trust others, especially men, was understandable. I could also accept the attraction between her and Flynn, that sparked all but as soon as the story began. For one, it was implied in the first book, so it’s not as if this was an instant draw or something. Also, the hint that it had started earlier off page was implied from both characters’ POV.
So, the pair might seem to flirt a lot from the get go, but I still rooted for them as they were basically on the same boat, so to speak. What piqued me was Sierra’s sudden judgmental streak when faced with the same situation Flynn had. Her hypocritical turn and Flynn’s unconditional feeling for her put me in a sour mood, especially given what he’d done for her.
To sum up, I’m still rather fond of this second entry to the “Bad Boys Gone Good” series, even if I felt the plot rather planer and less hair-raising than the previous book. And, given the hints thrown from Kellan’s directions from the first and second book it’s interesting how the final installment will reveal. For sure, I will look forward to read the youngest Maguire’s and their handler’s story in “Got It Bad”.
USA Today bestseller Christi Barth returns with another steamy Bad Boys Gone Good novel!
Flynn Maguire isn’t really a bad guy. Sure, he worked for the mob, but he ran a legitimate business—on paper anyway—and it paid enough to keep his brother out of the lifestyle. Until they turned on him. Now he’s stuck in Witness Protection, tending bar in Nowheresville Oregon… and pissed the life he knew is gone. The only bright spot? Fantasizing about his quiet, secretive, beautiful coworker.
Sierra Williams is a woman on the run. All she wants now is to settle into small town life… and ignore the brooding, sexy bartender who can’t seem to take his eyes off her. Flynn’s bad-boy vibe pushes all her buttons, but Sierra fell for the wrong man once already. She can’t afford to let her guard down again. Except Flynn’s tough exterior is slowly melting away to reveal the sweet man beneath and their attraction is too strong to resist.
Sierra and Flynn are falling fast, but they’re both keeping so many secrets. The truth could ruin everything… unless a girl who’s a little bad is perfect for a guy who’s never really been good.