I am huge fan of the Rock Canyon Romance series by Codi Gary and so when RETURN OF THE BAD GIRL released, I knew I had to catch up on the goings on in the little town of Rock Canyon. Codi did not disappoint in telling the story of Caroline Willis, the one-time bad girl who left town as a teen and has now returned to start a new life. Come back on Friday, February 6, 2015 for my interview stop with Codi Gary on the RETURN OF THE BAD GIRL Print Tour!
***purchased for my own reading, but I’m happily sharing my thoughts.
Blurb for RETURN OF THE BAD GIRL:
Bad girls don't forgive.
Bad girls don't forget.
Bad girls don't fall in love.
Bad girls don't forget.
Bad girls don't fall in love.
Caroline Willis may be known for causing trouble, but she is NOT about to become homeless. So when she learns that her perfect apartment has been double-booked—to a dangerously hot bad boy—Caroline's bad-girl reputation comes out in full force. He may be sexy as sin, but she's not afraid of him … or his panty-melting smile.
Rock Canyon's got room for only one bad attitude—and Gabe Moriarty was here first. Still, starting over means playing it smart, so while sharing his new apartment is less than ideal, it's worth getting his dream business off the ground. Not to mention that it means shacking up with a sexy wild child. Caroline may be giving him the cold shoulder, but Gabe always was good at starting fires …
Caroline vows to keep things professional with Gabe, but as close quarters begin to ignite the sizzling chemistry between them, she's left wondering: Bad boy plus bad girl equals nothing but trouble … right?
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Caroline Willis returned to Rock Canyon when her father had a heart attack. She’d hoped he would welcome her home and be proud of her after she’d made good and established herself in business, but the stubborn old man was just as angry and refusing as ever. Not to be discouraged, and tired of sleeping on her sister’s couch, she decides to find a place of her own and seek out customers for her consulting business. Having found the perfect place to live, she’s ready to move in but discovers she’s hit an incredibly sexy and equally stubborn brick wall as she is, by the name of Gabe.
Gabriel Moriarty has some demons he needs to exorcise from his past. He has a lot to make up for and one of those things is an apology to his former best friend, Chase Trepasso. Rock Canyon seems to be the perfect place to set up his custom motorcycle shop. It’s a town where no one knows the past he's ashamed of, where his best friend lives, and it’s close enough to where his sister is being cared for that he can make sure she’s well and see her as often as he wants. The two-bedroom apartment he found is perfect. The rent is good and he can’t wait to move in, but there’s a gorgeous fly in the ointment. With a simple suggestion from his sister, he offers to let the beautiful, and far too sexy and very stubborn, Caroline Willis share the apartment. When he made the offer, he thought he could live in close quarters with her but it doesn’t take long for him to find himself desiring her more than he should, and wanting to protect her from whatever demons are chasing her too.
Caroline and Gabe are made for each other. Both are fearful of opening up to anyone yet the trust begins to build between them even as they fight it. Caroline begins to see a multitude of layers in the gorgeous man who presents an even harder shell to the outside world than she does. When her past comes back to threaten her and her sisters, it’s Gabe who gives her the strength to face it head on. Even though Caroline is a take no crap from anyone kind of gal, there’s one person who makes her quake in her boots. To protect Gabe, she finds the strength to take control and defeat him. Loved, loved it! In return, Caroline helps Gabe see the hero that lies deep within him, which he’s determined to deny but eventually allows to come forth for those he loves.
Every visit to Rock Canyon is like coming home. The secondary characters we’ve come to know and love, and not like so much, make this place real in our imaginations. RETURN OF THE BAD GIRL by Codi Gary is a coming home story filled with humor, angst, good times, and bad. It’s about family, friends, forgiveness, and how even the worst things done for whatever reason can be forgiven and give strength to those affected by the deeds. Caroline and Gabe are kindred spirits who find each other, clash delightfully, create delicious sexual tension, and then come together with explosive intensity. I enjoyed watching these characters grow and become complete by finding the person they really are and how together, they could share, trust, and love each other.
I highly recommend RETURN OF THE BAD GIRL, book four in the Rock Canyon Romance series by Codi Gary because coming home to face your life is an experience worth doing. I love this series more with each book, and I’m going to keep coming back to Rock Canyon and the wonderful inhabitants conjured by the incredible imagination of Codi Gary. I hope you will too.
Happy Reading Everyone!
RETURN OF THE BAD GIRL, a Rock Canyon Romance novel by Codi Gary, Avon Romance, now available in print as well as ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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