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Bad Romance

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  871 ratings  ·  259 reviews
In this explosive novel from New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin, a good girl falls for the ultimate bad boy: her stepbrother. Perfect for fans of Sabrina Paige, Caitlin Daire, and Krista Lakes, Bad Romance proves that passion can be so wrong it’s right.

Seven years in the army will change a guy. But after a shoulder wound ends his career as a sniper, Jackson W
ebook, 268 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Loveswept
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NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***3,75 complicated stars for Jackson and Lilly***

“I wish I found another woman I wanted even half as badly as I want you. Wish I found someone who made me want her. Wish I found someone—anyone—else, who made me forget the things you make me feel. Hell, I even wish you weren’t you, so that things wouldn’t be so damn complicated.”

I love stepsiblings stories... I don't now why, but i really do!!!
They are not actually brothers and sisters, right??? So why not they can be together if there i
Claire Robinson
Aug 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: love-swept, dnf
1 - "There are always choices in life... It's how we deal with them that defines who we are." Star.

DNF @ 38%

There have been a slew of Step-Brother romances out there recently, I have read some, and if I am honest enjoyed few of them. But I usually get on with Jen McLaughlin's writing so I thought I would once again dip my toe in this supposedly taboo trope...

Thing is, and the issue I struggle with these books is that they don't really feel taboo to me, most of the time the couple in question are
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
★★★3 Stars★★★

I am a HUGE sucka for taboo romance.The forbiddeness the secrecy, I just love everthing about it so when I saw this, I just had to read it because Hello? Hot Stepbrother alert!!

Jackson Worthington was a eighteen year old black sheep of the family.He felt like he didn't belong and having a mother that tolerates you half the time and a stepfather that wants to mold you into his mini-me, leads to a a bad home life.His only saving grace and light towards to the end of a tunnel is his s
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 3 Stars *****


Bad Romance didn't really feel like a forbidden love story. Jackson and Lily were step-siblings, but they didn't know each other from childhood.

The relationship between them was hot and explosive, but I felt like it just went around in an endless circle. They tried to resist each other, then they made love, and then they resisted each other again.

Lily's personality bothered me a bit too. She's indecisive and passive. I thought Jackson should of left her after some of the cho
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Stepbrother/sister books have gained a lot of momentum recently and I am guilty of one-clicking more than a few of these titles but I think it’s time we might need to move on to something a bit more taboo.

In Bad Romance, we start with a flash into the past. The moment where Jackson and Lily share a kiss just before Jackson walks away. Leaving his home for the army, Jackson wasn’t willing to become the man that his step father and mother wanted him to be, but he never forgot the little girl that
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
***I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the publisher, through, in exchange for honest feedback.***

One of many books in the recently popular "stepbrother" romance sub-genre, 'Bad Romance' was a surprisingly good read. I hadn't expected much from this book, but was pleasantly surprised. The characters were likable and the story was compelling. Although it was predictable, it was still entertaining and enjoyable.

Lilly and Jackson meet when their parents marry. Fifteen yea
Sep 06, 2015 added it
Shelves: arc, did-not-finish
DNF at 51%

I couldn't finish this one - the heroine was incredibly weak and naive. I couldn't take anymore of her forced marriage crap.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
2.5 Stars

Bad Romance is a contemporary romance that had a lot of promise but ultimately didn't deliver.

Jackson and Lilly's parents marry when she is 15 and he is 18. They are "family" for a total of five months when Jackson, who refuses to follow the path set out for him by his wealthy jerk of a stepfather, leaves to join to Army. Lilly was the only one to show Jackson any kindness and writes to him for years despite the fact that he never answers her.

Fast forward seven years. Jackson is back f
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2 out of 5 Stars

*** ARC granted in exchange for an honest review ***

Jackson Worthington is back in his hometown in Virginia. A war injury is keeping him from re-enrolling into active duty with the military, and he just needs some time to figure out what to do next. It was ridiculous of him that during that time, he would not cross paths with the stepsister who stole his heart 7 years prior.

Lilly Hastings has had a crush on Jackson ever si
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: virgin, angst, netgalley

This is another Stepbrother/stepsister romance. Jackson our hero can't fit the mold his Mother and Step-Father, Walter (he's had a few) are forcing him into. He's doesn't know who his real father is and his Mother has always made it clear he's not really wanted.

Our heroine, Lily just wants to please her Daddy. But there is something about Jackson, her step-brother that just draws her.

Jackson at eighteen decides to leave and joins the army and becomes a sniper.This just breaks Lily's hea
Not my kind of story-anymore- because I read a couple of the "taboo " step siblings books and I'm still to find the taboo part of the story. Through reviews it seems this book falls in the same level of no taboo at all But I'm biased because for me this is no taboo . you don't have the same parents , therefore, you're not blood related , no family ties so I didn't see the forbidden fact. Specially when their parents decide to marry and the kids are already grown people. ...more
Deea (Andreea)
I need to sit on this for a moment or two... I'm too angry right now to say anything nice or positive.

ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgallery
I have read a lot of 'step brother' romance books now, from a variety of authors. When a book says' 'Fans of Sabrina Paige....' etc will like this book, then of course I get excited. I love Sabrina's work, so was thinking that Bad Romance would be similar. Oh I was wrong....

Bad Romance is a watered down (Yes I did say that), version of other Step Brother books I have read. In fact, I'd say this is a step brother romance in the style of the 80's Mills & Boon novels. It is very romantic, feelings
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I love me some good step-sibling romance because people balk at them. I loved a few step-sibling romances but a lot of them kind of fell short and that saddens me. I have to say that Bad Romance did fall short of making me positively thrilled so it gets an easy 3.5 stars from me.

The story line is simple and easy to understand with the bad boy of a stepbrother and a good girl with a rich daddy of a stepsister. It is like a Romeo and Juliet story without all the bloodshed and death and a happy en
Three Chicks
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Review by Trinette Dungee

Jackson Worthington has no idea what it feels like to belong or feel loved. Having never known his father, his mother has made it clear to him that he is the biggest mistake of her life. Rather than focus on raising her son she was more interested in being the best wife she could be to what ever current husband was in their life. When she marries Walter Hastings the only good thing that came out of that union was his step-sister, Lily, who he was immediately drawn to…in
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: na-romance
My Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to reading, Bad Romance. I've read other books by author Jen McLaughlin and really enjoyed them. When it comes to this particular story, I have mixed feelings about it.

Bad Romance is about Lilly Hastings and Jackson Worthington. Lilly has grown up in wealth her whole life. Her father is the CEO of a large company and runs his household the same way he runs his business; commandeering control of every aspect. When Lily's mother dies, her father remarries,
Wendy F
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Why the heck do I do this to myself? Why do I read a synopsis and get intrigued with stories when I know that I’m not going to be happy? It’s almost like my psyche is trying to punish me for something. I know that I’m just setting these poor books up, because I am not going to like them. Yet I can’t stop myself from trying anyway.

There was so much wrong with Bad Romance I’m not even really sure where to start.

How about how completely shallow this story was. How shallow these characters were. Rig
Tori Williams
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Bad Romance is my first step-sibling romance. I was pleased to find that the familial aspect wasn't really present due to the short amount of time that the two main characters actually live together.

Jackson’s mother married Lily’s father (one of a long list of husbands) and he was saddled with yet another person that only cared about what he could gain from the connection - a step-son he could put on the Ivy League track

I believe this is my first time reading a Jen McLaughlin novel. But it's definitely not my first for reading a stepbrother romance. Jen McLaughlin won me totally over for this stepbrother romance. I love that Bad Romance is a fresh take on a taboo storyline that seems to always go the same way... (Oh, we’re stepsiblings so we can't be together) Nope, McLaughlin give's a new reason as to why these two stepsiblings can't be together. And for that reason, I truly love Bad Romance stepbrother romanc
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jen McLaughlin is one of my go-to authors for NA romance, I have come to expect a lot of smoulder within the pages of her books. Bad Romance is no exception, expect I think Jen has managed to increase the swoon factor in this story :)

Jackson portrays the rough, tough bad boy persona hiding any emotion under a carefully constructed shell of armour. Continually resented by his mother and demoralised by his step father, Jackson escapes the confines of his life by joining the army transforming hims
Sep 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 51%

Stepbrother romances; meant to be taboo yet they never come over that way, hence I tend to give them a miss, but having read plenty Jen McLaughlin in the past, I thought why not.

"She's not actually your sister."

Jackson and Lilly don't come over as step-siblings. This was more the wealthy good-girl and the tattooed ex-military bad boy. They had a kiss, her father kicked him out, he enlisted and returns seven years later to find her still playing the dutiful daughter. And, because the
Judy Miracle
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stepbrother
advanced copy provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for an honest review

I love me some stepbrother romance books and anything taboo and this one was no different. I was pulled in from the beginning and it had a hold on me hook line and sinker I loved this damn book.

Jackson is the black sheep of the family, he was kicked out at the age of 18 and even now after coming home he doesnt feel as if he belongs. His mother constantly telling him that she never wanted him an
Bibliophile Wonderland Reviews
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Okay first of I ant to say if you love a man in uniform this is the book for you. Jackson all alpha male,sniper for the U.S. Army, and sexy as sin is back from being overseas. This I think was more his story then Lily's. Jackson mom is one piece of work I tell you. I wondered about Jackson's dad thought the book. He is no mentioned but when mention their is very little known. So his mom marries Lily's who is a CEO and a big ass ego to go along with it. Lily at that age was sixteen and Jackson ha ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
2.5 Stars

I know that the Stepbrother books have been popping up all over the place, but despite being an overdone plot, I still find myself liking that forbidden aspect the stories bring. This book had all the makings for a great story, but for me it just fell short.

I didn't really get a great feel for the hero or heroine in the story and their actual relationship was just too annoying for me to get behind. It was like a repeat cycle of "we can't", "I'm not good enough for you", "I need to save
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

As a fan of Jen McLaughlin I was really looking forward to reading a stepbrother book from her. Unfortunately I was extremely disappointed. This book was beyond cliche. Their was absolutely no character growth or even any way to like the characters. Both were beyond annoying, naive, and self sacrificing to the point of absurdity. They were both immature and I never felt a connection between them.

This book took me along time to read as I
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review

I'm reading other people's reviews wondering if I read the same book!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sure some of it was a little predictable but when you read as much as I do, I feel most books are that way for me a little. I kinda fell in love with Jackson and I felt so sorry for him for the way his horrible mother treated him. I've read a lot of the step sibling books and this one kept me intrigued. I couldn't put it down! I thought the author did a grea
Heather andrews
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jackson is sexy, hot, and the boy has a generous and kind heart that only Lilly knows about, “why didn’t you tell me?” I demanded. “You should have warned me. I could have gone slower. Easier. Been more of a . . . a . . . ” Sometimes if a girl has too many choices she has a tough time deciding, "I sighed, watching his arms. He carried a six-pack of beer and a pizza. I didn’t know which I wanted more— the beer, the pizza, or him." I liked this book it was angsty, and I wanted to lunch a few peopl ...more
Jessica Alcazar
I've read the Prologue ... this book has a lot of potential !! Stay tuned ...

ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for an honest review!

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Ash P Reads
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ash P by: NetGalley
This story was an unexpectedly pleasant surprise. It's amazing to realize that such archaic practices are still in place. I understand and relate to arranged marriages as it is common in my culture. And yes sometimes, sadly it is misused. But in the western world, it was customary to have marriages arrange for political or business reason several centuries ago. I was actually happy that these two were able to overcome their misplaced guilt reach for their own happiness first.

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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin Random House. Under her pen name, Diane Alberts, she is also a USA TODAY bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, hit the New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. J ...more

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