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Didn’t I Warn You?

(Bad for You #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  408 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Not everything dangerous is bad.

From the moment Angelina laid eyes on him, she fell into a fantasy. Mysterious, foreign, gorgeous, Haithem offered her what she needed most—a chance to feel again.

But Haithem is much more than he appears to be. He lives in a world of danger where everything comes at a price.

For Angelina, that price is her future.

He's made sure the life s
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 18th 2016 by Carina Press
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Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
I am actually in dilemma rating this book.

Didn't I Warn You? is a book that promises dark, erotic romance but deliver below what I expected. I feel like that annoying child on the back of the car seat asking are we there yet? over and over again. See, I was expecting more drama, more erotic, more forbidden fantasy and mostly erotic sex. Maybe some hard core BDSM.

I waited and waited and waited and I got underwhelmed with the plot. I like Heatham. He is such mysterious hero. Angeline serves her
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
*** ARC kindly provided by the publisher Carina Press, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ***

When reading the blurb for this book on NetGalley I requested it because it sounded like a great dark read but I’m a little disappointed. To me it isn’t dark at all! She doesn’t get to contact anyone and Haithem won’t return her home but besides that he’s almost always great to her. There are no dangerous situations or at least they don’t feel dangerous.

Overall I still enjoyed this story an
Dana aka ♥Belladonna♥
Unfortunately, this one didn't work for me. I was drawn to this book because the blurb made it sound like it would be a great dark read. That wasn't the case. In fact, it read far more like a New Adult book than it did a Dark Romance.

While I liked Haithem as the enigmatic male lead, I didn't like Angelina at all. She is incredibly immature, right down to the origami fortune teller game she plays. (I stopped playing that in middle school.) The decisions she makes lack any kind of common sense an
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars - 3.5 Flames

Oh. My. GAAAAWD!!!! I haven't been this excited about a suspense/dark contemporary romance in a very long time. I'm hooked. I'm crazy about this and I'm having freakin' dreams about being IN this book. Author beware. I'm officially on stalker duty because THIS. IS. AMAZING!!!!!

Where to begin...I might have to write in code so that I don't give anything away. I REALLY want you to read this like I did. Without knowing any of the secrets. Without knowing any of the drama. Witho
Bettina  Rose
This is THE most captivating romance I’ve ever read. There’s something so completely magical about Didn’t I Warn You and not ironically, at all in the way I expected. I was thinking this was going to be like DUNGEON level dark. It’s not. It’s troupey and crazy over-the-top (kind of like Jane The Virgin and the OTT Telenovela feel, and like JTV it just works). The darkness comes in via the state of constant suspense that the reader is kept in. That on-the-edge fearful, uncomfo
Amber Bardan
Jan 10, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Angelina is young and innocent living vicariously through her friends encounters with men so when she sees a talk, dark, handsome and mysterious foreigner in the local coffee shop she's immediately intrigued with him. The two are from completely different worlds where Angelina is still the good girl living at home with her parents and Haithem leads a life of danger always looking over his shoulder.

Haithem is used to buying whatever he wants in life so when Angelina agrees to meet him on his yac
Angela James
Oct 18, 2015 marked it as edited
Working on edits and I pulled this scene. Haithem is dangerous. And seductive. How do you resist a guy who offers this???

“You owe me nothing. I expect nothing from you. I trust no promises from you.” His voice softened, whispered around me from what felt like all directions. He stopped directly behind me, his hands coming down on my shoulders so I couldn’t turn. “But this doesn’t have to be a nightmare. It doesn’t have to be a trap or a prison.” He pulled me back against him, and suddenly his ar
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
What a great find! After DNFing so many books lately, I finally found something worth reading. Great writing, interesting characters, and a nice dose of darkness made this an amazing book. Funnily enough, the only thing I didn't like about it was the prologue/epilogue. I thought its vibe was off from the rest of the book. But other than that, I liked everything about this story. I'm off to read the sequel! ...more
Cam *tactile seeker*

*Warning: this review comes with feel-good GIFs, a super hot (and addicting) song and a fan-girl attitude*

"He knew.
He knew everything, because this feelings, they cascaded from my heart and through my body, and then out of my skin."

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You win so much, that I'm going to post one of my favorite songs of the moment from one of my favorite artists of the moment, which kept playing in my head, while I was reading "Didn't I Warn You".
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ARC provided by Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Angelina is a rule follower, she does everything by the book and lives under her parent's watchful eyes, or she did until she saw him. With his tan skin, dark eyes, and impeccable dress, the man is what fantasies, her fantasies, are made of and he's made her come to life. Haithem is much more than meets the eye and when he sends for her to meet him
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Carina Press is one of my favorite small publishers - I like a great deal of what they choose to publish, even if it's a book that isn't in my usual genre of choice. DIDN'T I WARN YOU sounded like it was trying to be a CAPTIVE IN THE DARK clone, but because of the hot man on the cover, and because it was published by Carina, I couldn't resist. Plus, that summary - it was so intriguing..

Now that I've read DIDN'T I WARN YOU, I'm not quite
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WARNING: This book will make you gasp and drool, then leave you hanging just when it's getting soooo good!

The second Angelina lays eyes on Haithem, she knew she was in trouble. She just didn't know how much it would be. Held captive on a yacht and assumed to be the enemy has Angelina caught up in a dangerous game that she doesn't know how to play, or even how to lose. She just knows she needs to get away from Haithem, from his all-seeing eyes and manipulative tongue. She never knew how much she
Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

This is a darkly seductive Beauty & the Beast romance that will give you goosebumps. Haithem is no prince charming as he starts to believe Angelina is not as honest he originally believed. With his own life on the line, he isn’t quite sure whether or not Angelina was purposefully put into his path to pose as the ultimate temptation and his eventual downfall. Or maybe she’s telling the truth, that she just wants a little bit of adventure in her life.
Bookworm Extraordinaire
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is book one in a two books series with the sequel coming out in June.

I wouldn't say it was really a "dark" read. I have certainly read kidnapping books that were WAY more dark and disturbing than this one. That said, I enjoyed this one a lot. Both the hero and heroine were likable characters. A good portion of the book is spent with both of them keeping secrets and Haithem is acting under a misconception about Angelina. Things get cleared up in the end, but there's a bigger story at play he
This is probably me and not the book but I wasn't feeling it. I at least have to like one of the main characters for me being able to read the book and I liked neither. I also lost interest at 30 % so once again it is me and not the book.

Book received from Carina Press by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Eden Summers
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book.
Haithem is delicious.
Jennifer Pierson
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Angelina has spent her life trying to be perfect so her parents would love her, and in the last year, she's worked hard at doing good acts, so her karma would get better. The day she first laid eyes on Haithem, her suppressed bad girl is begging to come out, and she wants him. Angelina never really gets out, but that night, she goes to a party with her best friend, and when she's trying to leave, she's talked into going to spend some time with Haithem, as he's leaving the country in the morning. ...more
Gina ~Pink Lace Book Blog
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
YES! YES! YES! As an avid reader, I live for those moments when you crack a book open and fall in love. Fall in love with the hero, the heroine and the author. It doesn’t happen every time, but when it does, you can’t help but shout out with glee and dance around the house with your Kindle in hand. That’s what happen to me reading Amber Bardan’s Didn’t I Warn You.

Angelina is a young woman that has always been in the shadows. Having a twin brother that didn’t survive a bout of cancer, she has wal
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I started it, I was hooked. In the first book of Amber Bardan's new series, Didn't I Warn You introduces readers to a world where danger and passion often go hand in hand. After losing everything he loved in the world, Haithem threw himself head first into danger. Now as he is in forced proximity with Angelina, Haithem is torn between believing the worst or succumbing to his desires. After years of being second best, Angelina is ready for someone to put her first. When Haithem se ...more
Book-Bosomed  blog
Melbourne, Australia native Angelina Morrison, 20, sets her sights on a dark and mysterious stranger at a café one afternoon. When she spots him again she indulges in her fascination and thus sets herself on a potentially dangerous path with Haithem, 30.

This is a very slow build and while I typically enjoy a low angst read, I didn’t find this one all that interesting. Part of the problem was my struggles to connect with both of the main characters. Through the majority of the book, character dev
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Didn't I Warn You
Amber A Bardan
3 stars

So this one was just okay for me. There are more parts so its not a complete story. Keep that in mind if you don't like to wait.

Angelina our main female is innocent and naive and its just too much. She is living and following through her friends which leads to trouble. A foreigner in a coffee shop -- you can write the rest. I just couldn't get into the characters and the preface of the book. Its not the dark and dirty read you think; meaning its somewhat su
Book Snob Sue
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This book was a sexy burn. When these two see each, just wow. They try to resist each other, but really can't. He thinks she's someone she's not and she's thinking with her young heart. It's a power struggle, some misunderstandings/mistaken identities and a bit of a mystery that will have you staying up late to read this book. Both of these two have secrets they are keeping, but for very different reasons. These two need each other in a way that I can't fully explain, bu ...more
Claire Louise¤°.¸¸.•´¯`»
Yummy scrummy 4 stars

I'm still on my high from King's Captive, my first book from Amber Bardan, so naturally as any book addict does when they've had that CRACK book they buy everrrrrrything from that author. I have no regrets! she is a unique voice that writes engaging characters and is batting 2 for 2 now for my reads!

Didn't I warn you? was really enjoyable. I love the over the top alpha heroes who do bad things for good reasons ( that you only find out much later ) this had an old sheikh fe
Isabelle MBTL
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Didn't I warn you, Angel, that's not a good idea to love me? ... Didn't I warn you my love would be bad? ... Didn't I tell you, you'd pay for my heart?



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Cover - I love it! It's mysterious, sexy and after you read the book you will know it is Haithem.
Plot - This is a great book. The author has enthralled me with this story. It was a fast-paced, mysterious, dangerous tale. Really well written, very cohesive without any weak point. I love the plot twist. (view spoiler)
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed by Gemini

Generally, when I read a Romantic Suspense or Mystery, I have some idea where it may be going. There are clues that seem to give you a sense of what the big reveal may be. In this instance, I was truly surprised. Amber Bardan succeeded in providing genuine misdirection without even trying. By withholding certain trivial information about both the hero and the heroine, the reader is forced to use their own imagination and that makes Didn’t I Warn You hard to put down. The whole
Clare O'Beara
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
While set in an Australian harbour city, this tale could fit many locations. It's an odd romance story following a girl who has just left college and is hoping to get a reporting job. Everything that occurs seems to me to be totally unrealistic from the outlined, proposed article to the events that follow. So just read it as an escapist and slightly erotic fantasy.

Angelina gets leered at for thirty minutes in a café by a strange man. Not having the sense she was born with, she decides to stalk
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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“Didn’t I warn you” is the story of Haithem and Angelina. They meet by chance in a café and share an explosive attraction to each other. When Angelina tries to be bold once in her life and seeks Haithem out to suggest him a one-night-stand, fate strikes and makes it a wole lot more complicated than one night of passion.

First off, I want to give my two cents to the blurb. It is good to go into the book with as few information as possible. BUT it had been described as something for fans of Penel
Books Laid Bare
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
For the first book in the series this got off to good start.
When it comes to being categorised I think it is safe to say that this is a fairly dark read but it is not going to have you diving behind the chair for cover! It has some serious twists and turns so I would suggest that you pay close attention to the little details.
I read this fairly quickly and that was because the story was one that just didn’t seem to want to wait, it demanded my attention.
The story is about Angelina and Haithem, I
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Carina Press in exchange for an honest review.

Angelina is young and rather innocent, so there are moments in the story where her cluelessness frustrated me. But then, there were also times where I asked myself if she really was as clueless as she seemed or if she simply played the part because it continued to allow her to be in Haithem's presence and for her to fulfill all her dirty fantasies. Haithem, on the oth
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