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They say it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. I think that’s total bullshit. No one wants to be a loser in the Game of Love. Trust me, I know. With a lying fiancee and a canceled wedding, I’ve lost big time.

And that loss turned me bitter, so hell bent on vengeance that I almost let it destroy everything. Determined never to go down that dark
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Published April 2017
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Hanne
May 12, 2017 Hanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
I have loved every book I’ve read by Emily Goodwin and this book isn’t an exception. This book is my favorite book by the author so far! Great writing, amazing characters (everybody but the ex’s) and superb plot. I can’t wait for the second part of this duet. Bad Things really was an amazing start of Cole and Ana’s love story.

Ana is finishing her debut book and her editor has too much work so she gets a new editor, Cole. Cole is very good at his work and works hard, but he doesn’t like romance b
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Jennifer Richey
May 09, 2017 Jennifer Richey rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! We got coles point of view what happen and why he was so bitter about love!!! He meets Ana and he tries not to fall in love with her but both of them have trouble with trust! We see Lexi and cole in the story too! I can't wait to read more about Ana and cole later! Emily is an amazing author and I love her books!
My Girlfriend's Couch Blog
5 He's Not Really That Bad Stars!!!
Reviewed by Franci Neill


The second I finished Twice Burned I was chomping at the bit to get Cole's story and what a story it is!! What I didn't expect when I turned the first page of this book was an overwhelming sense of compassion for Diana, the woman that is obviously meant to be Cole's HEA....but it's going to be quite the struggle for these two to get there though.

Cole is on the verge of getting everything he's wanted in his personal life until he meets
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Konny
May 10, 2017 Konny rated it it was amazing
Bad Things by Emily Goodwin is a spinoff from the popular LOVE IS MESSY series, and can be read as a complete standalone novel.
This is Cole and Anas story.
Cole Winchester- yes THE Cole Winchester from Love is Messy Duet- is an successful editor-in-chief. But hes lonely and longs for a wife, kids and picket fence. Everything his little brother Luke has. His latest serious relationship became a disaster.
And there is Diana Ventimiglia- Ana, a new writer who wants her first book edited.
Both meet and
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She's a Lip Biter
May 19, 2017 She's a Lip Biter rated it really liked it
OMG!!! What A book, this book was absolutely brilliant and was completely different than what I imagined it to be. I was swept away in this book and I just couldn't get enough of the story, the characters and just the romance running through it all. But under the romance is a sinister edge, that kept popping up.

I thought I would forever hate Cole Winchester but my heart melted for the man whilst reading this book. You get to see a completely different side to him. He is every bit as swoon-worthy
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Colleen Mc (The Book Lover)
Another hit from Emily Goodwin! Bad Things is an engaging read with lovable characters and a captivating storyline. Plus, how can I forget the ending that leaves you feeling like you’re dangling off the edge of a cliff!!! I got to the last page- which I didn’t realize at the time because I was so engrossed in the story- and I swiped right, then right, then right again. And. Nothing. Only then realizing that I was on the last page, I shook my fist and silently cursed Goodwin for leaving me hangin ...more
Ashley Gill
May 11, 2017 Ashley Gill rated it it was amazing
   Emily Goodwin did it again!!! This is a spin off from the Love Is Messy series , while you don’t need to read the series to start Bad Things I would highly recommend it because it gives you some background information about the Winchester Brothers and Cole’s relationships with those around him before meeting the wonderful Ana.

      I must be honest, I came into this book not a big fan of Cole. I got to know him somewhat through the Love is Messy series and he came off as a jerk on several occ
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BFDU
May 12, 2017 BFDU rated it really liked it
** Provided on behalf of the author for an honest review **
** Review by Gayle from Bloggers From Down Under **

Bad Things, a spin off from the Love Is Messy Series is the story about Cole and Ana, but can be read as a standalone. And believe me you will not be disappointed.

This is Cole and Ana's story.
Both broken beyond repair.
Both unlucky in love.
They have been hurt, the pain etched deep within their souls.
Love is something that isn't for them.
It doesn't exist.
Cole can't love.
Ana fears love.
They
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Kimberly
May 13, 2017 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
Bad Things is a spinoff book from the Love is Messy duet, where the hero, Cole Winchester, was first introduced.

This book can be read without having read the previous duet, but I would recommend reading that duet first.

As someone who had not read the duet, I feel it would have given me more depth and insight into Cole, although the backstory was explained well.

Both Cole and Ana have had bad relationships in the past, and they are now both afraid to risk their hearts getting broken again.

Cole
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Chandris
May 17, 2017 Chandris rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Cole Winchester has reinvented himself, he is building a relationship with his brother and family and he is focusing on his career. The one thing he has been avoiding is any kind of entanglements with women. Being burnt once was enough to last him a lifetime.

Diana (Ana) Ventimiglia is an up and coming romance author when a painful past relationship as well. She travels to NYC to meet with her new professional team who is helping her to publish her debut novel. Being extremely attracted to her ne
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Lisa Stinson
May 18, 2017 Lisa Stinson rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. I have only read the Love is Messy duet by Emily Goodwin but I enjoyed those books so much. I was kinda excited to get Cole's book. By the end of Luke and Lexi's story, my heart was going out to Cole and the things that made him the man he is today.

Here we get Cole & Ana's story. My heart hurt for both of these characters in the first of this book. Reading about the situations that caused them both to be so hesitant and guarded of love was heartbreaking. Neither one
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Lisa Hemming
May 11, 2017 Lisa Hemming rated it it was amazing
Cole and Ana do not believe in true love, but life may surprise them in "Bad Things, by Emily Goodwin. Cole and Ana are both content existing in a world that is familiar Never leaving their comfort zone. Never taking a chance Living a solitary life, devoid of personal relationships.
Ana is recovering from an abusive relationship, and finds comfort in her writing. She writes a sexy romance novel and lands a publishing deal where she meets Cole, who will be editing her book.
Cole thought he had fo
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Mary
May 13, 2017 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I wasn’t a fan of Cole from the first books in this series. (Now you can read this book without reading Hot Mess & Twice Burned but it will be so much more fun and enjoyable if you did.) Cole is a complex man, as we see him as the successful business man, we start to learn of all the insecurities he carries behind the scenes. Diana, aka Ana, has written her first romance novel and Lexi snatched her up for the publishing company but Cole ends up being her editor. Cole is entranced with An ...more
Patricia
May 19, 2017 Patricia rated it it was amazing
This was one fantastic read. The main characters captivated me. This story was told with a flare of suspense, romance and anticipation.
I understood the dynamic of Cole and his brother since some siblings have a need to compete and that can get out of hand rather quickly and carry over into their adult lives. No matter how hard we try the past is very hard to forget.

Bad things lead to some very good things. When Cole takes over as editor for Ana's book a attraction develops between our main chara
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Kara Duhl
May 12, 2017 Kara Duhl rated it really liked it
To fully understand my feelings towards Cole you would have to have read Hot Mess and Twice Burned (which are fan-freaking-tastic books btw!) I really loathed Cole because of the really crappy behavior he had towards Luke and I just couldn't fathom seeing him any other way until I read Bad Things. Emily told Cole's story in such a fashion that made you see the real Cole that lives behind the facade of control and it absolutely made me fall in love with him. I did not think Emily could make me th ...more
Sassy Southern
May 11, 2017 Sassy Southern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting on this book since Hot Mess and Twice Burned and meet Cole. I wanted to learn his story and find out all about him. And I wanted him to meet someone who could break down all those walls that you could feel he has built all around him. I wanted him and his brother Luke to build a better relationship in his book also. And I can say that Emily did do everything that I was wanting plus more. I was pulled in from the start and think that Diana is Cole match in every way. I believe t ...more
Donna Wright
May 18, 2017 Donna Wright rated it really liked it
OMG!!! What A book, this book was absolutely brilliant and was completely different than what I imagined it to be. I was swept away in this book and I just couldn't get enough of the story, the characters and just the romance running through it all. But under the romance is a sinister edge, that kept popping up.

I thought I would forever hate Cole Winchester but my heart melted for the man whilst reading this book. You get to see a completely different side to him. He is every bit as swoonworthy
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Tina Morgan
May 10, 2017 Tina Morgan rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting on this book since Hot Mess and Twice Burned and meet Cole. I wanted to learn his story and find out all about him. And I wanted him to meet someone who could break down all those walls that you could feel he has built all around him. I wanted him and his brother Luke to build a better relationship in his book also. And I can say that Emily did do everything that I was wanting plus more. I was pulled in from the start and think that Diana is Cole match in every way. I believe t ...more
Sassy Southern
May 11, 2017 Sassy Southern rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting on this book since Hot Mess and Twice Burned and meet Cole. I wanted to learn his story and find out all about him. And I wanted him to meet someone who could break down all those walls that you could feel he has built all around him. I wanted him and his brother Luke to build a better relationship in his book also. And I can say that Emily did do everything that I was wanting plus more. I was pulled in from the start and think that Diana is Cole match in every way. I believe t ...more
Stephanie Andavis ✨
This book IS a stand alone from the Hot Mess/Twice Burned series but boy oh boy, if you read those two, you definitely want to read this one.

Since Cole and Luke are brothers, you get to see Luke and Lexis life through his eyes, and it's sweet!! I loved it. As for Cole.

Cole Cole Cole.

In the Love is Messy Duet series, if you read it, you'd be lying if you said you liked Cole at first. But don't fret, this book totally changes everything. I LOVED it! I love Cole. It goes to show you that you real
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Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

I didn't not imagine in the slightest that Cole could be redeemed after reading the Love Is Messy duet but damn, he was not only redeemed in my eyes but I really REALLY liked him. Diana definitely needed someone like Cole too. These two had incredible passion and their chemistry was off the charts! Some angsty moments and a slight cliffhanger that left me NEEDING more.

These Duets by Emily Goodwin are perfectly written. Plenty of heat, heart, and angst to keep yo
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Kathryn Dee - CLiK Book Blog
May 17, 2017 Kathryn Dee - CLiK Book Blog rated it really liked it
Bad Things - Emily Goodwin

I was given this book for an honest and unbiased review.

Part of the Love is Messy group of novels, this spin off is based on Cole from the previous books and his love interest Anna.

Now I didn't particularly like Coles character from the previous books. He was jaded and unlikeable but I think he has finally come to the fore, revealing more of the background story for him and removing the mask to his real persona. I've actually grown to like his character In this book an
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Brandi Aga
May 20, 2017 Brandi Aga rated it it was amazing
OMG! Cole Winchester, good ole' Cole. I immediately think of him as a drunken asshole from the Love is Messy Duet. Everything he did to try and destroy his brother's relationship. But I also felt sorry for him. Obviously he is hurt and upset to act the way he did. I couldn't wait to dig deeper and get in his mind and find out what makes him tick!

Ana and Cole both have a lot of baggage per say- crazy exes. So they are both hurt, they both came burnt out of bad relationships. Good ole' Cole is mu
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T
May 14, 2017 T rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Emily Goodwin. I’ve loved everything she’s written and Bad Things is no different. Bad Things is about Cole and Ana and can be read as a standalone but you should definitely read Hot Mess and Twice Burned because they’re amazing. Cole is the editor in chief of Black Press Inc and Ana is a new author. Cole doesn’t believe he deserves to be happy and Ana is a romance author that doesn’t believe in true love. Their connection is instant but they want to remain professional. Both ...more
Kim
May 17, 2017 Kim rated it it was amazing
Well..she did it again !! This is going to be another 10 star series !! I thought Luke was all that but I think she might have gotten me with Cole now ..

When Lexi has took much On her plate Cole as her boss is instructed by Caitlin Black .. owner .. to lighten the load and he did what he thought was the best thing for everyone .. took in the author himself.

Little did he know that those feelings he hid so well would start to come through even though he knew he wasn't good enough for Diana. Could
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Cathy
May 11, 2017 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Wow...this book was sure a roller coaster, especially for Diana. I feel for her so much, and she really does deserve so much happiness. Cole had a terrible breakup 5 years before, and while I haven't read any other books by her, I am glad that Cole and his brother seem to be getting along better now! :)

Ana is an up and coming author and Cole ends up her editor. He is also trying for a promotion, so needless to say, this relationship is messy, and yet, so much fun to watch. You can't help but lov
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Emmbooks
May 12, 2017 Emmbooks rated it it was amazing
two people wary of love, but longing for it anyway.

I just loved this story. Ana isn't the scared, reserved girl I kind of expected. She's fun and flirty, she's trying really hard not to let her horrible past hold her back. She is extremely likeable and very relatable.


Getting to hear from Cole about his reasons for how he treated his brother in the past was just perfect! I didnt think i would be able to feel so much sympathy for him but I totally did.

Together these two are dynamite!

The story
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paigeanne23
May 09, 2017 paigeanne23 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Gosh. You have to read this story. It can be read alone, but you totally need to read the others. Cole Winchester is the chief-in-editor and really does not edit romance...that is until he has no choice. Ana, aka Scarlett Levine, is a newbie romance author. She gets shifted to a new editor, Cole. Ana has a crazy ex that won't let her go. Cole has closed off his heart to love. He gave up on the idea. But as Cole and Ana spend more time together they exchange some hot and steamy nights. Bu ...more
Nardia Barnes
May 18, 2017 Nardia Barnes rated it really liked it
Disclaimer.... This book ends in a cliffhanger, so prepare yourself to wait for the next book! Ok now that's cleared up, the book, hmm so I'm going to be honest I was worried that this storyline was a 'seen it all before' situation. I was proven wrong. Diana (Ana), finally escapes a brutal past and things start looking up for her with her debut novel. Cole, is a career driven publishing house chief editor, struggling with a past, that can't move on from. Put these two together and things start t ...more
Juliana
May 21, 2017 Juliana rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book (given by Hype PR)...

CLIFFHANGER!

I have to say I wasn't too excited about Cole getting his own because he was such a turd but I completely changed my mind after reading this book. I actually liked and cared about Cole once we were allowed to get inside his brain and man did Heather do damage to this guy. Now Ana, aka Diana aka Scarlett, is a new up and coming romance author with a tragic past of her own. Can Cole forgive himself enough to let the guilt
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Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.

She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she's not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.

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