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Bad Things

(Love is Messy #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,037 ratings  ·  125 reviews
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 dar
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published May 10th 2017
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May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I wasn't expecting to like Cole as much as I did. After reading Lexi and Lukes books (Hot Mess and Twice Burned) I really thought he was an ass. I'm so glad he got his own story so we got to know his character. Cole is actually kind of self-conscious and unsure of himself because of having his heart broken in the past. He doesn't think he can make anyone happy and that's what causes him to act the way he does at times. I really liked how his book wasn't just a romance with his developing feeling ...more
Dec 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I almost didn't read this because of how mean Cole was in the first two books but I am really glad I gave this a chance! Cole has won me over and looking forward to reading how it all plays out in the next book! ...more
Jennifer Richey
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Bookworm Between the Sheets
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This page turner is hard to quit!!! Bad Things was a quick read for me and I found myself wanting to go read Hot Mess & Twice Burned to find out more about the backstory between Cole, Luke & Lexi. DISCLAIMER ---- Although you do NOT need to read them before reading Bad Things!

With Cole's job working in the Book Publishing sector - I loved seeing into the publishing fictional world and learning how an author might go through getting their book published.

Cole & Ana's story is filled with great ro
Love N. Books
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ellie's $0.02:

If you read Emily's Love is Messy series, you won't be disappointed. If you haven't read the series, you won't be disappointed. But if you HAVE, you will have been introduced to Cole. If you HAVEN'T, you can still start here and not be lost. Make sense? That's a lot of caveats, but not really.

I read the Love is Messy series and to be perfectly frank (no, he's not a character in the series), I was not a fan of Cole in that duet. But you know what? You get his story. His brain. His b
April Symes

This is the follow up to Love is Messy (Hot Mess & Twice Burned) Duet series and I can assure you ,you will not be disappointed. I would recommend you start reading Love is Messy Duet series part 1 before you start reading Bad Things: A Love is Messy Novel. This is Cole and Ana’s love story.
Ana is finishing her debut book and her editor Lexi has been assigned way too much work so she has been assigned to a new editor …Cole. Cole is very good at what he does BUT he isn’t a fan of the romance genr
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Ana´s story.
Cole Winchester- yes THE Cole Winchester from Love is Messy Duet- is an successful editor-in-chief. But he´s 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 a
She's a Lip Biter
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Whitney Cannavina
Ana is an up and coming author. Her past still haunts her and she can't seem to escape it but when she meets her new editor Cole, he makes it just a little bit easier.
Cole doesn't believe in love. Yet he's editing a romance and can't help but imagine doing some of the scenes with his sexy author. But he knows he's no good for her.

I was a little hesitant at first because of Coles devious past. I wasn't sure if I could like him in this story but as time goes on we find out the reasoning for why
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well......I didn't think she could do it....but she did. Emily Goodwin made me fall in love with Cole Winchester. I didn't think I was going to love him, but to love him more that his brother Luke, never ever thought it would happen. She showed a different side of him, one that is looking for a love that his brother found and a life filled with that love. Enter Ana, oh I just wanted to hug her so much. The pain and suffering she has gone through in her past, she also deserves a love she's been l ...more
Karen Lovvorn
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cole and Ana have both been hurt.

Not just a quickly passing hurt, but the kind that stays. The hurt that breaks you, making trust impossible. Your heart lays shattered, especially when combined with deceit and abuse.
One should not have to read beyond the synopsis to find out the story is a cliff hanger.

I paused this book and read two other stories because it was not captivating me. When I returned to Bad Things, I finally started to enjoy it only to be faced with the cliff hanger. Not interested enough to continue the Love is Messy series.

Cocktails and Books
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't a big fan of Cole in Luke and Lexi's books, but the author turned me into a Cole fan. Can't wait to see what happens next. ...more
Colleen  (The Book Lover Blog)
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
   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
Caroline F
“I’m a romance author who doesn’t believe in love.”

Diana aka Ana Ventimiglia is haunted by the memory of an abusive ex. It has changed her as a person, and how she lives her life in her small town in Kentucky. She’s on a cusp of a flourishing writing career when she meets her new editor, Cole Winchester, in NYC.

“For the life of me, I can’t let go or look away from her eyes. I’ve just met her and I already want more.”

Cole is a living, breathing, walking guilt-fest. He’s done a lot of bad things i
Jennifer Pierson
Cole wasn't always a man determined to get vengeance on those who wronged him, but after discovering the fiance was a liar, and a cancelled wedding, bitterness took him over completely. And he stayed that way until it almost destroyed everything, so he decides to leave the darkness, and throw himself completely into his work. However, a new project has him working with Ana, an up and coming author with her own heavy baggage, which shakes up his world. No matter how hard he tries to keep his dist ...more
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** 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.
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.

Nightbird Novels
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Stinson
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wan
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read the first in the series, Hot Mess, and witnessed how things ended there, I was not a fan of Cole Winchester; however, with the little glimpses at his character, I knew that something was there wanted to be known, and Emily didn't disappoint.

First we get introduced to Diana and her background story, and right away you dive into getting all the feels. A new romance author in the immense world of books. She's a fantastic character, compassionate, sweet and fun, yet when she's with Cole
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bad Things #3 (Cole ♥️ Ana)

I knew Cole and Ana (Diana) story was going to be goo. The author did a good job with this story too. I was not disappointed; I will say that her book about Cole brother was way juicer because it had a lot of drama. This one didn’t have a lot of drama. I know a lot of people like Cole who cannot see other people be successful because they assume they cannot have that.


See the ending I knew was going to be mad juicy ohh
Lisa Hemming
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 Ana bu ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“To anyone who’s ever felt like you are not enough… You are.” 

So in preparation for the release of Battle Scars, book 2 in the Love is Messy Duet by Emily Goodwin, i read Bad Things for the first time. 

Ok, my favorite genre is YA & Fantasy, but I do love me a good romance from time to time- and this was good! 👍

This Book follows Diana who is working to become a new romance author, and came out of an abusive relationship, and her editor Cole, who is now dedicated to his job in hopes of promotion,
Kara Duhl
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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