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Once Upon a Bad Boy

(Sometimes in Love #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  659 ratings  ·  439 reviews
Sadie Gold is ready to take her career to the next level with the role of a lifetime. Finally, she can shake her reputation as a pretty face with more wealth and connections than talent. But Sadie is not prepared for the wild turn her own life is about to take. The man in charge of training Sadie for her most demanding role yet is none other than her first r
Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Robin Loves Reading
Sadie Gold has finally won her dream role. The movie she is about to star in will really make her a true star. However, being trained by stunt coordinator Bo Ibarra will not come easy. Bo is Sadie's ex, the man who stole her heart, then left. Working with Bo certainly will not be easy for Sadie, but needs must.

Bo is quite a good man. He didn't come from much at all, but has built up a wonderful stunt business. His work is highly recognized. When Bo's past is considered, it makes it clearer to Sa
3 Stars

Sadie and Bo were the best of childhood friends, then eventually teenage lovers. Sadie came from a family of wealth and privilege, while Bo’s father managed the stables for Sadie’s grandparents. As is oftentimes the case, as the two got older and the relationship intensified, Bo made the decision to break things off for good with Sadie. You know, for her own good and all that jazz.

Fast forward twelve or so years and both Sadie and Bo have worked hard for the success that’s finally coming
Anna  (The Bursting Bookshelf)
After reading the first two Sometimes in Love books (Smitten by the Brit and Getting Hot with the Scot) I was over the moon when my NetGalley request for Once Upon a Bad Boy was approved. The first two struck a great balance of sizzling romance and heart - with no shortages of chemistry. Unfortunately, Once Upon a Bad Boy failed to live up to my expectations and was ultimately a forgettable serial romance with some problematic tendencies.

While all of the books in this series have been a little b
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sadie finally has the chance to prove she’s made it when she lands biggest role of her movie career. Until she discovers her childhood sweetheart is the stunt coordinator. Things didn’t end well between these two star-crossed lovers the first time and Sadie has worked hard to bury her feelings when it comes to Bo. But this unexpected second chance has Sadie wondering if fate is working her magic...and is the risk one Sadie’s willing to take?

Sadie was a tiny spitfire full of sass, loyalty, and a
Wendys Wycked Words

Sadie is about to have her dreams come true when she is offered a big movie role. There is just a little bump in the road...that being that the stunt coordinator is her ex

I like "second chance" love-stories and this one was very entertaining. 

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Sadie and Bo were childhood sweethearts, but he broke her heart and left her. Now they might have a second chance to find love again...together.

These two are not the same people they were years ago and maybe...they can work things out. The sparks are cer
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Pretty good. Seemed long. Parts I didn’t love... 3.5 Stars
I have to admit, I had a bit of a love/irritation moments with this book. I loved a lot of it. But there were some factors that I did not care for too.

Bo - Definitely a great character. Hot, sexy, and so in love with Sadie. But he had problems as a teen and reasons for letting her go.

Sadie - I actually enjoyed Sadie's character quite a bit. She is a great match for him and cares for him deeply. However, the
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Everyone loves a second chance romance, right? The lovers have grown up, gotten wiser, or perhaps in the case of Sadie and Bo, they just learned to hide their past truths. Sadie was a pampered little rich girl who grew up into an up and coming star, trying to make it on her own merit and Bo, the son of her family’s equine manager, now a movie stunt trainer, fell in love as children, went too far, gave too much and were not mature or secure enough to hang on to each other.

A de
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed the first two books in Sometimes in Love series and was very much looking forward to the next installment. And I must say I loved Once Upon a Bad Boy even more that the first two. This series gets better and better with each new book, Melonie Johnson keeps impressing me with her writing and her stories. Once Upon a Bad Boy has my most favorite trope - second chance romance, and in this book it was executed perfectly. I loved Sadie and Bo's relationship, their shared history, and their ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's another five star review and now I want to read books one and two in this series.

Sadie and Bo, sigh oh i could say so much about their past, their present their future. I am a sucker for childhood sweethearts and this one has it in spades. it's sad it's sassy and you'll want to cry laugh and maybe just punch something at points.

Bo the hired help, Sadie the rich little girl but they are so much then that, at one time they were each other's everything, then one night tore them apart, can th
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another addition to this series!!!! Sadie and Bo were together when they were teens. Sadie was rich and Bo was poor. Bo breaks up with her after prom and they don't speak to each other until she finds out he is in charge of the stunts on her new film. Melonie delivers a very hot story with great chemistry between the Bo and Sadie. His sister is a witch!!!! It broke my heart when Sadie had to reveal the secret to Bo before it was outed by the gossip mags. She had to make some tough decisions on h ...more
Nancy Kehl
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emotional, heart wringer love story that gives you all of the feels. I cried, I laughed, I cried some more, then I got mad and then my heart broke for this exceptional couple and I wondered how they had survived. Sometimes you have to go thru all of that to get to the good. 💓💔💓💞💞
Whispers From
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sadie is an actress and has her first big role coming up. She has been training for months and is ready. Until she finds out who their stunt coordinator is, Bo, her first boyfriend and lover. Bo is part owner of the stunt company and is waiting for his boss to retire and turn the business over to him. This is a big opportunity for him too. Bo broke Sadie’s heart when he upped and broke up with her but neither stopped loving each other. When secrets are revealed will Bo forgive the past and have ...more
Siddhi Nigam
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by author Melonie Johnson but it would definitely won't be my last.

This beautiful second chance romance had all the feels. From the well thought out characters with a gripping storyline. It was a book that was hard to put down.

I really love Sadie's girl gang and want to read all their stories. And Bo and Clark are the cutest. The storyline with excellent development of side characters makes this a highly re-readable book.

Can't wait to read the other stories by her as well.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sadie has finally gotten the part in a movie that she has worked so hard to get to prove to everyone that she is more than just a spoiled rich girl. When she goes to her first meeting for the movie, she is taken by surprise that the man who will be the stunt coordinator is none other than Bo, her first love. Will they be able to work together as just coworkers, or will the sparks fly again, leading them to a second chance?

Great character development with some crossover from the two previous boo
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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**Once Upon a Bad Boy generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

3 "For real this time." Stars

Sweet, second-chance romance. The third person writing was good. The characters weren't super easy to relate to because of their circumstance but that made them more charismatic. Caught up in the sort of fantasy of them was a great part of their allure. I had a few issues with the mains and the secondary's. The plot was interesting but it lingered a bit and got
Barb Lie
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson is the 3rd book in her Sometimes in Love series. Sadie Gold, whom we met in the previous books, and our heroine in this story, is training for her upcoming movie. Sadie is determined to prove that she is a good actress, especially with this leading role that could change her life. Sadie comes from a wealthy family, and has continually fought off the reputation of a spoiled rich girl, which she is anything but that. When she and her co star are told that the ...more
4 1/2 "glittery" stars!

Well, well Ms. Johnson....this was absolutely my favorite book so far in the Sometimes in Love series! Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed each book but there was really something special about the relationship between Sadie and Bo. Maybe it was their past history. I am definitely a sucker for a second chance romance!

As always, I like the girlfriend group that Sadie is a part of. However, in this book, we don't get to visit with all of them. We pretty much only get time with
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"It's the protein bars that are the worst. They taste like a dead banana. No, if a a banana were murdered, and someone made a chalk outline of the crime scene, that's what they taste like."

Sadie Gold finally got her chance to prove she can play something else than the little rich girl in a soap opera and that coming from a wealthy family isn't the reason why she got the part in the first place. For weeks she trained for the lead role in a new action movie and filming will begin in a few days. Th
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sadie Gold is an actress & has had small roles but has now landed the lead in a film. Finally, she can shake her reputation as a pretty face with more wealth and connections than talent. Then at a reading who should walk in but Bo Ibarra the stunt coordinator for the film & more importantly her first boyfriend who dumped her at the senior prom.
Bo Ibarra knew Sadie, his honeybee, would be at the meeting after all he’s closely followed her since they split eleven years ago. Neither can deny that
Shawna (what.shawna.reads)
4.5 Stars

Once Upon a Bad Boy is the third book in Melonie Johnson's Sometimes in Love series. It's a second chance romance between Sadie and her childhood friend/first boyfriend Bo. It's been 11 years since they last saw each other, on the night they broke up, but when Sadie arrives for the table read of the new action movie that she landed the leading role in, she discovers that Bo is the stunt coordinator and will be watching over her on set.

After the first two books, I didn't know much about
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nobody gets through life without a few regrets, something Sadie Gold knows all too well. But when her first love, Bo Ibarra, shows up as the stunt coordinator on the set of her new movie, it looks like fate may be handing them a second chance. The fact that they come from different worlds hasn’t changed, nor has the secret Sadie keeps that could destroy their relationship for good.

If you haven’t yet acquainted yourself with the words of Meloneie Johnson, you’re really missing out! Right out of t
Jess (ireadergosum) Reviews
This was an EPIC second-chance romance! Did I want to smack teenage Bo for breaking up with a teenage Sadie, even though he thought he was doing the right thing? YES. Luckily, that's the past and we're thrown right into the present. What I loved most though, is that Bo and Sadie were both fairly straight forward when it came to their feelings. They both have past hurts they're hiding, but it's like they both know they're meant to be together now. I love the people they have become, and seeing th ...more
Pennie Morgan
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A perfect second chance romance if there ever was one! What would you do if the love of your life left you after your prom and now 10 years later was sitting across from you working on the same movie? That's right! Sadie Gold finally is moving out of soap operas and into the lead role of a movie and she got the role on her own and at the table read she discovers the stunt coordinator is none other than Bo Ibarra, her first love. Oh my. Bo is just as flummoxed when he discovers he is working with ...more
Becky Claxon
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a good and touching second chance book. I loved how Ms. Johnson threw the idea of fate giving Sadie and Bo a second chance. Of course it wasn’t easy, good things never seem to be easy. I can understand Bo’s problem when they were younger that they came from two different worlds—hers was wealth, servants and privilege—his of hard working, servant, and fighting for everything he wants. Luckily when we get older, we can look at situations differently. It was hard for me that neither on ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series gets better and better. Sadie gets an opportunity to reignite a lost love. Bo is the one who got away. Once again the author takes us on a wonderful journey of discovery. This couple after a decade apart has to get to know each other again and rediscover all the wonderful things that had attracted them to each other in the first place. It is a beautiful story of trusting your heart to lead you in the right direction.
Jessica (the naptime writer)
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley but all opinions provided are my own.

4.5 stars

​I love a female action hero. Those characters resonate with me now more than ever, thanks to the largest biceps I’ve ever had—courtesy of carting around my giant babies.

So maybe it’s no surprise that I found the premise of Melonie Johnson’s Once Upon a Bad Boy to be delightful: Sadie Gold has just received the role of a lifetime, starring as an action hero in what’s sure to be a blockbuster film. To her
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Once A Upon A Bad Boy is the third installment of the Sometimes in Love Series by Melonie Johnson. I have been lucky to have read the first two and this newest story Sadie and Bo is just as terrific if not better. Bo and Sadie have been longtime friends and previous lovers. They met as kids when Sadie would spend summers with her grandmother on her estate north of Chicago. Bo’s family lived and still live on the estate taking care of the horses and property. Sadie and Bo have not seen each other ...more
Deb Fernow
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third in a series called Sometimes in Love and it’s a winner all the way around. No need to read all of the books but it does help understand some of the back story.

And just wow. Sometimes in a series, the story becomes predictable and slow. This one should have been the first in the series because I almost gave up on that one. Each story gets better and so does writing, like the author wasn’t sure of her talent. I want to make it crystal clear – she knows how to write a story! This
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This. This was the story I’ve been waiting for Melonie Johnson to write. Or more accurately, since I didn’t know Sadie’s story specifically, this was the brilliant plotting and characterization, the deep joy, longing, and sorrow, the second chance romance with some seriously real complications, that I was convinced Melonie could write. Watching Sadie and Bo rediscover each other after a long, painful separation, I initially thought that it was too fast – Sadie forgave Bo too fast, or at least fo ...more
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ONCE UPON A BAD BOY is such an emotional story, the kind where I really do not feel comfortable talking too much about the actual plot for fear of giving away spoilers – or more than what is already revealed up there in the Cover Description. Yet, I can easily say this one melted my heart, bruised it and healed it back up whole once again. And that’s saying a lot right there.

Sadie and Bo have a past, they are about to get a present – and maybe, if the past can be gott
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A Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, USA Today bestselling author Melonie Johnson--aka #thewritinglush--loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places--the mall--when they were teenage ...more

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