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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  5,864 ratings  ·  696 reviews
I would say Dr. Cruz Costello is my archenemy.
But that would require acknowledging one another, which we haven’t done in over a decade.

He’s the town’s golden child. The beloved quarterback-turned-physician.
I’m the girl who got knocked up at sixteen and now works at a diner.

He is Fairhope royalty.
I get my monarch dose from tabloid gossip.

He’s well-off.
I’m…well, off.

When our
Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published November 10th 2021
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Phuong ✯
– 2 stars

I wanted to dnf this book so badly after the first sentence, because every person who names their heroine 'Tennesse Lilybeth Turner' deserves jail. 💀
"You're a medical miracle, you know," I said.
She looked up, resting one cheek against my window frame. "How so?"
"You're the only person I know who can stand upright without a spine."


🚢 the first few chapters were actually pretty ok and 3 stars worthy. I liked that the author changed her formula once and didn't writ
Nov 08, 2021 rated it did not like it
0.25 stars

🖤 hello darkness LJ my old friend 🖤

you know I wasn't even going to review this because it took me 3 days just to finish reading it and that was torture enough but I did not suffer through 400 pages just to rate it 1 star and go about my day. I'm physically incapable of doing that because my fingers are itching over my keyboard needing to let out the emotions this book made me feel.

"If you enjoyed Bad Cruz (or if you didn’t, but still have something to say about it), please consider le
TJ ☾

no pls i- ✋🏽🤣



OMG WHO WERE THESE PPL 🤣🤣 i cant believe i read it all the way through i feel battered and unhinged rn... brb i need to go call 911 to report the crime that was just committed AGAINST MY BRAINCELLS


edit: bc this book triggered me so much it plagues my waking hours w flashbacks, i've found more shit to say 🤠

*here's a list of things you can find in this book*

✔️ the most spineless heroine LJ has ever written (which is an accomplishment if you'
Jul 30, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.25 stars 👨🏻‍🦱🥊

I’m questioning if Miss Shen even attempted to make any of these characters likeable in anyway. I mean seriously Tennessee (h) has zero backbone and for what???

It’s one thing to be timid and shy, but the girl just ALLOWED people to treat her like shit and I couldn’t take it anymore. One of the characters tries to frame her for fucking attempted murder and she didn’t even get mad 😭😭😭

Her sister treats her like absolute shit and constantly gaslights her yet by the end, they kiss and
Nov 21, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
hmm. this isnt a bad story, per se... it just isnt a great romance story.

this fails to deliver on pretty much all required fronts of a good love story. there is no sweetness, no humour, no swoons. its a very messy story, and not in a fun way. but in a frustratingly way to where im pretty sure my eyes are now stuck because i kept rolling them so hard.

boo to the incessant woman on woman hate. boo to the spineless MC who thinks shes quirky but really just annoying. boo to the cruise plot that ende
Samradni Eater of Burgers
Someone give me a fucking award for completing this book.
It's early morning still and this book has taken all my sanity and energy. i'm gonna be a zombie for the rest of the day.

ok to begin there were a few good parts in this book like
👓 Some parts were actually funny
👓 Cruz and Tennessee's banter was cute (in the beginning)
👓 I liked Bear - Tennessee's son
but thats it. I did not like anything else.

As for the bad parts there were so so many
🤡 Tennessee was fucking annoying. I know she tried to
Yai [Semi-Hiatus ]
Nov 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trashed-bullshit
⭐ 1/5 (One very undeserving star.)


⚠️BEWARE OF LONG RANT AND A VERY RESENTFUL ONE AT THAT⚠️ Skip if you want to avoid the pain of this. ☠

I don't even know how I was able to finish this fucking mess, but what is even more mysterious is how is it possible for a woman to write this 🚮.

Now, let's start this fucking roast but first let me warn you that it's going to be long, with a sarcastic tone and a very resentful one. If you don't want to read any of that above ⬆️ run while you can
Nov 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
Okay where is LJ.Shen and what have you done to her?? The guy was actually decent and not a mean bully and asshole!!🙀
He was actually quite mehh and bland.

But OMG the h, she drove me INSANE!!!🤯

◇They call her Messy Nessy.
◇She is a single mom.
◇Her high school bf left her and the baby but now after 13 years he is back in town to try and win them back. Also as a side OM drama.
◇She lives in a small judgmental town where everyone treats her like the town slut just bc she got pregnant at 16.
◇She has
Nov 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
He's the golden boy of this town. And me? I'm the big, bad witch who is about to dirtyy him up.

when i read that i really thought the heroine was some kind of bad bitch but i was wrong. I guess miss shen was right about something, this heroine is really different because she's one of the worst and mostb pathetic heroines that she has ever written.
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This book was one I was highly anticipating, once it landed on my kindle, game over, I barely surfaced to breathe.

I don't fully understand why the township despised Messy Nessy so much by all accounts other than a teenage pregnancy she was squeaky clean though her war painted on makeup and her thrift shop clothes which showed off all her assets begged otherwise, making her look like a 1950's pinup girl.

With most she wouldn't hold back telling them exactly how she felt about their commen
☽ mira

“I would’ve made you mine one way or the other. I never would’ve given up on you.”

i've hated every book lj shen has ever written. i was so curious about this because of all those nice edits on instagram. what in the fucking mess was this?

i'm still cringing after being done with this. ugh. i don't think i'll ever pick up another lj shen book in the near future.

everyone was so annoying. it was boring and cringy. thats it.
Catalina Le
Oct 30, 2021 rated it did not like it

Book names: How to write a bad book
Author: Lj Shen
Release date: Doomsday
Main Character: Doormat and Pornstache
Plot line: Horror story

Reading LJ Shen ARC review is like flushing all of my brain cells down the toilet because I swear, it is so unrealiable. They will say stuff like: “This book is :insert the entire thesaurus:. And I am like, where is the evidence? What makes that book great? How many ARC does this woman hand out because why do almost any 5 star review is an ARC? Why are there so man
Bookgasms Book Blog
Oct 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
Gah!! Every story that L.J. Shen writes is a story that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on my heart that will never fade. I absolutely LOVE and die for Cruz and Tennessee. These characters completely pulled the rug out from under me and left me pining for more!! Bad Cruz was phenomenal and definitely one of 2021's most addicting and "Unputdownable" books!

Without giving much of the plot away, it can be said that Bad Cruz, and Cruz in particular, is L.J. Shen's answer to a nice guy. He is
Nov 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
LJ didn't even try with this "book", Messy Nessy are you kidding me is this kindergarten. This is yet other Vicious /Emilia and Persephone / Cillian repacked because that all she knows. Can someone tell LJ to go in retirement please. ...more

I’M NOT MINCING WORDS… changed review from 4 stars to 1 star

I should have known that any review from a frequent critic of this author's books would not be welcome. A GR friend tried to warn me, but I was so caught up in my sense of fairplay. It just took writing a good review (for a change) on this book to open my eyes. The truth hurts because it was weaponized against me. I despise gaming of the review system in any form – by reviewers or authors. It’s so rampant rig
Yeasmin Alo
Dec 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: vicious-universe
I mean this could be my potential
Book Husband 😌 watyaknow !
Lottie Love
Feb 07, 2021 marked it as to-read
This is LJ. Shen redemption book.
Like a metaphor. There are 2 types of authors from my point of view as reader who buys books.
On one hand you have THAT author who you buy every single book she writes, with the amazing cover and smelling it’s pages when it arrives home.
On the other hand there are authors that you like, you enjoy and who writes really well but after a while every book looks the same with different cover and you decide to stop preordering and buying the book, the excitement ends
Nov 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved it!

When LJ gets it right, she goes all in. I was sucked in to this story from beginning to end.
Nov 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Aside from the utter ridiculousness of this woman’s talent to perfect the most blandest plot lines…

We’re also adding adults acting like teenagers in their late twenties..

Sir please 😪

This would have worked so much better in a high school setting
❤️ Nanda ❤️
Nov 17, 2021 rated it it was ok

I don't even know how to start this review, so I'll start with what i liked, because it's the smaller part...

I really loved that for the first time ever, the H wasn't a carbon copy of Vicious. Or a billionaire asshole of a jerk, with no soul or appeal.
He was actually a nice guy, golden boy, with manners and even a bit of a pushover.

Unfortunately, the author still don't know how to write a strong, or barely realistic or half interesting, female main character! Tennessee was bad... From her
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Nov 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Secretive and forbidden tale of Prince Charming & the scullery maid avatar of cinderella, but en route to Calamityville riding a Fiasco ship.


Now I truely understand what the acronym ROTFLMAO is all about. That's me, Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Gass off!!! I'm in stitches and they're ready to burst open again!
I had a hard time keeping my tittering and teen-worthy giggling in check cause this book tickled all my funny bones till my sides started aching. Leigh is truely a maestro who spins wor
Keri Loves Books
Nov 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
An enemies-to-lovers, rom-com that takes place in a small town. It's full of snark and funny moments, but also personal struggle and hot chemistry. She's the girl no one wants (other than to torment) and he's the guy who walks on water. The most unlikely of matches, yet they make perfect sense.

Tennessee is a single mom just trying to raise her kid the best she can. Small towns don't let you forget who you were, and being a mom at sixteen has made her the town's pariah. Constantly berated and deg
Oct 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-arc
Get ready to fall in love with Dr. Cruz Costello!!!! This man is the epitome of the good-guy, but when he is bad....oh get ready to SWOON!!! I wanted to be locked in a cruise cabin with him and never leave.

The story of Cruz & Tennessee "Nessy" will have you laughing from the first pages. Their banter and chemistry is off the charts, and I lived for every moment of it. I loved the first half of this book - how their past slowly unfolded, the push and pull between them became more intense, and I w
Nov 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
FOUR GOLDEN STARS for Tennessee and Cruz 🧡💖🧡💖!!!


It's been a long time since the last time that I read any of L.J. Shen’s books, so I didn’t know what to expect from this book because each of her standalone books is always unique and quite a few times completely different from the books in the series.

Although this is not my top favorite book I've read by L.J. Shen, I have to admit that this book truly held my attention because from the beginning it interested me in the characters and the plot
Vanessa (When Vane Reads)
Oct 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story is original, sweet, sexy and entertaining, so hilarious that I laughed out loud and my cat saw me weird, lol so sweet that it caused a swarm of butterflies in my stomach and scorching hot, guau, my tablet almost spontaneously combusted, lol
The characters are so exceptional, I loved Cruz, he is a good boy, so kind and so sexy, I love the way he treats Nessy. And Nessy is so unique and despite her mess, she is a character so brave, strong, so badass, I have a c
Oct 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc for a honest review.


There's something about LJ Shen's standalones that always hit me in the core!!! Bad Cruz was no different. It seriously gave me all the feels. It could be because I'm a sucker for single parent and angsty books, but yes. I shed a few tears. MY HEART!!!!

Now I don't feel like reading anything. I'm still hung up on Cruz. Lol

Full Review.
Tennessee was the screwed up girl in town, and Cruz was the golden boy, doctor in town. Their siblin
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Nov 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh! OH. MY. GOSH!

Cruz just 100% took the top spot for me. He’s not your typical LJ Alpha, he’s so different to them and I just absolutely adored it.

I don’t want to give the plot away but I am completely and totally obsessed with everything Cruz and Tennessee.

He’s kind, caring and the golden boy. She’s misunderstood, shamed and sassy and together these two will bring around a fit of giggles.

The one thing I loved most about Tennessee was her bluntness, the way she didn’t take shit from

⭐️4.50 sailing stars ⭐️

Ms Shen famously known for bringing assholes on their knees veers from her path delivering a riveting entertaining rom-com. 𝘽𝙖𝙙 𝘾𝙧𝙪𝙯 will take you on a journey filled with humour and heart warming moments.

~"𝑰'𝒎 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒌𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒚𝒐𝒖", 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒖𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅
"𝑶𝒉, 𝒔𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕, 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒊𝒇 𝑰 𝒌𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕"~

The closed off mentality typical of a small town with all its petty citizens portrayed here is spot on, I felt indignant (many time I might add) on Tennessee’s behalf and I adored how she ga
Nov 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
Another spineless LJ heroine *pretends to be shocked*.
I was actually excited by this one, because LJ kept saying this was different from her previous work, but it was the same thing - minus an as*hole hero: doormat heroine, mean family, (practically) virgin heroine, has-slept-with-half-the-town hero...
Even the single mom twist was disappointing because the kid was more often with some other character than with Tennessee. I get the feeling he was just written in as a way to justify the town’s hat
Nov 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
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