OK, I can be totally honest, this book shocked me, but in a good way. At first, I couldn’t get into the book. It was slow to take off and the cousin of our heroine completely repulsed me with her whiny and childish behavior. But, I committed myself to sticking it out and I was glad I did. I really like the love story of Connor and Peyton. Connor, while he comes off as a complete manwhore in the beginning, surprised me once he became interestedin Peyton. He was charming and arrogant, sure, but he had a very sweet side and was fiercely protective of Peyton from the beginning. I loved how he rescued her one evening…good thing because I pretty much thought he was a lost cause for awhile. Peyton is sweet and kind but is a doormat for her cousin and uncle. It broke my heart! She had sass and fire and I really enjoyed her spirited banter with Connor. These two, together, have some pretty amazing chemistry and once they finally stopped fighting it, I was blown away! I LOVED everything about their relationship, once they decided they couldn’t fight what was happening between them. I adored how Connor stopped at nothing to make Peyton’s world brighter, and how desperately he wanted to bring calm to the chaos that sometimes surrounded her. Truly, the ending was made of the best of all things!!!! There is plenty of angst in the form of an over-the-top needy cousin (who finally mans up at the end) and an snotty friend who just can’t handle her friends good fortune. There is a bit of a family issue that made me want to knock the crap out of Peyton’ s uncle on more than one occasion. Overall, I did finally enjoy Bad Reputation and I think you will too. Don’t get discouraged if you feel it starts off a little slow…it picks up in pace and leaves you wanting more at the end! I look forward to trying more books by Ms. Harper. 4 stars!
real pleasure and everything she swore was strictly not for her.