Blog Tour: ARC Review~ Bad Girlfriend (First & Last #4) by Kirsten DeMuzio +Excerpt & Giveaway

Title: Bad Girlfriend (First and Last #4) 
Author: Kirsten DeMuzio
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: March 18, 2014 
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Brooke Mills has only ever wanted to be loved. The product of a teenage pregnancy and raised by her grandmother, Brooke went looking for love in all the wrong places. She has been the other woman or someone’s dirty little secret more times than she cares to admit. When Brooke’s questionable judgment lands her in the bed of her new neighbor, it’s the wakeup call she needs to change her ways. With the help of her friends, Brooke is determined to find a nice guy. Adam Branigan is new in town, and despite the way he and Brooke met, Adam knows there’s more to the beautiful redhead than meets the eye. He wants to be the guy to show Brooke that she deserves more than late night booty calls. But will outside pressures and past relationships conspire to keep them apart? **This book is intended for a mature audience, age 18 and older, due to language and explicit content.
Adam's POV
I was overwhelmed with the urge to show her that good guys did exist, and that I was one of them.  But that’s not what she needed right now.
When we were done eating, I threw the pizza box in the fridge.  Brooke poured another round of shots for us, and this time I did mine at the same time as her, with my eyes closed.
“So, you know my story.  Now it’s your turn.”
Brooke shrugged one slender shoulder and picked at the blanket with her pale yellow fingernails.  I looked to her toes and saw they were painted in a matching shade.  At first glance, everything about this girl screamed high maintenance.  Yet, here she sat on my bed, eating pizza out of a box, drinking tequila shots and seemed to be perfectly comfortable doing it.
“There’s not much to tell.  I grew up here with Gram.  My mom was only sixteen when I was born and was too young to handle raising a kid.  She comes and goes, but mostly goes.  I went to cosmetology school after high school, and I do hair at Loraine’s Luscious Locks.”  She winced as she said that last part.  “I hate that name.  Luscious is such a weird word.”
I laughed.  “Do you like what you do?”
“Yeah, I really do.  I’m good at it.  I like making people feel good about themselves.  It’s not brain surgery, but I like it.”
“You don’t have to save lives to be doing something important.  I’m sure a good haircut can do more for a woman’s self-esteem than twenty sessions with a psychiatrist.”
“That’s probably true,” Brooke said, tilting her head to the side as she studied me.
“What?”  I asked, thinking I must have pizza sauce smeared on my face or something.
She narrowed her eyes.  “Are you gay?”
“What?”  I repeated.  This conversation was not going where I thought it would.
“It’s just that you’re so…nice.  And you seem to really understand women.”
I snorted.  “I assure you, Brooke, I am not gay.  And I absolutely do not understand women.  Your species is a complex and unsolvable mystery to me.”
She giggled and reached for the tequila bottle again.  When we both had our shots in hand, she held hers up.  “To new friends.”
I clinked my glass against hers.  “To new friends.”
That’s the last thing I have any clear memory of…

My Review:

Note: This title is part of a series but can be read as a standalone

Brooke Mills has been known to go after bad boys only. Being sexy and confident in her own skin, she's always attracted and been attracted to the kind of guys you wouldn't bring to mom (or in this case grandma). Her latest hook up is the last straw. She wants to be appreciated and actually acknowledge as a person rather than simply a body for a man's use.

Her friends are all settled down with great, outgoing men, and Brooke wants to find someone who can make her feel the same way they do. Happy. But there are very limited choices in her small town.
That is until the new man who has taken the title of principal at the elementary school, moves into town. Adam Branigan also happens to be the new tenant of her grandmother's little garage apartment. 
Adam is far from Brooke's usual type. He's professional, well-educated, and a bit nerdy, yet she can't help but be taken by his personality and kindness. 

As much attraction that there is between the two, they keep the sexual tension high and rampant. Despite their initial encounter, the chemistry stays strong but the sexual tension remains. With Brooke wanting to change her ways and array of men, she gives Adam a chance. Though apprehensive at first, the two make fast friends and their relationship seems to slowly come together.

Just when things start to work into place, complications and miscommunications arise and put the relationship in jeopardy. 

"Im a sweater vest, glasses wearing principal, Brooke. I need to have a few tricks up my sleeve to get the ladies." 

Do not let Adam's appearance confuse and deceive you ladies! He is extremely sexy and certainly well-educated if you know what I mean. ;)
He's the best of both worlds because his easy going personality makes it effortless to befriend and his hidden sexual prowess makes him a hot boyfriend. It's clear as day as to why he made Brooke fall head over heels. I loved his devotion and caring attitude towards everyone in general, but especially Brooke. He held back from jumping into a relationship with Brooke because he knew she wasn't ready for it at the time. Instead, he gave her a chance to breathe and find herself, all while being at her side; supporting her and offering friendly comfort.

Brooke was a lovely character. She slowly and subtly found who she was as a person and began truly feeling confident in who she was. I think at the beginning of the story, she comes of as being assured of herself, but I personally felt like it was just a facade. She didn't fully feel okay with herself until towards the end of the novel. It was nice seeing her make that transition and find someone who could finally treasure her.

The climactic moments of the story didn't quite make much of an impression on me. They fell a bit flat in my opinion, but was still an okay chain of events. The story itself was well-written and contained a few different elements to keep it interesting.

*An eARC was provided by the author for an honest review.

My Rating: 4 kisses

About the Author

I am an author of new adult and contemporary romance novels. My husband and I live in Columbus, Ohio with our two young daughters and happy golden retriever. When I’m not spending time with my family, I can be found doing one of my other favorite activities - writing, reading and napping.

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