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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Review by Wendy ♥ Bad for You (Dirty Deeds, #3) by J. Daniels.

A Review by Wendy

 5  J. Daniels Love Letter Stars
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Spoiler Free

Disclaimer: This is an unabashed love letter to J. Daniels. You have been warned...
Every once in awhile, I am gifted with an experience which causes me to alternate between face-palming and talking out loud to myself. This was the occurrence while reading Bad for You (Dirty Deeds, #3) by J. Daniels.

I had been a fan of this series Dirty Deeds from the beginning. There was enough quirkiness with the premise and characters to rope me in...but when we got snippets of two secondary characters who were shown to be "Everyday People"... I wanted more. In this book, I got my wish plus so much, my heart almost burst.

You see these two were not cut from the regular mold of being independently wealthy....or needing a fiance or pretend girlfriend. They were people who had troubles that could be found in today's society. They were trying to make a fresh start and change the path of their lives.

Shayla is a waitress and also a budding Hairdresser. She has made the commitment of starting her own business. She has a two bedroom apartment with the second bedroom converted for her clients. She has a positive attitude, puts out SnapChat videos about her establishing her salon and progress in getting it up and running. She is infectious with her joy in living life. She wears her heart on her sleeve. Things are coming together and she is focused.

Sean, also known as Stitch, is the cook where Shayla works. This is man who has an ugly history. He came to the restaurant applying for the job never thinking he would get it. The owner gave him a chance and Sean has proven himself to have been worthy of the trust. He is a man of little words; he is a man who watches and sees things...and holds them close to his vest.

From the first moment Sean became part of the crew, Shayla gravitated to him. She would come to the kitchen window and talk to him. Telling him all sorts of things... her dreams of her business... her stories of her family... brothers, mom and dad. Whatever was on her mind...and he never turned her away....

Sean knew he needed to stop... He knew he wasn't for her, didn't deserve her and finally when she asked him to friend's gathering...he saw his opportunity to break their bond. He broke it and she got the message, hardcore...

Now they don't talk, ever. Now it is hard for Shayla because she still has to ask him for customer's extra salad dressing...and talking to him hurts.

But Shayla is putting each foot in front of the other and she has just gotten all the equipment she needs to offer customers a free first haircut ... to drive her business. Everything is in place, then life happens and things become complicated. Her father has taken a turn for the worse with his illness and her grandmother passes. Her mother needs her to take care of her younger brothers while they go and make all the necessary arrangements.

What happens next is Shayla becoming overwhelmed with all that needs to be done...after school activities, tutoring and all the other things that comes with parenting. There is moment when it all becomes too much and Sean sees it. This is the moment when all of the face palming starts...

This is where I get to say... J. Daniel, I LOVE YOU. I love the way you had a man who never had a chance... whose life was filled with pain and self loathing... and we got to see him grow and change. We got to experience a man who was aware of his faults, willing to lay everything out there for good reason and finally was rewarded for his actions. He was apologetic; he was working to be worthy of chances and fought hard to make things right.

Shayla was a person who was special in her outlook on life. Everyday she sees the beauty in the smallest moments. She is a hard worker and you root for her.

I could go on and on about all the many ways this was a perfect read for me....But I will share where I started speaking in tongues...A Situation happens... something we read in books all the time...and I was ready to be disappointed because there seems to be a standard way of dealing with it...which I hate....But instead of falling into the usual pattern...J. Daniels did the unexpected and I was fist pumping in the air all by myself ... Yes, I have no shame in my game...I was thrilled with the way Daniels handled this part of the tale. It made me respect and love her more.

So as I said, if this comes across as a love letter to Daniels... I warned you...Just know this story had everything... love, sexy times and so much heart... It was astounding. 

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

 About J. Daniels
8184331 J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series. She is a radiologic technologist by day, and when she isn't writing or reading, she can be found eating cupcakes with her husband and two kids.

Daniels grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.

J loves meeting and interacting with her readers. Send her a message or visit her website to see where you can find her!

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