Review: Christi Barth’s Bad for Her

Review: Christi Barth’s Bad for Her

Doctor Mollie Vickers loves the tight-knit community of her tiny Oregon town. But she’s not a fan of the limited dating options. Sleep with a guy who tried to copy off her in junior high? Pass. Mollie’s sex life is flatlining… until a deliciously handsome man she’s never seen before stops to help her fix a flat tire.

As an ex-mobster, Rafe Maguire’s no saint. But he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. Although he probably shouldn’t kiss the hot doctor on the side of the highway. Or suggest a no-strings fling with a woman he has no business pursuing. Rafe’s life is too complicated for love—his new WITSEC-provided identity doesn’t fit him at all and there’s a U.S. Marshal watching his every move. He can’t tell Mollie the truth… but their chemistry is scorching and being good doesn’t mean he can’t be a little bad.

Mollie can’t resist the guy who looks rough, talks tough, and is loyal to the bone. But it’s obvious Rafe is keeping secrets. When the truth comes out, Mollie must decide if she could ever love an ex-mobster… or if this bad boy has truly gone good.




Ex-mob guy on the run with his brothers shares a hot, sexy kiss with a woman he shouldn’t even be talking to. Both are overdue for some hot, steamy sex and agree to a friends-with-benefits, non-relationship.


Never believe a character that says I’m not interested in a relationship after sharing an off-the-charts kiss. Or after spending the evening laughing and connecting with said kisser, because everyone knows you fall in love when it’s least convenient.


Mollie and Rafe do have amazing chemistry, both in and out of the bedroom (or hospital room in this case). Their back and forth banter made me laugh. I really liked Mollie. I loved that she could choose to work anywhere in the world and chose to return home to Bandon, to serve the people who helped raise her. Speaking of Bandon, the people of this town are so much fun! There’s Mick, the elderly Marine Colonel who befriends Rafe. He’s a bit crotchety, but has everyone’s best interests at heart. And, who doesn’t love a 70-year old grandmother with only one hand that sells pot? Mollie’s grandmother had me laughing out loud when she wasn’t wowing me with her words of wisdom. Even Mollie’s cousin Jessie tugged at my heartstrings. And, have you seen the cover? Swoon.


I feel bad, but I found that I really didn’t care what happened to the Maguire brothers as they hid from the mob. While I loved Mollie’s story, Rafe’s didn’t resonate with me at all. It could be because he’s supposed to be bad, but really he’s just a mafia guy with a heart of gold. I just didn’t connect with his “I was a lifelong criminal but worked for Habitat for Humanity on the weekends” persona. I prefer a character that’s working towards a true redemption story and Rafe really wasn’t.


This was an okay read with some fun characters and electric sex scenes. The town of Bandon felt like a fun place to be and I connected with the people there enough that I’d be interested in reading book 2 of this series.

3 stars for Bad for Her. Heat level: 3.5

I received a copy of this book from InkSlingerPR in exchange for honest feedback.

Bad for Her was published in October 2017 by Avon Impulse.

Bad for Her (Bad Boys Gone Good, #1)


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Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.

A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning.  Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series. Christi can always be found whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.

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