I received this book for free from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Bad Apple by Gemini Jensen
Series: Bad Creed #1
on September 29, 2019
Cover Design: Gemini Jensen
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, High School Bully
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
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Senior year is supposed to be the time of your life. Keyword: Supposed.
But I’ve just been shipped off to a new school. Sentenced to hard time deep in the heart of Hicktown, USA.
I left everything behind—my friends, my girl, my band, my ambitions.
Besides graduating, I thought there was nothing left to strive for.
Then, I meet her...
Pretty. Preppy. Popular. Basic.
Most importantly, daughter of the enemy.
And now I have a new vision...
Rip away her crown.
Knock her off her pedestal.
Wear her down until she’s stripped bare.
She has no idea what’s coming for her.
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and the Creed family tree is full of bad apples.
I’m the most rotten of them all.
New Adult, Contemporary Romance, High School Bully
First Person, dual-POV
Book #1 of the Bad Apple duet, beginning of the Bad Creed Series
Dethrone the princess. Rip that cushy pedestal from beneath her toned little ass and ensure when she falls, it’s hard enough for her to break something.
Addictiveness: 5/5 This book hooked me from the beginning until the end. it kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would come next. As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 4.5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Characters were multidimensional, with interest layers to them. They have shown personal growth throughout the story and they were easy to connect and understand.
Ransom was bad. He has had a tough life and has been holding a grudge for a long time. At the same time, even though being a bad boy, Ransom truly loved his family and made everything for them. Life has made him tough, but family has kept him grounded and with lots of redeemable qualities. He has shown personal growth and I’m expecting for him to becoming an even better version of himself on the next book.
True was good. Even though she was never completely herself because she was a consequence of her upbringing, True was aware of her faults and was searching for a way out of the place she was stuck on. She was sweet, caring, loyal and trying to fit in. I’m certain she will becoming something amazing on the second part of the duet.
So many interesting characters… I love all the Creeds and their friends. I also like True’s best friend and would love to read their stories.
Villains… maybe one has been created by the end of the book, but mostly the conflict in this book is between the main characters and a past that they weren’t even part of.
All characters were easy to love, connect and understand.
Cover: art 4.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I love how this cover has being made for this particular story. We can see Ransom at the cover with his cigarette and beanie hat, even though I’ve missed the piercing and gauges. I like the colors and font used here. The title is perfect for the story and very meaningful. I would easily buy this book by its cover, without needing to read the blurb!
Freshness: 4/5 This was a bully romance with an original concept. It didn’t feel like all of the others out there, even though it didn’t bring anything exceptionally out-of-the-box. As fresh as ice cream.
Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 3/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 4/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4/5, twists 5/5 Good opening and cliffhanger at the end. I love the conflict and how it was explored. I think the subplots were well created and they have added something special to the story. I wasn’t expecting all the twists and turns this story hand and was pleasantly surprised. The pace was great and kept me at the edge of my seat. Very high level of enjoyment!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 4/5 I loved it. Not only their chemistry and attraction were believable but their hate/love relationship was well developed. The author created an amazing background for the characters and the smut was hot. Passionate love!!!
Writing Style: 5/5 Crafty writing! Amazing plot with incredible characters. Believable romance with mouth-watering steamy scenes. Clean, cohesive writing without any major loopholes. Interesting cliffhanger that kept me curious for what comes next!
I don’t really know. I have truly enjoyed the story and would have read the second book right now, if it was already out.
If I have to be really picky I must say I was a bit confused with True’s reasoning for her relationship and her impassivity towards her life.
The author was very crafty writing this book. She didn’t created crazy conflicts leaving the bullying as simple as a family hate. She managed to keep the story interesting by creating well written subplots and by offering unexpected twists to the story.
I can’t wait to read the second part of the duet!
32.5/35 STARS – 4.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 4.5 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 4 Plot: 4.5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 5
Would I recommend? Sure. If you like high school bully romance, this is a great option.
Would I re-read this book/series? Yes. I’m certain I will be rereading this book as soon as the second one comes out.
Would I read more from the author? Yes. In fact, I’m really looking forward to.
“I fucking hate you, you know that?” His words come out a taut, restrained, and he stares straight into my eyes, delivering the blow. I guess I’m becoming immune to his antics, because I just nod my head, biting back the smile that desperately wishes to break free.
Maybe you do. But not nearly as much as you wish…
“And you’re still going to give me the most precious thing you’ve got right now, even knowing I’ve got no love for you? Knowing I don’t even like you, not even a little bit?”
I roll my eyes. If he’s trying to scare me away, to make me second guess myself, it’s not going to work. And if that’s the case, I think that speaks more to his own shitshow of feelings and not being able to sort through them, than anything I’ve done.
“Steph says sex angry sex is the best. I’m betting hate sex might be even better…” I shoot him a cocky smirk.
“How will you know? You have nothing to compare it to…”
“Not now, maybe. But I will one day.”