Make Me Bad by R.S. Grey
Genre: Romance; New Adult
Publication: March 7th, 2019
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I was issued a warning: stay away from Ben Rosenberg.
As Clifton Cove’s resident “king”, he thinks he’s entitled to anyone and anything.
The trouble is, I’ve spent my whole life following the rules and playing it safe. I know what it feels like to be the good girl. I’m the police chief’s daughter and a librarian—for adorable children, no less. My wardrobe consists of colorful sundresses and baggy jeans. I might as well have a Post-it stuck to my forehead that reads: Yup, she’s a virgin.
An all-nighter with a fictional hunk is about as exciting as my life gets, until one day, fate decides to take pity on me and shove me straight into the path of Mr. Off-Limits himself.
Just as I suspected, every inch of him promises to be my demise. Up close, he’s tall, menacing, dangerously handsome—the type of man who’s never spent a single moment worrying about the opinions of others. A well-behaved girl would do as she’s told and avoid him at all costs, but I’m overdue for a little rebellion.
No more Friday nights sprawled out on the couch in my comfiest pajamas. No more wishing I had the courage to misbehave.
Everyone thinks Ben is going to ruin me.
They think he’ll chew me up and spit me out.
Well, Ben…go ahead.
Tempt me. Taunt me.
This book was exactly what I needed at this time in my life. I finished it in one day, so it’s safe to say this was a 5/5 star read for me. I think R.S. Grey’s books are so cute and her characters are relatable. I wish I could be as witty as some of her female protagonists.
Madison is a librarian in her mid-twenties. She still lives at home with her father, the police chief. In no way am I saying it’s a bad thing that she lives at home. She has enough money to get her own place and support herself, but her reasons for staying with her father are slightly clouded in her mind. The belief that her father needs her to stay home and take care of him comes from a good place, but it’s not true. This idea kept her from living her life to the fullest. A lot of people would argue that they would gladly live her life and be happy with it. Obviously, she wasn’t or she wouldn’t have made a certain proposition to Ben. Said proposition came out of left field and it was such an awkward encounter that I was laughing so hard. If you read this book, you’ll know what I mean. We’ve all had an awkward encounter where we look back and cringe at how embarrassing it was. I felt for her. I truly did.
Madison is one of my new favorite characters. The anxiety she exhibits is something I can easily relate to. My favorite quote from the book is when Ben says “Wow. Her brain has left the building. She’s a mess.” That line spoke to me on a spiritual level.
One fault I feel Madison has is that she deludes herself into thinking she’s safe from the world because they live in a small town. I won’t spoil the specific events where this applies, but it frustrated me that she denied the present danger. On the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised that she was as self-assured and confident as she was. I expected her to be the timid, self-conscious librarian we usually see in books and movies. She exhibited those attributes a few times; however, she was more outgoing with Ben than I expected.
Ben, is as dreamy as Grey’s other characters. He is likened to Virgil in Dante’s Inferno. While he is depicted as this bad boy with an even worse reputation, I think he’s just a big softie. I mean he likes Madison so much, he dresses up as Mr. Darcy for toddler story-time at the library. And the ladies swoon. He claims it’s under the guise of his community service requirements, but we all know the truth: he secretly loves her.
That’s what I like about R.S. Grey’s books. They all generally have a happy ending. Personally, I have a hard time reading books that are very sad and too stressful. When my bouts of depression hit, I need light and fluffy books like these. The characters face very real stakes in these stories, but they are usually written in a way that it doesn’t completely destroy me. Another plus side of these novels is that I actually laugh out loud while reading.
So overall, 10/10 would highly recommend if you like light-hearted books with a sheltered woman who wants to be bad and a notorious trouble-maker who is more than willing to make that happen.
Let me know if you’ve read this book; it’s a new favorite of mine!