Once upon a Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson

Once upon a Bad Boy

A Sometimes in Love Novel

The Sometimes in Love series is:

“Playful, passionate, and positively unputdownable!”
New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren

“Witty, sexy...Melonie Johnson is an addictive new voice in contemporary romance.” New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker

Sadie Gold is ready to take her career to the next level with the role of a lifetime. Finally, she can shake her reputation as a pretty face with more wealth and connections than talent. But Sadie is not prepared for the wild turn her own life is about to take. The man in charge of training Sadie for her most demanding role yet is none other than her first real boyfriend—the one who took her heart and ran away.

Bo Ibarra is as good-looking and irresistible as ever. Maybe even more so, now that everything once worked against them—Sadie’s pampered and privileged upbringing and Bo’s childhood in a family struggling to make ends meet—is in the past. But the future is still unwritten…and getting there, together, means coming clean about painful secrets and slashing through nasty tabloid rumors while trying to control the attraction that crackles between them. Maybe it’s finally time for them to walk off into the sunset and into a true and lasting love?

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You just know that a book titled Once Upon a Bad Boy is going to be delicious! Melonie Johnson gave us a sweet and sexy second chance “Hollywood” romance. This author has quickly become an author that I NEED to read! I absolutely ADORE her writing.

All of the books in this Sometimes in Love series have completely entertained me and I haven’t wanted them to end! Each of these books can definitely be read as a standalone. While they are interconnected, it is the characters that make appearances in all books. You won’t be missing any storyline if you just pick up one, or if you *gasp* read them out of order!

Bo and Sadie were wonderful characters. I was rooting the whole time for them to find their HEA! I loved that we got to see some memories of how they were as children. It added a depth to the story that I appreciated.

I also really enjoyed that the characters came from different backgrounds — both socioeconomically and culturally. I liked that they had to truly grow up and see that their differences weren’t as big as they seemed in their heads. I also really loved the subtle nods to their cultural — through language, food etc. For me, I feel like it isn’t very often that we see a Jewish character and seeing it here just made my heart swell.

I really hope that this isn’t the end of the series. I would love to get Ana & Delaney’s stories!

Guys this is a book you want to make sure you read!


Award-winning author Melonie Johnson–aka #thewritinglush–is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places–the mall–when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. Today, they live happily ever after in the magical land midway between Chicago and Milwaukee with their two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin. Declared a “writer to watch” by Kirkus and a “fizzy, engrossing new voice” by Entertainment Weekly, her debut series from St. Martin’s Press, SOMETIMES IN LOVE, has appeared on the Amazon Best Books of the month, and been featured in Cosmopolitan and Woman’s World. Melonie is represented by Pamela Harty of the Knight Agency.

A Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, you can visit her at meloniejohnson.com and find her on Twitter and Instagram at @MelonieJohnson.

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