Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Release Day Review: Bad to the Bone by Nicki Bennett

Title: Bad to the Bone
Author: Nicki Bennett
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Category: Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires
Pages: 202

Dreamspinner Press

A second chance at first love—if he has the courage to take it.
Alex can’t think of himself as anything but a failure. In high school, he was on the fast track to a career in pro football when he forged an unlikely friendship with a half-Comanche boy from the wrong part of town, Ricky Lee Jennings. Their shared love of books could have grown into more—but a homophobic teammate attacked Ricky Lee, and Alex wouldn’t risk his scholarship to defend him. Ricky Lee was kicked out of school, and Alex never heard from him again.
Now Alex’s glory days are nothing but a memory. An injury ended his football aspirations, his marriage fell apart, and his dreams of making a difference as an environmental lobbyist are as dead as his fantasies of sports stardom.
But all that could change in one magical night, when Ricky Lee shows up at their high-school reunion.

4 Stars!

A sweet second chance love story.

Alex and Ricky Lee grew up the best of friends. It didn’t matter that Ricky Lee came from the wrong side of town and had a dad who was known for being the town drunk. Alex and his family never thought less of Ricky Lee like the rest of the town did. But when Alex doesn’t stick up for Ricky when it really counts, Ricky is forced to leave school, Alex and Freeland behind.

10 years later, Alex is now living in Freeland, running his family’s hardware store alongside his sister. With a failed marriage, no football career and then giving up his career as a lobbyist, Alex has learned how to be content with small-town life. However, he’s never forgotten Ricky Lee.

After being all but chased out of town while still in high school, Ricky Lee now remains a mystery. Whatever happened to the half Comanche boy who never hid who he was? Back in Freeland for their 10-year High School reunion Ricky still won’t let the close-minded people in town make him feel like nothing. But his unexpected return has Alex second-guessing the life he’s built.

I enjoyed Bad to the Bone and Alex and Ricky Lee. I’ll be honest and say this was a much sweeter story than I thought it would be but, of course, that’s Dreamspun Desires so it should be expected. If you’re looking for an easy sweet read, this is a good choice.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

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