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Book Tour + ARC Review: ‘Bad Influence’ by Charleigh Rose

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Book InfoTitle: Bad Influence
Author: Charleigh Rose
Release Date: June 13, 2019
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: Bad Love #3


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When I moved to River’s Edge, dating was the last thing on my mind.

I definitely didn’t expect to fall for him.

Jesse Shepherd.
Popular. Star athlete. Cocky as hell.
You know the type.

But as time passed, I realized there was more lurking beneath that gorgeous exterior.
Secretive. Angry. A little bit broken.

The more I peeled back his layers, the deeper I fell.

Until I slammed headfirst into his sea of lies.


I blew my shot.

Pissed everything away—college, lacrosse, my future—only to end up right back where I started in River’s Edge.

I was content to revel in my misery, spending my days drowning in a bottomless pit of booze and girls.

Until I saw her.
Allison Parrish.
Beautiful. Sarcastic. Perpetual bad attitude.

The pretty little distraction from the shit show that was my life.

But the sins of my past were closing in on me, and I learned the hard way that nothing gold can stay.


4 ‘Allison and strawberry’ Stars!

ARC provided by the author via Enticing Journey in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, I’ve been dying for Jesse Shepherd ever since meeting him in Charleigh’s last book in this series (Bad Intentions), focused on the story of Jesse’s sister, Lo. Now, finally we get to get inside Jesse’s mind and seeing the life that has let him to become this cocky and misterious man. And he meets his perfect match in Allie, a young woman who is still lost after losing her father and now she is back to River’s Edge to focus on her future. She is defintely not ready to fall in love but that happens to be impossible to stop.

Bad Influence is Charleigh Rose’s newest release and the third installment in her Bad Love series. As I said, we meet Jesse Shepherd in the last book because he is the younger brother of Logan (the heroine of Bad Intentions). I just fell in love with these two siblings and their difficult story and I knew that Jesse was more than the cocky playboy he seemed to be. He hides layers and layers of secrets and Allison Parrish, with her sarcasm and her quirky personality, is about to change his game forever. These two broken people embark on a journey that becomes a beautiful love story.

Every time I think I’ve successfully separated myself from my past, and I feel like I’m moving forward, something happens to pull me right back under.

Being with him like this is bittersweet. I feel like I’m on top of the world when we’re in our own little bubble, but what happens when that bubble bursts? 

Of course, Charleigh continues surprising us with this phenomenal series. I keep falling in love with crew of characters that seems to grow with every new release. Now it was time for Jesse and Allie and let me tell you, it was so worth the wait! These two and their personalities clash but they also melt together. I loved the “I hate you but I want you” back and forth, the sexual tension, the emotional moments and the burning chemistry between this couple. I loved peeling the layers of both these characters and seeing them vulnerable with each other. It was beautiful to see Jesse and his Allie girl falling in love. Yes, it did take them a while but when they got together.. GAH! SO good!

The best things in life are always unexpected, and loving Jesse Shepherd is definitely the best thing in life. 

Therefore, my rating for Bad Influence is 4 STARS because I found it a fantastic example of New Adult romance, with awesome characters, a couple full of feelings and chemistry and lots of beautiful, emotional, funny and sexy moments. I loved seeing playboy Jesse falling for Allie and viceversa. These two just worked so well together and I am so glad, in the end, that they found such a strong and unique connection between them. And of course, it was great to catch up with the whole River’s Edge crew and I cannot wait to see who is next in the series because I love these people so much!

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“Did you hear that?” I ask.

Moving in slowly, he cages me in, bracing his right arm on the wall above my head, his left hand by my hip. He brings his lips close to my ear and I fight the shiver that rolls through me. “It’s probably just your admirer,” he says, his voice hushed and husky. I swallow hard, looking over his shoulder as he nuzzles closer, his nose skimming my neck, then down to my collarbone. My pulse pounds in my ears as he moves back up, his mouth brushing across my cheek, stopping at my parted lips.

“Is this convincing?” He asks. He’s so close that I can feel his breath on my lips, and I realize that I want him to do it. I want him to kiss me.

I give a slight shake of my head in response.

“No?” He smirks, knowing exactly what he’s doing to me. His left hand leaves the wall to curl around my hip and he presses his chest to mine. “How about this?”

“Almost,” I whisper. I wet my lips and the tip of my tongue nearly grazes his bottom lip. His expression goes from playful to heated in an instant, then he’s closing the final distance.

It’s soft at first, just a brush of his lips against mine, but soon he’s cupping my face with both hands, tilting my head back as his tongue sweeps into my mouth, his movements confident and skilled. Unhurried and unyielding.

My hands find his shirt, pulling him closer as his tongue fucks my mouth. Because that’s exactly what this is. This isn’t kissing. Or maybe it is, and I’ve been kissing the wrong boys.

Jesse groans, fitting a firm thigh between my legs, and the need bubbling inside me threatens to boil over at the sensation. But all too soon, he pulls back, leaving me breathless.

“Was that convincing enough?”

Charleigh Rose lives in Narnia with her husband and two young children. She’s hopelessly devoted to unconventional love and pizza. When she isn’t reading or mom-ing, she’s writing moody, broody, swoony romance.

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