Friday, 24 June 2016

REVIEW - American Bad Boy by Eddie Cleveland



American Bad Boy: A Military Bad Boy Romance by Eddie Cleveland

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Synopsis

I lost my men. I lost my leg. I lost my career. And all I could think of was Lauren.
I left for West Point with two things: a broken heart and a promise to never let it happen again.
Now I'm back in Colorado as a war hero. F*ck that, I'm a celebrity.
And every woman wants to open her legs for Captain America.
So why do I only want her?

***

Even with one leg, Mack Forrester hasn't lost his swagger.
It's been a decade since he left. But under his tattoos, I still see the guy who broke my heart when he chose his country instead of me.
I told myself I was over it.
Over him.
One glimpse in his crystal blue eyes and I knew it was a lie.
Now he wants me back, but ten years is a long time. There's so much he doesn't know.
Like, that I had his child.



American Bad Boy: A Military Bad Boy Romance
3-3.5 Military Stars

A Military Second Chance Romance

American Bad Boy is the debut novel by Eddie Cleveland. It follows Mack and Lauren on their journey from teenage lovers to reconnecting after Mack returns from war and being apart for ten years.

The story is an easy read. Interesting in that it deals with Mack’s PTSD and the demons he carries with him from war. I enjoyed how the author shows the trials and tribulations that veterans go through, how they deal and how they try to cope.

I found it refreshing to read a military romance from a former military man. Just made me stop and think about what he was writing and he’s experiences while at war.

It’s a good debut from Eddie Cleveland, but I felt that some improvements could be made.

For example, even though I enjoyed the foundation of this story, there were a few things that confused me. I didn’t see it as an inter-racial story at all. The only indication was very lightly skimmed within the story and other than a reference here or there about caramel colored skin and another when Lauren entered the police station and her thoughts were of how she would be perceived as “just another black woman picking up her son,” it kind of threw me off a little. I didn’t get that impression from the story that he was white and she was black until that moment in the police station, and then it wasn’t really referred to again in any detail.

I thought the character development was good but could improve a little with more back story on how they shaped their lives in the ten years they were apart. I just thought there were a few things missing in the story plot to connect the circumstances to where they were ten years later when they reconnect.

And once they do reconnect I felt it was almost too easy. I would have like to see more angst and tension between Mack and Lauren while they were reconnecting. I felt Lauren gave in to Mack almost too easily.

Apart from a few issues for me as a reader, I thought the overall story a good debut by Eddie Cleveland. I will definitely be looking forward to more from this author.

An ARC was provided for an honest review.

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