A Bad Boys of Sports Novel
Meet the most wanted players in sports . . . one ridiculously hot alpha male at a time.
Chase: With a nickname like “Sin,” it’s no wonder they call me the bad boy of hockey. Opponents curse me. Fans scream my name—in the arena and in other, much more private places. Penalties or not, I’m not afraid to dish out a little pain. But pleasure? That’s my weakness. And no one knows it better than my best friend, Cassie Desrosiers. I’d have to be blind not to notice her rocking body and teasing grin. So when she invites me along on a trip to Vegas, my curiosity isn’t the only thing that’s aroused.
Cassie: Chase Barrett is a world-class A-hole. As his best friend, I’m allowed to call him on his BS. Who else is going to do it? Certainly not the puck bunnies swooning at every flex of his biceps. Everyone knows that Chase is the love-’em-and-leave-’em type. There’s no such thing as commitment for the king of casual hookups. So why should I care? Maybe because all work and no play makes me a sexually frustrated girl. It’s time to put the hockey stud at my beck and call to good use . . . but after a week in Vegas with Chase, I might never want to go back to the real world.
Praise for Bad Reputation
“[Nicole] Edwards opens the Bad Boys of Sports contemporary romance series with a steamy, fun novel. . . . Readers will appreciate that Chase and Cassie are more than just two hot bodies going horizontal at the first opportunity. They are surrounded by friends and family who add nuance and depth (and some family drama) to their passionate romance.”—Publishers Weekly
“The friends-to-lovers trope is a tricky one, and Edwards manages it well in her first Bad Boys of Sports novel.”—RT Book Reviews
“Sinfully fun and exciting! The chemistry was off the charts. Nicole Edwards sure does know how to write the bad boys of sports!”—New York Times bestselling author L. P. Dover
“An incredibly sexy story with some fun and exciting twists. . . . Bad Reputation was a fun escape from my day.”—Red Cheeks Reads
“It’s the gentle looks and touches, the subtleties that make Bad Reputation so magnetic.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
“I adore the last few chapters of this book! If you enjoy friends-to-lovers stories, make sure to read Bad Reputation.”—Shh Moms Reading
This sexy standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Edwards (the Club Destiny series) opens the Bad Boys of Sports contemporary romance series with a steamy, fun novel. NHL star Chase Barrett is nicknamed Sin because he spends so much time in the penalty box, but he's an angel with his best friend, Cassie Desrosiers. He keeps his hands to himself around her even though he's been in love with her for years; he doesn't want to mess with their friendship. Driven and ambitious Cassie needs Chase's laid-back attitude to balance out her long workdays. She compares all men to Chase and finds them lacking, but can't work up the nerve to change the status quo. Chase and Cassie's friends see the chemistry between them, but they deny the obvious until a drunken night in Las Vegas forever alters their relationship. Readers will appreciate that Chase and Cassie are more than just two hot bodies going horizontal at the first opportunity. They are surrounded by friends and family who add nuance and depth (and some family drama) to their passionate romance.
Sexy and fun
I thoroughly enjoyed this friends to lovers story. It is a mixture of sweetness, sexiness and laughter. This is a fun and entertaining story about two friends who are afraid to show their true feelings for each other because they are sure it will ruin their friendship.
Chase plays professional hockey for the Texas Tornados. He is a big, gruff guy with a charming, protective and caring side. Chase has had a secret crush on his best friend, Cassie for years but he keeps her in the friend zone because he is afraid if they started a romantic relationship and it didn't work out, he would lose his best friend. Chase is funny, and just an all around nice guy. He is the bad boy of hockey and has a reputation as a manwhore. Women are always falling all over Chase. He uses the women for sex but it is his best friend, Cassie who he spends all his time with.
Cassie is smart and driven and has a successful career with a software company. She is a workaholic and doesn't have time to date and would never think of having a one night stand. She is prim and proper and the exact opposite of Chase in every way. She refuses to depend on anyone, especially a man.
This is a captivating storyline with engaging characters. I like both Chase and Cassie. They have a great friendship and they care about each other but have to continually fight their mutual attraction to each other. Since meeting in college, they have always been there for each other and even though they are total opposites, they bring out the best each other. I also enjoyed Cassie's best friend Natalie and all the other secondary characters in this story. The story is told from alternate POV’s so we know what both the characters are feeling. This is the first book in the the Bad Boy of Sports series and I can't wait to read more.
I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books.
This is the first story by Nicole Edwards that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last. This was a fast paced friends to lovers Romance. This story was so freaking entertaining. I loved the flirty fun vibe this story had going on. Everything about it was great from their trusting and close friendship to one another as well as Chase’s secret feelings for Cassie. I had so much fun reading it. I was smiling and laughing and l really enjoyed getting to know both Cassie and Chase and watch their relationship grow into more.
If you want to read something entertaining, sweet and sexy, with a nice amount of heat and some mild drama this is it.
I voluntarily requested and reviewed an ARC of this book.
4 Sin Stars!
An enjoyable friends to lovers story. I will say I was expecting more of a bad boy in Chase but he was actually a really nice guy and I liked that about him. I love sports romance books and the ones that don't have a player H are always a nice surprise. Cassie was a likeable heroine. She was smart and beautiful, if maybe a little to prim. However, she sure loosened up when they finally got together. I'm not always sold on the friends to lovers scenario but the author did a good job with the reasons they were friends for so long. It made sense and worked for this book.
No cheating or abuse and very mild other woman/men drama. ARC provided by NetGalley.