Monday, October 28, 2019

Review: Bad Apple by Gemini Jensen

Senior year is supposed to be the time of your life. Keyword: Supposed. 

But I’ve just been shipped off to a new school. Sentenced to hard time deep in the heart of Hicktown, USA. 
I left everything behind—my friends, my girl, my band, my ambitions. 
Besides graduating, I thought there was nothing left to strive for. 

Then, I meet her...
Pretty. Preppy. Popular. Basic. 
Most importantly, daughter of the enemy.

And now I have a new vision...
Rip away her crown. 
Knock her off her pedestal. 
Wear her down until she’s stripped bare. 
She has no idea what’s coming for her. 

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and the Creed family tree is full of bad apples. 
But me?
I’m the most rotten of them all. 

Note: This is a full-length novel that ends on a cliffhanger. Book two will be releasing before the end of the year and will be up for preorder at the release of Book One.

This series deals with subjects that may be considered taboo and/or uncomfortable for some. 
This duet in particular contains flawed characters that may be hard to swallow. If you are a safety reader, or have disliked “Bully” stories with crude anti-heroes in the past, this may not be the book for you. 

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Gemini Jensen is a new to me author.  When I read the blurb for Bad Apple I knew that I needed to read this one.  An enemies to lover/bully romance is one of my favorites books to read.  The best part is knowing how much you should be hating the hero, but the author does such an amazing job and you end of loving him no matter how bad he is.  And Gemini Jensen did just that.  Bad Apple is the story of the good girl cheerleader and the bad boy, bully alpha male who are enemies from the very beginning.  

True is starting her final year of high school.  She is a cheerleader who people look up to.  Always feeling the pressure to be perfect, both from her family as well as her peers.   She has the perfect boyfriend, a great best friend, and looking forward to her final year of high school. Until the tattooed bad boy name Ransom Creed walks into her class.  The creed family is known in her town as the family who causes trouble.  True has dealt with the three Creed siblings at high school, but Ransom showing up in her class was completely unexpected.  He is one of their cousins and has just moved to her town.  He hates her and seems to have some vendetta against her, but she had no idea why.  Based on the way he treats her and bullies her, she should hate him, she should be running from him and by no means should she find him attractive.  But regardless of how much of a jerk he is, she cannot deny how hot he is.  Will she find out why he hates her?  Will the growing tension between the two of them finally come to a head?  And when it does, what will happen next?

I really loved this book.  True is the typical cheerleader who people look up to, girls want to be like her,  and she just seems perfect.  When first meeting her I was a little unsure of her, but you soon see that there is so much more to her.  I honestly felt bad for her, knowing how much pressure she was under, how much her parents  expected of her and to deal with this bully at the same time.  I loved her character, her ability to not back down.  

Ransom was a complete jerk, but I loved him.  He has not had an easy life and he is just angry, and you can understand why given his family life, losing his dad and his mother being the way she is.  But deep down I think there is so much more to him under all of the anger and bitterness.  

There was this push and pull between Ransom and True that I loved.  Ransom pretending, he doesn’t care yet will do anything to piss True.  The tension between them just kept building and building and I wanted for that moment when it would finally explode.  And when it did I loved it!!!  I waited for that moment and when it came it was perfection!!! 

Bad Apple is filled with angst, a bit of suspense, a bad boy hero who is both dark and angry, chemistry that is off the charts and a storyline that had me from the very beginning.  The writing was fantastic.  I will warn you that this does end in a cliffhanger.  There is still so much more story to tell and I cannot wait to see what happens.

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