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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

#allthebookreviews: Bad by Chloe Esposito @duttonbooks @chloejesposito

by Chloe Esposito

Thanks so much to Dutton Books for these review copies!  Jessica and I are feeding our guilty pleasures with the adventures of Alvina.  Continue below to see what we thought!

Publisher:  Dutton Books
Publish Date:  July 24, 2018
384 Pages
Trilogy:  Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy #2
Genre:  Fiction

Alvie Knightly is back . . . and she's hungover.

When Alvie discovers that her hit man boyfriend has driven off with the Lamborghini and two million euros, she does what any heartbroken, deserted, amateur assassin would do--she drinks everything in the minibar and trashes her hotel room. And then she gets to work.

A perilous cat-and-mouse game takes the pair across Rome, leaving a trail of collateral damage in their wake. But as she wholeheartedly embraces her dark side, Alvie will have to figure out if Nino is her nemesis . . . or the only man bad enough to handle her. 

My Review:

After not knowing what to expect in book one, Mad, and taken by surprise by Alvie and her batshit ways, I found going into Bad, I really enjoyed this story more.  Now I know what Alvie is about and while definitely still out there, I've become fond of Alvie and her crazy ways.  She is not someone to cross, cross in front of, or just in general be around unless you can afford her something that she needs. And she needs A LOT!

What I love best in this crazy ride is her inner monologue.  She justifies everything she does with no remorse and quite frankly, most of it is freaking HILARIOUS.  It's a bit vulgar at time with a touch of erotica.  Sometimes I wish I could live my life an unapologetically as she does... without any consequences of course.  

This book is absolutely insane and such a guilty pleasure.  Take this book for what it is and enjoy the ride that Alvie takes you on - because I'm quite sure you haven't been on one like this!


Jessica's Review:

Last year I read and loved MAD, which is book one in this trilogy. So when I saw BAD was releasing I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy. I read this book in about 5 hours and it would have been less if I didn't have adult responsibilities (groceries and dog food just couldn't wait though). This had all the elements that I loved about book one and I can't wait to see how the trilogy ends.

We are back with Alvina Knightly - Alvie. We pick up right where book one left off and Alvie finds herself in an undesirable position. On the run and trying to track down a hitman seems pretty simple, right? Without giving away any spoilers, this one is just as action packed as book one. Alvie is still vulgar, hilarious, authentic, and full of bad decisions that luck seems to get her out of (in some cases). 

While the book does have a kind of summary at the beginning, I highly recommend reading book one. You'll get to know her better and the events that happen are too good to miss! You'll get to see what exactly got her in the compromising position she's in. Alvie is flawed and feels so authentic. I've definitely had thoughts and conversations like she does. Her haikus throughout are fantastic and there's no shortage of swearing and sex.

If you're looking for a quick and action-packed read with some hilarity and a great female lead, then this series should be on your list! Now the waiting game starts for book three -after that surprise ending I'll be impatiently waiting. 

I give this a solid 5/5 stars and can't wait for the concluding chapter!

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