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Bad Boys Break Hearts

By: Micalea Smeltzer
Narrated by: Erin Mallon,Jacob Morgan
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Publisher's Summary

Mascen Wade, star pitcher of the Aldridge University baseball team, is a lot of things.

Rich. Hotter than sin. The campus’ reigning bad boy.

We knew each other once upon a time, but even if I’m named after a princess, it doesn’t mean my life is a fairy tale. My plan is to keep my head down, get my degree, and leave this town. But the moment Mascen Wade recognizes me, all my carefully laid plans come crumbling down. He’s decided he wants to make my life a living hell, but I’m not so easy to push around. I won’t put up with his bully playground antics.

It's just too bad that I’ve never been able to resist him.

©2020 Micalea Smeltzer (P)2020 Podium Audio

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No Desire to Finish This

I usually don't leave a review before I finish a book, but I wanted to give potential buyers a fair warning. First of all, the female narrator can't do male voices, and it was distracting at first. Still, I hung in there because I thought the story had potential. However, I am five hours into a nine hour book, and there has only been one kiss... And even that was like pulling teeth!

I mean, I'm all for the build-up, don't get me wrong. But this is supposed to be a ROMANCE book. Don't make me wait until I'm over halfway through to get even one little crumb!

The story is interesting enough that I will hang in there just to see how it ends, but make no mistake, I am not impressed with this author, and I have no desire whatsoever to torture myself beyond this book. I will NOT be wasting credits on the rest of this series.

UPDATE: I now only have 2.5 hours left of this book and have decided to end the torture. *SPOILER ALERT* The leading man demands that our heroin goes home with him over Thanksgiving break. They have to stop at a hotel on the way, because it is such a long drive, and I had high hopes for a steamy hotel scene. But no such luck. It wasn't even relevant to the story. Okay, I still hung in there, because I knew she would be staying with him in his family home for 2 weeks. Something was BOUND to happen, right? NOPE! One more kiss in the heat of a weak moment, and then he pulls away from her... Again. It is enough to give you whiplash.

Perhaps the thing that bothers me the most, is that his hatred for this girl stems from something that happened when she was 8 years old and had no control over. I kept hoping for a conversation about this. Maybe he would admit that it wasn't hatred, but that he just missed her so much. I had hoped for some kind of a confrontation, but still, I was left wanting.

At this point, I no longer even care what happens to these two or when. You can't call this a romance book, and you certainly cannot call whatever they have a "relationship." This was definitely not worth a credit, not worth my time, and definitely not worth my investment into ... whatever it is they call it. I strongly urge you to not waste a credit on this one. You will be disappointed all the way through.

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Kind of the same College Story

Well written story but this is another college romance that I feel like I've read before. It was entertaining enough to keep me reading but also a typical friends to enemies to lovers. They started out as best friends as kids, separated during the childhood and come across each other in college. Star athlete who grew up rich felt abandoned by his best friend therefore hates her but not so much when he sees her again. Hates her but doesn't want her to be happy with anyone else. I don't mean to make lite of the storyline but that is the basic premise of the story.

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College Bad Boy Romance

My first book from this author and I’ll be honest I was drawn to it because I’m a huge fan of Erin Mallon and Jacob Morgan. It was definitely an easy listen, Low angst but definitely had all the feels. I don’t think it was necessary to listen to the previous books to follow along, Rory and Mason’s Chemistry carried through the entire book. I wish there was more of an extended epilogue from this couple.

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Narrators made it-

Could have used more something, I just couldn’t get into the the dynamic between H/h. Not sure what it was. But fabulous narration as always.

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A page turner

Bad boys break hearts is worth the read. it's interesting and will keep you on your toes.

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Great story little too long

First off Narrators Jacob Morgan is always amazing & Erin was great too.
The story was a really great story but more than half of the story out H/h wasn’t together like chapter 30 something. I listen while I’m working and it just too long for me for them to even get along. Then the ending was quick HEA. I liked how it ended. I just like my epilogues little longer.

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Bad Boys Break Hearts by Micalea Smeltzer

Tropes/Themes:
-MF new adult contemporary
-Bully romance
-Childhood friends to enemies to lovers
-Brooding alpha hero
-H is a college baseball player (baseball doesn’t feature in the book at all though)
-Class difference

I’ll just be honest, I probably liked this as much as I could like any new adult bully romance. I think I’ve just outgrown this sub genre at this point.

TW for suicide

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  • CB
  • 07-26-22

The Boys…SWOON!

This is the first book from Micalea’s The Boys series. It’s a second chance romance/enemies to lovers story that will definitely grab you right by the heart. Narration is good and the story is amazing.

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A cool book

An interesting book that I found myself relatable to the best parts of the protagonist and because of such I liked the book. I recommend it.

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Pass on the hero

I wanted to love this, I really did, because I totally love Micalea Smeltzer's writing, but I hated (with a passion) the "hero"Mascen. He was a total @ss through basically the entire book. The only people he was remotely pleasant to were his mom and sisters, he was a jerk to his teammates and even his friends!! So, I know that bully romances are crazy popular right now, but they are obviously not for me.

I did like the heroine, Rory, she was a strong and driven college student, who had a tough life, prior to college. I also enjoyed the building chemistry between the h and H, and how amazing his parents were with Rory.

I listened to the audiobook version, which was narrated by two of my favorites, Erin Mallon and Jacob Morgan.

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  • 10-01-21

Much about nothing..

There wasn’t really any plot to the story. Everything that isn’t relevant was described in painful detail but when it came to the actual story there was basically nothing. The main characters didn’t even spend that much time together to be honest. It was just them thinking about nothing or talking to friends and family, again, about nothing.
Jacob Morgan and Erin Mallon were good as always.

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  • 04-14-21

I hate you 😊

I always love when I'm surprised by a book. I originally purchased this audio more for the narrator's then the appeal of the story but I'm so grateful I did. It was so much more than I expected.

The banter between Rory and Mascen had me smiling. They weren't perfect but they complemented each other perfectly. It would have been hard to get past his asshole tendencies if not for his inner monologue, so kudos to the author for explaining his character enough.

Great listen, definitely think it's worth the credit and time!!