Bad Rep by A. Meredith Walters

 
 "Who gives a damn about their reputation? Oh, that would be me! Especially since mine had gone straight to hell in the span of thirty minutes".

Maysie Ardin is soaking up the summer before her junior year of college, shopping, hanging by the pool and shopping some more. But when her black belt in spending lands her in trouble with her parents, she is forced to take a second job at a local bar to dig herself out of a deep financial pit.

She thought she’d be miserable. But then Maysie didn’t count on Jordan Levitt, the hot, pierced and tattooed, drum playing bartender who also happens to be very interested in her. And the feelings are totally mutual.

It had the makings of the perfect romantic set up. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy has girlfriend? Okay, maybe not.

But attraction is a hard thing to ignore and soon Jordan and Maysie find themselves in the middle of a gossip induced firestorm. Maysie has to learn whether she can set aside her fear of public disapproval in order to be with the one she wants. Or will she let the opinions of others dictate her life and her heart?
 
 

 
3.5/5

This is one I liked more then I disliked it, but it didn't really leave a lasting impression on me. 

We have a girl, Maysie who has to get a job, because she let her sorority sisters talk her into spending LOTS more then she actually could. She gets a job meets a boy with a girlfriend. In Love. You know how they go. 

Maysie, to me is not a strong character. She was whiney about everything. Yes the repercussions of her choices were a little on the extreme side, but she lets them control her life and what she wants. She made the choice to flirt and more with a guy that had a girlfriend, and to me she shouldn't have expected people to just drop it. 

Jordan is our main man. He is said boyfriend with a girlfriend. I almost didn't like him either, because he really liked Maysie more then the girl who he was seeing. Why he waited so long to end it? Who knows! A lot of the whine-factor and annoying drama could have been prevented by just breaking up with the girl. 

Don't get me wrong the romance was sweet at times, and Jordan produced a couple of sigh moments. 

All in all, the characters are who ruined it for me. A lot of people like this book, so don't give up on it, because you might like it also. It just wasn't one I could connect with and therefore not one I would recommend.


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