Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin
Seven years in the army will change a guy. But after a shoulder wound ends his career as a sniper, Jackson Worthington finds himself back home, fighting a battle that’s all too familiar: keeping his hands off Lily Hastings. She’s still her rich daddy’s little angel, innocent, impossibly lovely, as squeaky-clean as Jackson is dirty. And she’s still his stepsister—forbidden but not forgotten, not after the soul-melting kiss that got him kicked out of the house at eighteen. He couldn’t resist her then. How the hell can he resist her now?
Lily is about to marry a man she doesn’t love, and commit to a high-stress job she hates, all to please the father who controls every waking moment of her life. On top of everything, her teenage crush is back, with a sleek, chiseled body and a trace of the rebellious boy whose lips sealed her fate. Jackson’s timing couldn’t be worse . . . or better. Because Lily’s all grown up, too. She’s aching for another taste. And for the first time, she’s ready to be a bad girl.
Jackson and Lilly are step-siblings. In the eyes of his mother and her father, their attraction to each other is forbidden. Jackson is kicked out, joins the military, Lilly writes him, years pass and then they have a chance encounter in a bar when he arrives home. The circumstances came across as far-fetched. The chances they’d run in to one another. And if he was so eager to escape the hook of his stepfather and the way his mother treated him, why return to the same city. All these thoughts were running through my mind. I tend to root for the underdog and Jen’s words painted a picture of longing and completeness that Jackson and Lilly provided for each other and because of this, I wanted them to find their HEA. Lilly’s battling what she should do as she’s always done what her father says. Jackson pushes for her to stand up for herself. The back and forth was appropriate. Seeing them fight against what they weren’t sure was “wrong” or “acceptable” and to whose opinion mattered: theirs or others. My stomach didn’t knot, my feels didn’t feel out of control, I was just content with how their story ended. I was hoping for more feels. If you enjoy reading about a fight for love others think is forbidden…give this a try and find your next book crush!! Jackson is definitely crush-worthy!! Rating: 3.5 stars