“If you’re a fan of Kristen Ashley, then you will love this book.”
-Aestas Book Blog on Four Letter Word
He didn’t want to be bad. He just didn’t have a choice…
Shayla Perkins isn’t the kind of girl who makes the same mistake twice, especially when it comes to Sean “Stitch” Molina. So when he gives her the world’s biggest rejection, that’s it–she’s done. Until the sexy, silent, unavailable Sean makes Shay a very personal offer. Of course, it still doesn’t mean he’s interested in her. Or does it?
Sean has done things in life. Bad things. And he’s paid the price. All he wants now is to make up for his past by doing good in the present. And no one deserves more good than Shay. Beautiful on the inside and out, Shay is the kind of woman who should be cared for and protected–especially from a man like Sean. He’s tried to keep his feelings for her in check, but a single, reckless impulse pulls them closer than ever before.
Soon the two are sharing their biggest dreams and satisfying their deepest desires. But what will happen if the only way to truly give each other what they want most…is to let each other go?
“The perfect mix of funny, hot and heartwarming. I enjoyed it immensely!”
–Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author, on Four Letter Word
Imagine being led to believe at a young age that you are nothing…
Imagine that the one person who’s supposed to love you and take care of you tells you that you’re a waste of space…
Imagine not knowing what love felt like since your were a child…not understanding why your basic needs aren’t being met…
Imagine being told you’re nothing special…that you’re garbage and don’t deserve anything….
Imagine having no other choice but to fend for yourself by any means necessary….
What choices would you make? How would you feel about yourself? How impossible would it be to feel like you deserved anything when all you’ve ever had is someone else’s voice inside your head constantly telling you that you’re trash…that you’re a waste of space.
That’s how Sean ‘Stitch’ Molina started his life…that’s how he was taught to think of himself…that was what was ingrained in his mind when he left to try and make it on his own…and now, even at the age of 29, that’s still how he feels about himself and no one has been able to replace that demonic voice in his head…the words that are on repeat inside his psyche and have attached themselves to his soul.
The power of words, especially when they’re the wrong ones…the hateful ones…the hurtful ones…the punishing ones…their staying power only intensifies…their wounds dig deep and leave scars that never erase…not with time…not with other words…the only way the old words become powerless is if new ones penetrate them and create a new state of being…a new way of thinking…but it’s not easy; in fact, most of the time, it never works…but none of them has what Sean has…a certain pixie girl who refuses to not get through to him…he talks louder and maybe more than necessary because she has seen Sean’s worth since their first encounter.
I’ve always adored J. Daniels’ words and characters, but there’s something extra special about Bad For You as well as Sean Molina and Shayla Perkins. Their story is raw…it’s heartbreaking and heart mending…it’s a realistic presentation of someone who feels he deserves nothing and the woman who’s willing to give him everything because that is what he ultimately deserves.
It’s not easy to hear/witness Sean’s hateful words about himself; in fact, it made my heart ache and it made me wonder what it was going to take to get him to see himself as worthy of his kids and Shay.
Sean is living proof that one’s circumstances define him…that they mold him and attach themselves to him, refusing to let go, especially when faced with someone who could force him to see that he doesn’t have to be a victim of his upbringing. The hold that the words of the woman who gave birth to him have over him is daunting and they taunt him endlessly, especially when he’s by himself and there’s no other voice to shield him from their mistreatment.
But as Sean and Shay’s story progresses, her voice…her comforting and encouraging words start to penetrate the thick barrier around Sean’s enemy, and while it takes time to surround that hateful vocabulary, Shay’s at Sean’s back cheering him on and proving that she’ll always be there to tell him and show him just how worthy he is.
I don’t think I can clearly express how amazing Shay is…she’s this little ball of energy and she’s only 23 years old, but she brings so much light to everyone who crosses her path. She’s a fighter…a go-getter, which is exactly the type of person Sean needs in his corner and let me tell you, she is most definitely on his side and willing to go above and beyond to rid him of the darkness that has infected him and to fill him with all of the goodness that he’s always deserved but never received.
Nobody but Shay could get through to Sean, and while it took him quite awhile to believe her words instead of the ones that he’s always listened to, Shay is bound and determined that he will get there and when he does, his past will no longer hold him down and terrorize him with cruelty and hate.
I can’t say enough about this story…it’s an agonizing journey…there were plenty of tears shed, but I’m so glad that I was able to witness Sean’s rebirth…Sean’s acknowledgement that he means something to people…that the love they feel for him is real…that he is deserving of every wonderful moment with his girls and every one of Shay’s bright and loving touches.
J. Daniels has definitely created two of my top favorite characters and Sean and Shay together are one hell of an amazing couple.
5+ Poison Apples
J.Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series.
She would rather bake than cook, she listens to music entirely too loud, and loves writing stories her children will never read. Her husband and children are her greatest loves, with cupcakes coming in at a close second.
J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.
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