One punch took him from Hollywood’s Golden Boy to Bad Boy Brody.
The media didn’t care he was grieving his brother’s death. They descended on him, but to change his reputation, his manager got him a deal. Act in an indie film, one that already had Oscar buzz, and he’d get the movie roles he needed to secure his future.
He took the deal.
Yet he wasn’t prepared for the real-life people behind the script.
He wasn’t prepared for the murder the movie was based on.
And he really wasn’t prepared for her, the biggest secret of all.
She was wild. She was beautiful. She defied gravity.
But was she the leading role that would tame him?
Brody is a full-length stand-alone novel! There is one bonus chapter from Cole at the end!
This may date me…or, if you show readers what my father subjected me to ever since I was little, regardless, though, every time I read the title of Tijan’s latest release, Bad Boy Brody, I always want to start singing that oldie song “Bad boy Leroy Brown!”
Here’s a little snippet if you’re unfamiliar with the lyrics:
And it’s bad, bad Leroy Brown
The baddest man in the whole damned town
Badder than old King Kong
And meaner than a junkyard dog
This song was released by Jim Croce in 1973, and while it doesn’t really connect with the hero of Tijan’s story, it does put into perspective just how easy it is to pass judgment on individuals based on isolated incidences and/or a series of events that showcase their negative qualities that the public clamps onto and refuses to understand the deeper issues involved.
Brody Asher definitely does a number on his ‘public image,’ but I can’t really blame him because the circumstances surrounding his meltdown are not ones that most people could handle, let alone fight through the anger, the pain, and the chaos within in front of a society who always seems ready and ever willing to knock people down without truly understanding the root of the issue and giving the support instead of the judgment that they deserve.
Morgan Kellerman is definitely an enigma; she lives a full life on her own terms and in her own way, and while readers’ connection with her character might be non-existent or a bit challenging due to Morgan’s nature and who and what she surrounds herself with, no one can deny the healing powers of the experiences that Morgan allows Brody to have and the bonds that are created from not taking anything for granted in this one life that people are given.
My review for Bad Boy Brody would be incomplete if I didn’t discuss an integral group of characters that help both Morgan and Brody to heal… in many ways, Brody and Morgan’s story speaks to their comeback, but I don’t think it’s the one Brody’s fans want for the Hollywood golden boy turn bad boy. The wild mustangs that Morgan sees as family…that she has an unbreakable bond with do so much for her and Brody. There’s a freedom involved in a relationship with animals…they don’t pass judgment…they don’t condemn choices, and it’s in their strength and in their ability to provide unconditional love that allows the humans who hold these wild creatures in their heart to endure…to do more than just exist.
At times, I’ll admit, the story line does get a bit confusing because of the multiple perspectives; it’s not that it overwhelmed me, but I guess I didn’t understand why they were all necessary. The plot does include some difficult content due to the subject matter of the indie film as well as the fact that someone closely tied to the real-life events becomes critical to Brody’s ‘comeback’ role as well as to the healing that takes place in his heart and in his head.
I’m not too sure how to characterize the story line that Tijan crafts for readers in Bad Boy Brody. There’s a uniqueness to it, based on its setting and the impact of a group of secondary characters – ones who are wild and free and teach Brody and Morgan what it means to experience life for what it is, forgetting all the bullshit and finding a place where the only person they need acceptance from is themselves and one another. It’s probably not what some of Tijan’s readers would expect from her, but I think it speaks volumes about the kind of writing she is and her willingness to put herself out there and write the story that spoke to her…that needed to be told, and it’s those kind of writers who I’ll gladly read over and over again.
4.5 Poison Apples
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing Fallen Crest Six (untitled) along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.
To find what to read next of hers, go to http://www.tijansbooks.com/
WALLSTREET JOURNAL, NEW YORK TIMES, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR