Series: Rock Canyon,
Also in this series: Things Good Girls Don't Do, Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars
Published by Avon on 20 May 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Social Issues, War & Military
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Also by this author: Things Good Girls Don't Do, Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars
Place(s) Traveled To: Rock Canyon, Idaho // True Love, Nevada // Twin Falls, Idaho
First Line(s): Valerie Willis reached for a bottle of Merlot, located on the highest shelf of Hall’s Market, and cursed the shelves’ discrimination against short people.
Bad Girls Don’t Marry Marines by Codi Gary is the third book in her Rock Canyon series and like the previous books the main connection with them all is the town they live in. As with the other books I do wish that there was more of a connection between the characters so that this series seemed a bit more cohesive. Though if the characters talked more they might realize that they were stuck in the Twilight Zone as the attitudes and beliefs of most people seem to be straight out of the 1950s. Everyone is so judgmental and quick to make assumptions about things that they don’t know anything about. They might also realize that all the parents in this town are horrible people. Seriously, its amazing that the heroines of these books ended up as well as they did based on their role models. Despite the old fashioned town and the crazy parents I did enjoy this book. I thought that Val and Justin fit well together and despite the title neither one of them is what I would consider to be bad.
Val is dealing with a lot of issues and not just from her overbearing and demanding father but also with a divorce and the rumors that followed from it. As such Val has a reputation in the town of being a bad girl and she doesn’t feel like she has much to offer a relationship. But her reasons for this are not the ones that you might think. Justin is dealing with issues of his own but he can’t fight the attraction he feels for Valerie. I love how these two help heal the broken bits contained within the other and I enjoyed watching them come together. And the things that these two characters go through will be enough to make your heart melt. One thing I liked about this story was the matching making town as it added a different layer to your typical romance story.
Like the previous book though the title, Bad Girls Don’t Marry Marines, is a bit misleading as Justin spends most of his time trying to get Valerie to date him. Bad Girls Don’t Marry Marines is a fast paced novel and while I did have some issues with it most of them were minor. I liked some of the secondary characters that we got to meet and I hope that Gary returns to Rock Canyon at some point in order to have their stories told. But even if Gary doesn’t I think that she is an author that I will look into in the future as she does write a fun and fast-paced romance. If you are looking for a fun new read then you might want to give this one a shot.