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Series: Rock Canyon

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: Bad Girls Don’t Marry Marines by Codi Gary

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Bad Girls Don’t Marry Marines by Codi GaryGood Girls Don't Date Marines by Codi Gary
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
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-stars
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.

 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars by Codi Gary

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars by Codi GaryGood Girls Don't Date Rock Stars by Codi Gary
Series: Rock Canyon, Book 2
Also in this series: Things Good Girls Don't Do, Good Girls Don't Date Marines
Published by Avon on 22 April 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, Social Issues
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-half-stars
Also by this author: Things Good Girls Don't Do, Good Girls Don't Date Marines

Place(s) Traveled To: Las Vegas, Nevada // Rock Canyon, Idaho // Winnemucca, Nevada

First Line(s): How many glasses of champagne did I have last night?

Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is the second book in Codi Gary’s Rock Canyon series though its a book that can well and truly stand on its own as there is little to no interaction with the characters from Things Good Girls Don’t DoGood Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is one of those books where the two main characters wake up married and then have to figure out where to go from there. This one though has the added twist of the two leads having a shared past and a shared child though Travis wasn’t told of this at the time. So this one has three popular romance tropes the quickie marriage, rock star and secret baby. Four if you count second chance at love as a trope….which is can very well be.

As with Things Good Girls Don’t Do, Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars there were things about the heroine, Gemma that annoyed me. She was very quick to judge and fly off the handle and was always pushing Travis away. Then of course there was that pointless conflict that nearly split the two apart…again. *le sigh* I may like the various tropes of a romance but sometimes the cliches of them really get on my nerves. I also felt that the title of this one was a bit misleading as Travis and Gemma don’t really date. They get married and make an attempt to make the marriage work even if one of them is always looking for a reason to bail. I think a better title for this one would have been Good Girls Don’t Marry Rock Stars. Though the Good of the title is also a bit misleading as Gemma kept a good many secrets and I for one am not a fan of a woman who doesn’t tell a guy that they share a child together.

Overall though I liked Gemma and Travis’s story. I thought that the two had some genuine chemistry together and I had when Gary used the pointless conflict cliche to add tension to the story. This story didn’t need that as there was already the feelings of betrayal from past misunderstandings and the secret baby. I also didn’t really mind the character of Charlie, Travis and Gemma’s 9 year old son as he did come across as a real kid. So often in an adult romance the children come across as wooden and 2-dimentional. They just seem so fake and forced like you’re supposed to just nod your head and go awe at everything they do.

Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is definately a book that I would recommend to people. Its not perfect but it was a quick read, well written and kept me engaged from start to finish. Even with the pointless conflict my eye rolling and ebook notatation snark was minimal. It made my heart ache at times and that is a feeling that I love to have when reading a book. Even if I may want to shake a character a time or two for their actions….and Gemma wasn’t alone in this. I did like Travis but he did some boneheaded things too. So if you are looking for a fun new romance to try then this might be one to consider.

 

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review: Things Good Girls Don’t Do by Codi Gary

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Things Good Girls Don’t Do by Codi GaryThings Good Girls Don't Do by Codi Gary
Series: Rock Canyon,
Also in this series: Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars, Good Girls Don't Date Marines
Published by Avon on 27 April 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-stars
Also by this author: Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars, Good Girls Don't Date Marines

Place(s) Traveled To: Rock Canyon, Idaho

First Line(s): Its important to always be a nice girl, Katie. Otherwise, people won’t want to let their kids play with you.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with Codi Gary’s Things Good Girls Don’t Do but knew that it would involve a good girl meeting a bad boy story. This is a common theme in romances and one that I don’t usually mind but it has to be done right. When I read the first line of this one I almost put it down but I continued reading and in the end I was just meh on this one. Katie was an ok character but she was just too passive and overly concerned with what others thought of her for my liking. Now I know everyone worries about the thoughts of others but Katie does this to the extreme. As a result the town has a tendency to walk all over her and use this ingrained mantra that she must be super nice to everyone against her. Yet, at the same time her friends will chastise her for not standing up for her self. Or at least they do until she tries to stand up to them. The crazy standard that this main character was held to just made for an impossible life. It also didn’t help that Katie was a pretty judgmental character herself.

Fortunately for me, the reader, there was another point of view in this story, that of the bad boy hero, Chase. The guy who really isn’t so bad but because he rides a motorcycle and runs a tattoo shop the bulk of the town have labeled his as persona non-grata. All for very superficial reasons…most of which are based on his appearance. For the love of Pete! There were so many times when I just couldn’t get over the hypocrisy of this book. I also found it a bit hard to believe that Katie would go from trying to be a police office to running her own beauty salon as it was just such a strange and extreme change. And the reason was so very eye roll inducing.

Now it might seem like I didn’t like Things Good Girls Don’t Do but it wasn’t all bad. When faced with a mediocre read it is often easier to focus on the negative of a story and not the positive and there were things I liked about the book. I liked Katie and Chase together when Katie left all her hangups at the door. Chase was a grounded character and he helped Katie become a the person she was meant to be. I liked how Katie changed over the course of the book and while she will never be a bad girl she did grow more of a backbone. There was genuine chemistry between Chase and Katie and white there were parts of the story that annoyed me there were also a lot of things that I liked. I could have done without the 1950-eske attitude of the town but overall this wasn’t a bad story. While I don’t think that it will be one that I’ll re-read I don’t feel like my time was wasted. I liked Codi Gary’s writing and so will be reading the other books in the series and seeing how they compare to this one.

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