“Bryce Matthews doesn’t do the whole nice boyfriend thing. Chocolates and flowers—girls can forget all that. And he certainly doesn’t care about the gossip and rumors that follow him at school and around town. If anything, the talk amuses him. Bryce isn’t lacking in confidence. He knows himself and he knows his limits. One of those hard limits is Madison Issac. Bryce can never have her, and he’s perfectly fine with that. Sometimes the fantasy is better than the reality anyway.
Madison Issac thought she was a pretty good judge of character. But she’s surprised at how gentle and comforting resident bad-boy and next-door neighbor Bryce Matthews is when we finds her crying in the park.
Maybe there’s more to Bryce than people think? So Madison begins to wonder.
Can a guy like Bryce ever change his ways?
Can a girl like Madison really be into a guy like Bryce?
With hearts and reputations on the line, this kind of love can be scandalous”
Meh. I’ve been trying to write this review for a few days, and I don’t know what to say. I mean, it was okay, but I didn’t particularly feel the chemistry between Maddy and Bryce.
In fact, the most emotion I felt in the entire novel was how terrible her cousin was. I didn’t find Maddy to be an extreme good girl, and likewise, I didn’t find Bryce an actual ‘bad boy.’ Good? No, Bad? Still No.
I think naming the series ‘scandelous boys’ is a bit of a bold move. I was expecting something along the lines of Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry or Katie McGarry’s pushing the limits.
I did like Bryce’s narrative, which came across as authentic, though lacking in bad boy-ishness. I also liked that he stood up for Mads, when it came to his….horrible bff. In fact, his narrative is what saved the book from being a 2-ish starred book.
What did I find so lacking? The plot. It ended without either character going through any monumental changes. The book just plodded along.
But in another respect, the plot was all over the place. They broke up, they got together. They broke up, they got together.
One thing happened after another after another. The pacing of the plot itself (regardless of their relationship) was too rushed, skimmed.
It was marketed more like a New Adult book, but even though it was more overt in sexual undertones, I still thought it was a mile away from New Adult. It definitely classifies closer to a YA.
Ultimately it just lacked original spark, and plot control. Even though Bryce’s POV saved it from a 2 star review, I still don’t think I’d recommend it.