4 Stars · Arc's

ARC Review: Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends by Melanie A. Smith

Details: eBook, 156 pages

Publication: May 19, 2020 by Wicked Dreams Publishing

Series: Life Lessons, Book Two


Goodreads Synopsis: Even when you know better, sometimes it’s simply too tempting…

Hospital work isn’t for the faint of heart. Becca Dillon knows that firsthand, having worked as a medical assistant in the cardiac unit at Rutherford Hospital for longer than she cares to think about. What she does care to think about is having fun, gossip, and … guys. Her favorite of the three. And why stick to one, when you can sample them all?

That’s exactly her plan when a workplace crush on a mysterious bad-boy orderly unexpectedly takes a very steamy turn. But Vincent DeMarco turns out to be nothing like she expected, and before she knows it, she’s falling hard and fast. She wants him in ways she’s never wanted anyone before, but there’s something he’s keeping from her. Something that’s holding him back. And Becca is going to find out what.

Even though she knows that bad boys don’t make good boyfriends, he seems like he might be so much more. Will her quest unlock the truth behind who he really is? Or will it end their relationship for good? Either way, ready or not, Becca’s world is about to change.


My Thoughts: I’ve found that most books with a bad boy as the main interest are annoyingly similar, but this one is absolutely worth the time spent reading. I finished this one fairly quickly and found myself reading it over the book I was supposed to focus on.

I didn’t feel much of a connection with the characters, but I believe that’s because I read this one before getting the first book. I also believe that connecting the characters together would have been easier if I’d read the first book.

The storyline itself was pretty easy to follow and a lot more interesting than most romance novels I’ve read. It was fast-paced, but in this case, it worked really well. Nothing dragged, but it also wasn’t overwhelming.

The relationship between Vincent and Becca was also decently paced. It wasn’t insta-love exactly, though it still happened fairly quick. The chemistry between the two was strong, so that made up for the pace.

My only complaint with the book is Becca’s reactions to certain things. Though I partially understand her anxiety over Vincent’s past, it still annoyed me when she went out of her way to snoop. Otherwise, it was a great book. I’ll definitely be checking into the rest of Melanie’s works.

Rating: ★★★☆☆(3.5)


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review.


Trigger Warnings: This book contains sexual and mildly violent scenes.


You can order Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends from Amazon in the following formats:

Kindle* | Hardcover | Paperback

Connect with Melanie A. Smith:

Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

*Available for free with Kindle Unlimited

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