Romance Books

Bad Penny by Staci Hart

Goodreads Summary

bad pennyNothing good comes after the third date.  Date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he’ll get weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy.

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way. So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked or that he can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.


3 out of 5 stars


Bad Penny is a follow up book to Tonic, and sadly, it was much worse.

Penny is a tattoo artist with a foul mouth, tatted body and purple hair.  She’s brash, bold and uncaring.  She is also incapable of commitment, thanks to a bad relationship in high school (yes, high school).  She sees “Blondie” (please note the man on the cover is not blond – not jumping on soap box, but just saying) at an ice cream shop and thinks he is the hottest dude ever.

They meet up again in a club later, and end up going home together.  Turns out Bodie (Blondie’s name) went to the same high school as Penny, and he was friends with the boyfriend who turned her off to relationships.  In general, Penny gives guys three dates, then dumps them.

My biggest issue with this book is Penny.  I really just didn’t like her.  I couldn’t connect with her, and I didn’t empathize with her at all.  She strung Bodie along, and I didn’t like the way she treated him.

The other issue was this book was pretty darn boring.  I skipped over big chunks of this book that were Penny stressing about stupid shit.  The whole ex-boyfriend storyline was just plain dumb, and didn’t make me feel sorry for Penny at all.

I like to characters in this series, so if there is another, I will likely read it, but I hope it’s better than this one.  Disappointing.

Happy reading.

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