Bad for You by Abbi Glines

November 3, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★½

Bad for You by Abbi GlinesBad for You (Sea Breeze #7) by Abbi Glines
Published: September 2nd 2014 by Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Genres: Contemporary
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3.5 Stars

Addiction is part of Krit Corbin’s nature—and women have always been his favorite obsession. But that’s the life of a lead singer in a band. He can have any woman he wants—anywhere, anytime. Well, except for one.

Blythe Denton is used to being alone. The minister’s family who raised her never accepted her as their own, and the cruel minister’s wife made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. So when she finally gets the chance to live by herself, Blythe takes it and moves into an apartment building with a loud upstairs neighbor who keeps throwing parties all night long.

It’s during one such party when Krit opens the door to find his new neighbor standing there. Blythe wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay. She’s nothing like the women who parade in and out of his apartment, but Krit can’t resist her—her brown hair, cute glasses, and sexy innocence is too much for him to ignore.

Determined to win Blythe over, Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet.

This is Krit’s story!! I think, aside from Dewayne, I’ve been looking forward to Krit’s story the most.

Krit’s a rock star – the lead singer of a band with the tattoos and hoards of women after him to go with that title. Blythe was taken in by a pastor and his wife after her mother died in child-birth, and is as innocent as they come in NA. What they have in common is that no one sees them for who they are, and when they meet, they have an instant connection. Their chemistry is explosive, and I loved that they concentrated on being friends first before jumping into the relationship waters.

While I liked the two characters individually, it was a stretch to imagine how they’d go about navigating a lasting relationship: Krit’s obviously got issues where he fixates on something in an unhealthy way, and Blythe just seems like the most recent obsession in a long string of them. Their pairing works because Krit takes one look at her and decides his man-whoring days are over – a sure sign of how pure, innocent, and naïve our heroine is. It didn’t surprise me because Cage and Preston basically had the same reactions to Eva and Amanda in their books.

However, I was greatly disappointed in the secondary cast of this novel. Linc and Britt were just there to create drama, and I couldn’t take either of their story-lines seriously. Before the reveal about Linc near the end, I did wonder if he was going to get a book dedicated to him, but I no longer think that’s the case (however I can see a spin-off series about church-going teens, for some reason).

I felt sorry for all the women that Krit was with in this book. In typical NA style, Krit had this stupid idea that if a girl “degraded” herself by sleeping with him, then she deserved to be booted out of his apartment the next morning – she was unworthy. Like many of the man-whores in NA, he doesn’t care that HE demands women act a certain way to be worthy of his time. The levels of shaming women for their sexual freedoms and choices were taken to Walking Disaster levels in this book, and I was disappointed.

No one is reading these books because they want to be surprised. I think the first four Sea Breeze books were amazing, but the most recent three are … not the same). I liked The Vincent Boys books, especially Sawyer’s because he’s the only guy who doesn’t fit the cave-man profile of all her other heroes, so I’m sad that the Sea Breeze books never veer away from the generic formula of Virgin Girl Meets Man Whore, Sex Happens, Then Drama (and Things Break), and then Sex again, sometimes ending with engagements, weddings, or pregnancies.

I loved the inclusion of the lyrics to Krit’s songs, it was a really nice touch and revealed more about Krit than being in inside his head. I also really liked how Blythe made friends with Trisha, Amanda and Low. It was great seeing the original gang again, even if it was just briefly.

Fans of the Sea Breeze books will love getting to know Krit’s story and see him find love for the first time. Bad for You doesn’t deviate from the tried and true formula of the earlier books in the series, and is enjoyable because of that. I had a few issues with it, but they’re less about this specific book and more about the genre. Reading Bad for You reminded me that there aren’t many books left in the series, and I’m looking forward to the remaining two novels set in this coastal Alabama town with sexy, broken boys.

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