Chase: With a nickname like “Sin,” it’s no wonder they call me the bad boy of hockey. Opponents curse me. Fans scream my name—in the arena and in other, much more private places. Penalties or not, I’m not afraid to dish out a little pain. But pleasure? That’s my weakness. And no one knows it better than my best friend, Cassie Desrosiers. I’d have to be blind not to notice her rocking body and teasing grin. So when she invites me along on a trip to Vegas, my curiosity isn’t the only thing that’s aroused.
Cassie: Chase Barrett is a world-class A-hole. As his best friend, I’m allowed to call him on his BS. Who else is going to do it? Certainly not the puck bunnies swooning at every flex of his biceps. Everyone knows that Chase is the love-’em-and-leave-’em type. There’s no such thing as commitment for the king of casual hookups. So why should I care? Maybe because all work and no play makes me a sexually frustrated girl. It’s time to put the hockey stud at my beck and call to good use . . . but after a week in Vegas with Chase, I might never want to go back to the real world.
3.5 Star Review by Ashley
I'll admit it. I haven't read a Nicole Edwards book in quite a while. I love me a good sports romance so when I saw the queen of steam was tapping the sports side too, I went all in. And when I learned Bad Reputation was friends to lovers, too I was even more enthusiastic to devour Chase and Cassie's story.
I liked how the two, life-long best friends were polar opposites. Cassie the shy girl with her head in the books and Chase the athlete with his larger than life persona on the ice. Whether it be for moral support, a place to vent or to just unwind and be who they were, they were always there for one another.
When the opportunity of a lifetime lands in Cassie's lap, it was no surprise she wanted Chase there to celebrate it with her. It's only a weekend trip to Vegas, what could go wrong? HA! What was supposed to be a work trip turned into a work nightmare. Cassie blames herself and the Vodka. Chase blames himself but puts on his best friend hat and does what he can to support a struggling Cassie. That support turned into more than either of them was expecting.
I could see it coming from two miles away but I liked the struggle between the undeniable attraction and not wanting to mess up their friendship. Cassie and Chase were dynamite between the sheets, and against the wall, and in the shower....you get the point. It was hot! Feelings were developed but neither one was willing to admit it until it was almost too late.
Once again, Nicole Edwards has written a book that was equal parts sweet and sexy with just a touch of drama. While there wasn't much sport to this "Bad Boys of Sports" story, it was made clear fairly early on that most of the book takes place during the off-season. I will say that Bad Reputation was a good start to what I'm sure is going to be a fun and steamy series.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards launched her professional writing career in July of 2012. Having been an avid reader all of her life and a huge fan of creative writing, it seemed the likely
path for her to take. Since then, she has released fifteen books and has no plans to stop. As her full-time career/hobby, Nicole writes steamy contemporary and erotic romances.
Nicole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who was born and raised in Texas. Married with three kids and four dogs, she has plenty of interaction to keep her imagination brewing. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After segment as well as Indie Reader’s best seller list. She has forged her way as an independent author.
Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, she prefers to be hiding out in her writing cave, talking to the fictional characters that have built up in her head over the years.
When she isn’t writing or plotting her next book (sometimes translated to “playing on Facebook”), Nicole loves to read and spend time with her family and her dogs.