REVIEW: Bad Influence by Charleigh Rose

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“Love is dangerous, and I want nothing to do with it.”

Back of the book blurb:


When I moved to River’s Edge, dating was the last thing on my mind. 
I definitely didn’t expect to fall for him. 
Jesse Shepherd. 
Popular. Star athlete. Cocky as hell. 
You know the type.
But as time passed, I realized there was more lurking beneath that gorgeous exterior.
Secretive. Angry. A little bit broken.
The more I peeled back his layers, the deeper I fell. 
Until I slammed headfirst into his sea of lies.


I blew my shot. 
Pissed everything away—college, lacrosse, my future—only to end up right back where I started in River’s Edge. 
I was content to revel in my misery, spending my days drowning in a bottomless pit of booze and girls.
Until I saw her
Allison Parrish. 
Beautiful. Sarcastic. Perpetual bad attitude. 
The pretty little distraction from the shit show that was my life. 
But the sins of my past were closing in on me, and I learned the hard way that nothing gold can stay. 

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: June 15, 2019

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My rating:

            CHARLEIGH ROSE HAS FINALLY RELEASED JESS AND ALLIE. *cue screaming from fangirls everywhere.* We all fell in love with Jess when he made his appearances in Lo and Dare’s story. I was so stoked to finally get Jess’s story since we love a bad boy with a good heart. Bad Influence is a roller coaster of emotions and is packed with Charleigh’s moody, broody, swoony romance.

“This isn’t kissing. Or maybe it is, and I’ve been kissing the wrong boys.”

            Allison Parrish is trying to make a future for herself. Jess is throwing his own future away. When the pair finally lays eyes on each other, fireworks ensue. Or rather, a fire bottle explosion happens. Regardless, there’s some serious heat between these two. Both of them are broken and beat down and yet they’re perfect for each other. It’s so obvious.

“My subconscious and I don’t get along, because this seems to be her favorite pastime—torturing me with memories of the night I’d rather forget ever happened.”

            I will forever love Charleigh’s MCs. I can definitely see a little similarity to OTH’s Peyton Sawyer with Allie. She’s a little rough around the edges, but still so completely lovable. There were so many times that Allie had me laughing, especially with her inner dialogue. But there were also times that I wanted to cry because I just cared for her so much!

“When you’re done with me, tell me first.”

            What’s a Charleigh Rose novel without angst? Bad Influence was chock full of it! With two people who don’t think they should be together, it created a heartbreaking dynamic that had me on the edge of my seat for the entire novel.

            Now, you’re probably wondering why I gave the book 4 stars when Charleigh Rose is normally always a 5 star read for me. It’s hard for me to say this, only because I hate being negative, but there was something missing in Bad Influence. I think it was the fact that we didn’t get to see the bad parts of Jess’s life. We only got to hear about it. I think being able to read more in depth about his secret as well as the time him and Allie were apart (I don’t want to spoil anything), it would’ve created something even more special than the novel already is.

            Bad Influence continues the River’s Edge series and is a beautiful and angst-ridden love story between two broken people. Definitely pick this one up!

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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