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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by St. Martin's Press, Swerve
Released on May 31, 2016
Finally we get Levi’s story. The Bad Boys of Destiny is a series about the King brothers and their return to Destiny. The first book started with Colt, Duke and Levi returning when their aunt is put into the hospital. The stories happen at the same time as you get bits and pieces of them all together and their own story on their own. Levi is the youngest of them all. While you don’t have to have the other two brothers’ stories, it does help at times when you have read the scene from a different perspective.
Levi King has always been the protected younger brother when the King patriarch leaves town after he causes a drunken accident that almost kills someone. Until they are taken in by their aunt, Duke and Colt went without to give Levi somewhat of a normal life. That doesn’t mean he didn’t know what they were doing. Nearby there was a neighbor girl who decided one day they were best friends, Shelly. The two were inseparable up until Duke is sent to prison and Colt takes Levi away from the town that always looked down on the King family.
Through the years, Levi and Shelly remained friends, writing and calling each other, but Levi never makes an attempt to come home. He takes on car racing until a bad accident throws him out of the circuit. His brothers have built a dynasty on remodeling old cars, custom work Duke does, while Colt runs the business side. They take him in and make him the face of their television show.
Now Levi is back in town and the first person he goes to is Shelly. Shelly lives with her widowed father who works at the prison and is a deacon at the local church. While I don’t think he pressured Shelly, he did raise her strictly. Covering up her body in two sizes to big for her, she pulls her hair back into a strict, tight bun. As a teacher she is gentle and firm, but with Levi back in her life she realizes she hasn’t truly lived, but instead has waited on him to come back to her.
The two form a bucket list and start the slow draw to falling in love. I guess I felt awkward that they were best friends, but also going at it like bunnies without talking about the future or their feelings. How to you exit this relationship still friends and move on? Shelly is a virgin and naive in ways, but don’t mistake that to mean she isn’t adventurous, she just needed the right person to branch out with her sexuality.
I loved Levi and his need to come back to his best friend always even if not in person. He fustrated me with not fully admitting his feelings even to himself at one point. Growing is what he needed to do before he could grasp what he was losing. I loved that Shelly wasn’t just a sweet submissive thing. She baked, took care of other people, but she finally puts her foot down when she feels she is being used.
This was a sweet way to end the book with various different types of bad boys all in one family. Colt was the corporate shark with no feelings (or just bottled up), Duke is the ex-con who has the gentlest of hearts (and a secret son he didn’t know about), along with Levi who is the bad boy of women learning love was right in front of him. I highly recommend this series to anyone wanting a little King in their bed.
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