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Book Review: The QB Bad Boy & Me by Tay Marley

Hello Readers & Friends,

Hope you're all well today. I have a funny sort of review to write today.

A little while ago, I watched After on Netflix. It was one of those things that was so bad, but so good. You know what I'm talking about. Totally cliche and predictable, but also it just makes you happy. Then I found out it was based on a Wattpad fan-fic of Harry Styles and everything made a little more sense. I have Wattpad, and am trying to invest more time into it, but I struggle finding good books to read on there when there's so much choice, so I use it mostly to write. It's basically a hub for writers, and a lot of them are teenagers writing YA, so a lot of the time you have to trawl through some questionable stuff to find a gem.

This is why I was super excited when Penguin got in touch and said they were publishing (with Wattpad) a handful of the most popular books this year, and kindly sent me some to read. I wanted the "trashiest" feel-good romance read possible, so I chose one called The QB Bad Boy & Me. Everything about the title is cringe, so I knew I was in for a good time. This was not going to be a book that changed my life, or that left me with wide eyes and disbelief. But I knew it was going to be a book I loved reading, that would give me warm fuzzies, and that I'd probably, definitely, fancy the main character. Plus, I'm super into American Football, so that swayed me.

I'll be honest, it's terrible. Terrible, but so, so good. The front cover is 'classic airport chicklit' if you're a cover snob, and as for the storyline... nothing really happens. It's mostly long descriptions of Drayton's chest every other page and a lot of descriptive steamy scenes. But honestly? I couldn't stop reading it. I could not put it down. It was easy, quick, and pure entertainment. Just like a Netflix-own Christmas film, it's so bad that it's so good. It required no thinking, so I could just tuck into it before bed and let my brain switch off.

Despite the lack of depth and literature value, I can't in good conscious give this any less than 4 stars, purely because of how much I enjoyed it. It delivers exactly what you would want from a good Wattpad YA romance, and that's why I chose it.
If you want a deep, complex romance story with depth and twists, this isn't for you. But if that's what you're after, you probably wouldn't find it on Wattpad anyway.
If you want pure, cheesy, cliche entertainment - pick this up. I guarantee it will get any mushy romance lovers out of any reading slump.

I do have to warn you, the characters are literally obsessed with sex. All they do is make puns and innuendos and talk about sex constantly, but I figure that just adds to the charm because if I think back to being seventeen, I guess that kind of is all that kids talk about. I also really loved the two main characters, they were both strong and distinct and really likeable. Drayton's protective trait began to border on a Edward-from-Twilight-warning-red-zone, but I think the author juuuust about got away with it in the end. I found myself wishing I lived in America so I could get a wholesome QB boyfriend like him, so the book definitely accomplished what it set out to do.
Is it too late to get Steven into American Football? Probably. Maybe I'll just buy him a jersey instead.

It's a happy 4.5 stars from me. If Marlin writes anything else, I'll be first in line to buy it (I've already followed her on Wattpad, obvs).
You can support her work and buy the book for yourself here.

C x

***This book was  gifted to me for this review by Penguin, but all opinions are 100% my own. I make no money from any sales made through this blog. ***


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