by Cindy Kirk

July 2007
ISBN: 978-0-06-084790-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Jenny Carman believed that hard work and diligence would pay off in her accounting job, so she is crushed when a male co-worker, who is a golf buddy to her boss, gets the promotion she thought was hers. Jenny has let her social and love life slide in an effort to get ahead, so she throws caution to the wind when one of her girlfriends suggests a wild night out. Her wish to meet a hot hunk seems to come true when she encounters Robert Marshall. He is smart and sexy. Jenny is afraid her boring life would not be attractive to this charmer, so she creates a fantasy name and job for herself. She figures this will just be a quick fling, so what can it hurt to live a little and be a "bad girl" for a short time? Robert wants their relationship to be more than a one-night stand, so Jenny (calling herself Jasmine) is caught in a fantasy that may turn into a nightmare.

Jenny is a smart woman, but has been dealt some rough blows by life. She does not wallow in her bad breaks, but has the determination to move on. At first, she is hesitant to unleash her inner bad girl, but Robert brings out the temptress she has suppressed for too long. Robert has all the charm of a true alpha male hero, but has his own vulnerable side in dealing with ongoing family issues. Can sexual attraction and love overcome the web of deceit Jenny has woven or will their passion unravel when the truth is revealed?

When She Was Bad is a debut novel and it shows that new author Cindy Kirk has what it takes to become a major force in the romance community. She knows how to mesh languorous love scenes with clever humor and family dynamics. I wish her success in her writing career.

Reviewed in August 2007 by Roberta.

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