Review: Bad Bitch by Christina Saunders (Bad Bitch #1)

Note: This ARC was provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.

Bad Bitch is the first book in the romance slash mystery suspense series about the three Granade brothers—Lincoln, Washington, and Kennedy—each one a lawyer by profession and every bit the alpha male inside and outside the courtroom and the female lawyers they fall for and who, in turn, also fall for them by the same title from Christina Saunders, who also writes under the pseudonym Celia Aaron. A quick peek at Goodreads tells me this series is the author’s first go using this particular name and I dare say that it’s a rather good introduction. The pacing of the story is quick, there’s a sufficient amount of tension, sexually and suspense-wise, and the chemistry between the main characters is believable.

Evangeline Pallida isn’t a bad bitch; she’s the Bad Bitch and she makes no apologies for living up to the moniker bestowed upon her. She’s one of the very best defense attorneys in New York and her reputation for getting her clients off without as much as a slap on the wrist makes her a highly in-demand lawyer. Her latest case, however, pits her against a US assistant district attorney who seems to thrive on Evan being a bitch, making him a formidable foe. But it could very well be Lincoln Granade wanting to know the woman behind the persona that could make him one dangerous distraction. The last thing Evan needs is to be distracted, but try as she might, Lincoln isn’t a man easily dissuaded.

Lincoln Granade knows he’s got a solid case. He’s done his homework, not just on the defendant but on the woman defending him. He knows what to expect from the woman known as the Bad Bitch, but the attraction, one that’s clearly mutual, between them takes him by surprise. One taste of Evan Pallida and he’s hooked on everything she’s ready to give him, and if there’s anything she isn’t prepared to surrender to him, Lincoln is more than prepared to take it from her. He sees a side of Evan that most people don’t, but that doesn’t mean that she’s going to play fair when they get to court. Both sides want to win but will it end up costing Lincoln his heart and trust and Evan her own heart and maybe her life?

I was not a fan of Evan’s for most of this book. There were moments where she seemed almost human, having feelings and all, but those were easily outweighed by her bitchier ones. She was every bit a bitch and one of the worst kinds, using whatever means necessary to get a leg up and while she may have a niggling feeling of doubt and regret, that’s overridden by her desire to come out on top. I felt terrible for Lincoln, especially because I think he really was na├»ve enough to believe that she wasn’t as evil as she seemed. While I may not have liked Evan, who unsurprisingly redeemed herself, I did like Lincoln and the supporting characters, and the story was a quick and interesting one. I’m giving Bad Bitch four stars. ♥

Release Date: 04 July 2016

Date Read: 04 July 2016

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