He’s a reformed bad boy who wants the good girl. Lucky for him, she craves excitement.
Audrey Sparrow lives her life the way other people want her to. She dates the boy her parents like, she studies hard, and she never gets into trouble. Scared of the secret desires deep within her, she pretends she’s happy with the way things are. Then one day, a boy on a motorcycle drives up and asks her if she wants a ride.
Johnny Bright can’t outrun his reputation. No matter what he does, people in this town will always judge him based on his reckless past. He’s been enchanted by Audrey for as long as he can remember, but there’s no way she’d be seen with a guy like him.
Both misunderstood, both searching for something, Johnny and Audrey are drawn to each other. Can they make it work even though the entire town is against them?
Broken Rebel is the second book in the Sparrow Sisters Series. If you want an intense slow-burn romance that will make your heart race, you’ll enjoy this bad boy meets shy girl love story!
Title: Broken Rebel (Sparrow Sisters #2)
Author: Lora Richardson
Publication Date: September 3, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Another great book in the Sparrow Sisters series! There is so much to love about this series and this book in particular, but I’m just going to highlight a few things I loved.
I loved that Johnny, one of the main characters, wasn’t just some “bad boy” that decided to change his ways once he met a “good girl”. His character was decided before his relationship with Audrey, the other main character. He was already a good guy trying to do the right thing. Then, with Audrey, the worked together to make each other better people. So often I feel like I read books where a guy changes himself to be with a girl. I enjoyed this change in the plot where a guy with a bad reputation was already decidedly a good guy. No matter what happened with Audrey, he was already who he was.
I think the reason I liked this one slightly less than the first is because of the relationship between Johnny and Audrey. I didn’t feel like there was much keeping them apart. Like, there was no reason for them not to be together. Any resistance was quickly dealt with. The whole ordeal felt a little too easy.
Even with my small dislike, I still really enjoyed this book. Richardson has a way of writing feel-good romances without things feeling too cheesy or fake. She makes things feel real and almost like she’s teaching a lesson through these relationships.
Overall, this is another great book by Richardson that you should add to your list ASAP! With the perfect amount of love, humor, and heat, it’s truly a must-read for contemporary romance fans.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Love that he was already on the road to redemption before he met Audrey! Sounds like a good read 💛
The Book View says
Me too! I feel like that elevated the book for me and differentiated it from other “bad boy” trope books.
Broken Rebel sounds like a great read. Always interesting when a former bad boy wants a good girl. Kind of makes sense because he wants someone who helps him be better. Glad you enjoyed the book overall! Always a nice read when there is a good ending :).
Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me
The Book View says
I agree! And I love a good happily ever after.
Anika May says
Great review, definitely sounds like the plot and characters have some depth to them which is always enjoyable to read.
Anika | chaptersofmay.com
The Book View says
Thank you! And yes. A lot of the characters in this book had good depth and development to them.