Friday, February 18, 2022

Book Review ~ THE BAD BOY EXPERIMENT by Reese Ryan

The Bad Boy Experiment (The Bourbon Brothers, #6)
by: Reese Ryan
Series: The Bourbon Brothers
Genre: Contemporary Romance/African American/Family Sagas
Release Date: December 28, 2021
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
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A steamy fling with an old crush who doesn’t do commitment? What was she thinking! Find out in the conclusion to Reese Ryan’s Bourbon Brothers series.

What happens when you say yes to a bad boy?

Even if divorcĂ©e Renee Lockwood were willing to give love a second chance, she wouldn’t choose Cole Abbott. The sexy, successful real estate developer doesn’t do commitment. But he’s perfect for a no-strings fling—exactly what Ren needs now that she’s moved back home to raise her son. Mind-blowing pleasure with the man she once crushed on is harder to quit than Ren expected. Impossible, in fact. Is time running out before the bad boy bolts…or will the results of her experiment surprise her?

From Harlequin Desire: A luxurious world of bold encounters and sizzling chemistry.

I love Reese Ryan's Bourbon Brothers series. She has saved the best for last. I honestly can't believe I just said that. I mean I was so sure Waking up Married was my favorite book of the series. But each book gets better and better. I've been in love with Cole Abbott for a while now. I knew he was special. I just didn't know how special. I was afraid when I started reading The Bad Boy Experiment that the heroine wouldn't be right for him or worthy of his love. I am beyond happy to say that I was wrong. Renee Lockwood is perfect for Cole in every way. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Cole is the youngest son of Duke and Iris Abbott. The family owns and operates King's Finest Distillery in Magnolia Lake, Tennessee. The company was founded by Duke’s father Joe. Cole is the only Abbott to not work for the company, much to his family's displeasure. Cole never felt like he fit in with his family and for him, some things were a struggle. This has led to some hard feelings and conflict between his brothers, father, and grandfather. It also earned Cole the label of family rebel and black sheep. School was never a place Cole truly liked, but Renee made it bearable and a little easier. Living with her grandparents, Milo and Janice, Renee became Cole's math tutor and the Lockwoods welcomed him into their home. Over time, the two developed secret feelings for each other but never felt comfortable confessing how they felt. After Renee left for college, her grandfather gave Cole the opportunity to work with him at his construction company. With Milo’s mentorship, Cole was able to strike out on his own and build his own successful construction and development company.

After going to college, working as a pharmaceutical scientist, getting married, having a son, and getting divorced, Renee finds herself needing a change. Returning to Magnolia Lake seems like the most logical thing to do. Plus, she has huge plans for her and her son’s future. Renee wants to buy the land from her grandparents that her deceased aunts lived and worked on. With the land, she wants to grow an organic farm and employ people with special needs. While this is an admirable project, one thing, or I should say one person stands in her way.

For years, Cole has been trying to get Milo to sell the farmland that has gone unused for years to him. Cole's desire is to build a luxury community and cement his legacy separate from that of his family. Milo is willing to hear both Renee and Cole make their sales pitch. But in the end, Mr. Sly as a Fox, makes a proposition of his own. Milo wants both of them to live on the land for six months, in each of his late sisters' homes. Renee is to live in her Aunt Willie’s old place, and Cole is to live in Bea’s old place. With the sisters both being so close, their houses are only yards away from each other. Both homes are in need of cleaning out and some repair. Cole offers to help Renee with her repairs in exchange for her agreeing to be his plus one/date for the upcoming weddings of his brothers. This is a romance after all, and as they say, the rest is history.

Oops... I forgot to mention, The Bad Boy Experiment contains an amazing first kiss, a 4-year-old little boy who will steal your heart, a scandalous diary, and surprising discoveries. Whatever part of your heart remains after Renee’s son Mercer gets ahold of it will belong to Cole and Renee.

The Bad Boy Experiment is the standalone sixth book in the Bourbon Brothers series. All the past characters return with their kids and pets in tow. I'm definitely sad that the series is ending. But I'm excited for what’s to come.


“Knowledge is power. But knowledge not acted upon amounts to a whole lot of nothin’.”

**Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it. Also purchased a paperback copy personally.**

Rating: 5

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You can read an excerpt of The Bad Boy Experiment here.

The Bourbon Brothers Series:

Savannah’s Secret ~ Review
The Billionaire’s Legacy ~ Review
Engaging the Enemy ~ Review
A Reunion of Rivals ~ Review
Waking Up Married ~ Review

Reese Ryan writes sexy, emotional romance with captivating family drama, surprising secrets, and a cast of complicated, sometimes messy, characters. And she’s the host of Story Behind the Story—her interactive YouTube show where romance readers and authors connect.

A Midwesterner with deep Southern roots, Reese currently resides in semi-small-town North Carolina where she’s an avid reader, a music junkie, and a self-declared connoisseur of cheesy grits.

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