Review // Badd Ass by Jasinda Wilder

July 31, 2022

Badd Ass by Jasinda Wilder

This was supposed to be a week of fun with a gorgeous, charismatic, down-to-f*ck girl, with a little extra non-sexual fun on the side.

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Badd Ass by Jasinda Wilder

Badd Ass by Jasinda Wilder

Standalone - Badd Brothers #2
Release - January 18, 2017
Genre - Contemporary Romance
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat Level - 5 out of 5 / several explicit scenes
Format/Source - ebook purchase from Amazon
Length - 345 pages
Publisher - Indie

I was a Sixty-Eight Whiskey—a combat medic. So when I hear someone shout “MEDIC!” training just kicks in. It’s automatic, immediate. I don’t think I even saw the guy whose leg I tended to, not really. All I saw was him. Zane Badd. His tuxedo fit him like he’d been sewn into it, and his eyes reflected the fury and the hardness of a combat veteran, but when he looked at me, he just…softened. By the time I had his brother patched, Zane and I were both covered in blood, and I knew I had to have him.

The trouble with Zane isn’t getting him, it’s keeping him.

And the trouble with me is, even if I could hold onto a man like Zane, I wouldn’t know what to do with him. It’s not in my nature, and if life has taught me anything, it’s to not trust anyone, least of all men like Zane. He’s a warrior through and through, hard, muscular, gorgeous, tenacious, and yet oddly tender toward me.

Experience and instincts are telling me to run from Zane Badd as fast as possible, but my heart and my body are telling me to stay, to hold on and not let go. Yeah, it’s a conflict as old as humanity itself, but it’s brand new for me.

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Life as Navy SEAL doesn’t exactly prepare you for normality. Yeah, I can tend bar and goof off with my seven crazy brothers, but what do I do when the woman of my dreams—dreams I didn’t know I’d had until I saw her—explodes into my life like a frag grenade? I’m trained to attack, to win, to survive at any costs, and figuring out what to do about a woman like Amarantha Quinn will take every scrap of tenacity and courage I possess. Combat is easy, it turns out, in comparison to facing your own fears and scars.

And then sometimes, just when you think you’ve got it finally figured out, fate throws you a screwball and sends everything FUBAR.

My Two Cents

3.5 "Zane deserved the best" stars

Coming home to Alaska to fulfill his father's dying wish, Zane retired from the Navy. A badass SEAL, he was used to having no roots. No home, no girl, no ties. And then Mara abruptly steps into his life and nothing will be the same again.

I adored Zane. He was a bit broken, suffering from survivor's guilt, and didn't believe he deserved all of the blessings coming his way. He was sweet, sexy, and fiiiiiiiine!

I know you're tired of me going after heroines.
Shoot, I'm tired of going after heroines.
However, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. Right?

And for the most part, I really liked Mara. She was a great person when she wanted to be. I just didn't like how she was characterized and it kind of soured me on this story. She and her bestie are self-proclaimed sluts. I'm not sure if anyone else saw them this way and honestly, why can't women be as free as men and not be judged?

And I'm not judging.

I just didn't think it was necessary to include that detail to her backstory. Her being afraid to commit, afraid to get attached, afraid to feel... for reasons that you'll discover by reading this book ... they could have all been explained and understood without making her out to be someone who slept with a lot of randoms and enjoyed walks of shame.

It wasn't necessary and tainted her in my mind's eye. That's truth.

I also had an issue with the fact that she was an Army medic, and yet, she lacked knowledge of standard military terms. Why did Zane have to break down everything for her when she served too? Odd.

About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, WALL STREET JOURNAL AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR, Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include ALPHA, STRIPPED, WOUNDED, and the #1 Amazon and international bestseller FALLING INTO YOU.

You can find her on her farm in Northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her six children and menagerie of animals.

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  1. I can't remember if I read this one or not. I'm sorry the heroine wasn't to your liking.

  2. haha well if the heroines were written better in romance, then you wouldn't need to go after them LOL I like how honest you are about heroines, as I struggle with them too. I can see how the way it was written, would taint the heroine though.

    Great review!

    1. Thanks Renee! XO
      And yes, I'm glad I'm not the only one who's hyper-critical of heroines. I feel if as women, they are supposed to be representing some of us some times not alienating us and turning us off of their stories. Be irrational, spazz out if you want, but have reasons I can cling to so I can cheer for you instead of booing you. Don't go so far from the reasonable that I can't identify with you or want to even know you. A heroine should be someone I can get behind. Someone I can defend. You know? I'm not asking for much LOL


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