Book Review: Didn’t I Warn You

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Bad for You #1
Amber Bardan
April 18th, 2016 (Digital), May 24th (Print)
Carina Press
April 18th, 2016 (Digital), May 1st 2016 (Print)
Harlequin Australia
Not everything dangerous is bad. From the moment Angelina laid eyes on him, she fell into a fantasy. Mysterious, foreign, gorgeous, Haithem offered her what she needed most—a chance to feel again.

But Haithem is much more than he appears to be. He lives in a world of danger where everything comes at a price.

For Angelina, that price is her future. 

He’s made sure the life she’s left behind is in tatters. Made her family believe she’s dead. Still, he talks about protecting her, about keeping her safe, but she can’t distinguish his truth from his lies. She can’t separate her pleasure from his betrayal.
Haithem warned her. He told her he’d make her heart race, her body come alive and her most primal needs rush to the surface. His for the taking.

He didn’t say she’d come to love the devil who’s destroying her, even as he keeps her prisoner.

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My Review:

I enjoyed reading Angelina and Haithem’s story, even though after the first pages I was expecting something more… exceptional. I decided to go ahead with my 4 stars, hoping that the next book in the series will be much more explosive let’s say.

Their connection was instant, they both felt that pull that brought them closer, even if their meetings were pure coincidence. But when Haithem invites her to spend the night on his yacht she says yes, without even thinking on the consequences. Angelina is under constant supervision from her parent. They expect her to come home at a certain hour, to have a certain career, to have a certain path in life. She easily forgets that when deciding to accept his invitation.

The way she got trapped with him on the yacht after refusing his proposal to spend some weeks with him is very unbelievable. I mean, how many times can coincidence follow you ? she fell asleep for hours in a life boat, never felt it moving and when she woke up, she was hours away from shore.

The characters were not as I would have expected. Haithem emanated danger, but his reasons were very humanitarian. There is a contrast (or contradiction, maybe) between his intention and his behavior. Also in regards to Angelina, one day he likes her, the other day thinks she will betray him. The misunderstandings between them seem unrealistic. Angelina on the other hand is confident in her abilities, bun also inexperienced.

I do encourage you to give it a try, it’s a nice adventure and a good story about discovering oneself and the partner.



After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber Bardan finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her time in a coffee-fueled adrenaline haze, writing romance with a thriller edge.

She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.

Amber is an award winning writer, Amazon Bestselling Author, and member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.

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