BXTCHES Gotta Warn: So, here’s the truth. . .yes, this is the fourth book in this series and yes, I personally think you should read them in the order that they were written, BUT. . .this book can certainly be read as a stand-alone novel. We have met Apple previously in this series, but not enough foundation was laid then to throw you off now. . .and as far as the previous couples (from book #1-3), they appear, but I don’t think it’s enough to confuse the reader. . .if Bad Apple is the book that you choose to start with. I do feel it’s my duty though to give an adequate warning and tell you BXTCHES that if you are starting with Bad Apple, you are truly missing out on some really fucking great stories in. . .Whiskey Neat (#1). . .Jack & Coke (#2). . .Vodka on the Rocks (#3). . .but you can do what you will with this information, just remember, this BXTCH warned you. On a side note, can we give Lani Lynn Vale a halle-fucking-lujah for that cover. While I know I have seen that particular canvas of hotness on other covers. . .a BXTCH never tires of looking at great art, so thank you, Ms. Vale.
Bad Apple will be told through the POV’s of both Apple and Kitt.
Straight outta the gate here, and I’m talking page one, second sentence, we find out that this book is going to be one that involves an unplanned pregnancy. . .which had me quite excited. . .so, I promise I’m not spoiling anything for you. We meet Kitt first, she is the little sister of Ridley, another member of the MC. Kitt is studying to be a family law paralegal and shares a home with her brother. Kitt and Ridley are very close and it takes a hot minute to work out their particular situation. I’m gonna share it with you because I don’t think it is information that will spoil any outcome in the book. Kitt suffers from seizures, which is one of the reasons her brother is so protective of her. So much so, that he won’t allow her on the back of his bike (along with other reasons), they still live together and he is of course her chauffeur. Kitt very seldom shows up at any party thrown by the MC, but the one night she shows up is the one night her life is changed.
Apple or Core, which is the name that Annie (book #2) christened him with, is a prospect with the MC as well as a game warden. Now, Apple did his time in the service, then went on to be a cop for the LAPD. It was after he went through something I didn’t even see coming, that he moved back to Texas. He has his eye on Kitt, but her being a members sister, she kinda falls in the “off-limits” box. However, when he offers to give her ride back to her house “off-limits” becomes just another word, because he falls dick deep into Kitt, right on the top of Ridley’s truck.
Surprisingly, Ridley has no issues with Apple getting close to Kitt. He even asks Apple to take Kitt out on a date. I think part of that is Ridley wanting Kitt to experience normalcy as much as possible. The unfortunate aspect is Apple believing that there is not way that he could actually be in a relationship. . .he thinks that he is just too fucked up, even after finding out that Kitt is pregnant with his child. Now, he does go out of his way to be there for her, without actually being there for her, don’t worry, that’ll make sense once you read the book. That is until Kitt has had enough and that’s when everything changes for the two of them.
Now, this wouldn’t be a great Lani Lynn book without some trouble surrounding our leading couple and she doesn’t disappoint here. Even though I was able to spot the villain long before the curtain came up on him, in no way was I able to predict the outcome of that scenario, but I will say, BRAVO Ms. Vale. . .this BXTCH was not disappointed in the least.
Like I said at the top, we get visited by the previous couples in Bad Apple, but not enough to give any sort of glimpse into a “where are they now” situation. The main focus here is of course, Kitt and Apple, but also Ridley. Ridley plays an important role in this book, not only as Kitt’s older brother, but because he is next in line (book #5), roots are being planted in this book, that I can only hope will grow and be revealed in the next one.
Of course there is sex in Bad Apple. . .hot sex if I’m being completely honest. But, as someone who has read a lot of Lani Lynn Vale, the sex here was not as abundant as it is in the other books that I have enjoyed. But don’t you BXTCHES worry your panties at all. . .what is here, is hot enough to peel paint.
I feel that it is my responsibility to go full disclosure on your asses and be completely honest. That being said, this wasn’t my favorite of the four books. I liked Kitt, I liked Apple, I liked Kitt with Apple. . .I just can’t put my finger on exactly where the problem is. I know that I had to go and re-read pages and I’m not sure if it’s because I was focused on something else or if the storyline wasn’t really melding together well for me. Since I LOVE this series, I’m gonna go with the former and take the hit here. I will say that I believe that Lani Lynn has done a wonderful job with planting the seed of anticipation for Ridley’s book. I think she really dangled him and his story fantastically. I did give this book 4 BXTCH hearts and if you’re wondering why, even if you’re not, I’m gonna tell you anyway. I love this series entirely too much to be let down by one book and Bad Apple gave me an unplanned pregnancy from page one, which I fucking loved, and I did enjoy Kitt and Apple, so with all of that said, I think Bad Apple deserves at least 4 hearts from this BXTCH.