Bad Timing by Kristie Leigh
“I’m starting to think you were brought into my life for more than just to be a pain in my ass.”
Kristie Leigh creates a light and snarky romance with Bad Timing. A story where two totally different people, from two totally different worlds, meet in a totally unexpected way. Layla and Cole are both struggling with not being where they want in life. Layla is working minimum wage jobs to pay the bills, unsure if she will ever make it as a painter. Cole is working for his family’s multi-million dollar business but is nearing the deadline to be married to receive his share of his grandfather’s trust; money he needs to get out from under his cold and calculating parents. When a freak accident thrusts Layla and Cole together, their immediate attraction opens the door to a mutually beneficial arrangement that will change the trajectory of their lives. Perfect timing, right? But, when their deal quickly transforms into something more intimate and meaningful this “perfect” timing sets off a “bad” chain of events that calls everything into question.
Initially, as I tried to explain Cole and Layla and their relationship, it came across as very stereotypical; rich, straight-laced guy and artsy, tatted girl fall for each other after agreeing to a “fake” relationship. The problem was that while that description is true on the surface there is so much more to Cole and Layla and their story. They are great characters with depth and complexity that comes out as they navigate the unexpected pull they experience after Cole hits Layla with his car (always a great way to pick up a girl!) Additionally, there are so many things working against them yet they continue to find ways to follow their hearts. It makes for comical scenes at one moment, stressful interactions the next, intermixed with profound and touching moments that earned it my whole-hearted four star review.
If I had to encapsulate my favorite things about Kristie Leigh’s writing it would be her dialogue and plots. Her characters speak authentically and there is always an enjoyable amount of flowing banter. Whether its between Cole and Layla, laced with sexual innuendos, or between Cole’s best friend Hadley who becomes Layla’s best girlfriend, “I hadn’t seen Hadley this hopped up before, ‘Your cheerleader is showing'”, the conversations are so much fun. It’s like hanging out with your favorite friends while they engage in some good natured ribbing. It’s also why I like including her in my reading mix. I like having heavy and light books available depending on the day I’m having. Bad Timing is a great escape from the stress and pressures of life and a really fun read! If you’ve ever read a Kristie Leigh story you already know that they don’t fit your typical molds. They surprise you time and again with her unique melding of contemporary romance, comedy, and suspense. Bad Timing is no different.
Tanya’s love for books has been a lifelong passion that she likes sharing with others. Reading is also the thing that relaxes her after a day of juggling the many responsibilities that come with being being wife to an amazing man, mother to four great kids spread around the world, business manager, and farm hand on their place in southwest Missouri; home to Akaushi cattle and a menagerie of pygmy goats, horses, chickens, dogs and cats.