Review - Making Bad Choices by Rita Stradling

by - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

by Rita Stradling
Genre: Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: 10 January, 2017

[Recommended 16 + this is a mature YA or New Adult book]

Culter Fuller came back into my life on the day my mother died, as if losing my mother wasn't bad enough.

We hated each other since childhood. Well, I hated him. He had a very different story.

When I moved to my dad's house to finish my last semester of high school, we went from bitter enemies to. . . something else. He was suddenly everywhere, occupying my space, determined to pull me into his life, filling me with thoughts I knew were wrong.

I knew that soon we would cross a line that should never be crossed.

I knew crossing that line could have very serious consequences; because Culter Fuller wasn't just any irresistible boy, Culter Fuller was my stepbrother.

But, I was always very bad at making the right choices. 

Book Links 

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1) The Temptations - My Girl

2) The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses

3) Bright Eyes - The First Day of My life

4) Modern English - I Melt with You

5) Elton John - Your Song

6) The Lumineers – Ho Hey

7) Stand Inside Your Love - Smashing Pumpkins

8) Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns n’ Roses

9) Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

10) Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars

11) BØRNS - Electric Love

12) Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

13) Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel

14) Joshua Radin - I'd Rather Be with You 

15) Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed

Rita Stradling is the author of The Deception Dance series, the Dakota Kekoa series and The Fourteen Day Soul Detox Novella Serial. She has a BA in Art History and a particular love for modern and medieval art.

Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California.

She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: romance, paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.

You can find and contact Rita here:

I voluntarily read and reviewed a free copy of the book provided by Lola's Blog Tours and the author. Thank you for the reviewing opportunity!

*le sigh*

I'm at a point where I'm confused about my own thoughts, so writing this review has been unimaginably hard.

One moment I'm completely and irrevocably in love with Culter full-of-himself Fuller. 

The next, I find myself getting annoyed at a simple storyline. 

SO yes, it was a love/hate relationship with this book, but a solid 3.5 stars rating is in order because I am a sucker for boys with alien thinking. Cot Dammit.

Love ❤ 

1. Allow me to gush over the cover because it is IRRESISTIBLY gorgeous. This looked like something I would pick right off from the shelf (and probably why I jumped on the reviewing opportunity).

Guilty as charged! I do judge a book by its cover. 

2. The writing was good, I love the slow burn of Culter and Cassie's relationship and was genuinely rooting for them till the end. I enjoyed every stolen moment and kisses, my cheeks heated up every single time! 

3. Culter. His alien mind intrigues me and his occasional possessiveness was swoon worthy! Plus, to be sheltered and cared for by Culter Fuller? Where do I sign up?

4. Tyler aka "Baby Fuller". Oh gawd, I literally ROFL at his jokes, I need his book! 


1. The SECONDARY characters. There were SO MANY of them sometimes it was too hard to keep track! It would have worked if there were more effort on characterization, but here I am, thinking that I must be the world's evilest human being for hating on a young kid whose purpose is to add a dramatic flair to the screwed up family drama and annoy me with his incessant talking. I would have love Joshie, really, if I feel connected to him. 

2. Umm.... it's solely based on my personal opinion but there were numerous scenes in the book where I felt it was unnecessary or held no significant meaning. I mean, Cassie's mum died, Culter (her love/hate stepbrother) re-entered the picture, and suddenly he is a good guy and she's okay with that. Wait what? I need more angst, resistance, turmoil, rejection, call me sappy but I expected more emotions. I tried so hard to feel emphatic for Cassie and I thought it was really sweet that she (view spoiler) to remind her of her mother, but that was it. As the story shifted towards Cassie and Culter, you barely remember she has a deceased mother at all, and I am not okay with that. 

3. That ending though. It was a HEA don't get me wrong, but something just doesn't sit right with me. I know the Fuller family has lots of bad blood, but holy! 90% of nothingness and suddenly BAM! It took me a whole 3 days to get to 90%, and 10 minutes to finish the remaining 10%. At the end of the book, I put my Kindle down, stared at my blank wall for a couple of minutes, went back to reread the ending and feeling as confused as ever. Err.. did that just happen? Who knew being an 18 year old could have so much power. 

Love the potential, mediocre on the execution, but overall a good read for anyone craving a dose of forbidden romance. 

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  1. Great review! I can have a hard time with books that have a lot of secondary characters to keep track of. Glad you liked this one in the end.


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