Badlands was an 'okay' read. Not the best I've ever read but certainly not the worst. It did seem to get better, the deeper into the plot and the more characters that were introduced. Learning early on that Shane was Owen's brother kept me reading when I probably would have stopped otherwise. I liked the back and forth between them, the obvious love that each brother has for the other, despite their huge differences. The story line between Owen and Penny was interesting. A little predictable but not annoyingly so.
I do like a nice romantic suspense story, and found Badlands to be entertaining and a nice easy read.