Sunday, September 21, 2014

{Heather #Review} Contemporary Romance: What To Do With A Bad Boy by Marie Harte

WHAT TO DO WITH A BAD BOY by Marie Harte
Series: The McCauley Brothers #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Netgalley
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (November 4, 2014)

Mike McCauley had his soul mate for a precious time before she died giving birth to their son. She left him with the best boy a guy could want, so why is everyone playing matchmaker? He's sick of it . . . until he meets Delilah Webster.

For some reason, the foul-mouthed, tattooed mechanic sets his motor running. He sees the loving woman buried within. But the closer they get, the more the pain of past wounds throws a monkey wrench into a future he's not sure he can handle...


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REVIEW:

What to Do with a Bad Boy is the fourth book in the McCauley Brothers series. You do not have to have read the previous three to understand this book, although the previous characters do play roles in this story. This book focuses on Mike McCauley – widower, dad, and pain in the butt to Delilah Watson – tattooed, crass, mechanic and object of Mike’s totally inappropriate crush.

This book is not for those who love candle lit dinners and sweet romance. Neither of these characters are sweet, with the possible exception of Colin. Everyone in this book swears, drinks, butts into other people’s business, and make messes of each others’ lives. Both Mike and Del have strong family presences (which I enjoyed, as most are as flawed as the hero and heroine) and their relationship exists within that framework instead of in isolation. I thought that was well done by the author. Mike and Del also have LOTS of hot, graphic sex – if you’re not into open door love scenes, this is not the book for you.

I have to say I really enjoyed this story. I love when characters are realistic – flawed, individual, and unique. I also loved that both characters are working-class people with responsibilities and obligations. I hate the billionaire can quit running his empire to romance the lowly secretary type of story. Mike and Del have to work around each other’s work and child rearing schedules. It’s awesome.

There were a couple of things I felt could have done better which is why this book didn’t get five hearts. First, I felt that some of the cussing was done for effect (rather than because it was necessary). A fine line to ride, perhaps, but I feel that it was a little more than what one would expect from normal conversation. Second, there were a couple of places where the author got a little too graphic with the volume and location of bodily fluids. For me, it crossed the line from sexy to icky, and I’ve got a very generous line. Finally, I felt a bit as though some parts of the story were rushed/glossed over in order to speed up the book. There were several places where I wanted to know why a character was doing something, or wished for a bit more back story, or wondered how someone felt. It would have been nice to spend a bit more time in the characters’ heads.

If you like steamy, no-frills romances with realistic characters, you can’t go wrong with What to Do with a Bad Boy.

Favorite Quote:
“Look, I’m just fine with my appearance. You don’t have to tell me not to worry about Mike. He’ll be damn lucky to have me again.”
Grace’s lips flattened.
“But try your best. He’s a stud in bed, by the way. And honey, he ain’t all that nice, so don’t think batting your eyes and whimpering is gonna have him inside you with that monster cock any sooner.”




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