Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SPOTLIGHT BLOG POST: What To Do With A Bad Boy by Marie Harte

What to Do with a Bad Boy
Author: Marie Harte
Series: The McCauley Brothers #4
Pubdate: November 4th, 2014
ISBN: 9781402287435

Every time Delilah Webster runs into Mike McCauley, he practically bites her head off. The rough-and-tumble contractor clearly has baggage. Del has her own emotional scars and knows she’s better off keeping her distance, but Mike’s temptation in jeans and a T-shirt and she’s always been good with her hands…

There’s something about the strong-willed mechanic that sets Mike’s motor running—and scares the hell out of him. Mike has loved and lost and will never hurt like that again, even if that means walking away from a woman who makes him feel alive for the first time in years.

When a simple kiss turns hot and heavy, Mike discovers he can’t stay away, no matter how certain he is they’re destined to crash and burn…

Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author MARIE HARTE is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit www.marieharte.com and fall in love.

He leaned down, so that his nose was all but touching hers. “Sweetheart, you couldn’t handle what I’m really made of.”
Stupid Del wanted to drag his stubborn mouth closer for the kiss she could all but taste. From the look in his eyes, he wanted the same. Mike might not like her much, but the man wanted her. She could feel the chemistry between them, and it burned.
Self-preservation reared its head, and she ducked under him and hustled to the door leading to the hall. She opened it and waited. “Don’t let it hit you in the ass, Mike.”
He chuckled as he sauntered to join her. “You’ll watch what you say around Colin?”
“Yep. When I see him Wednesday night, I promise to call you a buttwipe instead of an asshole. Fair?”
He sighed. “Guess it’ll have to do. For now.” To her shock, he dragged a rough finger down her exposed neck. “Nice hair, by the way. I like the braids pulled back. Shows off your pretty neck. No tats here, sweetness?”
She didn’t know what to say, frozen by the combustible lust and confusion drowning her system.
He stared into her eyes again, gave a satisfied smile, then left.
She watched his fine ass leave the building, heard a few choice remarks from the guys in the garage who also watched him leave, and yelled at them to get back to work. Then she slammed into her office and plopped her butt in her chair, staring without seeing at the mess on her desk.
She rubbed her neck over the spot he’d touched and tried to be madder about what he’d done. What he’d called her.

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Book Four of the McCauley Brothers series. Finally Del and Mike. As off put as I was with the last one I really enjoyed this one. Mike is a devoted father but stubborn, especially when it comes to Del. Del doesn't want to like Mike but he is everything she needs she just doesn't want to play second fiddle to his dead wife. I liked Mike and Del's characters and I liked the banter between them. Mike is the typical manly man, not on to show his emotions or even deal with them in a healthy way; and Del is not your typical woman a tattooed mechanic from a dysfunctional family setting and is the exact opposite of Mike's first wife. Everyone knows that despite the differences Mike and Del are just a time bomb waiting to happen, everyone except Mike's mom who keeps trying to set him up with a weak passive aggressive woman who is a little too much like Mike's first wife. Throw in Mike's son, Colin, and Del's brother with some mischief matchmaking and the story line is a fun and entertaining read.

Mike doesn't want to be over his first wife, in fact he does everything possible to avoid relationships. Mike is a firm believer that you only love once, but when foul mouthed Delilah shows up and wins over Colin without even trying he looks at her at a completely different light as any other woman. They start an affair with no expectations. But when Betsy tries setting  Mike up with her neighbor's daughter a single mother with a son of her own, Mike balks at the idea of dating someone so like his late wife but in pushing Del away he agrees to see her for his mother's sake and hurts Del in the process. Del fighting against her own heartstrings falls in love with Mike but doesn't think she is good enough for him or his son especially since his mom doesn't seem to like her. There are some very funny scenes with Colin, as well as some very snarky remarks from Del to little miss passive aggressive, who is just annoying and manipulative.

In typical Marie Harte fashion it is has some very graphic and hot sex. The McCauley family has it's faults but is still a very loving family. I liked this one because unlike the last it centered around Mike and Del without a secondary story to distract you. It was a very satisfying read and I think if it is the last book a very good book to end the series.      

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