What to Do with a Bad Boy
Author: Marie Harte
Series: The McCauley Brothers #4
Pubdate: November 4th, 2014
WHAT IS WITH MIKE McCAULEY?
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…
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.
About the author:
Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author MARIE HARTEis 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.
“It makes you think, you know? Getting that close to the edge. Makes you realize what’s important. I think WE’RE important. I love you, Mike.” – Delilah Webster
I am never, ever, judging a fictional guy from the way he acts around his brothers. Or, at the very least, I’m not judging Mike McCauley from his quiet and gruff appearance again – we all know it’ll wear off in a few days, but let me pretend for a little while, ok?
Mike was my favorite of the brothers back when I started this series. I mean, serious, gruff man, strong, fatherly, what was not to like? Even when he was dealing with his feelings for Del – ok, it was more like denial, but anyway – he was like a big, adorable brute. The thing is, I expected more from him in this book…
Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved Mike in his story, too, but there were times I just wanted to punch him. It was like he was in a constant state of belief that Del would never be hurt – like her tattoos and piercings and attitude made her less of a woman or something. The good news in all this was, whenever the male in him decided to come out and play – either to possess or to claim – he was pretty convincing – and hot, don’t forget the hot part. You just can’t take a McCauley and not need an extra pair of sheets, panties, the works…
As for Del… Didn’t I tell you I was gonna fall in love with the woman? I’m pretty sure I said that when I first met her. Well, not just love. I don’t think the word describes the perfection that was this woman completely. To make myself clear, I kept saying – out loud – that I would be fine marrying her if Mike was so against the notion of even bonding. Seriously, Del is enough to make me think of changing sides. Not because of her appearance and attitude, but because she was so wonderful, and tried her hardest to be strong in order to survive, without looking pretentious and whiny.
I honestly enjoyed this great series to the very end. And I do recall saying that I thought Ms. Harte could be the new IT in the contemporary erotic romance department. Well, having read all of the McCauley books, I’m now 100% certain I was right!
Thank you for the great ride, Marie Harte!
“I won’t lie and say I expected this, because I didn’t. It’s been a long time since I’ve said this to a special woman. And I didn’t think she existed out there for me anymore. But she does. You do. I love you.” – Michael McCauley