Series: The McCauley Brothers #3
Author: Marie Harte
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 352
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
It’s Not Easy Being Right…
Vanessa Campbell is a CPA by day and a perfectionist by night. She’s fit, successful…and decidedly lonely. She can’t stop thinking about the youngest McCauley brother, Cameron. He’s just like her: smart, attractive, and usually right—except when dealing with her.
…But Someone’s Got To Do It.
Cameron McCauley likes Vanessa a little too well. She’s a blond goddess with a razor-sharp tongue. She hates to be wrong, just like him. But she can hold a grudge and is stubborn to a fault—also like him.
A past misunderstanding has them rubbing each other the wrong way. Cam is dying to shake Vanessa up—get her to let loose. But if he succeeds, can his heart handle it?
Oh god. It’s scary how enamored I am with these brothers, really. I even come to wish there were a few more of them to go for future books, just so I wouldn’t have to leave them and their family dynamics so soon. And yes, even though the next book is months away, I said ‘soon’.
If I have to be completely honest, I didn’t know how Cam and Vanessa was going to work. I had a feeling and enough confidence in Marie Harte’s writing that she’d make them work, but I just couldn’t see the how. I like my romances best on the ‘opposites attract’ side. The more they bicker, the better and sexier. And though Cam and Vanessa did their fair share of bickering, thanks to Vanessa’s constant need to be right and her extremely blatant ways and Cam’s equal insistence on being the right one and his desire to be respected and needed, they were still too alike. Was I wrong? Hey, I’m not too proud to say I was. And in my defense, I knew Marie Harte was going to make it work. Didn’t I just say it? And she actually opened my eyes up to new possibilities in romance, a world where too alike couples can make things work and be damn sexy doing it too.
With the first two books, the heroes and heroines spending so much time together and being so close, I had a great chance to get to know them and what to expect from their stories. With Cam and Vanessa though, because of the kind of people they were, it was hard to anticipate exactly what I would get. It might’ve been scary, but their story flew so smoothly that all my worries melted away from the first chapter. Sure, Vanessa was pragmatic and even cold at times, and extremely blunt bordering on annoying in some cases, but she had her reasons for being so. When I realized where she came from-we were hinted at her family life in previous books- I couldn’t fault her for being a little too logical. In fact, I respected her ability to filter her emotions and analyze situations and-contrary to what she felt about herself- her inner softness and her clear devotion to those she truly loves. And then there was Cam, with his healthier and more serious look at life that set him aside from his usually playful and lighthearted brothers. But Cam, with his unMcCauley ways, he was also very charming, attentive, caring, and with the exceptions of a few times, quite understanding. So I let him get away with his silly side that emerged a few times. He had his hangups too, and that only made him more relatable, and that, in turn, made him a good hero in my book. Or in Marie Harte’s. Semantics.
As much as Cam and Vanessa’s story was sexy, nicely told, charming and cute, I also liked the subplot involving the Mama and Papa McCauley. They had their little story going on for two books now, and normally I might’ve preferred to give my undivided attention to the current hero and heroine, but their issues piqued my interest, what can I say?
A great addition to a great family series, pick this-and the previous ones- up for some good time. You’ll get to laugh out loud, spy on guys’ Friday card games, read some sexy romance, and envy all kinds of different women while expanding your fictional boyfriend pool. A fully enjoyable reading experience this series is proving to be. You won’t regret it.
Next, the big bear of a man, single father. Need I say? Do I really have to take the time and effort to type down how much I’m anticipating his story? As soon as I was done reading about-and loving immensely- Cam and Vanessa’s story, I started thinking about how great and so damn sexy Mike and Del’s probably going to be. Give me a bickering couple to obsess over any day and experience my joy.
I’m adding four big spoonfuls of this fun and sexy story into my hodgepodge. Now, everyone tell me where I can find my own McCauley. Is that too much to ask? I’m even giving names and being specific here, c’mon.
“Colin,” Cam tried again. “You know dumping water on someone in the shower is a no-no. And especially Ubie’s new girlfriend.” Ubie—short for Uncle Brody. Brody Singer, the blond “adopted” McCauley who had grown up as part of the family.
“But he told me to do it.”
Cam blinked. “He did? Well, you should never—”
“Dad thought it was kind of funny after he yelled at me.” Colin gave him a sharp nod, then added with a smirk, “Dad said he used to do that to you, and that you cried like a girrrl.” Considering Colin’s anti-girl phase, that was a high insult.
“Is that right?” Cam frowned, remembering being the butt of too many jokes while growing up. “Mike has no idea what he’s dealing with. You think your dad’s tough? Watch Uncle Cam.” Knowing he shouldn’t encourage the mischief in his nephew’s eyes but unable to stop himself from the unspoken dare, Cam hurried to the kitchen, found a large glass and filled it with ice-cold water. Considering the freezing January wind outside, Mike would be basking in a hot shower to warm up. Cam grinned, looking forward to his brother’s howl of misery.
Colin trailed him like a puppy. “Oh wow, Uncle Cam. Are you going to get Dad?” He clapped.
“Oh, sorry.” Colin’s big grin showed a missing front tooth.
Cam walked down more ugly brown carpet that looked as it if had been vacuumed to death—Mike and his obsession with cleanliness—and tiptoed into the big guy’s room. He made sure he had a clear exit. If his goliath big brother caught him, he’d be toast. Fortunately, he could move like a gazelle.
Gliding into the master bathroom, he readied himself. One, two…three. He yanked open the curtain and tossed the cold water at…Vanessa Campbell?
He stared in shock at the sexiest woman he’d seen in a long, long time. Naked, her creamy skin glistened with water as she gaped at him in horror. Which quickly turned to anger.
“Oh, wow.” He couldn’t look away.
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The McCauley Brothers series by Marie Harte:
- The Troublemaker Next Door
- How To Handle A Heartbreaker
- Ruining Mr. Perfect
- What To Do With A Bad Boy
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 http://www.marieharte.com and fall in love.
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