Series: The McCauley Brothers #4
Author: Marie Harte
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 384
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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…
Hmm, what to do with a bad boy indeed? Answer, lots. How about what to do to get your own bad boy? Charm his sweet kid so you’re all he talks about? Wear your brow piercing so it glints in every light and turns your bad boy on all the time? Be strong and kickass so your cousin’s favorite romance author makes you her next heroine? Know how to fix cars and swear like a sailor? None of the above. Be yourself. Unless you’re Del, then you can do all of the above and get your own Mike McCauley, aka Papa Bear- that’s me by the way, not the book. He was built like a tank and a good father, and if this was a shifter book he’d be a bear for sure. Don’t ask me where that came from because I have no idea.
I adore this series, so if this was the last book, I’m sad to see it end. But what a way to end it. Of course it was going to be the single dad to be the final one to get on the love boat. And of course it was going to be with someone who’s strong enough to carry him over.
Needless to say I love stories involving kids. Especially if the kid is as sweet and adorably conniving as Colin McCauley. Since I loved all the previous books and their heroes, it was charming to see a little something from every brother in that boy.
Since we know Mike had already loved and lost, and he believed one can only truly love once, he thought he already lost his chance when his wife died. He was a sad man in that regard. And I felt bad for Del because of it. But she was strong enough to worm her way into both Mike and Colin’s hearts. The boy was sure easy, but the man? Not so much. But I liked the way it was written, Del and Mike arguing all the time, then tying their fights to sexual frustration and trying to solve it by getting each other out of their systems, and Del slowly making her way into their lives and tiny family. The emotional was in spades but not much to take away from the romance and Mike and Del’s second chance. There were a few changes in points of view since the story was not just about the two, but a few other people who were affected by Mike’s past loss, namely his adorable son and his meddling mother. They were not overwhelming but a fresh look at things and a way for me to understand where they were coming from concerning their actions. Colin, I could understand so his parts were fun, but Mike’s mother was more informing.
As for Del, I could understand why she was Colin’s favorite person in the world. I liked her strong personality, her quick mind and foul mouth. She had a sense of humor I could appreciate, and she was vulnerable much like the same way Mike was. Deep inside. They fit like puzzle pieces-and I’m not using that term loosely I tell you- from their sexual appetite to their emotional baggage and their craving for a family and home. As someone who overanalyzes things all the time, I could’ve used more insight to Del’s past and Mike’s grief, but I could overlook them for the sake of the reality of the story. I guess sometimes it’s okay to let it go without dwelling on things too much.
Just like the previous ones, I loved this story. McCauleys are a good fun family that I think everyone should get to know sometime. Trust me, you wouldn’t regret laughing out loud at their silliness or even envying their sexy romance. There was a little bit of everything in this series and I’m sure everyone will enjoy it. You can curse your stars that the McCauley gene is made up, but you will enjoy it.
I’m adding four big spoonfuls of this sexy story into my hodgepodge. Hmm, I wonder if Colin has friends with single dads? The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach after all..
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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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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