Series: Bad Boys Gone Good #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, Edelweiss
Also in this series: Never Been Good
Also by this author: Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology (Chicago Rebels, #.5; Station Seventeen, #1.5), Never Been Good
Doctor Mollie Vickers loves the tight-knit community of her tiny Oregon town. But she’s not a fan of the limited dating options. Sleep with a guy who tried to copy off her in junior high? Pass. Mollie’s sex life is flatlining… until a deliciously handsome man she’s never seen before stops to help her fix a flat tire.
As an ex-mobster, Rafe Maguire’s no saint. But he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. Although he probably shouldn’t kiss the hot doctor on the side of the highway. Or suggest a no-strings fling with a woman he has no business pursuing. Rafe’s life is too complicated for love—his new WITSEC-provided identity doesn’t fit him at all and there’s a U.S. Marshal watching his every move. He can’t tell Mollie the truth… but their chemistry is scorching and being good doesn’t mean he can’t be a little bad.
Mollie can’t resist the guy who looks rough, talks tough, and is loyal to the bone. But it’s obvious Rafe is keeping secrets. When the truth comes out, Mollie must decide if she could ever love an ex-mobster… or if this bad boy has truly gone good.
Bad for Her is the story of a reformed Chicago mob guy who is now in WITSEC and a small town doctor who finds him to be exactly what she has been looking for! Rafe went to the FBI voluntarily in order to provide evidence against some of his mob connections. However, being in WITSEC has not been smooth sailing for him and his two brothers and they are on their final chance. If they screw up again, they will be out of the program and left to defend themselves. So, the are moved to a tiny, rain soaked Oregon coastal town, given new names (again), and new jobs. Rafe is determined to make this work so he can keep his brothers safe.
Rafe and Mollie meet on the side of a road. Her tire is flat and she has NO idea what to do. She’s a doctor, not a mechanic, and having lived in large cities like Boston and Chicago for the last few years, she isn’t really familiar with cars and car maintenance. There is an instant attraction between these two and Rafe asks her out (even though he is a little nervous that she used to live in Chicago!). But, neither is really interesting in dating (she doesn’t want to date someone from her small town and he doesn’t want to risk blurting something that could get him kicked out of WITSEC!). So, the logical solution? Friends with benefits! You know that THAT always turns out. And of course, these two aren’t exactly well adjusted adults, so they are gonna make some mistakes.
Mollie’s family is fun and adds some depth to the story. Her young cousin is living with their grandmother against his will after having been kicked out of his school in Boston. He provides both some comic relief and some teenage angst! Grandma is pretty entertaining as well! Rafe’s brothers are interesting and bring some levity into the plot!
The story is light with humor and smoking hot sex yet still provides a bit of mystery in the mob aspect of Rafe’s past. He is dancing a fine line with trying to keep his real identity hidden yet not wanting to lie to Mollie as he starts to fall for her. If you love fun family dynamics and panty incinerating scenes, Bad for Her might just be good for you!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: small town, mafia/mob
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »none « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes; more of an HFN since I’m sure you will see more of them « Hide Spoiler
-What can you tell us about this new series, Bad Boys Gone Good? Where did the inspiration come from? What can we expect?
Bad For You is the first book in a new series about three big city, bad boy brothers hiding from their mobster pasts. They struggle to fit into a small town but danger follows, putting their new futures – and their new relationships – at risk. It has a gorgeous coastal town full of quirky characters, strong-willed and smart heroines, and the Maguire brothers, who would do anything for each other.
The idea was born at a writing retreat with my besties in Williamsburg. Isn’t that how all the most amazing book ideas are born? We knew I wanted to check off all the obvious boxes of things that sell romances with the next series—Alphas, Bad Boys, hotter, grittier (yeah, don’t hold your breath on that one—I write romantic comedies, and funny is just how everything comes out), and we threw in small towns for fun. Mobsters are kind of the ultimate bad boys. Don’t worry – mine haven’t killed anyone – but they are rugged and stubborn and loyal to the bone. The almost perfect romance hero! But we needed them shed their criminal past to be true heroes, so I put them in Witness Protection and turning over a new leaf. Or…trying to, at least…
What can you expect from it? Uh, smokingly hot sex. Hysterical banter. Heart-tugging emotion. And a romance-drenched happy ending.
-When you get a chance to read, what authors/series/genres are your go tos?
I adore paranormal, so my go to authors there are Chloe Neill, Melissa F. Olson and J.R. Ward. For contemporary, my auto-buys are, of course, Nora Roberts, Jessica Lemmon, Kate Meader and omigosh Emma Chase’s royal series (I love anything with a tiara).
-Bad for Her isn’t your first book. What can you tell us about your previous books? Which one should we start with if you are a new to us author 🙂
I have a series about wedding planners set in Chicago (which is a great place to start – it is as frothy and fun as a glass of champagne!), bad boy Rockstar romance,
-What is something that surprises people to know about you?
I feel like I’m a completely open book, but I guess if you are new to me, you might not know that I used to be a performer. Operas and musical theatre (I’m writing this on the train to NYC to see two shows this weekend!), so have a musical quote for just about every occasion.
-If we wanted to stalk you, where can we find you most often? Twitter, Fb, IG? None of the above?
How about all of the above? I’m on Twitter constantly, because it is just plain fun. My FB page has longer peeks at my WIPs that I post late at night when I’m working, and Instagram is full of food pictures, as I’m a shameless foodie.