Series: The McCauley Brothers

Review: What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte

Posted October 15, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte
What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte
Series: The McCauley Brothers #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November 4, 2014
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley

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Book Description:

Book Description:
Mike McCauley had his soul mate for a precious time before she died giving birth to their son. She left him with the best boy a guy could want, so why is everyone playing matchmaker? He's sick of it . . . until he meets Delilah Webster.

For some reason, the foul-mouthed, tattooed mechanic sets his motor running. He sees the loving woman buried within. But the closer they get, the more the pain of past wounds throws a monkey wrench into a future he's not sure he can handle.

Reviewed by: Quiana
What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte is book 4 in the McCauley Brothers series. Mike, single father to a young son, Colin, is still mourning the death of his wife six years later. The only woman to recently capture Mike’s attention is one Delilah Webster (Del), and not necessarily in a good way. The tattooed Del is outspoken, a little rough around the edges, and is really good at ruffling Mike’s feathers. But Mike’s son, Colin, seems to like Del. So maybe there’s more to Del than meets the eye. But it’s up to Mike and Del to figure out if it’s just attraction or something more. And if it’s more, are they both brave enough to take a chance on love?

What I liked most about this book was Del. I loved how strong and capable, and often blunt, Del was. And as much as she put forth the persona of someone tough and always in control, that wasn’t the case. Del dragged around a lot of emotional baggage as a result of growing up with a cruel mother, and engaging in relationships with men who treated her poorly. So one can imagine just how reluctant Del was to allow herself to open up to Mike once it became clear to her that Mike was special. She was vulnerable around Mike in ways she did not want to be. To see her work through that vulnerability was painful, but rewarding in the end.

I had a more difficult time warming up to Mike. The narrative states that Mike is known as a nice guy. And while I did consider Mike a mostly good guy, I had a very hard time seeing him as nice. And maybe that was intentional: a persona he presented to the world. But in actuality, he was a lot more complex than just a “nice guy”. He was a guy who couldn’t move past his wife’s death, and as a result at times, treated Del less than ideal. He was a guy who took jabs and sneered at others in secret, especially Del. Which, by the way, turned me off the character more than anything. He wasn’t all bad. He loved his family, was a good father, and made Del happy when he wasn’t taking jabs. But, like I said, I never warmed up to him.

Overall, I thought What to Do with a Bad Boy was enjoyable enough. I might have had a few issues with Mike, but Del, their relationship, along with the plot and supporting characters, made this book a worthwhile read.