Sometimes Good Girls do Bad Things
Taming the Bad Boy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Moore Digital Media, Inc.
Date of Publication: April 30, 2019
Number of pages: 295
Word Count: 83,489
Cover Artist: Najla Qamber Designs
About the Book:
From up here on stage, I can see her. Even with her First Lady hair and Sunday school shoes, I can’t take my eyes off of her.
The music starts. I swing my hips to the thumping bass. Oh, so slowly I slip one button through a hole, then another, then another. I ease the black silk from my shoulders and toss it right toward her.
I watch her pale glossy lips form a big ‘O’ before she catches it like a major league baller. The flashing lights blind me. Between beats, I can see her blue eyes zeroed in below my waist.
I know what she wants. I give it to her. With a zip and a tug, the leather pants join the rest of my clothes. In my skin tight briefs, I dance just for her. With the last chord of the song, the stage goes dark.
I know when the lights come up again, another guy will be dancing in my place because this is my last time. I’m not doing this ever again. It’s too bad I didn’t get her name. I really liked that shirt. But not enough to go back and claim it.
If she wants me bad enough, she’ll have to find me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Taming the Bad Boy was an interesting tale between a woman who has the job all men fantasize about and a guy who is a stand-up comic. Daisy and a friend decide to do some market research for Daisy’s occupation. She wants her line of work to be more inclusive for all lifestyles. When she meets a group of men in the club, she’s uncomfortable to find she was attracted one of them. There were small sizzling sparks between Daisy and Raphael, but Daisy misinterprets which gender he’s attracted to after a chance meeting in a gay bar. What ensues is a strangely intriguing tale that includes Daisy falling deeper and deeper into the world in which she works, ultimatums from friends, and a man who really should be a whole lot smarter about who he charms into his bed. There is a lot going on in this book. Daisy has her own life and Raphael has his own life. Occasionally, they overlap.
This is one of the few books that, while I was interested in the premise, the first few chapters did not engage me as well I had hoped they would. Once the ball started rolling though, I was on board the Daisy and Raphael crazy train for the duration. I enjoyed most of the interactions between Daisy and Raphael and loved the friendship between Daisy and her best friend, Nari. This story contains the making of an unconventional couple. Daisy and Raphael don’t jump right into a romance and are extremely flawed. In fact, they tie for who’s messed up more.
The author’s world building and character development was done well. We see a very different Daisy and a very different Raphael by the end of Taming the Bad Boy. Parts of the book were a bit slow but overall, the pacing of the book was perfect – not to fast not too slow. There are situations in this book that may be uncomfortable to some readers. Most of the book is written well and likeable. I found the story flowed well and was easy to read.
I was given a copy of this book to read.
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