by: Traci Douglass
Series: Point Beacon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 14, 2019
Publisher: Entangled ~ Bliss
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She’s ready to break all the rules...
Melody Bryant has heard it all before. Sure, she's the epitome of the stereotype for a librarian. Loves order. Loves rules and deadlines. Loves books. But what she doesn't love is still being a virgin at twenty-four. Unfortunately, the only guy she's ever been interested in turned her down flat. And then left town. Eight. Years. Ago. Ugh.
Now her birthday is fast approaching and she just can't take it any longer. She's finding a guy before her birthday in five weeks or she's adopting two more cats and fully embracing becoming "the crazy cat lady."
But when her latest date ends in epic failure--everyone thinks of her as the "proper librarian," she realizes what she needs is to ruin her reputation. And she knows the perfect guy to help her: the baddest bad boy in town. This Army vet won't know what hit him...
Traci Douglass is a new to me author. I’m happy to say I have found a new author to read. How to Seduce a Bad Boy was definitely an enjoyable read. The story combines two of my favorite troupes, best-friend/sibling and friends-to-lovers. The result is a sweet romance with likeable characters and the start of a new series.
Melody Bryant is the epitome of prim-and-proper. The twenty-four-year-old is the local librarian. She rocks twinsets and pearls like she’s someone’s grandmother. She even has a cat that she carries on conversations with. By all accounts, she seems to be happy. Melody would be over the moon if her dating life wasn’t in the toilet. After yet another disastrous date, Melody is ready to shake things up. She vows to be a different person by her birthday, and that includes losing her v-card. When Melody hears the roar of a Softail Fatboy, she knows just the person to turn her from prim-and-proper to a bad girl. “Let Project Seduce Adam Foster begin.”
Adam Foster has served his country and gained a little respect from the good people of Point Beacon, Indiana. Now this Army vet is back and starting up a new auto repair business with his best friend James Bryant, Melody's older brother. James is still in Afghanistan and since Adam arrived home before him, he asks Adam to look after Melody and his family until he returns. When Melody asks Adam to help her ruin her reputation, he knows he should stay away. But not wanting her to be taken advantage of he agrees. Over the course of helping Melody change her appearance and gain confidence in social settings, Adam’s resolve starts to waiver. Soon, Melody is even more in love with Adam and he's kicking himself for having his own feelings. When their secret fling is discovered, the two are going to have to decide if being together is worth risking everything.
I'm a huge Entangled Publishing fan and I read various imprints from them. Their Brazen line is spicy and tends to be open door. I found How to Seduce a Bad Boy to have a Brazen feel, but without the bad words or dirty talk. For me, this was a sweet Brazen book. Melody, Adam, and the secondary characters are great and easy to like. Melody and Adam seem to see more in each other than those around them do. When you talk about love completing you, that’s so true of these two. They are already good people, but when they are together, their goodness shows.
I liked that the story ended with the potential to see Melody and Adam in future books. In fact, I’m envisioning this being at least a three book series. The four people I see making up the future two couples are definitely going to be fun to watch.
**Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
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She’s an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA), and the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.
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