Bad Boys Online

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  • ISBN-13: 9780758205933
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 773,051
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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Erin McCarthy, the author of A Date with the Other Side, Bad Boys Online, Smart Mouth, Houston, We Have a Problem, and Mouth to Mouth.
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Bad Boys Online

By Erin McCarthy


Copyright © 2003 Erin McCarthy
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-7582-0594-5

Chapter One

He'd told himself he wouldn't kiss her until she showed interest, and so maybe alarm couldn't be classified as such, but she wasn't smacking his hand away either.

"Houston ..." She licked her lips. "We have a problem."

His fingers stopped sliding across her cheekbone as Josie realized what she had said and giggled.

"I guess you've heard that one, before, huh?"

There was a bright sparkle in her eyes, so adorable that he couldn't bring himself to be annoyed the way he usually was when someone made an Apollo 13 reference. "Once or twice." Or a thousand times. He'd lost count.

Leaning forward, he kissed the corner of her mouth, then the other. A little gasp left her, but she didn't move away. Her lips were soft and moist from wetting them with her tongue, and they fell open as he brushed over her a third time. Right in the center, flush on her mouth with his.

Josie sighed, her mouth receptive to him, relaxed.

She tasted like apple juice, sweet and ripe, willing, and he fought to keep his eyes open and his hands off her body as he pulled back.

This wasn't what he had intended to do with her in here. He had meant to clear the air, make sure she didn't have a more serious problem than chronic klutziness. But he couldn't be sorry that he'd kissed her.

Nor did he feel sorry for what he was about to propose.

"The problem, Josie, is that you're driving me crazy."

"I am?" She shook her head, flustered, eyes unfocused. "Oh, right, with all the dropping and the tripping. I don't mean to, you know, it just happens."

"That's not what I meant." He buried his nose in her hair by her ear and breathed in deeply. Strawberries. Damn. She was practically a fruit farm.

"I meant you're driving me crazy because I want you."

"Want me?" Her breath hitched, and he felt goosebumps rising on her jaw and neck, but she still didn't pull away. "Want me for what?"

That she could even say that, so innocently, made him hard.

"I want you for this." He plunged his hand into her short hair, drew her flush up against him, and gave her a real kiss. A lip-sliding, mouth-open, tongue-tasting kiss that had them both panting and wide-eyed.

"Oh," she said, looking up at him before darting her eyes over to the closed door to the hallway.

He could hear the standard hustle-and-bustle, voices carrying down the hall as business went on as usual in the hospital. This was risky, inappropriate, and he was still new on staff. He should care that someone could walk in at any second, but he didn't.

"Are you serious?" she asked.

Seriously out of his mind with lust. "Very. I'm attracted to you, Josie, and we need to discuss what we're going to do about it."

Josie gave an awkward laugh. "I thought you couldn't stand me."

Had she just missed the kiss he'd given her? "Hardly. Now tell me that you're attracted to me, too." So he could lean her against that door to prevent a possible interruption and kiss her again.

Josie worried her bottom lip with her teeth than gave another heartfelt sigh. "Okay, here's the thing. I am something of a klutz, but I've never been this bad before and it's all your fault."

Her fingers gripped his shirt and pushed him lightly to emphasize her point. "I feel like you're always watching, waiting for me to screw up, and I've had this sort of ridiculous crush on you."

Her cheeks were pink, eyes wide, and Houston kept quiet, liking the sound of this, wanting to hear where this could go. Desire punched him in the gut at her admission that she was attracted to him.

"Silly, really, because you're ..." She waved her hand around in front of him. "And I'm ..." Gesturing to herself, she blew a loud breath out of the corner of her mouth.

He had no idea what that was supposed to mean, and he was about to ask her, when she glanced toward the door again.

"But anyway, I don't think this is the place to discuss this."

Josie stepped back out of his reach. He took her hand, pulling her to a stop, not about to let her escape now that he'd gotten a teasing taste of her. She had admitted she was attracted to him as well, and that was just the green light he'd been looking for.

He knew he should let her go. He should forget he had started this and walk out of here with his sanity intact. Except that he would go crazy if he couldn't have Josie. The ache was too strong, too burning, deep inside where it plagued him and distracted him every minute in her presence.

He had to have her.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    This book delivers the Bad Boys

    Erin McCarthy¿s debut novel Bad Boys Online is sensational. Its hits all the right spots, its funny, sexy and makes you want more!! In Hard Drive, Kindra Hill has had this huge crush on her co-worker Mack Stone since the day he started working with her. Mack walks into her office one day and catches her having an online affair. Kindra insists to Mack it is much safer and not complicated but Mack issues a challenge of his own. He can prove to her that the old fashioned way is so much more satisfying. Press Any Key, set Jared Kinkaid and Candy Appleton up for online counseling. Their boss feels that they need to work on their differences in order to be a better team. The course they end up with is for couples not coworkers. Jared has been fighting his attraction to Candy since day one. Candy has never had problems attracting men until Jared. She decides to pull out all the stops to get his attention. User Friendly has caterer Halley Connors with a major problem on her website. She has been hacked, now the picture of her on the site no longer has clothes on, yikes. She runs for help to computer consultant and best friend, Evan Barrett. Evan and Halley have been friends for years and neither has let the other know that their feelings are more then friends. Evan sees this as a golden opportunity to push the envelope on their friendship. I really enjoyed all three stories. The dialogue is so witty and snappy. The chemistry of the characters in each story is so steamy. Looking forward to more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Highly recommended!

    It takes a lot to make me rave about a book these days, mostly because my time is so limited. But Erin McCarthy is a name to watch. Her voice is so unique and witty, she'll be a star in no time. I LOVED this book, from the first word to the last. It's funny, sexy, and romantic! Treat yourself. I'm glad I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    A newcomer who is already hot stuff!

    'Hard Drive' Mack Stone has been fantasizing about workmate Kindra Hill for over a year. Walking into Kindra's office while she was engaging in cyber sex gave Mack the opening he needed to finally bring his fantasies to life. Kindra is nearly mortified when the one man she has an intense crush on, Mack Stone, finds her reading a dirty email. When she quickly finds out that this gorgeous hunk is interested, very interested, her mortification turns to shock and pleasure. 'Press Any Key' Jared Kincaid is forced to work closely on a project with Candy Appleton. Her name alone is partially responsible for his fantasies; add her beauty and her intelligence, and it is not hard to figure out why he tries to avoid her at all costs. It's been his personal experience that sex and the workplace don't mix. Candy knows she was born with beauty and sex appeal. And she loves to flirt. Why doesn't Jared like her? It shouldn't bother her, but it does. For two months now, since she and Jared started working together, she's been lusting after him. He's been making her crazy. Their boss, Harold, tries to resolve the tension in the office that exists between Jared and Candy.. What Harold doesn't realize is that it is sexual tension. Harold signs them up for online couples counseling. Imagine their shock! 'User Friendly' In this great friends-to-lovers story, Halley Connors and Evan Barrett have been best friends for years. What neither of them know is that they are both burning a torch for the other. What will finally bring them together? When Halley goes to work one morning, to the catering company she owns, she discovers that her website's been hacked. Afraid she'll lose business, she goes to Evan, a webmaster and a consultant, with hopes he can repair the damage. Will Evan fix more than her website? While all the couples in BAD BOYS ONLINE, began to explore the difference between sex and love, each relationship finds a deeper bond. Each character is well-developed despite the length of each novella. In addition to that, not only are the sexual encounters hotter than hot in this anthology, Ms. McCarthy writes with a sharp wit that causes you to laugh, even while reading a hot, sexy scene. I have been eagerly waiting for this release. I was not disappointed and happily place BAD BOYS ONLINE on my keeper shelf. I will be visiting Ms. McCarthy's website - - because I am eager to see the progress of this new author. Mark your calendars. Ms. McCarthy has a Brava single title that will be released in April, 2004, called SMART MOUTH. I plan to be first in line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2003

    Bad Boys Online

    Once upon a time there was a contest for Brava. There were a lot of entries and a few authors grabbed the attention of readers and editors alike and Erin McCarthy was one of those authors. In her debut, Ms McCarthy writes hot enough to singe the pages and to tickle the funny bone. In Hard Drive, Kindra has been having a cyber-affair with Russ for months, but in reality she has a hard time getting co-worker Mack Stone out of her mind. Mack has every intention of making Kindra see that cyber-dating doesn't compare to a real life affair. In PRESS ANY KEY, Candy Appleton and Jared Kincaid are forced by their boss to attend a couples counseling session in the hope that they can work together without killing each other. Will Candy be able to melt away Jared's defenses? Will Candy stick around longer then three hours? In USER FRIENDLY, Halley needs the help of her best friend Evan to find out who hacked into her website and left her with nothing on but the cupid strategically placed on her body. How will Halley feel when Evan admits that he wants to be where Cupid is? I can't recommend this book enough, I really enjoyed and cannot wait until Ms McCarthy's next release.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    You've Got Male

    By far one of my favorite books. Erin McCarthy adds such humor to the stories, not to mention that each story is hotter than the next! Hard to believe that this is her debut. I so hope that they will release a nook version of this book. I'd love to add it to my collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    a great book

    I saw the title of this book and thought ok, seems good. well i was shocked because it wasn't good, it was damn good. all three stories were hot and i wished some of them would happen to me. a great book all together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    OH MY...

    This was my first romance book, and it was shocking. The stories are really steamy and HOTT!I read it in one day, I couldn't put it down!It was better than dreaming up my own. I can't wait to read more from McCarthy, and others.

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