Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door

Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door

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by Gwen Hayes

Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door by Gwen Hayes

Online dating columnist Dane Martin has no plans to give up his reign as bachelor extraordinaire. He has a reputation to uphold, especially with the upcoming release of his book Coming on Strong.

Holly Winters, everyone's favorite girl next door, thanks to her blog of the same name, gives advice


Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door by Gwen Hayes

Online dating columnist Dane Martin has no plans to give up his reign as bachelor extraordinaire. He has a reputation to uphold, especially with the upcoming release of his book Coming on Strong.

Holly Winters, everyone's favorite girl next door, thanks to her blog of the same name, gives advice, but she doesn't always take it. When she meets Dane Martin, every fiber of her being warns her to turn tail and run. Instead, she risks her future as an authority on relationships, jeopardizing her upcoming self-help book for women struggling to find commitment among the Virile sycophants.

Has the Girl Next Door tamed the most Virile man alive, or is she just another notch on the bedpost?

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Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Entangled Indulgence
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Gwen Hayes lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero, their children, and the pets that own them. She writes stories for teen and adult readers about love, angst, and saving the world.??Gwen's first novel, Falling Under, was released in March of 2011 by NAL/Penguin and followed up by the sequel, Dreaming Awake, in January of 2012.??She is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.

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Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Every once in a while a book comes along and completely surprises you. Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door was one of those books. When I first saw the book, I will admit I was a little put off by the title. My first thought was that this was straight up porn. I will also admit I was wrong. Okay, and I didn’t read the blurb. I found Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door to be entertainingly funny. Of course with the name, it was definitely hot. Holly Winters despises everything Dane Martin stands for. But over the course of a publicity stunt she is able to see who Dane really is. This is a story of two people who love to give out relationship advice and believe their advice is always correct. They’re going to find out that sometimes you have to listen to the other’s side to get what you want. Source: Publisher
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InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door Author: Gwen Hayes Publisher: Entangled Indulgence Published: 1-13-2013 ISBN: 978-1-62266-454-2 E-Book ASIN: B00HFUAP8K Pages: 67 Genre: Contemporary Romance Tags: series Sensual Level: Explicit Overall Rating: Very Good Dane Martin, an online relationship Guru for men. came to the bar to Meet with his agent in regards to the release of his upcoming book. Yet she acts a little furtive and then suddenly calls a couple that just enters the door. After introducing Holly Winters and her agent she acts surprised that she and her co-worker forgot an office meeting they needed and the two leave. Not need a brick to hit either of them in the head both know they have been set up. The question is why? It does not take long for Dane to Find out that Holly is the blogger of The Girl Next Door, which according to Holly is the antithesis of his blog. And that she too has a book coming out soon. She advises women on how to find a man ready for a permanent commitment, to dump the players and what signs to look for when dating someone and can not get him to commit. Unfortunately, a gossip columnist spots them and writes how the two were seen holding hands and questions, has the the girl next door managed to take the ultimate virile man off the market or is he just looking to add another notch to his bed post? Either way it is not good for either of them. There agents, after admitting each set their client up for a blind date, although think that in order to do damage control, Holly and Dane need to date more then have the relationship fizzle out slowly. That way both seem to have given it a chance and did not play the other. Then they find that perhaps the other is not as bad as they thought. Is the staged romance perhaps turning into a real one? This is a short novella that explores the relationship of men and women. Is he Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now? As each of the characters learns more about the other and you find that no one is as they first appear, but rather their are layers you need to go through to find the true person. You just might pass by your one and only by just seeing only the surface. Fun, light, light and humorous. You will definitely enjoy Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door. What a way to spend an afternoon laughing at the antics of literary characters and perhaps wishing you could trade places with them.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
This novella was so, so much fun! Well-written banter, a side romance to root for, an awkward rescue mutt, and an enemies-to-lovers romance with a he said/she said rivalry going on--very reminiscent of every rom-com movie I've ever watched and loved :) Holly and Dane's progression from friends to lovers to something more was nicely done, and realistic. Even though it's a novella, the time frame was not at all rushed. The excerpts from their individual blog posts were a nice touch, and revealed much about their characters and mindsets. I only have one complaint here: "Tell me a little bit about the man of your dreams." She sent him a startled look. "Well, he's...nice." A huff of incredulity escaped Dane's lungs. "Nice? The man of your dreams is nice? Try again, this time give me some of that honesty you were talking about the other night." "Oh, all right. But he is nice. It's not a crime, you know. I happen to like nice men." Something pulled in his gut. "I'm a nice man." Holly laughed. "No you're not. You're..." "A scoundrel?" he offered. "I was always more of a Luke Skywalker fan than Han Solo anyway." You see my problem here, right? As if any sane person would pick Luke over Han! ;) A rating. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Wintry8 More than 1 year ago
When you throw two rival bloggers together as a couple for a publicity stunt, things are bound to get interesting. But when  one of those bloggers give advice on how to get a girl into bed on the first date and the other blogger advises not to  get into bed with a man until after the seventh date, you’re sure that somehow this whole thing will blow up in their faces.  This novella had me roaring with laughter as the two opposites attract. It had a bit of a rom/com feel to it, what with finding out that Prince Charming used to be a pumpkin and tries to hide from his old self. It was nice to see the player change his ways and the sweet girl also change her policy.  Everything about this novella was fun. From the little snippets of advice from the blogs, to the dates that sound so fun, right down to the big dog boss and Dane actually being Dante. And when everything goes bad and he finally comes to his senses, I experienced a completely  feel good moment. Yet again Entangled brought all the good stuff!
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This book is probably one of the most clever I have read in awhile.  Both are characters are romance advice bloggers, but from different sides of the coin.  The snippets or their writing that were spread throughout the book were great.  They really gave some extra insight into the characters are where they were at in their lives.  A perfect example of opposites attract, Holly and Dane seem to be heading in two separate directions.  When an odd blind date goes a little wrong, they decide to milk the publicity for awhile.  But, or course, one thing leads to another and now they need to decide if they were right about each other all along, of if maybe they were wrong and were meant to be together. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This was a fun short story about two bloggers who give out opposing relationship advice.  It was great watching Dane, Mr. Virile, cool, sexy, and confident, fall for Holly, the Girl Next Door.  They both have their issues but I felt that Holly really had Dane pegged from the start.  The way the author worked through these issues in so few pages, is amazing.  I would have liked to stay in Dane and Holly's world a little longer.  I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from Gwen Hayes.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
When two rival bloggers meet over drinks, they find that they don't agree on dating etiquette. Dane Martin is a suave bachelor who can have all the women he wants. Holly Winters wants women to be educated so they understand the nuances of dating and men. They agree to disagree. To promote their upcoming books, they start to date platonically. Both know that nothing will come of this. Since they are attracted, are they sure of that? This eternal battle of the sexes is fast paced and humorous. Dane and Holly are well defined characters that are full of life, love and uncertainty . Their banter is funny and touching. As they begin to have feelings, I saw them open their hearts. I wanted them to find a HEA. The well plotted story made me smile and feel good. It may be short but it's very sweet. Gwen Hayes does a wonderful job.
BabelT More than 1 year ago
A romantic and thoroughly sexy novella that I love, love, love.  Dane is notoriously famous for his advice to men as to how to win women over. He's even got a book deal out of it. All he wants from life is success and a long line of women to enjoy. Until by a weird twist he is confronted by his rival on the realm of virtual advice. Holly is the romantic type who despises his manufactured persona and his worldly, but heartless philosophy in relationships. She's not even his type, so short and natural and witty.   However, they agree to spend a few weeks appearing together in public as a publicity stunt. The inevitable spark gets ignited, but their hearts are entangled in different places.  What I loved the most about this novella is how cool and sexy Dane is but how quickly he is unraveled by Holly's smart personality. Of course, Holly has to fight her instincts so as not to fall into the trap of his sexiness herself. Still, she manages really well. Until she doesn't. There are several, incredibly exciting moments of intimacy between the main characters. It is also touching when Dane shows his memories of hurt, why he has become who he is. Holly wants more than a quick romp in the hay but she's willing to let both of them free. She makes a bet in the end that was as tough to bear for me as for them. I want to quote a couple of lines that really did it for me:  "How do you know you're in love?" "Because you want to slay all her dragons" Oh, so sweet! In conclusion, this novella is about raw, intense sex scenes mingled with a quirky and provoking premise, a perfectly ill-matched couple and a dream-come-true love story. In a nutshell, a challenge of wit and passion.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
How is it Entangled keeps getting all the good stuff? I can think off maybe 3 or 4 books ever from Entangled that I’ve not liked. Mr. Virile is definitely not one of them. This novella is fantastic, with humor and real-life sprinkled all together. I adored Girl Next Door Holly, who respects herself (and sex in general) enough that as one of her standing rules, she doesn’t have sex until at least the 7th date, and she promotes that rule (and offers tons of dating advice) on her Girl Next Door blog. And, as she points out to Dane, there’s no guarantee of sex on date 7…it’s just a general guideline. She’s not carrying around a lot of guilty/self-loathing baggage, which is refreshing. She didn’t have a traumatic childhood or anything. Very nice indeed. Dane – ahhh, Dane. Definitely a rake in need of some adjustment. Don’t get me wrong, he’s certain he’s right about getting sex and hitting on women and has a great blog to prove it (along with a being released soon book, hence his push to keep up his Mr. Virile label). He’s got a reason for the way he is, and I adored how Ms. Hayes let Dane mature over the course of the novella, including facing down his past issue. These two are brought together by their scheming agents, which are themselves a bit of an interesting story (hopefully we’ll get to see a novel/novella with the agents as the hero/heroine), as part of a bet. The two decide to go with it for good publicity. Dane of course wants Holly in bed (growing more attracted to her than his initial meh, okay reaction to her physically), and Holly thinks Dane’s hot but too aware of it and is the antithesis of what she preaches on her blog. The push and play of these two (not to mention the SIZZLING hot tension pre-sex and uber-yummy actual-sex) is fun to watch and I was cheering for them all the way. Definitely worth the read and at 67 pages, not a massive time investment. Absolute 5-star, give-me-more, wonderful novella. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
So, I read this story last year when it was part anthology Date by Mistake and Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door was my absolutely favorite story out of the anthology. Now you can just get a copy of Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door, which is pretty sweet. Here are my thoughts on the story: I have to say I enjoyed this story and it was a lot of fun. Dane Martin (aka Mr. Virile) gives advice through his blog to guys who need a little help with hooking up with chicks. Then you have Holly Winters (aka Girl Next Door) who also has a blog, but tries to give practical advice to gals looking for Mr. Right. I love how there agents decided to play matchmakers with their two clients. Eek, there must be some ethics violation or something. Love the chemistry and heat between Dane and Holly, but each of them is willing to stand their ground. Plus, the story line kind of reminds me of the movie HITCH, but only in some aspects. However, I do enjoy the dueling bloggers and who has better method for relationship. Plus, it was fun to see how they were unsuspecting to be on a blind date. Favorite Quotes:  "You're an attractive guy. And you emit enough sexual pheromones to power a small city. I'm sure I'd even enjoy sleeping with you." "Actually, I think being linked to the town playboy when my platform is teaching women to stay away form the playboys of their town can be construed as a bad thing."
Lynn53 More than 1 year ago
You Need To Check Out Gwen's Book. Rating: 4 1/2 stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way. Each chapter starts off with a question to an online advice columnist and then the person’s response. Dane Martin is at a bar that seems to draw the hottest women – his words. He’s a man that’s very observant. Then you find out what his profession is and you will go “Ah!” I was very surprised when I found out how old he was – you know the saying; “you can’t judge a book by its cover”. Holly Winters ends up at the same bar and then we see what they have in common. She has him pegged – and I loved her realization. She’s an outspoken woman and had me wishing I were more like that. Our author shows how we women can reform men and how they think of us. So if you have the hots for a guy, you may just pick up a few pointers that you can use.  I’m sure Gwen didn’t plan on it that way but some things just seemed to make sense. It made me wonder about the amount of time she spent on her research – did she go to the newspapers for advice columnists or did she look online? Whose character was harder to write – Dane or Holly? Gwen had me hooked at our couple’s first conversation – it had me smiling. She had me wanting to go out on the ‘net and see if Dan and Holly’s blogs actually exist. I happened to read this book on a cold, rainy, winter day and it couldn’t have been more perfect – on a day like that you just want to cuddle up and read. And I couldn’t have picked a better book. She knows just the right time to turn up the heat.  This is a book about feelings and as you read Gwen’s story, you can’t help but feel the Mars and Venus tension going on. You’ll also see that there’s some innuendo going on – so make sure you pay attention so you don’t miss it. As I was getting to the end of this book, “Mind of/a Man” was on GSN – you will have to check it out. It’s interesting how sometimes everything just seems to fall into place as you’re reading and this was one of those cases. My biggest disappointment was when the end came and I wasn’t ready for it. Our author just had me wanting more. But what’s great about novellas and imagination, you can continue the story and give it your own ending. I went to Gwen’s web site but couldn’t see what she has in store for her readers next. That just means that we will have to be patient. But in the meantime, I hope you will add this book to your reading list.
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
Holly is the girl next door. Dane is Mr Virile. They both blog about relationships... from opposite sides of the spectrum! Imagine these two being setup by their literary agents in a blind date. Not an easy task to achieve, but effective in the end. They both could not be more different in their approach to dating, etc. He is of the mind to train single men to love 'em and leave 'em. She is helping women understand why men act the way they do in the dating ritual. Yes, these are competing opposites alright! In order to boost the appeal of their blogs and upcoming books, they agree to temporarily fake date each other. Through this dating process, they cannot help themselves and they become friends and maybe more? This is an enjoyable and sexy story, well worth spending an afternoon reading.