Resisting the Bad Boy (Nice Girl to Love, Book One)

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Book One of the New York Times & USA Today bestselling NICE GIRL TO LOVE serial romance trilogy: Abby & Connor's Story...

Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she's only ever known from afar starts ...

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Overview

Book One of the New York Times & USA Today bestselling NICE GIRL TO LOVE serial romance trilogy: Abby & Connor's Story...

Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she's only ever known from afar starts daring her to simply take that chance for herself. His sage advice? Try something wild and fast.

Preferably him.

An unbridled, hotshot attorney with a not-so-little black book, Connor Sullivan has earned himself quite the bad boy reputation. But in his defense, he's a very conscientious one. He knows far too well that sometimes in life, love isn't enough...or worse, not even a factor at all. To avoid that misery--and repel the drama--Connor always makes his one and only rule crystal clear right from the start. Absolutely nothing more than a month.

Turns out, a whole lot can happen in one month.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Bestselling Author - Lauren Blakely
"A heartfelt, fast-paced, and fun read!"
New York Times Bestselling Author - Lexi Ryan
"A sexy, often emotional treat that will resonate with the 'nice girl' in all of us."
New York Times Bestselling Author - Joan Swan (writing as Skye Jordan)
"Prepare to laugh, cry and fall in love! Choosing a man has never been this wickedly irresistible."
Review Blog - Helena Mama's Reading Break
"Absolutely amazing. It gave me one of the best (or worst) book hangovers I've had in a LONG time!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989163347
  • Publisher: Violet Duke
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. When she's not arguing with her story characters or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, she enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools while trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first and cooking 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. Violet lives in Hawai'i with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    10 Star read

    As an unpologetic book aholic, I'm always on the prowl for new authors. Violet Duke get's two huge thumbs (and all my fingers plus toes) up for Abby and Duke's story. Just knowing it is the first of what will be many, many, many (PLEASE!) more stories to head my way makes me as happy as savoring my favorite dark chocolate. The dialog will keep you in stitches with heart warming humor. The characters are well defined. Note I'm not telling you about the story line, because just like biting into a lovely dark chocolate, only to find the most amazing and unexpected filling, this is a book worth the discovery. A new fav author!

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Wow! This was such a good book! Super fun and sexy. I loved hot,

    Wow! This was such a good book! Super fun and sexy. I loved hot, secretly sensitive Connor and strong, feisty Abby. Their chemistry made for some intense scenes. There were parts in this book that had me laughing so hard while others had me close to tears. This was a well written storyline with fresh, witty dialog and an ending I just swooned over. Can't wait for the sequel!

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    If you don't want spoilers, please skip this review. Can someon

    If you don't want spoilers, please skip this review.

    Can someone please explain to me why this book go so many rave reviews??  I didn't realize that this was going to be a series.  I really enjoyed the book until I got to the end where Connor walks away after realizing he is in love with her in order to give his brother a shot.  REALLY???  REALLY???  Are you f-n kidding me right now?  I actually liked the character of Abby until I saw the summary of the second book - she actually hooks up with Brian after screwing (and falling in love with, I guess) his brother?  Grrrr.  This is total BS.  I will not be purchasing the rest of these books.  I am so pi$$ed off that I wasted by time reading this book.  

    11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

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    Wow! Talk about nailing it first time out of the chute. Violet

    Wow! Talk about nailing it first time out of the chute. Violet Duke's Resisting the Bad Boy placed her solidly on my list of auto-buy authors. She engages you in the first paragraph and never lets your attention stray. Her characters are lively, fun, and snappy with their banter. I found myself smiling, chuckling, and laughing out loud throughout the book. The only thing I like more in my choice of reading material is a hot, sexy scene and she deftly fills the pages with plenty of those as well. She gives us an incredibly romantic story about Connor, an emotionally shut-off bad boy who is revealed to be a good, self-sacrificing man by Abby, the good girl who brings it all out when she shows him real affection without an ulterior motive. These two well-written characters are great together and have smokin’ hot chemistry. I could offer details of so many scenes to illustrate my views but I don’t want to spoil your chance to read and enjoy it for yourself just as I did. Twice. Now I’m just waiting for the second book in this wonderful series to come out!! But in the meantime, buy this fantastic read by new author Violet Duke. You won’t be sorry!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Good read

    I really enjoyed this book! Waiting to see what happens in the next one!

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Disappointed

    Too short and not happy that it is a not a stand alone book. Should be advertised as part one not book one in a series.

    7 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Enjoyed but....

    I am pretty open minded when it comes to fiction, however I found myself constantly questioning - not judging- how the elephant in the room could be so easily ignored. THEY ARE BROTHERS???? I read the first two and will read the next because the storyline has captured my interest. The books are well written but for love this strong with no animosity from either brother and not even a little moral checking from all 3 of these "good" people, I had a hard time buying it. I am hoping Ms. Duke will clear this up for me in book 3. Either way, well worth my money and time. These books would actually be a great book club selection for the debate alone. CEB...

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Oh my Goodness!!! This book is a must read!!! Love Connor!!!

    Can not wait for the next book!!! It has to be Connor!!! Loved it!!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Really enjoyed this book, it was an easy read! Loved Abby and Co

    Really enjoyed this book, it was an easy read! Loved Abby and Conner!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Great Book! Favorite part is the steamy scenes... don't want to

    Great Book! Favorite part is the steamy scenes... don't want to spoil it for every one

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Cute but it ends ABRUPTLY

    And wants you to buy the next book that isn't worth it.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2014

    Very Easy Read

    Good book, easy read, it was slightly more of a smut book than I was wanting, yet it was a good story line. 1 of 3 in the series. I may now have to read the rest of the series to find out what happens!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    RECOMMEND

    I LIKE THIS BOOK, BUT I HAD ALREADY READ THIS BOOK, THIS ONE IS A SHORT VERSION AND IT LEAVES A LOT OF THINGS OUT.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    I really liked this book. Lots of funny stuff, and oh my...Conno

    I really liked this book. Lots of funny stuff, and oh my...Connor. LOVED him! I actually thought all of the characters were well written, and Abby is just fantastic and such a sweetheart. The story pulls you in-I read it straight through in one sitting-and flows nicely. There were a couple of grammar/editing errors, but not really noticeable (I'm just one of those readers who always picks up on those, no matter what).




    I knew going into it that it was a serial, so the cliffhanger at the end didn't bug me so much...but wow, it's kind of a doozie. Thankfully I already have the whole series so I was able to just start the next book immediately. I can't wait to find out where it goes...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    I loved this book! The writing was wonderful and the story was r

    I loved this book! The writing was wonderful and the story was real and believable. Conner is a bad boy who doesn't do relationships and Abby is funny and sexy and sure of herself. They meet, again, and they have instant chemistry. The dialog is so great that you laugh out loud and you really connect with the characters. It's not the same old story of boy meets girl, they fall in love, he messes it up then begs her to come back and HEA. Nope. But it's a must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Good Book! Resisting the Bad Boy by Violet Duke is a fast-paced

    Good Book!

    Resisting the Bad Boy by Violet Duke is a fast-paced sexy read that I truly enjoyed.

    Nice girl Abby Bartlett is an educator and best friend to fellow teacher Brian Sullivan. Brian became a widower and single dad after losing his wife to a debilitating illness. Abby ends up being a surrogate Mom to Brian's daughter and loves spending time with both of them. She is spunky and always sees the best in people. She swoons after Brian's brother, Connor.

    Attorney Connor Sullivan, is a good-looking, successful, ladies man. He limits each relationship he has to thirty days. He does not want a commitment, until he spends thirty blissful days with Abby and she steals his heart.

    Looking forward to the second book in the series.

    I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

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    Abby is funny, easy going, and has a heart of gold! Out with her

    Abby is funny, easy going, and has a heart of gold! Out with her best friend Brian one night, they run into his brother Connor. Connor is very impressed when he sees Abby again...he is also under the mistaken impression that she and Brian are an item. This is cleared up though after Connor makes an even worse assumption about Abby, then shows up at her house with flowers to apologize.




    The sparks fly between them, but Abby knows Connor is definitely not relationship material...and Connor knows Abby can do better than him. But sometimes things are meant to be and neither of them can stop the sizzle between them. Connor hides his good self behind a tough exterior, but Violet can see through it. Even though Abby knows her heart will be broken, she wants to be with Connor, even if he only wants a month together.




    So will Abby have her heart broken, or can they both open up and take the chance? Connor hasn't had good examples of relationships given the state of his parents' marriage, can he see that many relationships can be good? Both Abby and Connor's feelings towards each other change and grow over the month, but will they do anything about it?




    I loved this fast moving, funny, sexy book!! Both of the main characters were great. I loved Abby's humor and character. I loved Connor too, that he's not as hard shelled as he'd like everyone to believe, he's just keeping everything deep inside. This is a great romantic read! My only dislike was the complete cliff hanger! I was devastated!! I know where I'd like this story to go and I'll find out in May! :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2014

    good storyline and great beginning for the series - first time r

    good storyline and great beginning for the series - first time reading this author and will definitely be buying more of her books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2014

    Good

    Enjoyed this read, good characters.

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  • Posted December 18, 2014

    There is much to enjoy about the book that I'm sure I'll forget

    There is much to enjoy about the book that I'm sure I'll forget something.
    Duke has a way of developing fun characters whose speaking generally feels true-to-life and whom I can become attached to when falling into her series. She does all of this with flawless formatting, grammar, etc. and the combination makes for a fast, easy reading experience.




    The story itself left me wanting more an I'm relieved that there is in fact, more as I am off to check it out! Personally, I enjoy the drama of it all and I cannot help but appreciate the not-so-subtle reminder of the way one illness can destroy so many lives. Brilliant, Ms. Duke! Thank you.

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