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...
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About the Author
Traci is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her stories feature sizzling heroes full of dark humor, quick wits, and major attitudes, and heroines who are smart and tenacious and always give as good as they get. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and she loves animals, chocolate, coffee, hot British actors, and sarcasm—not necessarily in that order.
Connect with her through her website: www.tracidouglass.net
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"Thanks for —" Nothing.
Melody Bryant barely had time to avoid getting her toes run over as her latest first date pulled away from the curb in a flurry of exhaust and squealing tires.
With a sigh, she trudged up the walkway to her quaint little bungalow on a quiet side street in Point Beacon, Indiana. She'd really thought this evening had been going well, too. Her date du jour had been Michael Bennett, owner of their tiny town's only buy-here, pay-here used car emporium and last year's winner of the chamber of commerce's top entrepreneur award. And yes, maybe he had been a bit ... smarmy — in that aggressive salesman sort of way — with no regard for personal space or breath mints, but still.
Shoulders slumped, Mel unlocked her front door and pushed inside, her fluffy Birman cat darting over to twine around her ankles. She tossed her stuff on the side table in the foyer, then bent to scratch the purring feline behind the ears. "Another one bites the dust, eh, Waldo?"
Waldo meowed, as if in sympathy.
After toeing off her cute red-and-white Mary Jane pumps, she grabbed her cell phone from her purse, then padded down the short hall to the kitchen to grab the canister of M&M's she kept on her counter at all times. Mel balanced the large glass container on one hip as she proceeded into her open-style living room and plopped into the corner of the overstuffed beige sofa. She pried open the lid of the canister with one hand while hitting speed dial for her best friend with the other, then began sorting the candy into the colors she liked — blue, red, and, most especially, green.
Lilly Martin answered on the second ring. "How'd it go?"
"Not good." Between popping candies into her mouth, Mel explained the events of her newest dating fail. "I mean, it started out fine. Dinner at Stubby's Steakhouse, talking about our jobs, our goals, our dreams for the future. Then, of course, he went into all his hot librarian fantasies."
"Ewww," Lilly said, her shudder evident through the phone line. "That's nasty."
"Hey, it's not like I haven't heard it before." She devoured another handful of M&M's, then parroted Mike's worst come-on. "You must have overdue books, honey, because you've got fine written all over you."
Lilly snorted. "Nice. How about, 'It's not the size of the collection, it's how you use it.'"
Mel giggled. "No, no. My all-time favorite was, 'Good thing I've got my library card, 'cause I'm totally checking you out.'"
They laughed so hard and long, Mel's stomach hurt by the time she stopped. In the silence that followed, however, harsh reality returned. Given her lack of boyfriend and no prospects on the horizon at the ripe old age of twenty-four, she felt terminally boring and doomed to be stuck in the "friend zone" for eternity. "Seriously, though, what the heck am I missing here?"
Lilly sighed. "Besides a hot man in your bed?"
"Exactly." Mel straightened slightly to run the fingers of her free hand through Waldo's thick grayish-white fur. "Tell me where to find one of those super studs and I'll be all over him."
"Cool your jets there, Maverick." Lilly chuckled. "Have you stopped to consider maybe you're coming across too eager? Most guys like a challenge. Then there's the whole nightmare of your wardrobe."
"What's wrong with my wardrobe?" Mel scowled down at her calf-length red pencil skirt and cream-colored twinset. The pearls might be a bit much, but they'd belonged to her grandmother.
"Nothing. If you're ninety and your name's June Cleaver."
Mel slammed the lid back on the canister and set it on the coffee table. "I don't look like June Cleaver. I dress for comfort. Plus, it gets cold in the library, so I wear layers to keep warm."
"Good, because those cardigans are the only things that'll be keeping you toasty on the long winter nights ahead." Lilly's tone held a hint of pity, which set Mel's hackles rising. Her best friend had no room to talk. She went through men like tissues, never seeming to stay with one guy too long. Like Goldilocks, no one was just right — too short, too tall, too fat, too thin, talks too much, doesn't talk enough. Mel had begun to wonder if there was a man alive perfect enough for her best friend. Though there had been that one night, right before Mel's older brother, James, had left for basic training. She'd thought there might have been something between them, but Lilly had always denied it and Mel wasn't about to ask James about his love life because ... ewww. Anyway, this conversation was about Mel's romantic adventures, or lack thereof.
"Look," Lilly said, jarring Mel out of her thoughts. "All I'm saying is it wouldn't kill you to show a bit of skin, maybe play down the prim."
Arms crossed, Mel cradled the phone between her shoulder and ear. "I'm not prim, I'm classic. Besides, I don't want to be with a guy who only wants me if I pretend to be something I'm not."
"I'm not asking you to change who you are," Lilly said. "Just highlight your assets."
My assets? Mel glanced down at her ample bust and wide hips, then at the M&M's container beckoning her to finish it off. Lilly was right, darn it, and it was all so unfair. Her twentyfifth birthday was coming up in a month — August 14, to be exact — and she was still a virgin.
Sure, maybe being a virgin in your midtwenties wasn't exactly a predicament equivalent to say, a raging case of Ebola, but it felt pretty darned close to Mel. Especially tonight. Most likely, her lingering maidenhead was the reason for her recent bout of dating desperation — and the only sane excuse Mel could come up with for considering born-to-be-wild Lilly's advice.
After all, keeping it classy sure hadn't worked well in the love department thus far.
Honestly, Mel's problems with the men of Point Beacon had started clear back in high school. From the day she'd turned sixteen and her parents had finally allowed her to date, all the local guys thought she was too type A, too high-maintenance, too "good girl."
Maybe that was true. She exhaled slowly and collapsed back against the couch cushions, feeling defeated. She ran the best dang library in central Indiana yet couldn't seem to make it past a first date. Let alone find a man to make all her wicked desires and fantasies come true.
It was frustrating. It was pitiful. It was ridiculous.
And it was all Adam Foster's fault.
Mel wouldn't be in this pristine mess now if her older brother's best friend had slept with her the night she'd propositioned him eight years ago. But no. Adam had to be all noble and heroic and tell her she was special and should wait for the right guy to come along.
"... and what you need to do is get rid of this good-girl image you've got looming over you like a shroud." Lilly's words jolted Mel back to the present. Perhaps her best friend was right. She'd been good until now. Maybe it was time to temper the sweet with a bit of spice.
It was bad enough her parents constantly hounded her these days about giving them grandkids. Now the townsfolk were chiming in, too. Today, for instance, she'd been walking home from work and old Gus MacMillan, the cantankerous owner of Point Beacon Hardware, had stopped sweeping his sidewalk to ask Mel when she was going to "get hitched and have babies."
Then again, he might've been trying to rile her up. She and Gus weren't on the best terms lately since she'd chewed him out last week about getting his library card, then not using it. Still, her reproductive activities, or lack thereof, were none of his business.
Mel sighed and closed her eyes, focusing on a solution.
What she needed was direction. An achievable course of action to lose her virginity by her twenty-fifth birthday — five short weeks from now.
In the end, she really only had one man in mind for the job.
A tall order, but not impossible, given that Adam was back in Point Beacon following two tours in the army. Mel had stopped by his body shop under the guise of scheduling maintenance for her car, to see if Adam still looked the same. He did — all tall, dark, and tantalizingly unavailable. But he hadn't so much as glanced her way. Then she'd ended up missing her bogus appointment at his garage because of a delivery snafu at the library. She'd yet to speak one word to the guy since his return, even though he lived just down the road. Still, each night she'd hear the sound of his motorcycle, rumbling past her house after he got off work, and her knees went wobbly picturing gorgeous bad boy Adam with all that roaring power between his thighs.
"Uh, I need to go, Lils."
"Wait." Her best friend's tone grew suspicious. "What are you going to do?"
The familiar sound of his Harley-Davidson grew louder in the distance, and adrenaline swamped Mel's system, causing her heart rate to triple. Adam Foster was on his way home, and her future suddenly looked a whole lot brighter. "I've got a plan. Talk to you later."
Mel ended the call without saying goodbye, tossed her phone on the coffee table, then headed down the hall toward her front door, doing a quick check of her reflection in the foyer mirror. Same petite figure. Same long brown hair. Same big brown eyes. Tonight, though, her gaze sparkled with new determination. She wasn't the besotted, naive girl Adam had left behind eight years ago. Now she was a successful woman with a good job and a home of her own.
She was ready.
She might've overstated the whole "having a plan" part, but it was too late now.
She'd flag him down, then take things from there. Improvise. Be wild.
Head held high, Mel walked outside and stood on the sidewalk in front of her bungalow, waiting until the bright halogen beam of his motorcycle headlight approached down the street, then waved her arms frantically.
Let Project Seduce Adam Foster begin.
* * *
Adam rode home in the gathering twilight, deep in thought. He'd been back in Point Beacon for a while now, and overall things were going well. Business was booming at Victory Vets Body Shop and Repair — the new business venture he'd started with his childhood best friend, James Bryant — and he'd even managed to reconnect with some of his old gang from high school.
Still, he felt a bit untethered.
Adam slowed at the four-way stop at Elm and Main before proceeding through into the quiet suburbs surrounding their bustling tiny downtown. His shop was on the other side of Point Beacon near the railroad tracks, more on the outskirts. Sort of like him.
This place might be home, but returning here had been weird, especially since his dad had passed on. His mom had walked out when Adam was ten. This bike and the old run-down house at the end of Crestview Lane were his only inheritance, his only physical reminders of the life he'd had before the army. The mental reminders, on the other hand, were plentiful.
Tall trees blurred past. Everything looked the same as it had eight years ago when he'd left, but things were different, too. The townsfolk treated him differently now that he'd served his country. Before he'd enlisted, the good people of Point Beacon had labeled Adam a troublemaker — too wild, too reckless, too poor. They'd been right in most respects.
Now, though, those same people thanked him for his service, called him a hero.
It was bizarre.
Veering around the corner onto his street, Adam caught sight of a woman flapping her arms like a chicken and did a double take. He slowed as he neared, and his heart skipped a beat.
Please, God, don't let it be Melody Bryant. Anybody but her.
But it was her. He'd recognize those frumpy clothes and great rack anywhere. Not that he ought to be checking her out, but he couldn't seem to help himself where Mel was concerned. All the more reason to steer clear. What he couldn't figure out, though, was why she was standing in the dark trying to take flight. James's little sister had always been a tad quirky, but he'd always kind of liked that about her. More than he should.
After taking a deep breath for patience and steeling his natural inclination to fall back into their old patterns of easiness together, Adam slowed to a stop in front of her place. The home reflected Mel to a T — prim, perfect, and polished to within an inch of its life.
Basically, the exact opposite of him.
Once upon a time, he and Mel had been pretty good friends. He'd vanquished her bullies, and she'd nursed his wounds in the family's kitchen afterward when he'd stopped over to hang with James. She'd taped up his knuckles, then fed him M&M's from her secret stash. The green ones had been her favorite, he remembered, for some crazy reason. He'd teased her about how they were supposed to make you horny ...
Not helpful right now.
Adam cut the bike's engine and watched her through the polarized glasses he wore to keep the bugs out of his eyes. Some people said a helmet would've been safer, but there was something about the wind through his hair and the slap of fresh air against his face that made him feel alive. And it had been so long since Adam had felt truly alive, with a purpose and a reason to get out of bed in the morning besides work. Also, the law in this state didn't require him to wear one, so "those" people could go screw themselves.
Mel fidgeted under his steady gaze, the rose color staining her pretty cheeks softened by the glow from her porch light. Seemed he still affected her, even after all these years. The thought made him way happier than was wise.
He slid his glasses up to the top of his head and scratched the dark scruff on his chin. Gritty and greasy from a long day working on cars, all Adam wanted was a cold beer and a long, hot shower. But if the determined look on Mel's face was any indication, he wouldn't be getting either for a while. "Can I help you with something?"
"Adam," she said, her voice a tad breathless. He felt that huskiness all the way to the tips of his toes but didn't let it show. This was little Melody Bryant, James's sister, a gal who was too good for him in high school and well out of his league now.
She was bossy, frustrating, opinionated.
Jag, one of the guys back at the shop, had told him she'd stopped by a week or so ago to schedule maintenance on her latemodel Camry. Said the check engine light was on, but then she'd missed her appointment. Maybe that's why she wanted to talk to him tonight.
His gut said otherwise.
Adam shifted slightly in his seat, letting the burden of conversation fall on her. She was the one who'd flagged him down, after all, and he'd never been much good at small talk anyway. Then she bit her bottom lip, drawing his attention to how full and soft it looked, and despite his resolve, memories resurfaced of another night eight years prior — the two of them alone on the back porch of her parents' house, the feel of Mel's soft curves pressed against him as she'd whispered the words he'd never forget.
I love you, Adam Foster, and I want to give myself to you. Completely ...
They'd both been so young, and he'd been totally blindsided.
"We need to talk." Mel cleared her throat, jarring him back to the present. James would have him skinned alive if he'd known about that night, and their business partnership, their friendship, Adam's future, would all go up in smoke.
Mel stepped back from the curb and hiked her thumb toward the house. "Could you come inside for a minute, please?"
Adam exhaled slowly and carefully lowered the kickstand on his prized, fully customized Violet Pearl Softail Fat Boy before dismounting. It was the one decent thing his dad had left him, since the house was practically falling down. He pocketed his keys, then crossed his arms, assessing the woman in front of him.
Mel seemed shorter than he remembered, the top of her head barely reaching his chin as they stood a foot or so apart. Swallowing hard, he followed her up the short walk to her porch, the breeze carrying a hint of her cherry-blossom-and-vanilla scent. Lord help him, she practically had a neon sign above her head blinking Off-Limits, yet Adam's skin prickled with awareness. She was big trouble where he was concerned, and he'd be smart to keep as much distance between them as possible, literally and figuratively.
"We can talk out here, if it's all the same," he said from the bottom of her stoop, while she stood on the porch. He felt grungy and out of place with his oil-stained jeans and ripped black T-shirt. "I don't want to get your place dirty."
"Oh." She hesitated, her hand on the screen door.
Adam frowned. Was she trembling? Why was she trembling?(Continues…)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Traci Douglas is a new author to me. This was a fun, entertaining and read; a friends to lovers story. Melody Bryant is determined to loose her virginity and she has just the man to help her in her quest, Adam Foster. Well if she can convince him that is. Adam is her older brother’s best friend. The fact that Mel has been in love with Adam for years does not help as Adam believes that he is not good enough for her. Coerced into helping Mel with her complete makeover, Adam has no idea what he is in for. I liked the characters of Mel and Adam and the story flowed well. Although at times I felt that the story was a little slow, this was a sweet romance that had me smiling and overall it was enjoyable.
How to Seduce a Bad Boy is a cute and sweet older-brother's-best-friend romance between the town librarian and an Army vet, and the first in the author's new Point Beacon series. The characters were fun to root for, and the setting was charming. Overall I enjoyed this one, and will definitely be looking for future series books. But...Melody was a little *too* stereotypical librarian, IMHO--and her image was magically "fixed" with a makeover, haircut, and shopping trip that suddenly had men falling all over her. That totally happens, right? ;) (Personally, I was more of a fan of her after-after look, when she blended the new with the old and made her own "new" Melody.) I also was really not a fan of her brother and Adam getting together and deciding that it was going to be okay for them to date--Adam and Melody, not Adam and James--because, hello, someone important is missing from that discussion, gentlemen... Those two issues aside, though, this was a fun read from a new-to-me author who I'll definitely read more from in the future! Rating: 4 stars / B I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
How to Seduce a Bad Boy is a cute, fast read that ends with an HEA but leaves a less than satisfied reader. The story revolves around Adam rejecting Melody because she is his best friend's younger sister and his upbringing makes him feel undeserving of love and incapable of feeling it. Melody, for whatever reason, has no confidence and is incapable of getting past the first date with a guy. She devises a plan to make Adam help her remake herself and learn how to attract a man, but all the while plans to seduce him herself (all the while knowing he "doesn't do love") It sounds like the beginnings of a fun, sweet romance but I felt like there was an emotional depth that was missing. It was very repetitive and made the characters seem fixated on their issues like it was the end of the world. I didn't feel as though I could connect with the characters because everything that happened in their lives circled back to that fact that they wanted to be together, but didn't feel like it was possible for their own reasons. And their reasons ranged between superficial and unbelievable. I didn't get the sense that they truly grew over the course of the novel, yet somehow it all works out for them. *ARC provided in consideration for review*
This is the first book by this author I have read, and I must say, I loved it. Melody Bryant is approaching her 25th birthday. She’s a librarian, only has disastrous first dates, and dresses like an older woman. But now she has decided it’s time to make changes. Adam Foster is the town’s bad boy, now a hometown hero after returning from Afghanistan where he served with James, Melody’s brother, and is also his business partner. Melody and Adam have known each other since they were kids and she’s been crushing on him forever. So when she decides she needs lessons on how to get a man , she chooses Adam as her teacher. Needless to say, that’s when things get and complicated. The plot was engaging from the start, and the characters well developed. The story was at times heartbreaking but also heartwarming. Especially when we learn about Adam’s childhood and his belief of not being good enough and unlovable. Will they find their HEA or will the past and loyalties to her family hinder that happiness? I am looking forward to what else the author has in store for us. Hoping that James and Lily get their story. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing. The opinions expressed are solely my own
Loved this book! Melody thinks she'll be a spinster crazy cat lady librarian.....at the ripe old age of 25, so she propositions her brother's best friend, Adam, to help her change her style and her life. Adam has always been attracted to Melody, but as the town's resident bad boy and her brother's best friend, he's stayed away. When Melody put him on the spot, he said no, but then was afraid of what trouble she'd get into if she propositioned someone else... This is the typical brother's best friend and younger sister trope, however it was very well written and so entertaining that I didn't care that it was predictable. Melody thinking she'd be a spinster at 25 made me want to throttle her and tell her to take her time, but it worked for the story. I loved the self discovery that Melody experienced and how her relationship with Adam developed. If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last, as I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.
While there are a lot of stereotypes/tropes covered here, I felt like Douglass handled it well. While there isn't anything new, what we are given is well written - with likeable characters and an enjoyable storyline. My only complaint is that we didn't get to see their interactions as a couple. We got the back and forth of them getting together, the stress over being together, and what happens afterward. But we didn't get to see them actually being together, in order to get that warm & fuzzy about their coupleness. Instead we spend most of the book in their heads. And I liked them so much from those peeks at their thoughts that I really wanted that. Overall, though, a good read and I'm looking forward to seeing what Douglass has in store for Melody's brother & her best friend. **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of a reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.**
How to Seduce a Bad Boy was my first novel by Traci Douglass and will NOT be my last. WOW! I wanted a light-hearted romance and this one hit the nail on the head. The whole Bestfriend's Brother/Sister is one of my favourite tropes - the off-limits kind of love. I really enjoyed the flirting and banter between the main characters, and was totally invested in their story. The secondary characters were just as great and I can't wait to read more of them. I am sooo excited for Lily and Jame's story next!
Sweet story about falling in love for brother best friend. After another disaster date Melody decides to make a change and that the one who will help with changes will be her teenage crush and her brother best friend, Army vet and the town bad boy, Adam. At first, Adam doesn't want to participate with al her makeover but after giving some thoughts he decides that is better for him to help her than some stranger. Of course, sparks start flying the more time they spend together and they start a secret relationship. Adam insecurity is the one that in the end brakes them apart. Lovely read with great characters and really likable HE. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Thoroughly enjoyed this sweet romance of the young town librarian being tired of being the miss goody two shoes so who does she ask to help but the town bad boy, even worse it's her brother's friend. Melody has always had feelings for Adam, but as their friendship develops Adam does not know how to handle his growing feelings towards Melody. This was a fun sweet read that I could not put down, Very likeable characters. A new author for me and looking forward to reading more.
I love this author and that she writes clean reads but there was something missing here. I love the friends to lovers and the history they had. Him slaying her dragons and her dressing his wounds. The present story of him helping her step up her dating game well. . . . I wanted their story and would have liked more feels. I mean it really became a little repetitive with them saying the same reasons and falling in old patterns. I liked the story but it didn't rock me like they normally do but that doesn't mean it's bad I'm greedy and wanted more from this author because she usually gives it freely. While I'm fussing about wanting more I have to say I like these two as a couple and really hope they will show up again in another of this authors books.
Fun, contemporary, friends to lovers romance. This is a cute contemporary romance where Melody Bryant, the girl next door, is the younger sister of his best friend and so totally off limits . . . . if only they weren't so attracted to each other! He is Army veteran, Adam Foster, and he turned her down eight years ago before signing up but now he's back in town, as hot as ever and just the person she needs to help her ruin her reputation as the prim and proper librarian who never lets her hair down . . . . It is a fun read, with laugh out loud incidents as he continues to try to keep barriers between them but is oh so tempted! He is torn between his need to help her, his determination not to ruin his friendship with her brother and his own conscience where he just doesn't believe himself to be "good enough" for her. Melody, however, has her own agenda - and that includes no longer being a virgin when she turns twenty-five in just five weeks time . . . and her determination to enlist the help of Adam in achieving her goal. When she asks Adam for help with men, he just has to agree to date her to help protect his friend's sister - doesn't he? Get ready for temptation, resistance, dilemmas, intrigue and romance in this fun read which I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who enjoys reading contemporary, second chance romances with a side helping of humour and a brother/best friend on the side lines! It is the first book in a new series and I'm now looking forward to reading more about Point Beacon in future. I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley. I have chosen to read it and this is my honest review after doing so.
Melody is a successful woman being the librarian but she finds herself in a rut. She is 24 and still a virgin and she desperately wants to change this status by her next birthday in a few short weeks. Her ideal candidate is Adam, her brother’s best friend. Her friend Lilly helps her realize that she needs a makeover. Even though Melody loves how she dresses, it doesn’t inspire a great romance with her more conservative look. Now, I love that Melody approaches Adam and asks for his help. Adam has always noticed Melody but since she is his best friend’s brother, he would never date her. When she asks him for help to lose her virginity, well, it is pretty priceless and puts him on alert. The thought of someone else being with Melody doesn’t sit right with him. I love the natural connection these two share, especially as Adam takes her for her makeover and shopping. There are many sweet moments between these two and Melody finds a new part of herself as she embraces the changes. Now, will Adam be willing to break the ‘code’ and admit how he really feels for Melody? I had fun with this couple and enjoyed their sexy flirtation. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and this is my honest review.
How to Seduce a Bad Boy was a fun, entertaining, and interesting twist for falling for your best friends sister...with a uniquely choreographed plot to win the man she's always loved. Douglass has created a contemporary romance that provides a marvelous book-cation. I received this ARC copy How to Seduce a Bad Boy from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Bliss. This is my honest and voluntary review.
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.**
Melody is the town's librarian and a 25 year-old virgin. Adam is the town's bad boy who's been fighting oversees for the past 8 years ... and he's Melody's older brother's best friend. Adam was asked to watch out for Melody till her brother got back from his tour of duty. But when Melody asks Adam to help her with a makeover so that she can get a man, he may not be able to keep his promise. This is a sweet older brother's best friend/little sister romance. But I just couldn't connect with the characters and there were absolutely no surprises in the plot. I was good, but I just found it very typical . I received an ARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Interesting, fun, entertaining story about falling for the best friend's sister. I simply enjoyed reading it from the start till the end. I loved the plot and characters Melody Bryant and Adam Foster, local librarian and ex military now working in auto shop bad boy. It is a perfect story to pass the holidays during this snowy and cold weather. I am looking forward of reading the next books written by this author.
This was my first book by this author and it definitely won't be the last. I need to read more of the Victory Vets!! Mel has a birthday coming up and with Adam now home from his last tour overseas, she's ready to recruit him for her improvement project. Restyle herself and finally lose her V-card. With the guy who turned her down before he left 8 years ago. I loved these two together. They balance each other so perfectly but they also push each other to be more than others think they are. I loved the other characters introduced in this story and I can't wait to see what comes next. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
How To Seduce A Bad Boy is the first in Traci Douglass new series called Victory Vets and is available starting today, January 14th. The premise of this series is a group of Army vets arriving home, starting new lives and finding love. Victory Vets also happens to be the name of the auto garage the vets started and/or work for. Never having read any of Ms Douglass previous work, I wasn't sure what to expect. Sure the title and description reeled me in but I had no idea what I was getting into. It's a nice story that hit a little too close to home for me. Melody "Mel" Bryant is the only, she thinks, 24 year old virgin in Point Beacon, Indiana. She might be right. Mel may be stunning but...she's a librarian, dresses like Mrs. Cleaver in 1950, and owns a cat. First dates don't lead to second dates. She feels dependable, predictable, boring, and invisible. For those of us not popular, not head cheerleader types, this stings. Wondering why your friend, but not you, attracts men who buy drinks and want to dance. Oh yes, it stings. Mel decides that if she wants to be an un-virgin by her next birthday she needs an overhaul. Her BFF agrees, makes her a hair/makeup appointment and then flakes at the last minute. The plan must continue, cannot be derailed. There's only one thing to do, one person she wants to help her, her girlhood hearts desire. Adam Foster is her brothers best friend. He was always around when they were kids and Mel's crushed on him forever. She tried to lose the v card to him 8 years ago but he said no and joined the Army. Way to feel special, not. She works up the nerve to ask Adam for help and manages to talk him into it. If he doesn't want her surely someone will. Adam does want Mel, always has, but she's James little sister. He can't ruin his friendship, can't screw up the business they started together. Mel is driving him crazy but he must resist as long as possible. That's about a week. Adam is sure disaster lies ahead but jumps in with both feet anyway. Their story is sweet and relatable. A wallflower who doesn't know how attractive she really is, how to flirt and can't find out from a book. A bad boy with a bad reputation trying to live it down and forge a new, good life for himself. These two deserve a happily ever after and you'll want it for them too. Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC. Receiving a free book ARC is a privilege and one I enjoy. Being able to share my opinion is a pleasure. Both are free and without obligation. Happy reading. #Netgalley #victoryvets #TraciDouglass #HowToSeduceABadboy
Get Ready To Laugh, Swoon & Fall In Love! Yowza! Loved this Charming, Entertaining and Sexy Romance. I Love this trope and they never fail to make me swoon. This is the first Traci Douglass story that I have read and I can’t wait to read more, more, more. Poor Melody she has always been the good girl, and dressing like an old June Cleaver hasn’t helped her situation. But every man in town, just doesn’t measured up to Mel’s crush, her big brother’s best friend Adam, the towns’ bad boy, who was too wild, too reckless, and too poor. But he left town eight years ago, after he turned her down. But after two tours of duty he is back and is in business with her brother running Victory Vets Body Shop and Repair. Adam has always been attracted to Mel but she was always to good for him, besides her brother and his best friend, James, will kill him if he gets involved with her. So when Mel asks for his help to give her the male perspective with a make over he says no, but Mel just doesn’t give up until he gives in. And when Mel and her friend Lily pulls out all the stops, Adam can’t take his eyes off her. As Mel and Adam work on her flirtation skills and her conversation for dates, Adam starts to fall. But when she talks about ruining her reputation and getting rid of her v-card before her twenty-fifth birthday with another man, he only sees green with envy. And is not about to let that happen. Will these two finally realize they are great for each other? What will happen when her brother finds out what they are up to? You will need to read this witty, charming,, entertaining and sexy romance to find out! YUMMM.... Loved it! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I loved this story! Best and one of my favorite tropes, brother's best friend, quiet sister who's got a serious crush, a splash of second chance romance, stir and relish this book! Meet Melody the quiet librarian who dresses the part who has zero luck in the dating department and when her brother's best friend Adam returns home from his deployment she sees an opportunity to have him teach her how to cut loose and bring out that inner bad girl that she thinks might be in there somewhere. I'm laughing as I write this... it really is a great story. Adam is reluctant of course. The whole best friend/sister thing and Adam really feels he isn't good enough for Mel. While the plot's been done before, I still loved this. The inner dialogue of Mel, the chemistry between Adam and Mel was smoking, well written, a fun, easy read. Add to that Mel's friend Lily who was quite the character and Mel's brother. Fantastic read. Totally 5 stars. arc from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review.
This sweet romance was cute and fun to read. Melody Bryant is the town good girl and she's sick of it. Sure she may be a librarian and likes her world orderly and neat but that doesn't mean she doesn't want to have a little fun. Being a twenty four year old virgin with no prospects in sight has her coming up with a crazy plan. Adam Foster may be her best friends brother but he's still the only guy who has ever tempted her. After turning down her advances in the past he owes her so who better than Adam to teach her everything she needs to know about seducing a man? Let the fun times begin! I highly recommend this one.
Such a cute and inspiring story! While the premise of the book was about Mel changing who she was in order to "land a man," I liked how Adam also morphed into the man he became by the end of the book. Mel and Adam were each self-deprecating enough to be believable. Because, hey, who doesn't acknowledge their own flaws? I admired Adam's devotion to his friends and family, and I really felt for him being caught having to decide between what was best for him and what everyone else expected of him. I also admired Mel's bravery at wanting to do a 180 with her life. Her excitement and apprehension along the way were wonderful to read! On a side note, the internal monologues of Mel and Adam, respectively, about how wrong they were for each other or how they couldn't be together, etc. got a tad exhausting at times, repeated too often and a bit overkill, in my opinion. But, the repetition certainly did its job in the final part of the book leading up to Mel's birthday party. I was an emotional wreck dying to see what happened and how Mel and Adam resolved everything! No spoilers here! This was the first book of Traci's I've read, and I really did enjoy this clean romance! I am VERY much looking forward to reading what I hope is the next book about James and Lilly! (I was given this book in consideration of my honest thoughts)