You Give Love a Bad Name (Mirabelle Harbor, Book 3)

You Give Love a Bad Name (Mirabelle Harbor, Book 3)

by Marilyn Brant
You Give Love a Bad Name (Mirabelle Harbor, Book 3)

You Give Love a Bad Name (Mirabelle Harbor, Book 3)

by Marilyn Brant

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Overview

YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME is Book 3 in Marilyn Brant's Mirabelle Harbor series, but this story and all of the contemporary romances in this series can be enjoyed as stand-alone novels.

"Nothing but love, 24/7" is the slogan of Mirabelle Harbor's only radio station, 102.5 "LOVE" FM. On the verge of turning thirty-five, local DJ Blake Michaelsen is well-known for several reasons: his very sexy on-air voice, his omnipresent family, his eligible bachelor status, and his reputation as one of the most impulsive men in Chicago's northern suburbs.

High-school French teacher and lifelong romantic Vicky Bernier is not at all wild about people who exhibit reckless conduct. (Blake.) Or men who have gigantic egos. (Blake.) Or grownups who still act like teenagers. (Blake, again.) She deals with enough adolescent behavior during the school day. Unfortunately, she's the staff advisor to the Homecoming Committee, and they've chosen him as their DJ for the big fall dance.

What happens when a man whose job it is to play love songs for a living is forced to admit his deepest secret--that he doesn't believe in true love--only to discover that the one woman who might capture his heart is the same woman who distrusts him the most?

No matter what you call it, with love there's an exception to every rule. YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME, a Mirabelle Harbor story.

Books in the Series:
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME (July 2015)
THE ONE THAT I WANT (July 2015)
YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME (January 2016)
STRANGER ON THE SHORE (Coming Spring 2016)

Story Excerpt:

My friends and I settled our bill and stepped outside of The Lounge just as a ruckus was getting started next door at Max's Pub.

"You idiot!" this dopey, burly, drunk guy screamed, ineffectively swinging at another drunk guy.

"You witless dickhead!" slurred the second guy. But that didn't mask his identity. As soon as he spoke, I knew who it was. Everyone did.

"Isn't that Blake Michaelsen?" Janet whispered.

"Yep," I whispered back. I'd only seen him in person once before--at a big event at the radio station this summer--and it was, literally, across a crowded room. But Blake's voice on 102.5 LOVE FM was one of the sexiest I'd ever heard. I listened to him on the radio all the time. And he was my friend Sharlene's older brother, so I knew a few additional facts about him than I might have otherwise.

Like that he was impulsive. And loud. And kind of a manwhore.

Then again, he had a rep in town, so most women knew these things, too. It was just that Shar had actually confirmed them for me.

Blake landed a decent punch and sent the other guy stumbling. But Dopey Dude got back up.

Oh, boy.

Shar was going to be so pissed when she heard about this. And she would. Probably within three minutes or less. Gossip traveled at the speed of sound in Mirabelle Harbor.

There was more yelling between the men, along with a bunch of shouts from the sports-bar crowd surrounding them. It reminded me of the stupid hall fights I'd had the misfortune to have to try to break up at the high school. Guys who fought each other because they couldn't rationally reason their way through a discussion. So foolish and immature. And, worse, so painful to the people who actually cared about these cretins.

Dopey Dude landed a crushing blow to Blake's abdomen. He doubled over and fell to the pavement. Then the other guy started to seriously pummel Blake while the crowd alternately jeered, taunted, and screamed their encouragement.

I winced. Blake's dark hair was matted against his forehead with sweat and, also, with some fresh blood. He had a gash across his cheekbones, dirt on his face and neck, and more blood dripping from the corner of his mouth.

And he was devastatingly handsome, even then.

Although, with the angry eyes and the snarl on his lips, he looked like the poster child for one the French revolutionary insurgents in Les Misérables. If he decided to build a barricade, storm the Bastille, or lead the crowd in the first verse of "Do You Hear the People Sing?" I wouldn't dare to stand in his way.

The fact that I couldn't guess whether he'd be more like a hero or a terrorist in any uprising made me immediately uncomfortable, though. I hadn't known he'd be like this. His sister could get a little fiery sometimes, but Shar had a marshmallow heart. Blake, by contrast, looked both self-destructive and vicious. Like he could quite effectively kill someone.

Finally, an officer came on the scene and broke up the fight. He ordered us all to leave, but I was rooted to the spot. I couldn't take my eyes off Blake's cut-up face. So many bruises, and he was even spitting blood.

Lisa nudged me. "Let's go, Vicky."

Before I could make my feet move, though, Blake looked up at me and our gazes collided.


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940158439360
Publisher: Twelfth Night Publishing
Publication date: 04/25/2016
Series: Mirabelle Harbor , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 220
File size: 322 KB

About the Author

Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction, romantic comedy & mystery. She was named the Author of the Year (2013) by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She loves all things Jane Austen, has a passion for Sherlock Holmes, is a travel addict and a music junkie, and lives on chocolate and gelato.
Visit her website: www.marilynbrant.com

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