Sweet Southern Bad Boy by Michelle Summers
Series: Harmony Homecomings
Also in this series: Not So New In Town
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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HE’S GOT SOMETHING SHE WANTS
When Katie McKnight gets lost location-scouting for her father’s TV studio, she stumbles upon the perfect setting for their angsty new teen vampire series—a remote barn house unfortunately occupied by a grouchy, disheveled, and incredibly sexy man who instantly mistakes her for the new nanny. Should Katie tell him the truth, or get her foot in the door?
SHE’S GOT EVERYTHING HE NEEDS
Bestselling author Vance Kerner doesn’t just have writer’s block—he’s been run ragged ever since he was saddled with taking care of his brother’s three kids, an adopted kitten, and a runaway mutt. The last thing he needs is a teen drama defiling his property, but with fascinating and unconventional Katie underfoot charming the entire Kerner household, Vance is finding it harder and harder to say no.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Vance is a best-selling author in trouble. Between a deadline looming, his three under-seven-years-old nephews living with him, and a case of writer’s block, he is drowning. When a pretty woman knocks on his door just as he needs to head into a meeting, he takes her for the expected nanny. Only Katie is not a nanny but a location scout for her father’s Hollywood studio. When Vance laughs in her face after hearing her reason for being on his property, she offers him a deal, she’ll help with his nephews so he can go to his meeting if he listens to her proposal.
Katie has been jumping from job to job in her father’s company. Since she was heavily encouraged to leave her teaching position and come work in the family’s enterprise, she hasn’t found the right fit. Now, being a location scout allows her to play with her photography, the other thing she enjoys besides her passion for teaching. Unfortunately, Katie needs to not suck at this job or she will disappoint her father. Again. So it’s paramount that Vance agrees to her proposal of using his house as a set for the studio’s next mini-series.
Vance doesn’t need another distraction, and Katie with all her sweetness and incredibly compelling natural charm is one big sexy distraction. He also desperately needs help with the kids if he ever wants to finish this book. So they strike a deal, Katie will move in and help him with his nephews whom she seems to have a natural way with, and he’ll consider the studio’s deal. Katie hasn’t had the most perfect childhood, she’s grown accustomed to being a disappointment to both her mother and father. Add a currently-on-a-break-until-she-can-prove-herself git of boyfriend and her self-esteem was practically non-existing.
Vance has never been more drawn to a woman as he is to Katie, but he can’t allow himself to go there. Well, he tries to keep his distance and fails. When things between them start to go well Vance’s choices could jeopardize everything they’ve built. I’m not fond of insecure, backbone-less heroines, so Katie’s lack of ability to stand up to her overbearing parents was not my favorite part of this story. Fortunately, she begins to make changes along the way which slowly turn her into a much more likable character for me. She’s sweet, caring and incredibly crafty with the kids.
Vance was charming, funny and although it took him some time to acknowledge his feelings for Katie, he did redeem himself by the end.
All in all, Sweet Southern Bad Boy was a fun, light and sweet romance with crazy kids, an even crazier town filled with busybodies and steamy sexiness and I had a great time reading it.
Rating: 3.5 “Pirate man” Stars
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