Bad Boys After Dark: Mick
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Book #1 in the Bad Boys After Dark series
Part of the larger Love in Bloom series
Number of Pages: 248
Ages 16 and up
CW: grief, death of a sibling,
Everything’s naughtier after dark…
Amanda Jenner is done being a boring-man magnet and has finally taken control of her love life. As any smart paralegal would, she’s researched the hell out of how to seduce a man. She’s waxed, primped, and ready to put her newfound skills into action–and a masquerade bar crawl is the perfect venue for her solo coming-out party.
Entertainment attorney Mick Bad lives by two hard and fast rules. He never mixes business with pleasure, and he doesn’t do relationships, which makes the anonymity of a masquerade bar crawl the perfect place for a onetime hookup.
Amanda thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she bags a tall, dark, and sinfully delicious masked man–until she discovers the man she’s made out with is her off-limits boss. Mick’s already crossed a line he can never uncross, and one taste of sweet and sexy Amanda has only whet his appetite. When Mick offers to give Amanda a lesson in seduction–no strings, no regrets, and for goodness’ sake, come Monday, no quitting–the tables turn, and Mick’s totally unprepared for the lessons this sweet temptress provides.
This story has it all. It’s sexy while also being sweet. Mick is really protective of Amanda. They’ve been working together for years and holding a torch for each other. Neither has given the other any indication of those feelings, making their steamy anonymous meet-up hotter. Once Mitch realizes who he’s with, we see that sweet side come out in full force. *swoon*
Amanda and Mick make a deal when the truth of their identities is fully revealed…a deal all romance readers know will never work the way they think it will work. It goes from just one night to get it out of their system to a whole long weekend they dub Amanda’s Sex Adventure Weekend. Mitch feels he cannot ever have a meaningful or lasting romantic relationship. Things that happened in his past with his family have left a bitter taste in his mouth and he never wants to hurt anyone the way his mom was hurt. Instead of seeing all the ways he’s not like his father, he fixates on how he can hurt those around him. Amanda is screwing that all up and Mick doesn’t know up from down anymore.
While Amanda is quite naïve in many ways, once she dives into this thing with Mick her inner vixen comes out. It’s amazingly sex-positive and I was all in for her explorations into her wants and needs in the bedroom. Their chemistry is off the charts. Amanda feels that, but because of her lack of experience she’s not sure if that’s just her. Mick admits things are fire between them, better than ever before, but he’s still adamant that he’s not meant for a relationship. He’s infuriating and I appreciate that Amanda calls him to task when need be.
I read this story after a big disappointment with this same author. I went in hoping it would be a solid read as I usually expect from her, a kind of palate cleanser. It ended up blowing my expectations out of the water. I loved this book.