THE VIRGIN’S GUIDE TO MISBEHAVING (Bluebonnet #4) by Jessica Clare
304 pages, paperback
Available June 4, 2014
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
Playing innocent is easy.
After being the quiet, shy girl her whole life, Elise Markham is ready for a mental makeover. She’s done keeping to herself and staying out of trouble—it’s time to break out of her shell and maybe meet someone intriguing in the process. So, on a photography trip to Bluebonnet, she has a whole lot more on her mind than snapping photos, especially when Rome walks into the picture.
Playing dirty is fun.
The newest instructor at Wilderness Survival Expeditions has a colorful past, to say the least. Having come from a family of notorious con artists that destroyed his credit and reputation, all before his eighteenth birthday, Rome just wants a decent job and a quiet life in a town where no one knows his name. He’s exactly the kind of bad boy that an innocent girl like Elise should stay far away from.
But Elise is tired of doing what’s right. She’s ready to throw caution to the wind—and let Rome show her just how exciting being bad can be…
First Date: I first met Rome in THE EXPERT’S GUIDE TO DRIVING A MAN WILD, when he moved into one of the unoccupied cabins. There was definitely something different about him. He was quiet and kept to himself, worked hard and had the most fabulous tattoos all over. Like most of the other women of Bluebonnet, I had fantasies of uncovering all of them. (Seriously, the meh tattoo on the cover model just doesn’t match what I had in my head. Plus, I really do wish cover model Elise would move her hand. She’s blocking the good bits!) A motorcycle man with a mysterious past who’s happy in his austere cabin — of course I was curious. And, for the record, his tattoos are MUCH better looking than in pictures. Much.
Second Date: Super-shy Elise has a confidence problem. And a virginity problem–one she wants to get rid of with the help of Rome (good choice, Elise!). Rome’s game, though he’s confused by the conflicting messages she’s sending out. But, once he learns a bit more about her, he’s totally in, especially since he’s falling for her. Unfortunately, his past is catching up with him and he has a confidence problem of his own — will Elise want him when she finds out about his family and his history? You know, there’s just something about a guy who is all bad-assed on the outside but is squishy and tender on the inside.
Third Date: I’m enjoying the writing and tone in this series. While I’ve only read two of the four books in it, I’m going back to catch up with the first two. There’s a fantastic thread of humor throughout and the heroes are manly men with sensitive sides that really get under my skin (yum!). Definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a sweet and fun read.
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