I have read and reviewed these books previously from the back of the book but they have all gone missing. Rereading this series is not a hardship as you are introduced to a very great group of characters you want to know more about. Even the parents are great and get some page time in the series. This series is centred around a family of brothers, blood and heart, and their friends. You get a good feel for their background and what goes on between this close-knit family, including brotherly hazing, fist and verbal fights and the teasing. The betting pools they have going make me laugh. Even the women have a close bond and there’s also laughs and carrying on to be had. Mike is a widower and has the most adorable little boy who has been a big part in previous books in this series. Ms Harte writes about him and the chaos of his feelings so well, his guilt at wanting more from Del than he has anyone else. His anger at his wife dying, his pride in his son. Saying all this I felt Mike has been a bit of a jerk to me. Wanting to fight out his aggression because he has never dealt with losing his wife 6 years previously. His attitude just rubbed me wrong but I will say I softened to him with the scene in the Gym with his dad and Liam. Del (Delilah) runs a garage and is one hell of a mechanic. I have really enjoyed Del whom we met in a previous book when she helps out one of the other ladies. Even with her tattoos, piercings, foul mouth and attitude, there is just something about her that seems likable. Her interaction with Colin is wonderful and I just really loved how these two got along. This book wraps up the series but it wasn’t my favourite. We have been introduced to so many other great characters like the guys in the garage that will all get their own stories.
This is the story I have been hanging for! Contractor Mike McCauley and mechanic Del Webster finally get their shot at a happy ever after. They both finally **ahem** to use their words, ‘sac up’ and come clean about their attraction to each other. When they do – it’s explosive! Like all Harte’s other stories in the series, she sticks to the formula. They are both hesitant to put their hearts on the line – everyone can see it but it’s a huge step for them to admit it to each other. The passion is HOT! Mike has a dirty mouth to match that dirty mind and he’s truly met his match with Delilah. This book seems to be meatier than the others. There were a lot of undercurrent issues to deal with too. Judgement being one of the biggest. Judgement of themselves as well as from others. Accepting that you can have more than one great love in a lifetime, plus the heartache when there are children involved. I really hope there is another in the series that ties up the stories of the brothers in a beautiful bow that is befitting to them all.
4.25 stars-WHAT TO DO WITH A BAD BOY is the fourth installment in Marie Harte’s adult, contemporary McCauley Brothers erotic romance series focusing on the McCauley family. This is eldest brother and widower Mike McCauley, and tattooed and pierced mechanic Delilah (Del) Webster’s storyline, one that has been building for a couple of books. Told from two distinct close third person points of view including Mike’s son Colin, the storyline picks up immediately following the events of books three. WHAT TO DO WITH A BAD BOY can be read as a stand alone but I recommend reading in order for your enjoyment.
The premise follows the building relationship between Del and Mike. Del first appeared on the scene (in a previous book) when she fixed a flat tire for Mike’s future sister in law. Mike’s six year old son Colin fell instantly in love with the less than feminine female mechanic and sets a path into motion hoping his father will fall in love and give him a new mom.
The relationship between Mike and Del is fraught with reluctance, aggression and animal attraction. Mike is a man who likes things a little rough with sex and Del is the woman who is willing to give him everything he wants. Since the death of his first wife Lea, giving birth to their son, Mike swears he will never remarry but friends with benefits is a definitely on the agenda. Lea was his soul mate and there is only ONE soul mate for every man. Del’s unhappy childhood has hardened her heart-believing love is impossible-and Mike is a man who could easily destroy her heart. With that in mind, Del and Mike agree to keep things simple but the heart will begin to fall before the mind has had a chance to catch up. There are moments of heartbreak and sorrow as well as humor and fun. The sex scenes are energetic, erotic and intense.
The world building continues to focus on the McCauley family and friends, the family owned business and Abby’s romance novel publications. The secondary characters include all of the previous storyline couples including Mike’s parents and Del’s father and brother who give the storyline and series cohesion and a familiarity. Mike’s mother Beth is less than welcoming of Mike’s friendship with Del and in this there are some tense and interesting moments as Beth continues to set up her son with available single women knowing that Mike has eyes for someone else. Six years grieving the only woman he believes he will ever love finds Mike an unwilling victim of his family’s attempts at matchmaking. But everyone sees that Mike and Del are perfect for one another, if only the couple in question could see the same thing.
Marie Harte pulls the reader into a story of love and loss, moving forward and letting go, family and friends. The McCauley Boys series focuses on four brothers, bonded by love and blood, who find love with the one person who understands that extended family is part of the deal. The stories are intimate, intense, addicting and provocative. Marie Harte takes aim at your heart and hits a bulls-eye every time.