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“Why are you so goddam perfect?”
“I’m far from perfect, Roark.”
His gaze connects with mine. “You’re perfect in my eyes.”

Dear Diary, we initially fell in love with Roark McCool, the fast-talking, Jameson swilling confirmed bachelor in Bram’s book, The Secret to Dating Your Best Friends Sister. Well, all three blokes, Bram, Rath and Roark stole our hearts. Diary of a Bad Boy is Roark’s story, so of course, we’re now desperate to hear Rath’s exploits which we hope is next! Hmmm who is that mystery women we heard snippets of in this book? We can’t wait to find out!

In Dating the Bad Boy, thirty-two-year-old Roark certainly lived up to that moniker! A cheeky bad boy prankster who’s coping mechanism is a gallon of Jameson’s and a good bit of brawling, hence the black eyes he’s constantly sporting. He’s not in the market for a relationship, however, there was a lot more to the Roark persona than what we had glimpsed in Bram’s book. Learning his back story, the pain he carried, the self-loathing he expressed, made us understand him so much more and our hearts broke for him.

‘Lust is easy. Safe. Never leads to disappointment, either me or the other person. Love is conditional. Limited.’

As with the first book, we adored that bromance between Rath, Bram and Roark. These boys have a wicked sense of humour and a sweet, if not piss taking camaraderie which had us once again, giggling over their antics and banter. One down, two to go. Is there a woman capable of taming bad boy Roark, the man from Killarney with the lethal Irish lilt?

‘I want to hear about all his troubles and smooth the crease between his brow with my soft encouragement.’

After yet another dust-up, Roark gets his phone mixed up with another phone belonging to a girl named Sutton. Sutton is a sweet girl with southern manners who is appalled by Roark’s behaviour and even more annoyed by the fact he makes it very difficult for her to get her phone back. Some witty text messages ensue and some coincidences about who Sutton is.

Roark is quite a contradiction. In his professional life, he’s worked hard to build a business and is known for his professionalism as a sports agent, and his attention to his clients. In his personal life, he’s a bit of a f**k up and can be a right arse. In Sutton, he sees an easy target to rile her feathers, but he underestimated her and brought out the sass that even she wasn’t aware she was capable of.

There’s a touch of forbidden love, enemies to lovers, an age gap, some bloody funny ribbing, a bit of swoony romance as well as some intense sexual chemistry and passion, aching desire, all rolled up into one entertaining rom-com which this wonderful author is synonymous with. We adore her sense of humour, her men are some of the most vulnerable, amusing and gorgeous blokes we’ve read, now add Roark to that list.

We’re loving these books that can be read as standalone’s but do yourselves a favour and read Bram’s book first, it will have you in stitches and set the scene perfectly for Roark and Sutton’s story.

“I’m an asshole, Sutton. The sooner you realize that, the better.”
“You have moments when you’re not.”
“Don’t hold onto them, because they’re few and far between.”
“They are, but when you have those moments, they make an impact.”

Synopsis

Dear Diary,

I might have gotten myself into a wee bit of trouble—and I’m not talking about the “court mandated community service,” or “therapy sessions from bashing a bloke in the head” kind of trouble.

I wish it were that simple.

Nope. I’m talking about the “falling in love with one of my client’s daughters,” kind of trouble . . .
The kind of problem I can’t talk my way out of when the truth gets out.

How I ended up with her phone is a long story—and when she called to get it back, I took things a bit too far. One innocent exchange wound up leading to so much more.

Fun, new, and totally immune to my charm, Sutton is different. And I had no idea she was the daughter of Foster Green.

Blame it on the dark colored stout running through my veins, pushing me toward one bad decision after another. Pushing me toward her even though I know right from wrong; even though she’s my client’s daughter.

Dating her might be the best or worst decision I’ve ever made. Only time, whiskey, and one more roll around the mattress with her will tell.

Roark

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  1. Tammy said:

    This book had me laughing out loud! It is one of the best romance novels I’ve read in a long time and I average about 20-25 a month! I’m retired so I have plenty of time!!

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