Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends
by Melanie A. Smith
(Life Lessons, #2)
Publication date: May 19th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
From best-selling author Melanie A. Smith comes the second book in a new series of steamy contemporary medical romance standalone novels about life lessons that break all the rules.
Even when you know better, sometimes it’s simply too tempting…
Hospital work isn’t for the faint of heart. Becca Dillon knows that firsthand, having worked as a medical assistant in the cardiac unit at Rutherford Hospital for longer than she cares to think about. What she does care to think about is having fun, gossip, and … guys. Her favorite of the three. And why stick to one, when you can sample them all?
That’s exactly her plan when a workplace crush on a mysterious bad-boy orderly unexpectedly takes a very steamy turn. But Vincent DeMarco turns out to be nothing like she expected, and before she knows it, she’s falling hard and fast. She wants him in ways she’s never wanted anyone before, but there’s something he’s keeping from her. Something that’s holding him back. And Becca is going to find out what.
Even though she knows that bad boys don’t make good boyfriends, he seems like he might be so much more. Will her quest unlock the truth behind who he really is? Or will it end their relationship for good? Either way, ready or not, Becca’s world is about to change.
I am loving this series!
Becca and Vincent’s story was near-impossible to put down. Like the book before it ( Never Date a Doctor it’s told in the first person from the heroine’s POV–which, since the hero has some pretty major secrets for much of the book, is definitely a solid narrative choice. As much as I’d have liked to get a glimpse into Vincent’s head, I’m actually glad I didn’t know certain things about him until Becca did. Plus, maybe his thoughts wouldn’t have been quite so snort-worthy? And he definitely wouldn’t have waxed quite as poetic about his…ahem…assets…as Becca did, so there’s that. 😉
Vincent and Becca were ah-mazing together; the pages were practically smoking when the two of them gave in to their baser instincts. Even though he had a habit in the beginning of turning things off and on in a seemingly random manner, we’ll find out later that he has reasons. Good reasons, even. So though Becca (and the reader) might be annoyed with him, much of that annoyance is made up for in the end. Becca’s tendency to be impulsive and make snap decisions about things? Might not *quite* be fixed by the book’s end…though what happens when she impersonates a crazy-stalker-type-girlfriend later on will hopefully make her think twice about acting crazy in the future. At least her not trusting Vincent seems to be cured by the end–at least I hope so–because that ending… 🙂
(Short aside, feel free to skip this paragraph because this is just my pet peeve: Once again I have the same teensy complaint–not all cardiac care patients are elderly! My dad had a heart attack at 29, and from that point on went to regular cardiologist appointments with his mother, who yes, was older but not ancient at that point. Dad was a regular on the cardiac care scene from before he turned 30 until he died, and even by then he still wasn’t *that* old. He just had a bad heart. But honestly, cardiac care unit employees would know this and not always assume that every patient is over 70…sure, it made for a cute scene here, but c’mon…)
I am really enjoying the gang at the Rutherford Hospital–and gee, so many of them are still single…subtle hint…;)
Rating: 4 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
Melanie A. Smith is the best-selling author of The Safeguarded Heart Series and other contemporary romance fiction. Originally from upstate New York, she spent most of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles for college. After that, she spent almost fifteen years in the Seattle Area, and now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas with her family.
A voracious reader and lifelong writer, Melanie’s writing began at a young age with short stories and poetry. Having completed a bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s in business administration at the University of Washington, her writing abilities were mainly utilized for technical documents as a lead engineer for the Boeing Company, where she worked for ten years.
After shifting careers to domestic engineering and property management in 2015, she eventually found a balance where she was able to return to writing fiction.
Melanie is also a Mensan and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and driving with the windows down and the stereo cranked up loud.