Between working her day job in the city and tending her father’s small-town bar every weekend, Haley Miller can’t remember the last time she had a date. When she trips over a stack of her dad’s unpaid bills and into the man of her dreams, she knows the night is guaranteed to be the best of her life…or the worst.
Seth Gardner returns to Regret Hollow to save his family’s business from their landlord’s financial mismanagement. The chance to finally act on his crush on Haley is a bonus he’s not about to turn down. But if he waits too long to confess his secrets, he’ll lose her trust and his chance.
Just when Haley thinks she can have the love and the life she always dreamed of, she discovers everything was built on a lie. Seth will lose her unless he can guarantee a lasting love built from nothing more than their fantasies.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Haley Miller has a reputation to uphold and damn it all if she is going to let her hard earned party girl persona fade into the past. The problem with maintaining her reputation is twofold: 1) she has been logging 80 hours work weeks between two cities and 2) the guy she has lusted after and crushed on since high school just isn’t into party girls with a reputation.
Seth Gardner has a dilemma on his hands. His aunt and uncle are in a financial bind thanks to their neighbor and his bad business practices. That neighbor just happens to be Haley Miller’s dad and Haley Miller just happens to be the girl Seth has lusted after and crushed on since high school. How to deal with a dilemma???? In a perfect world, the two would just confess their feelings to each other and be done with it. In a naughty world, Seth will uncharacteristically answer and online posting by Haley to fulfill her second wildest fantasy, to orgasm while tending bar. Thank goodness this is a naughty world J
When the time and date of her scheduled “encounter” arrives, Haley has no idea who her mystery man is. She is excited, almost to the point of distraction until she runs into Seth. The encounter with the mystery man feels like a betrayal of her feelings for Seth and she doesn’t want to risk running him off. Unfortunately, circumstances prevent her from cancelling the encounter and before she knows it, Haley is mixing up chocolate martinis for her friends while her mystery man plays her lower body like a finely tuned instrument. Her mystery man isn’t just good, he is fanfreakintastic and is she finds out who he is, there may just be a real future for the two of them.
The Bottom Line: The Bad Boy’s Guarantee is by far the hottest book in this novella series and I loved every minute of it!! Both Haley and Seth are completely likeable characters who are in really tough positions. Haley wants nothing more than to help her dad out but her dad has been far less than honest about his financial situation. Seth is determined to see his aunt and uncle back on sure financial footing and can only do that if he gets some straight and honest answers out of Haley’s dad. Complicating everything is the intense attraction Haley and Seth feel for one another and the very real feelings both have been harboring since high school. This isn’t just sweet HEA, it’s also a dirty little read that is funny and intense. Haley and Seth are by far my two favorite Regret Hollow characters and I so hope they make an appearance in the final installment of the series.
Excerpt from The Bad Boy’s Guarantee (Book #3: The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow):
“I have the missing ingredient. Chocolate martini lovers, gather round,” Haley called out from across the room.
Seth clicked off the phone and switched it to silent. He’d never be the life of the party like Haley, but he wasn’t anyone’s burden anymore. Time to crawl out from under the counter and stand so he could confront her like he’d planned.
“I’m gathering! Don’t even think about putting that half-and-half in the mini-fridge,” another female proclaimed.
Haley’s shapely legs sauntered around the corner straight for him, while his own legs refused to budge. She stopped in front of him, and he braced for the inevitable question of what the hell he was doing sitting on the floor under there. But she didn’t look down, simply concentrated on organizing something on top of the counter.
Her absolute immersion in the bartending duties hurt. As fast as they’d come together in the kitchen, she’d moved on just as quickly. Other women recognized Seth had something to offer, but the one woman who revved his libido into overdrive never gave him a chance. Maybe she deliberately didn’t check under the counter because she expected her fantasy lover to be there, and on the site, he’d stupidly requested not to be identified.
Tomorrow, he had to work with Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Mike to find every bit of legal ground they could stand on to keep the pizzeria open. Monday, he’d file motions and countermotions and fight with every avenue available to save their livelihood.
After all these years of ignoring him, Haley wasn’t going to suddenly look at him like he was relationship material or even hookup material. But he had an opportunity right now to drop his boring good-guy image and do something shockingly wicked. If her biggest fantasy was to come while she poured a bunch of drinks for people, then he’d give her an orgasm she’d never forget, even if his balls turned blue and she never believed he had enough bad boy inside him to be worthy of her notice.
About the author and where to find her:
Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance, from sweet to steamy and everything in between. She grew up in a small town and was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels. She has no regrets about turning her back on her accounting degree to write romance, but she deeply regrets her inability to keep track of her car keys. Find out more about Sara: Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest