In the last few months, I have fallen in love with R.S. Grey’s adorable romantic comedies, and her latest – Make Me Bad – is one of my new favorites. Flirty, fun, and charming characters, Make Me Bad features one of my favorite tropes — the “teach me to be sexy” one — expertly executed.
I was issued a warning: stay away from Ben Rosenberg.
As Clifton Cove’s resident “king”, he thinks he’s entitled to anyone and anything.
The trouble is, I’ve spent my whole life following the rules and playing it safe. I know what it feels like to be the good girl. I’m the police chief’s daughter and a librarian—for adorable children, no less. My wardrobe consists of colorful sundresses and baggy jeans. I might as well have a Post-it stuck to my forehead that reads: Yup, she’s a virgin.
An all-nighter with a fictional hunk is about as exciting as my life gets, until one day, fate decides to take pity on me and shove me straight into the path of Mr. Off-Limits himself.
Just as I suspected, every inch of him promises to be my demise. Up close, he’s tall, menacing, dangerously handsome—the type of man who’s never spent a single moment worrying about the opinions of others. A well-behaved girl would do as she’s told and avoid him at all costs, but I’m overdue for a little rebellion.
No more Friday nights sprawled out on the couch in my comfiest pajamas. No more wishing I had the courage to misbehave.
Everyone thinks Ben is going to ruin me.
They think he’ll chew me up and spit me out.
Well, Ben…go ahead.
Tempt me. Taunt me.
Make me bad.
The chemistry between these two is instant, and instantly adorable — but I loved seeing both characters struggle to accept and come to terms with their feelings for one another. This back and forth made for a very enjoyable read, following Ben and Madison towards their inevitable lust and love.
Madison may be a little innocent for a 25-year-old, but she’s self-aware enough to recognize that about herself. And yet, at the same time, she’s secure in who she is. She loves being a children’s librarian, she loves her family, and she’s comfortable in her own skin … even if that skin doesn’t have much experience (nudge nudge, wink wink). And Ben. Ben! His reputation has more to do with his privileged upbringing and some dumb things he did as a teenager; as an adult, he’s actually a fairly well-adjusted and successful lawyer, grappling with grief and trying to figure out what to do with his life while protecting his broken heart from more pain.
That he finds Madison charming and attractive just as she is makes him all the more appealing.
And that lust? Woo-baby, yes. The steamy scenes in Make Me Bad are just delectable — but what makes them more enjoyable is the context within the story, and how much you’ve experienced alongside these characters. It’s funny and romantic and sexy and charming, and felt insanely real.
Make Me Bad captures everything you’d want from a romantic comedy. It’s funny, sweet, romantic, and leaves you feeling oh-so-good after you’re finished. It’s available now!
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