Release Date: Oct 3, 2017
Series: Bad Boys Gone Good
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Impulse
Rafe Maguire is a changed man…well not by choice. The former mobster is forced to snitch and go into witness protection with his brothers. This is not the life neither he nor his brothers are used to. They seem to mess it up and the government is giving them one last time. They are shipped to a small town in Oregon, far away from their Chicago upbringing. Rafe is determined to hide out and give his new life a chance. When he meets the hot doctor, Mollie Vickers, things become more complicated.
Molly is back at home in her small town after abandoning a very promising medical career. She is the caregiver for her younger cousin who seems to constantly get into trouble in the big city. This is the right decision for them but Molly is itching for some excitement and male companion. With very few options, she agrees to let Rafe take her out and release some of that energy.
This is my first read by this author. I really wanted to read this once I heard it had some sort of mafia ties. I’m a sucker for anything mafia. However, that is not the main focus and didn’t deter me from enjoying this on a quiet evening.
Molly’s car is stuck on the side of the road when Rafe approaches her to assist with her flat tire. He immediately dives into the sexual innuendos and surprisingly Molly flirts back. I’m not into the blunt conversation, especially being the first time they meet but it works. This sets the tone for the amazing chemistry between Molly and Rafe. I have to admit that while I did enjoy the story, it is the connection between the main characters that kept me going and giving this three solid stars.
Molly knows that Rafe is hiding something but she never expected it to be his past gangster lifestyle. I think she was a bit too understanding and forgiving. I needed some major conflict to shake things up a bit. Molly is a bit annoying but she doesn’t come from a perfect background and that helps to put a strain on their relationship as well.
I also didn’t like that everything became almost too good for Rafe. He was the right hand man to the Boss back in Chicago and he didn’t get taken out for being a rat. I read too many mafia romances and this boss is a weak villain. I wanted more of a show down to occur.
Since I’m a sucker for small town romances this ticked all the points on my list and helped me to move past some of my hiccups with the storyline. I loved the secondary characters and I look forward to the next book in the series which should be about one of Rafe’s brothers.