Taming the Bachelor by MJ Carnal
Ex marine and bad boy, Mark Moretti, made a pact with his childhood friends to live life to the fullest and never allow a woman to tie him down. After years of success and the world at his feet, he is determined to make that pact a reality. A move back to his beloved Los Angeles threatens to change the future he had written for himself when the shy and beautiful, Sophie Barringer, ends up being the Maid of Honor at his sister’s wedding. Sophie has been burned at love. The last thing she needs is a self proclaimed bachelor to turn her head. But her heart may have other plans. Forced to spend a week together in paradise, can they deny their steamy chemistry and stay away from each other or will they give in to lust and take the chance? Can Mark get over his player reputation to take a shot at love or will fate be cruel enough to deny them their happily ever after?
“I am Mark Moretti. Forever a bachelor.”
I really enjoyed the first half of this book. We’re introduced to the “Bad Boys of Beverly Hills” and most of the major characters in the book in a nice defining prologue before we get down to the story at hand. From here things play out rather enjoyably. A lot of playful banter, frolicking in the sun, a bit of drama, and some spicy scenes. Almost reminds me of an American Pie movie at this point.
But then I see it. Coming down the road. It’s big. It’s nasty. It’s going to get messy. Everything is going well and I can just see everyone is about to get really stupid. Yup, there they go. Everyone ate a big bowl of stupid. Two thirds of his surprise would have been awesome. The other part I can’t believe anyone would think that’s a good idea! And her! When the guy who has the hots for you and would love nothing less than to see you broken up is telling you stuff that’s going to break you up.. don’t listen to it! I just wanted to run around smacking people in the head like Gibbs at a NCIS conference. I mean who doesn’t love a little drama? But it was almost the exact same thing as earlier in the book, did they learn nothing!?
Now I’m not telling you anything you didn’t expect to happen at this point. The drama is resolved and hopefully a happily ever after for our couple? Let’s hope so! And Hey! I like that song!
The title really could have been called “Baggage” Because his baggage from his reputation and her baggage from her past relationship was what really needed to be tamed.
This book was for the most part a great, fun read with some hot smutty scenes. And honestly, the book would have been just fine without them. I got a little lost at times due to the formatting of the dialogue and one instance where the wrong characters name was used, nothing serious enough to really detract from it but I hope that improves going forward in the series. And I really like these characters, so I’m exceedingly happy that there’s going to be several books with them and I can’t wait for them to come out!
About the Author
MJ Carnal lives in Lexington, South Carolina with her husband, gorgeous daughter and two loving and super furry dogs. She spends her days in the world of neurosurgery but her nights in a world she creates on paper. When she isn’t writing, you can find her watching episodes of The Walking Dead with her hubby, having tea parties with Princess Caroline, Singing karaoke for anyone that will listen and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. “Taming the Bachelor” is her first published book but her first series was written at the age of eight and illustrated with crayon. Look for the next book, “Taming the Playboy” early fall 2013.