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What to Do with a Bad Boy

(The McCauley Brothers #4)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,242 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Mike McCauley had his soul mate for a precious time before she died giving birth to their son. She left him with the best boy a guy could want, so why is everyone playing matchmaker? He's sick of it... until he meets Delilah Webster.

For some reason, the foul-mouthed, tattooed mechanic sets his motor running. He sees the loving woman buried within. But the closer they get,
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Rose You don't have to since each book seems to be focused around one main person from the McCauley family. I've only read the last two books in the series…moreYou don't have to since each book seems to be focused around one main person from the McCauley family. I've only read the last two books in the series, but it would probably make more sense to read them in order... You won't be able to fully understand and enjoy some of the family jokes and smart remarks (within the later books) without reading the previous book(s). (less)

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Geri Reads
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

First off, I'm not usually a fan of 'my sainted wife is dead therefore I refuse to love again' type of scenarios in my romance books. But this one won me over.

Mike is a widower who lost his wife giving birth to their son, Colin. Six years after her death, he still couldn't move on and start another relationship. Delilah or Del as she was affectionately called, is a tattooed, brash mechanic who caught his eye. She's the total opposite of his dead wife but Mike is attracted to her and Coli
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves a contemporary romance between opposites--and likes it super hot!
Woo-hoo! Can't believe I finally won something (Goodreads First reads contest) Can't wait to read this one!:)

Sooo... it was with some trepidation that I started this one. 4th book in a series? How I hate to read out of order! But since I won this book in a Goodreads contest, my conscience wouldn't let me dilly-dally until I had read the previous three. I was going to do the right thing--read it, then review it. For about the first couple chapters, I was regretting that decision. Who were these p
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Opposites Attract Stars * * * *

Why is it everyone always thinks they know what is best for us... They try to hook you up with the guy or gal you have no interest in... with the resounding phrase of... but they are perfect for you... we know what is best...

Mike keeps hearing this from his Mom and siblings and he does his best to stay clear of it all. He has no interest in being set up for a long term, maybe this is the one relationship. He had his true love and she gave him the most amazing gi

I hate the dead spouse trope and generally avoid books with it and I don't know why I thought this book would somehow change my mind. Because it didn't. It just reminded me again just how much I hate it.

I don't find it romantic at all how Del was compared to Lea (Mike's dead wife) and how he would go on about how much he loves Lea and how she was his "true love." Because of that I couldn't enjoy Mike and Del's growing relationship because Lea was always in the back of my mind. And how
Dead partner/spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend/fiancée/fiancé/significant other/
Big no
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
We already met Delilah Webster, a tatooed and pierced mechanic and Mike McCauley, a widower and single dad of an adorable six-year-old son. From what we saw, it was obvious that things between them would be intense, explosive and torrid. That's what we got in this book. Del, sassy, fierce and with a big heart. Mike, dominant but not the uber-alpha who can't share control when they both feel the need. They're doing a good job at pretending they can't stand each other, but not so great at acting l ...more
Ivy Deluca
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last in the McCauley Brothers series focuses on Mike McCauley, the widower with a son and Delilah, aka Del Webster, tatted badass woman who happens to be a mechanic.

The Good, The Bad and Everything In Between

-Good writing: Ms. Harte has a talent for creating a romance that is grounded in well-drawn characters and believable situations. There are no far out overly dramatic plot points, but real character driven angst that comes from two people meeting and overcoming their own foibles to reach
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Mike McCauley has been features in all the book as the lonely widower with the amazing son. WHAT TO DO WITH A BAD BOY has to be my most anticipated book in the series, especially with the lead up that occurred with Del in the last book.

Mike turned out to be different than I expected. Better. Hotter. Bigger. He’s the fun and charming father that loves spending time with his family, but he’s also the guy who loves filthy sex as well. And rightly so because he’s a demon in the sack!

Harte covers
Sharon Redfern
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Finally, Mike and Del get it together. For several books in the series, these two have danced around each other even though they both are attracted. Mike has yet to let go of his grief over the death of his wife 6 years before and Del doesn't think she will measure up. Mike is a neat freak, single dad and Del is a tattooed garage administrator.

This is one of the grittiest of the books in the series with some pretty graphic sex scenes. Both Mike and Del have baggage that they need to get rid of
Mandi Schreiner
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Tori told me to read this one - so I did - and I really enjoyed it. Tori is always right, darn it ;)

Great heroine - tough on the outside, a little more vulnerable on the inside. Loved the hero - big, stubborn, growly.

Great chemistry. Need to read more from this author.
Angie H.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Funny and sexy = great combination.
Rachel K
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute read. Mike lost his wife six years earlier and has never really grieved or moved on. We read about how amazing his wife was, how everyone loved her and could do no wrong. Ordinarily, that would make me roll my eyes knowing everyone thought she was a saint and the heroine would be a second-best replacement. Only, that's not what happened. His wife, Lea, came across as sweet and loving, and I really liked that the author didn't try to diminish the love Mike and Lea had for each oth ...more
Monique Pearson
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Marie Harte! This was my favorite couple of the four! Del and Mike are the perfect couple! I wanted to be like Del when I grew up, but alas I'm much more boring.
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
“He’s f-in’ awesome.” Colin beamed.

The table fell silent.

Mike met his mother’s stunned gaze, but his father continued to eat and question the boy, so he figured he hadn’t heard what he thought he had. She shrugged and returned to her dinner as well.

Colin smirked. “Grandma, don’t be such a girl.”

For all that Colin loved his grandmother and crushed on Del, he still had a bias against girls. Not that Mike could blame him. His mother’s recent matchmaking efforts had nearly driven him insane with the
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off, I’m a fan. I’m a writer’s favorite kind of fan, I own everything she’s put out – some in multiple formats or versions. She’s that good. I personally prefer her science fiction and paranormal stuff but her contemporaries are also excellently written. That said, let’s move on to the review.

Although this could be read as a standalone, it works much better as part of the series. Mike and Del, the hero and heroine, have been dancing for several books now so a lot of anticipation of their s
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
What to Do with a Bad Boy is the fourth book in the McCauley Brothers series. You do not have to have read the previous three to understand this book, although the previous characters do play roles in this story. This book focuses on Mike McCauley – widower, dad, and pain in the butt to Delilah Watson – tattooed, crass, mechanic and object of Mike’s totally inappropriate crush.
This book is not for those who love candle lit dinners and sweet romance. Neither of these characters are sweet, with t
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of siblings, romance and small-town series and The McCauley Brothers series worked for me on so many levels. What to Do with a Bad Boy the fourth book in this series by Marie Harte was in a word, delicious. Edgy and heartwarming I laughed, melted and cried as we finally got Mike and Delilah’s story.

Besides being a drop dead gorgeous hunk, Mike McCauley is also a wonderful father to his son and looks out for his parents and brothers. Mike has been widowed for six years. His wife d
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall rating: 4.5 Sweetness Stars!

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My review:

Okay so I love my single parent romances and this was no exception! Even though Brody's book is still my favorite, I did really enjoy this one. I felt like Mike and Del's relationship was quite explosive and fun. Mike has never really worked through the pai
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, for-review, kindle
I have to say that this is by far my favorite of the four books. Mike has been a widower for six years. Still grieving for his dead wife, he isn't prepared for the feelings that stir up in him when he is around Del.

I loved Mike and Del. Their relationship was explosive, but so much fun to watch. Del is pretty tough on the outside, but inside she is really soft and longing for love. I have been rooting for this couple since Del first showed up earlier in the series. I loved how she was with Coli
For me, this was, hands down, the best book of the series!! I loved Del and Mike as characters both together and apart. Del didn't let Colin get away with anything, nor did she allow his dad Mike to get away with anything either! I loved watching their love for one another bloom and seeing how Mike handled it considering the loss of his wife in childbirth. Del's family was amazingly funny as well and though this story had it's ups and downs, it did show that these were flawed characters trying t ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
There isn't a lot to these stories, but I find them very engaging and highly entertaining. Mike and Del were fun characters and it was nice to finally see their story. I could have done without Grace, but I get why she was in the story. I'm sad that the series is over. All the characters were fun and while I didn't always find it believable I still really liked the story.
Natalie Dee
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Again, the title doesn’t really make sense to me given the book I read.
But, 4 stars mainly because I really liked Del
Jan 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, reviewed, 1-star
Trying too hard, DNF

I was excited about the premise of this book. Female mechanic with an enemies to lovers theme sounded like it would be right up my alley. It quickly became apparent that this wasn’t the book for me. Some thoughts while reading:

1. The heroine was supposed to be this bad girl with tattoos and piercings but it feels forced. She just never gave off this vibe. Every time she tried to be “tough” it made me cringe.

2. The chemistry was nonexistent. There was no tension and no anticip
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mccauleys
"It makes you think, you know? Getting that close to the edge. Makes you realize what's important. I think WE'RE important. I love you, Mike." - Delilah Webster

I am never, ever, judging a fictional guy from the way he acts around his brothers. Or, at the very least, I'm not judging Mike McCauley from his quiet and gruff appearance again - we all know it'll wear off in a few days, but let me pretend for a little while, ok?

So, the last of the books for the McCauley brothers was focused on Mike, th
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Hmm, what to do with a bad boy indeed? Answer, lots. How about what to do to get your own bad boy? Charm his sweet kid so you’re all he talks about? Wear your brow piercing so it glints in every light and turns your bad boy on all the time? Be strong and kickass so your cousin’s favorite romance author makes you her next heroine? Know how to fix cars and swear like a sailor? None of the above. Be yourself. Unless you’re Del, then you can do all of the above and get your own Mike McCauley, aka Pa ...more
Renee Entress
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 star

I was pulled right into this story. Love all the alpha males in the McCauley family. This story will pull you in and make you laugh through the entire story. You will also want to smack Mike a few times…..

If you have not read the below in this series I would advise reading that book first.
The Troublemaker Next Door (The McCauley Brothers, #1)
How to Handle a Heartbreaker (The McCauley Brothers #2)
Ruining Mr. Perfect (The McCauley Brothers, #3)

This is Mike and Del’s story. Delilah is mechan
BEST book in the series XD

Since I started this series I just couldn't wait to read this one, I'm into some tough-guy/girl it's really cute when they try to act cool when all they wanna do was to go all lovey dovey XD

- Loved Colin since book one, he was one cute kid, and I liked how he was the biggest fan of the main couple hooking up.

- Loved the family support from both sides, how they ganged up and had communication to hook them up, it was so cute with the operation naming and spying stuff XD

Heather andrews
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mike he's a protective dad, "I want to know why my son asked me to pass the effing potatoes last night." He crossed massive arms over his broad chest. "Something her said about bowling with you two nimrods told me you might have something to do with his mouth." Del has a mouth on her and I loved how she wasn't filtered, "you sure? I think Ray might have a few more cows out back. Jesus, you eat a lot." She not only gives negative feedback she knows how to give positive, "you're so hot," she whisp ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. One of my least favorite tropes - the grieving, I can only love once, widower. If this were an historical romance, he would turn into a a rake and manwhore. In this contemporary, he just became an asshole. Not a big fan of the potty mouthed, pierced and tattooed, mechanic heroine. I never really got a good read on her or her motivations.
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
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