Series: Behind the Bar #3
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck
Publication Date: May 8th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Self-confessed perfectionist Paige Thomas isn’t used to failing. But when a critical error in romantic judgment sends all her big city career dreams crashing down, she scrambles to find a job—any job—to make ends meet.
Noah Reid may as well have “trust issues” tattooed on his forehead. Being raised in the foster system didn’t give him a positive outlook on relationships, but now he’s looking after his best friend’s bar for one month, and he can’t do it alone.
Things get steamy when Noah hires Paige, but she’s determined not to repeat her mistakes and she bets Noah that she can keep her hands to herself while they’re working together. Too bad for her, Noah is an expert at breaking the rules…
Paige Thomas headed for the city with a shiny new accounting degree, a plan and big dreams of landing the job of her lifetime, but one misstep brought everything to a halt. She needs a job to pay the bills and keep a roof over her head but rather than admit defeat and head back home, she’s willing to take a job as a barista while she looks for a new job.
Noah Reid defines the term commitment-phobe, likes his life free of attachments and responsibilities. With his friend away for a bit, he’s had to step up and manage the bar, including hiring new employees and he’s about to throw in the towel, until Paige walks in the door. With the sparks they strike off each other, can Noah convince Paige to relax enough to have some fun with him without any strings?
The previous book in this series did not leave me with any warm and fuzzy feelings for Noah but his back story in this book makes it easy to sympathize with him and want some happiness for him, which Paige brought to his life. I liked that she steadied him and quieted the part of him that was always itching to run away from any kind of responsibility. Plus, they affection he had for his foster sisters was really sweet and showed a depth to him that he hid from people.
For Paige, she needed Noah to show her how to be more flexible and enjoy life, instead of living a life filled with rules. As different as they were, they brought out the good in each other as well as made each other do some soul searching. While the mixed signals Paige gave off for most of the book drove me nuts, I enjoyed the chemistry between them and their dialogue. Overall BETTING THE BAD BOY was a cute, fast and entertaining read.