To an adolescent desperate to be seen as cool and kind of wild in her tightest jeans and tarted-up eyeliner, there’s pretty much nothing more mortifying than when the high school’s hottest bad boy pretty much pats her on the head and says something to the effect of, “Hey, kid. What’s with the war paint? Go back home and study for an English test or something, girl scout.”
Or, um, at least I’ve heard it could go that way.
Ugh. I was raised to be a Very Nice Girl (VNG). And like many VNGs I know, my fantasies ran toward the wicked and included the dirtiest bad boys my classic-literature saturated mind could conjure. Unfortunately, I got the sense not many real-life bad boys were dreaming up fantasies of nerdly little VNGs with aspirations of being dirty enough for Very Bad Boys.
Yet as I now understand it, some bad boys – who can sport some pretty appealing traits beneath their only-out-for-what-I-can-score sexy exteriors -- actually do have fantasies about Naughty VNGs. And you can catch a hard-core hot ‘n satisfying read about the reality of those fantasies when you tap into Victoria Dahl’s fun and touching “Lead Me On .”
Buttoned-down office manager Jane Morgan’s new VNG life is ordered, professional and successful. She’s efficiently locked away her childhood pain, and mostly cut off relations with her prisoner-groupie mom. Trashy no more – at least she keeps trying not to think of herself that way – Jane lives a sophisticated life in a small, pleasant town, is respected, and certainly only associates with men who are respectable.
So why is big, tatted, skull-trimmed dynamite expert William Chase firing up every last one of Jane’s carefully numbed bad-girl nerves until she’s offering him a one-night deal of sweaty, hot, dirty-girl-rides-Harley-bad-boy-to-glory satisfaction?
Well, because that’s the real Jane, the one she can’t seem to keep tamed under wraps of tasteful pencil skirts and severe chignons. Yet the real Chase isn’t who Jane believes him to be either – or perhaps wants him to be.
Chase is pretty blown away by Jane’s naughty-librarian chic and sweet intelligence. And he’s definitely ready to step up to the plate and call on connections to help when Jane’s brother becomes a murder suspect.
But eventually even nice bad boys have their limits when it comes to being used to save the day – or maybe just used – and the always-in-control Chase decides maybe the alpha beast that Jane adores so in bed – or against the dashboard and other delicious locations – can be used in a slightly different way to get her to see there’s more to William Chase than meets the bod.
What do you love about the Very Naughty Good Girl heroine? Why is she perfect for the Very Good Bad Boy?
"Talk Me Down and "Start Me Up " precede "Lead Me On" in Dahl's sexy/fun stand-alone trilogy. She also writes historical romance. Her current title is "One Week As Lovers ."