The Bad Boy Next Door

by Jody Holford 
Publication Date: March 20, 2017  
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Bliss, Contemporary, Romance



SYNOPSIS

Shay Matthews moved to Boston for a fresh start...new apartment, new job, new routine. After too many years being coddled by her overbearing older brothers, Shay’s ready for some freedom and maybe a nice, easygoing guy. She wasn’t expecting to literally run into the scowling, brooding, (and unfairly smoking hot) guy next door.

Fresh off a haunting undercover assignment, detective Wyatt Daniels is jaded about life, relationships, and especially happily-ever-after. But there’s something about the independent and beautiful Shay that makes him want to dig deeper. Or stay away, which is definitely the smarter option of the two.

But the more Shay tries to convince herself that her sweet building manager, Brady, is the guy for her, the more Mr. Completely Wrong-for-Her Wyatt invades her mind and her heart.



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EXCERPT


Wyatt frowned at her as she started to remove the long coat she’d worn over the dress. “How can you scowl when you’re looking at a beautiful woman?” Brady nudged Wyatt in the arm, then removed his own jacket.
Shay had a feeling she knew exactly why he was frowning. She shook her head and handed the coat to Brady.
“Stop it. You’re looking at me like my brother Simon did when he picked me up at a party one night. I’d borrowed a dress from a friend, and he lost his mind.”
“Did it look like what you’re wearing now?” Wyatt’s voice was strained. He passed his jacket over to Brady, who looked back and forth between them.
“Why don’t I help you, O? These two need a minute to discuss their wardrobe,” Brady said.
Owen laughed, and he and Brady left them alone. Wyatt closed the distance between them.
He put his hands on her hips. “Did it?”
“Did what?”
“Did the dress your brother didn’t like look like the one you’re wearing now?”
Amusement and frustration crowded each other and Shay sighed. “You don’t like my dress?”
Wyatt’s eyes widened. “What? Are you nuts? That dress is killer. I love it. I’d just love it more if you were only wearing it for me,” he said, pulling her close.
His fingers grazed the bare skin on her back and Shay shivered. She wound her arms around his neck and went up on tiptoes. Her heart was skipping just from the sound of his lips saying the word “love.” Twice.
She kissed his cheek then whispered in his ear, “I am wearing it only for you.”
Wyatt growled with pure male appreciation and tightened his hold on her. “You sure you don’t want to just
go home?”
She smiled and pulled back, taking his hand. “No way. I want to socialize and meet people. I want to look at art, hold your hand, and drink champagne.”
The affection in his gaze as they walked toward the curved staircase made her breath catch in her throat. He squeezed her hand in his own. “Partway there. Let’s get something to drink.”

ABOUT JODY HOLFORD

 
Jody Holford is a multi-published author who has a soft spot for happily ever after. So much so, she tattooed the words on her arm. She’s a mom and a wife, a friend, sister, daughter, teacher, and book-lover. Her stories have a little bit of heat and a lot of heart. And maybe, some swoon-worthy moments that will make you smile.

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