Bad Girl Therapy by Cathryn Fox

Bad Girl Therapy by Cathryn Fox
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (94 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia

She might be calling the shots, but he’s playing for keeps.

Boys of Beachville, Book 3

Pro soccer star Cole Landon has women at his fingertips, but there’s always been one who was untouchable. Haley Jones, the high-school crush from the right side of the tracks—and way out of his league.

Sidelined with an injury, he’s cooling his heels in Beachville when he discovers his physical therapist is none other than the perennial good girl herself.

Bored with men who pay more attention to their smartphones than her, Haley longs for a summer fling that won’t risk her reputation. When Cole shows up in town, her hormones tell her he’s the one man who will scratch her itch without tarnishing her good-girl image.

No one’s more surprised than Cole when Haley suggests his private beachside cottage is the best place to begin his…therapy. Apparently money really can buy love. She wants to play? Then play he will.

As hot days turn to scintillating nights, Haley begins to realize there’s more to this playboy than meets the eye. Until Cole gets news that could put them once again on opposite ends of the playing field.

She’s the good girl with a powerful family and he’s the bad boy with a powerful attraction to her. When Haley sees Cole again after a few years things have definitely changed. She’s no longer the shy girl no one invited to parties because of her high-profile background and he’s no longer the poor boy from the wrong side of the tracks, but he’s still the same bad boy he once was and Haley’s done waiting to be noticed.

Cole always thought Haley was too good for him, so he stayed away from her. Staying away is what he needed to do, but not necessarily what he wants and when she becomes his physiotherapist the choice is taken from him. Now she’s giving him personal attention and making moves like she might be interested or is she still just too good to be true? While Cole tries to figure Haley’s true intentions, there is no mistaking the physical attraction they have for each other. So who’s to say working off a little sexual tension while doing his physiotherapy exercises isn’t just what the doctor ordered?

From the onset of the story, it reads quickly, which I felt slightly hindered the getting-to-know-you phase with the characters. It reads more like a tell and not enough show kind of story, so we’re told about each character’s attributes and their feelings instead of being shown by their actions and dialogue. It’s by no means a bad read and this story will definitely hold appeal for readers wanting something quick and dirty that gets right to the point. And I liked the fact that Cole and Haley have known each other a while, so that helps offset some of the surprising lust rush to sex.

Speaking of sex, when Cole and Haley get it on they connect physically very easily before complicated emotions got involved. In the beginning, Cole and Haley are just waiting to see which of them will make the first move from all of their sexual teasing, but a couple of mutual friends unknowingly break that cycle by doing a little exhibitionism. That bit of voyeurism for Cole and Haley was enough to break their control and force a move they were both anticipating, but left them unprepared for the emotional fallout. The exhibitionistic/voyeuristic display isn’t graphic, but definitely sets the tone for the rest of Cole and Haley’s lust-fueled weekend.

It was nice to see the first two couples in the Boys of Beachville series reunite in this story. It’s just too bad the calendar shoot that’s part of the overall series plotline weren’t real because those photos sure would be smokin’ hot. However, I am enjoying reading the behind the scenes lust-to-love stories of the calendars’ featured bad boys and will definitely be continuing.

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