About Monica Murphy
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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Monica is also known as USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson (http://karenerickson.com).
Read the first chapter of the story on the Entangled website.
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Review by Suze
Annie has a mission, she wants to reinvent herself during the summer. She wants to have a boyfriend, she wants to be noticed and she wants to be a confident and fearless girl. Summer camp is the place to change her image. There's only one problem, Annie doesn't know how to swim. Fortunately there's someone who can give her lessons, which is exactly what she needs. Jake works at the camp as a lifeguard and somehow he makes Annie feel safe. He helps her to conquer her worst fears and while doing that he also steals her heart.
Jake had no choice, he has to work for his uncle as a summer camp counsellor to stay out of juvie. There are strict rules and one of them is that he can't date campers, which means he's supposed to stay away from most girls at the camp. When he rescues Annie from the lake and finds out she can't swim he agrees to give her lessons. Jake likes her, which means he shouldn't be with her all the time, but that proves to be too difficult. Is Annie special enough to risk his entire future for?
Daring the Bad Boy is a story with two fascinating main characters. Annie is shy and she's still looking, she doesn't know exactly who she is yet or what she wants to do in her life. That makes her interesting, especially since she manages to grow up quickly during her summer at the camp. She makes sure she has plenty of new experiences and she doesn't stay away from a challenge. Jake is moody and not easy to approach. He's in trouble, which is why he's at his uncle's summer camp. There's a lot at stake for him and he knows he has to follow his uncle's rules. Jake is trying to change his ways, but sometimes love is too strong and can't be ignored. He struggles with his feelings, but he doesn't give up. He tries to do what's best for him and Annie and sometimes that might mean breaking a few rules. Annie and Jake have great chemistry and I couldn't wait to see what would happen to them.
Daring the Bad Boy is a sweet love story. I really liked the setting. Monica Murphy's vivid descriptions of the summer camp make it come to life very well. I could easily picture the lake, the beautiful waterfall, the stunning mountains and the cozy cabins. It's the perfect place for a cute romantic story, which is exactly what Monica Murphy delivers. There's more than just cheerfulness though. Both Annie and Jake have been through a lot and she writes about it in a sympathetic way. It gives their characters extra depth and I liked that about them. Their past experiences are being told bit by bit and that made me curious. I'm a big fan of summer camp stories and this is definitely a good one. Daring the Bad Boy is a wonderful summer romance.
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