by Lori Foster, Janelle Denison, Shannon McKenna

November 2002
ISBN: 0-7582-0417-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Brava
Trade Paperback

What do you get when you combine three talented authors, some smart, savvy women, and a trio of outrageously sexy men? I Brake for Bad Boys is the sequel to Brava’s popular anthology I Love Bad Boys and it more than measures up to the original book.

Lori Foster starts things off in “Drive Me Wild” with a visit to one of her favorite settings, the Wild Honey adult novelty shop. It is Erica Lee’s turn to choose a man for the night, following in the footsteps of her two friends. Her fantasy - having a sex slave at her beck and call. That is just the opening Ian Conrad has been waiting for. He isn’t exactly the submissive type though, and Erica has plenty of challenges ahead. His goal is even more difficult, proving to Erica that he’s the right man to star in all her fantasies. This story is tightly written with excellent character development and love scenes that will steam up your reading glasses!

Janelle Denison addresses a common theme, co-worker romance, in “Something Wilde.” Jill Richardson is serious about her consulting business, and has been burned before in a relationship with an associate. She is attracted to Eric Wilde but firm in her refusals to see him in a social setting. Eric is as creative as he is handsome and provides an alternative Jill can’t turn down. Working side by side during the day - and exploring their deepest fantasies after hours, the lovers soon find out that passion can lead to real love.

In “Touch Me” Shannon McKenna explores the darker side of attraction. Tess Langley has escaped the confines of her family’s expectations and become a massage therapist. She has almost reached her goal of self-employment when she is offered a special commission -to provide her services to the guests at a house party. The salary she would receive would allow her to open her own shop, but there is one BIG problem. The host, Jonah Markham, is the one client that she can’t get out of her thoughts, even when he is not around. Add to that his persistence in asking her out, and she is nervous about what the weekend has in store. This story has a few scenes that bothered me as I read them, and after reading them a second time, I am still not certain that I agree with how the author handled the intense attraction of two people who have a lot of baggage between them.

Overall, I Brake for Bad Boys is well worth the purchase price, and I would recommend it.

Reviewed in January 2003 by Paula.