Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door
Author: Gwen Hayes
Date of Publication: January 4, 2014
Online virile.com dating columnist Dane Martin has no plans to give up his reign as bachelor extraordinaire. He has a reputation to uphold, especially with the upcoming release of his book Coming on Strong.
Holly Winters, everyone’s favorite girl next door, thanks to her blog of the same name, gives advice, but she doesn’t always take it. When she meets Dane Martin, every fiber of her being warns her to turn tail and run. Instead, she risks her future as an authority on relationships, jeopardizing her upcoming self-help book for women struggling to find commitment among the Virile sycophants.
Has the Girl Next Door tamed the most Virile man alive, or is she just another notch on the bedpost?
How is it Entangled keeps getting all the good stuff? I can think off maybe 3 or 4 books ever from Entangled that I’ve not liked. Mr. Virile is definitely not one of them. This novella is fantastic, with humor and real-life sprinkled all together.
I adored Girl Next Door Holly, who respects herself (and sex in general) enough that as one of her standing rules, she doesn’t have sex until at least the 7th date, and she promotes that rule (and offers tons of dating advice) on her Girl Next Door blog. And, as she points out to Dane, there’s no guarantee of sex on date 7…it’s just a general guideline. She’s not carrying around a lot of guilty/self-loathing baggage, which is refreshing. She didn’t have a traumatic childhood or anything. Very nice indeed.
Dane – ahhh, Dane. Definitely a rake in need of some adjustment. Don’t get me wrong, he’s certain he’s right about getting sex and hitting on women and has a great blog to prove it (along with a being released soon book, hence his push to keep up his Mr. Virile label). He’s got a reason for the way he is, and I adored how Ms. Hayes let Dane mature over the course of the novella, including facing down his past issue.
These two are brought together by their scheming agents, which are themselves a bit of an interesting story (hopefully we’ll get to see a novel/novella with the agents as the hero/heroine), as part of a bet. The two decide to go with it for good publicity. Dane of course wants Holly in bed (growing more attracted to her than his initial meh, okay reaction to her physically), and Holly thinks Dane’s hot but too aware of it and is the antithesis of what she preaches on her blog.
The push and play of these two (not to mention the SIZZLING hot tension pre-sex and uber-yummy actual-sex) is fun to watch and I was cheering for them all the way. Definitely worth the read and at 67 pages, not a massive time investment. Absolute 5-star, give-me-more, wonderful novella.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.