Series: Body Shop Bad Boys

TEST DRIVE by Marie Harte

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TEST DRIVE by Marie HarteTest Drive by Marie Harte
Series: Body Shop Bad Boys #1
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher


 

Test Drive is the first book in the Body Shop Bad Boys series which is a spin off from the McCauley Brothers series and while we meet some brand new characters some of the previous characters make some appearances throughout the story. I really like that you don’t have to read the previous books to get totally engrossed in the Body Shop Bad Boys series and oh are these boys bad yet they are so good.

 

In Test Drive we meet Johnny who works in the garage as a mechanic alongside three other totally hot guys who are all bad ass in their own way. While Johnny is known for his playboy ways if he met the right woman he would change, but for the last four years he only has his sights set on one woman and after four years of asking her on a date he hopes soon she will say yes.

 

Lara is putting herself through nursing school while she bartends at night. She isn’t only beautiful and talented but she is driven to make a better life for herself. Lara also doesn’t have much time to date, but if she did she would definitely want to try it with Johnny. When Lara agrees to one date the sparks are flying and Lara realizes she just might be in over her head.

 

Already I am in love with Johnny and the other guys in the garage. They are close and I really enjoyed the banter between them. At first they come off crude but the way they soften up around Lara goes to show they have a deeper side to them and I honestly can’t wait to read each of their stories.

 

Marie Harte did an excellent job at bringing Lara and Johnny together. They were both different and lead very different lives yet during their relationship it showed a growth not only between them as a couple but within themselves. Over the time Lara and Johnny date they begin to learn more about one another and they start to fall harder. At first the story started out a little on the slow side but once it started moving I couldn’t get enough of them.

 

Test Drive is hot, sweet and had me begging for more! Ms. Harte brought the heat with the love scenes and the romance took center stage on what was really a fantastic read. The process between Johnny and Lara wasn’t rushed and actually took time even though they had been running into each other for the past four years. Johnny has such great qualities I wanted to clone him for myself. Lara was strong and yet I loved the way she leaned on him when she needed him.

 

While there is some drama it’s not the over the top drama that usually has me rolling my eyes. Test Drive also had humor and heart that has me looking forward to reading the next book in the series and learning more about these bad boys and the women who win their hearts.

ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE by Marie Harte

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ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE by Marie HarteRoadside Assistance by Marie Harte
Series: Body Shop Bad Boys #2
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher
reviewedbydani

Every time I go into a Marie Harte book I know two things; one it’s going to be hot and steamy and two, the characters are going to be different each and every time. Roadside Assistance is the second installment in Harte’s new series, Body Shop Bad Boys and I have to say there were things that just stood out on this one.

 

Have you ever read a story were the heroine is almost completely perfect and put together not only in personality but also in the looks department? For me those books bother me because it’s simply just not real. We all have flaws in some shape or form (duh) but it’s refreshing when Harte writes her heroines because they aren’t perfect and that was the case in Roadside Assistance. Cyn is not the perfect size and she knows it but she is a little self-conscious about it.

 

Foley and Cyn meet when she comes into the body shop he works in to yell about the cars that are making business where she works a little difficult. Right away Foley is attracted to her fiery character and wants to know more about her, but Cyn is off men since her last relationship didn’t work out. Foley refuses to give up on the beautiful and sassy Cyn but there are deeper issues at work and if they both can deal with them they might just have the happily ever after they deserve.

 

I found Roadside Assistance to be a deeply refreshing read. Harte did a great job with not only the character descriptions but also covering the subject of emotional abuse. From the moment Cyn was introduced you could see that her self-confidence issues went deeper even though she acted like she was fine. I really loved how unsure she was with Foley even though she was confident in everything else. Foley was a dream boat and really liked Cyn the way she was. Sure he said things at times that made her a bit uncomfortable but he had good intentions and I think she really needed him in her life. While both of the main characters took center stage I enjoyed Cyn’s sister-in-law a lot. She was funny and was there for Cyn when she really needed her.

 

Guess what Harte fans? It looks like there will be another spin off series coming our way! There is an understory in the works in Roadside Assistance that has do with both the McCauley series and The Body Shop Bad Boys series. I, for one can’t wait! Harte’s writing just has a way of taking you out of your head and dropping you into someone else’s. While each story is always different it keeps the same loveable characters who keep reappearing which makes me want to start reading the very first book where it all began. Trust me you won’t want to miss a single book in this hot, new and exciting series that follows rough hard working mechanics who fall hard.

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