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text 2017-04-21 18:05
Zero to Sixty by Marie Harte 99 cents
Zero to Sixty (Body Shop Bad Boys) - Marie Harte

 

After her last disaster of a relationship, Ivy Stephens is content being single. She has her job, her apartment-and the cute little puppy she's seen hanging around. When he escapes, she finds her search efforts aided by a big, burly, devastatingly handsome man. One who claims a prior claim on her dog.

 

Sam Hamilton is at loose ends since his best friend fell in love. He finds a sense of purpose in rescuing strays. The puppy who's stolen his heart just happens to run into blond, beautiful Ivy. And Sam can't help hoping she'll take in one more stray-him-for good.

 

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review 2017-03-01 12:14
Great Story and Characters
Zero to Sixty (Body Shop Bad Boys) - Marie Harte

Sam was at Webster’s garage and all kinds of cars had come in today and he had been working all morning into early evening. Then Sam  had gotten Tyrant  an old cat of Willie’s from under a car and got scratched before getting Tyrant back to Willie as she would take care of where Tyrant hurt his ear. Sam only cared that Willie helped the animals that were strays and made life interesting as she definitely a character. Foley was Sam’s best friend but now Foley had Cyn who he loved even though she did include Sam in their life.  Foley’s mom considered Sam her son also and loved him as Sam loved her as she had practically raised Sam as her biological mother only put Sam down and told him he was unlovable and a loser and no good for anything. But she always called Sam every so often and as long as he did what she wanted she left Sam alone for months at a time. Foley and his mother had stood up to Sam’s biological mother so she was afraid of them and didn’t try to mess with them. Now Foley’s mother was remarrying and she was totally psychotic with her wedding plans. Sam was a little lonely now that Foley was with Cyn a lot. Sam had helped in a dogfight and had taken the pit bull to Willie to take care of as Willie loved taking care of animals and Sam found he liked helping animals. Sam was a very big man and had tattoos and looked scary. Every since the pit bull Sam and Willie worked together helping strays in the city. Ivy  co owned a massage clinic with Shelby who was the original owner of the clinic. Ivy was a licensed massage therapist Sam asked her if she had seen a  puppy and described Scruffy which Willie and he called the puppy. Ivy told Sam she had taken him in but then he got away and she was going looking for him Sam went with her.Ivy had not been on a date with anyone in over a year and when she and Sam both went to pet Cookie as Ivy called him she instantly felt an attraction to Sam. Ivy wasn’t looking for a man she didn’t want to be hurt again. Sam wanted Ivy to meet him for a beer and to talk about Cookie.Sam usually noticed a girl’s chest and butt but with Ivy it was her beautiful eyes as well as a beautiful  smile. Ivy seems to have implanted herself in Sam’s brain. Sam has lost his taste for  easy sex that didn’t mean anything Sam took Cookie until Ivy got the okay from her landlord to have the dog. Then Sam and Ivy went to get Cookie who was at Willie’s.Sam also gave Ivy a ride home as her car needed to be repaired. Sam had offered to check the clutch on her car for her. Sam kissed Ivy and thought he had gone to far and quickly left Ivy’s home and ivy felt like she had jumped Sam and scared him away. But everything got ironed out between Sam and Ivy. Sam and Ivy were actually going on a date. The physical chemistry was so off the wall for both of them. Ivy wondered what it would be like to be in a relationship with Sam. Ivy wasn’t a casual kind of girl when she fell for a guy she fell hard.

I absolutely loved this story, I didn’t want to put it down the plot was great. I loved how we seen Sam turn into a man who smiled and found some happiness. I hated his mother it wasn’t Sam’s fault for what happened and she had no one to help her . Sam tried to earn her love but between the drugs and her mental issues he just couldn’t reach her. I loved that Ivy wouldn’t give up on Sam and she stood up to his mother for them. Such a beautiful story to see the change in Sam once he found Ivy. A great read I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and  I highly recommend.

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review 2016-09-23 13:58
Roadside Assistance
Roadside Assistance (Body Shop Bad Boys Book 2) - Marie Harte

I'm not sure how I feel about this.  I read through it quickly, so it kept my interest.  I liked Cyn and Foley.  I liked the banter between them.  I liked Foley's persistence and dedication.  I liked that Cyn had body issues and while she dwelled on it so much it became tiring in a way, that is the kind of thing that never really goes away, so it seemed real.  I didn't like that their relationship happened SO quickly.  I didn't like that Foley seemed to withhold a good bit of information about his past.  And I was so sick of hearing about how Cyn was gorgeous and how every guy wanted to bang her.  I guess it's good she had that going for her or she'd never get back her sense of self worth after she let her mother ruin her self image.  :-  Also, I haven't read any of the books in any of the related series, so the end (last chapter, I think), when all the various families started to be mentioned in such a rush, I started to lose interest, rather than wanting to go buy those books and read about those characters, too.

 

I will probably read Sam's story when it's available.  He seems like he will love hard.

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review 2016-09-06 23:02
Roadside Assistance (Body Shop Bad Boys #2) by Marie Harte
Roadside Assistance (Body Shop Bad Boys) - Marie Harte

Foley Sanders figured he'll always be content with a life of cars and casual hookups. Until a run-in with Cyn, a statuesque firecracker with a hate-on for men, leaves him bewitched and intrigued-much to her annoyance.

Maybe Cynthia Nichols was a little hard on Foley, that muscular, tattooed, super-hot mechanic next door. But she's tired of feeling defensive about her size and has sworn off men. She's got a new job, new life, perfect plan. Foley has trouble written all over him-no way is she going to fall for his charms.

Foley might look like a bad idea, but underneath, he's all gentleman. Too bad Cyn's not buying it. What's a bad boy to do when the goddess of his dreams won't give him the time of day?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I judged this book by the cover. Who seriously wouldn't? Yummy.

The cast was interesting, although I felt all the pre-history angst was a little much, a simple mention would have sufficed but anyways this creates a hiccup in Cynthia's self confidence which hangs over a lot of the book. Foley and Cynthia are an opposites attract kind of couple she's a more "regular" chick while he's one of those out of her league types from what she thinks.

There's a little something sort of under the current of their relationship that doesn't quite feel real to me. They both have their issues and personal baggage but I liked that they had this attraction because why shouldn't a not so skinny girl be able to hook up with someone much more attractive than she feels she is?

The only thing I felt could have used more development was the emotional aspect of their relationship because it felt as if they were both so occupied by their own issues that they weren't completely "open" for a relationship. However I still enjoyed Roadside Assistance and I still enjoyed both Foley and Cynthia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review from Sourcebooks Casablanca

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2016-07-28 14:30
Roadside Assistance (Body Shop Bad Boys #2)
Roadside Assistance (Body Shop Bad Boys) - Marie Harte

DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!

I loved this book! As always, it was good to see the McCauley/Webster's crew in action, but this book dealt with a couple of deeper issues: emotional abuse at the hands of a parent as well as body image issues.

Foley was an unlikely hero, and yet I couldn't imagine anyone else for Cyn! I loved his heart of gold and how he was so certain of what he wanted in Cynthia. It was very clear that he treasured her! I liked how protective he was of his mother and unapologetic nature. I thought he was very accepting of himself and didn't care what the rest of society thought because he knew his worth.

Cyn was a different story. She reminded me so much of myself, it was eerie! All of her insecurities about her size and her self-doubt really resonated with me, and yet, in spite of it all she was surprisingly honest and successful! I loved how she started to really look at things after the confrontation with Foley and how that spurred her to seek help working through her issues. I literally cheered when she finally confronted her abuser!

The end of this book serves as a spring board for another spin off series from the McCauley Brothers, but it was very subtly done and well woven into the story. It made logical sense to have these spin off characters together!

All things considered, this was an amazing book, one that I highly recommend and would definitely purchase for myself! I can't wait for the next book in the series as well as the new spin off series!

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