Test DriveSeries: Body Shop Bad Boys #1
by Marie Harte
Published by Sourcebooks, Casablanca on June 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
GET TO KNOW THE BODY SHOP BAD BOYS Johnny, Foley, Sam, and Lou are the rough and tumble mechanics of Webster's Garage. These reformed bad boys are used to living fast, but it's the women in their lives who take them from zero to sixty in a heartbeat.
Johnny Devlin's a charmer with a checkered past. He has had his eye on scorching-hot bartender Lara Valley for ages, but she's rejected him more than once. That doesn't mean he won't come to her aid when some dirtbag mauls her. When she asks him on a date as a no-strings-attached thank you, he can't say no. And then he's saying nothing but hell, yes.
I’m going to go mental on y’all again. Yes, I will review this book but a life lesson is order first.
I’m old. So I can preach to you that there are two schools of thought when it comes to finding the perfect person to hook your life to. The first one is that you’re lucky enough to meet and completely mesh with your soul mate early in life and make awesome little babies that leave the nest in time for you and your loved one to be mobile throughout all of your retirement and thoroughly enjoy those grandbabies coming your way. The second school of thought, and this ended up being MY PATH, is that you have to try on a TON of guys (not literally folks, I’m not that kind of girl) before you find one that will put up with your crap and that you can put up with their crap…. for as long as you both shall live. And if you’re REALLY lucky, like I am, he’ll be able to retire at 57 and you will be mobile through retirement.
My point to all this… I had to test drive a lot of guys to find my perfect fit. And isn’t that typically what dating is, a test drive to see if you want to buy the make and model? Do you see where I’m going with this?
Let me explain further…
Test Drive, the first book in Marie Harte’s Body Shop Bad Boys series is THE classic story of two people dating and all the jitters, butterflies, wondering, and miscommunication that comes along with it. Will he call? Will he wait 3 days? Is he thinking about me? It’s all there! And I loved living it right there with Johnny and Lara.
Now, let me warn you. I read the eARC. I’m not sure if the finished copy suffered this fate but being the first book in the series, there was a huge info dump in the beginning of the book. It made the first few chapters looong and drawn out. Ms. Harte, of course, was establishing her world and characters. It was just a lot to take in at first. And I wanted the story….. NOW!
But once I got the hang of skimming the world building fluff (is that bad? Hmmm… maybe?) I found that I completely related to this story but loved that slant the two characters gave to it.
You have one character with very little self worth due to feeling un-loved because most parental figures in their life left them. Then you have another character so busy with their life, or so they think, they don’t see the forest for the trees. When they do, what will they do? Take a chance on love and possibly get hurt? Or will they slap and hit some sense into the other person because the other person is being stupid??? Oh what fun it was to watch these two fight it out to make their relationship work and get over themselves.
I liked both Lara and Johnny as the lead love interests. Lara for her no-nonsense attitude. Johnny for his “mother-hen” tendencies tossed in with a dirty sense of humor. How does he pull that off? Ms. Harte did it very well, thank you.
This was my first book by Ms. Harte. I almost think I enjoyed the teaser to the next book in the series, Roadside Assistance, that was written into the end of this book more than THIS book. And that’s saying a lot. But the trope for the next book is a personal fave of mine. Its what had me picking up this first book. Now, time to go through the couches and see if that hubs of mine dropped any coins so I can buy book two…. 🙂