Saturday, January 6, 2018

Collision Course by Marie Harte

He's always had a way with the ladies
She won't give him the time of day
Sparks fly when two hearts in motion collide.

Florist Joey Reeves is working overtime to stay away from Lou Cortez, the ace mechanic with a reputation for irresistible charm. She's a single mom with enough on her plate—the last thing she needs is entanglement with the hottest guy in town...

"Well, hello there."

Joey glanced up and froze. The man who'd been haunting her sleep looked even better in the hard light of day.
"H-hello." She coughed. The guys who worked at Webster's Garage all looked larger than life, covered in tattoos, muscles, and that indefinable sense of danger they wore like a second skin. But this guy, the tall, Latin lover with dark-brown eyes and lips made for kissing, who had snared her.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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M/F Romance
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I have not read any of the previous books in this series, but never felt that I was lost on who the characters were.

There are a lot of characters in this book. I really liked how they helped move the story along without overpowering Lou and Joey's story.

Joey has been trying to atone to her parents for several years. She knows that she's been a disappointment, but she can't regret her decision. She loves her son and knows what's best for him. While she wants to do more with her life, she also wants to be practical and not expose her son to too much or too many people. When she finally lets herself feel for someone else, it's scary and lovely all wrapped into a yummy package known as Lou.

Lou has had his eye on Joey for a while. However, she was great at ducking him. He's surrounded by women in his life with all of his siblings, aunts, mom, and grandma. He knows how women work and knows what makes them feel special, and he just wants Joey to smile. He is also somewhat shy about his own upbringing, as his mom didn't make the best choices.

When love is on the line, can Joey and Lou stick it out? Or will they let their family dictate their choices? I enjoyed their story a lot but felt that there was a lot of Joey's story that was left unresolved – especially with her parents. It was just glossed over. However, this was enjoyable, and Lou's family was laugh worthy almost every time.

This is the fourth book in the series, and is a really good addition to it. I found it necessary to disappear throughout the day to get it finished, and will be super tired in the morning – but wow it was worth it! (It took my brain an age to get used to Lou being male and Joey female, which made for some amusing mistakes as I was reading.)

Lou is a stand-up guy who has never felt the need to settle down, but Joey has somehow caught his attention and he cannot shake her from his mind. As they slowly get to know each other, Joey has to decide just how much she can trust him. At times I felt that it was even slower than necessary, but I loved the story, from Lou's crazy family, to Brandon and his amazing manners and love of soccer.

It was a very satisfying read, and I loved catching up with previous couples we have gotten to know. I think though, that Lou and Joey are my favourites so far.

I just wasn't a huge fan of the pace of this book. It had a great start that got me into the book but by about the fifth chapter I was skimming and waiting for some action other than the two main characters having sex.

Joey is a single mom who has parents who won't let her forget she got pregnant at 15 and "ruined her life." Lou is an artist/mechanic who pretty much raised his many younger sisters and is adamant about never having children. Lou's been attracted to Joey since she was working with Del (from the previous book) on flowers for Del and Mike’s wedding. He's relentless in pursuing her and when Joey does finally relent, she doesn't mention her 9-year-old son. Things progress quickly between Joey and Lou without there ever being a mention of Brandon, her son, until things have gone past a comfortable point of filling Lou in. Plus, Brandon's father is coming back into the picture, so things start getting confusing for everyone pretty quickly.

I will say the "sexy" scenes were hot, the author did a fantastic job, I just wish there would have been more of the rest of the storyline. Honestly, the way that most of the characters are described it was almost depressing. Lou's mom is made out to be a whore, Joey’s parents are nasty people who put their daughter down and treat her like she owes them the world, and Felix, Joey’s baby-daddy, is described as this horrible person from the beginning. When Felix shows up wanting to get to know his son, Joey is horrible to him. As I write this review I realize my biggest issue with this book is probably that I didn't like Joey, the heroine, at all. She lies to Lou, doesn't have a backbone with her parents until she comes into money, and is horrible to Felix when he tries to make amends. Hopefully the next book in this series will be better.

Also Available in the Body Shop Bad Boys Series

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Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our Zero to Sixty post.

Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit Marie's website and fall in love.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Collision Course (Body Shop Bad Boys #4) by Marie Harte to read and review.

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