by Marie Harte
Series: Body Shop Bad Boys #2
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Underneath the axle grease and tats-He's a gentleman
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?
Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte is one of those books that captured my heart. The second book in the Body Shop Bad Boys series, Harte touched on body issues with a heroine I flat-out adored. Foley our hero is far from polished, and speaks his mind, but the boy is all heart. I laughed, swooned and cried making Roadside Assistance a favorite for 2016.
Coffee Dates with Roadside Assistance
- First Date: Foley Sanders is in charge of Webster’s Garage while the boss is away, and when a tall redheaded firecracker comes in and gives him the what for about the shops cars you just know we are going to have some fun. Cynthia Nicolas is single, successful, and confident. That is until she is around her mother. Then she feels like an overweight eleven year old who can do no right. She has some self-esteem issues that only festered after a bitter breakup. At the moment has sworn off men. Enter Foley, tall, dark, tattooed, and muscled the man towers over her. He unnerves her. She shoots him down for a date, but Foley cannot stop thinking about her and tries another angle….
- Second date: Foley is clever, that is until he puts his foot in his mouth. I loved the banter between these two and the chemistry despite her denial is off the charts. When these two tango sparks fly. Harte delivered deliciously naughty heat and wrapped it in tenderness. I loved how she addressed the problem of “body shaming” a form of abuse that happens more often than folks realize. This struck a chord with me. I know far too people who equate happiness with your current dress size. Seeing what Cynthia deals with ripped my heart out. This book has such a strong message and sheds wonderful light on this issue. Secondary characters from family members to the guys at the shop added teasing, advise and some meddling.
- Third date: All of the Feels!! Things get bumpy when friends interfere and fears get in the way. Despite the passion and growing feelings, the couple experiences some setbacks. Harte nailed the issues, and Foley may not be polished, but he gets Cynthia. Foley is what I would call sensitive. He is acutely aware and sees the whole picture. How he handled things made me melt. Yeah, I swooned for the big lug. New book boyfriend! Secondary stories, updates from characters, and gathering with friends and family added depth. Add in humorous situations and heartwarming talks that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. At times Harte had me wiping a tear and reaching for truffles. I could not set this story down and hugged my kindle when the story ended.
Roadside Assistance was brilliant from its characters to the story Harte shared. I very rarely give out five stars to romance books but this was a real gem!
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Well I went straight to Amazon and put it on my wish list since, I have been buying too many books lately. Always! Anyway, 5 cups huh? You have me intrigued but I do have a question-Do you have to read the first book to enjoy this one? Thanks!
Nope, this will hold up on its own Lorna 🙂
Foley sounds like a guy you want eating crackers in your bed! Love the review! Darn it, another book to add to my TBR pile.
I could handle that 🙂
You’re the second person I see that loved this book. I’m happy to say that my library has both books in the series so I’ve added them to my wish list.
I just loved every dang thing about it 🙂
Between the rating (I rarely give five stars, too) and the review, I get I should give this book a go! It probably wouldn’t hurt to grab the first instalment as well, huh? 😉
I enjoyed book one, and loved her previous series..so yeah cannot hurt. This one just hit me 🙂
Damn. I set the first book aside because it was during the time I needed a romance break. I need to get back to it and then this one. I love the other series.
Catch up. I am curious to see whether you love it or hate it.
i wouldn’t mind a road side assist like him =D
Girl could break her car for an assist 🙂
The Bibliophile Babe
I wouldn’t mind some assistance from him. :p Going to add this to the TBR!
What a fun challenge for Foley and he sounds like a great guy. Glad he sticks with her even though she pushes him away. The bodyshaming and self-esteem elements sound like it gives the book some added depth.
Loved your review and adding this one to the list.
She really nailed the body slamming.
Yes please! I’m not sure what sounds better – the characters or the story. I definitely need to add this one to my TBR. And actually read the couple of Marie Hartes that have been sitting on my shelf for YEARS. One day right?!
LOL…I can certainly relate!
A fiver? Whaaaat 😀
LOL. I have had 2 five cuppers in romance over the past 3 months. I share another next week 🙂
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Wow, 5 stars…must be a great read….sounds like it has all the right components to make up a great read!
It just really worked for me and gave me that book high 🙂
5 coffee cups! Goes on the “TBR” list for sure!! Thanks for the post!!!
Yes, this made me smile
New book boyfriend?! I haven’t had one in a while! I love her other series, she does write swoony romances, will be checking this out for sure!
LOL, I am a book boyfriend whore.
Quinn's Book Nook
I SOOOO need to read this! It looks amazing! I think I might fall a bit in love with Foley.
I hope you love it Quinn
Yayyy! 5 coffees (so much better than stars) and it sounds like an amazing read! Love that it made your favorites list! This is going on my list!
I didn’t think this would be my cuppa but your review sold me. The issues are relevant and I like that YOU like how they were handled.
Glad I made you curious 🙂
Dammit!! I missed this awesome one!! I lurve this message in stories!!! ARGHHHH!! Running to Amazon to add to my wishlist (need me tons of $$$$$). I see the first book is still on Edelweiss so I nabbed that one 😀 Awesome review!!!
I can’t wait, I can’t wait! I love that Harte took on body shaming and did it with aplomb. I love the sound of Foley’s sensitivity and am eager to see how he handles Cynthia. 😉 This sounds like it’s a lot of fun despite dealing with a serious subject, Kim. Seriously, I can’t wait to read it! 🙂
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did Brandee.
Ok you’ve really peaked my interest Kim, love the review and the title, the premise. Oh well yes you’ve totally talked me into yet another book! #Bookpusherextrardinaire 🙂
This one just got me 🙂
Oh this sounds like a book that I would like. Thanks for the great review.
Thanks Mary, I had such fun reading it.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Ohh, I obviously need to read this right now! It’s my kind of romance!
This one sounds great! I’ve been reading so many wonderful reviews for this series that I’m kicking myself for having passed on it.
If this was a five star read for you the I know it has to be wonderful Kim! Hope you had a nice weekend!
Thanks Ali, I really loved it 🙂