I’ve always passed by Harte’s Body Shop Bad Boys at my local store and loved another of her series so when the opportunity came to review, I jumped on it! Since this is the fourth book in the series I was a little lost in the beginning. There were SO MANY character names and backstories that were referenced that I got confused on who I was reading about.
Despite jumping in to the series late, I liked the story between Lou and Joey. The quintessential ladies man trying to win over the sweet and quiet flower shop girl is romance ease. I loved that Lou had to continually work to win over Joey and earn her trust slowly. That was all thrown out the window when they suddenly slept together (in her workplace!), It was so out of character for Joey who had spent years following rules and working hard for her new job. I couldn’t wrap my head around it and it made me sort of not trust her character for a bit.
That being said, Lou continued to win me over every step of the way until the very end. He does everything he can to earn Joey’s trust even as far as taking care of her and her son when she becomes sick with the flu. In the end Lou fears he’s not good enough for Joey and it takes his sassy sisters and Joey herself to get him back in to the game and fighting for each other. A fun read of how one woman came out of her shell and was able to lock down the ladies man who feared love!
Ace mechanic Lou Cortez has always had a way with the ladies, so he can’t understand why lovely florist Josephine “Joey” Reeves won’t give him the time of day.
Joey knows all about mistakes. After getting pregnant at fifteen, she’s spent the past nine years building a life for her and her son. This sexy mechanic is one misstep she’s not going to make. But the more time she spends with Lou, the hotter things get. Soon Joey’s left with a choice: keep things casual, or reveal all to Lou and hope he accepts her–and her son–for who they are.
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Award-winning author Marie Harte has been writing professionally since 2005. She’s both a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author and has written over 100 books and counting. Marie writes books with heat, humor, and character.
She writes independently and for several publishers, to include Sourcebooks and Samhain. Though currently writing contemporary romance, she also writes paranormal and romantic suspense.
Before turning to writing full-time, she earned a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and spent several years in the United States Marine Corps as a communications officer.
Marie currently lives in Central Oregon with her family. There’s nothing she likes more than finding a good book to read and a great cup of coffee to drink.