Title: Roadside Assistance
Author: Marie Harte
Series: Body Shop Bad Boys #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 6th September
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?
Source: ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley
This is an enjoyable tale with a hint of opposites attract, a very rough and ready hero and a heroine with issues. I found it easy and enjoyable for the most part, if a little repetitive when it came to Cyn’s issues and the way she constantly contradicted her wants and needs inside her own head. There’s plenty of chemistry between her and Foley and their relationship is both hot and kind of sweet – when Foley’s not putting his foot in his mouth and Cyn’s not overreacting.
I really liked Foley. He’s earthy and dirty and foul-mouthed (and minded at times) and spends most of his time insulting those he cares about in a thoroughly manly way. He has tattoos and a history, loves his mother, has a best-friend who is more of a brother and falls hard for Cyn from the first moment they meet, even if she is kind of mean towards him. I loved how he loved everything about Cyn – her mind, her body and her mean-streak. He may be flirty and full of compliments, but he means every one and he’s never blind to her trickier aspects. Best of all, he never wants to change her, not even a tiny bit.
Cyn is a little trickier. She’s smart and feisty and isn’t afraid of standing up for herself (in most cases). She’ll happily go toe-to-toe with Foley on any issue and she won’t stand for any sexist nonsense. However, she has a whopper of a complex about her size and shape, thanks entirely to her mother. Because of this, she also has a bad dating history, which is what makes her so wary of Foley at first. I got all this and understood it, but it still irritated me when she constantly sets up invisible hoops for Foley to jump through in ways that mean he can never win.
I liked these two together, but the constant circling back to Cyn’s issues was a tiring after a while. Other things do happen in the book, and even some of the other characters get POV scenes, but really the main thing this book is about is Cyn and her battle with her self-esteem. It takes a long time for any progress to be made on this front, and that did stop me from enjoying this quite as much as I’d hoped.
Overall this is a good, solid romantic read. The characters are interesting, the romance is hot and there are plenty of fun moments. It might have been nice to have spent more time away from Cyn’s weight and shape, maybe exploring the things these two have in common beyond their obvious attraction, but on the whole it’s good. Especially if you like rough guys with hearts of gold.
Roadside Assistance is out September 6th.
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