Title: Roadside Assistance
Series: Body Shop Bad Boys #2
Author: Marie Harte
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4 stars
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?
Titles in this series include: Test Drive, Roadside Assistance, Zero to Sixty
Read on for my thoughts on Roadside Assistance. No true spoilers, promise.
Body shaming has been in the news lately. Of course, that action has been around for centuries, yet with social media it’s much easier to rear it’s ugly head as one prominent case is currently showing us. Roadside Assistance addresses this issue in a positive feedback way as the hero and heroine both deal with the consequences of her being body shamed by her mother for most of her life. It’s sad when the one unconditional love that we should be able to depend upon, that of a parent – fails us so badly.
Cyn is a strong woman who owns a coffee shop next to the shop where Foley works his magic on cars. He’s definitely hot and street smart – yet underneath the tats and grease is the heart of a true gentleman – a gentleman with his own unique twists on that state of mind. The term “gentleman” doesn’t depend on money or position – it’s all abut attitude and respect.
Between her mother’s constant nagging and just coming out of a bad relationship where the man who was supposed to love her was even worse, if that’s possible than her mother was about her weight, Cyn has had it with men. She’s going on a no man needed sabbatical. There’s nothing wrong with celibacy, and right now that fits the bill perfectly.
Foley wasn’t looking for that forever after relationship. But when the perfect woman for him gives him a good piece of her mind, he’s hooked. While he doesn’t understand why she puts herself down or doubts that he’d be attracted to her, Foley isn’t one to stand back and let the best thing that’s happened to him just walk away. They’ve got issues to get through but Cyn is the woman for Foley – and he’s going to enjoy convincing her of that fact.
Roadside Assistance is such a fun, touching and realistic romance. It’s unfortunate that there are people in our world who judge a person by the outer package they come wrapped in… and often never find the amazing person that is contained within that outer shell. Tall, short – skinny, curvy – it is the person that matters, and wrapped up in this delightful romance that message comes across loud and clear. And I truly hope that the people who need to hear it will happen to read this story.
If you’re looking for a feisty heroine, a hot hero and a really good story, then Roadside Assistance should be on your reading radar. I enjoyed my time with Cyn and Foley greatly. Their banter is lively and funny, the sexy times sizzling and the emotional factor will bring you to tears. I had fun, and that’s why I read. You, too? Then check out this second story in the Body Shop Bad Boys series and be captivated.
*I received an e-ARC of Roadside Assistance from the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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