After her last relationship bombed, Ivy Stephens is doing her best to put her life back together. She’s enjoying her job, her apartment-and the cute little puppy she’s seen hanging around. When she goes looking for him, she finds the stray in the arms of a big, burly, devastatingly handsome man.
Sam Hamilton is lonelier than he’s ever been after his best friend’s engagement. To give himself a sense of purpose, he takes in a puppy that keeps showing up around the garage where he works. The puppy has another suitor though-one who happens to be blond and beautiful.
Body Shop Bad Boys is a series spin-off from The McCauley Brothers series
Title: Zero to Sixty
Series: Body Shop Bad Boys #3
Author: Marie Harte
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4 stars
If there is anything that’s going to draw me into a story it’s gotta be a bad boy and a lost puppy. How can you even think you can resist either of those? Add to that a bad boy who is hurting, has a very emotional soft core and a lady to make his life mean something once again. Okay, you’ve got me.
If you’ve followed the Body Shop Bad Boys series, then you’ve run into Sam before. On the outside he’s a bit gruff, a voice close to a growl and issues that he keeps close inside. When his best friend who is probably as close to a brother you can get to without matching DNA finds his true love and moves on to another stage of his life, Sam is left hanging in the wind. Not that he begrudges Foley and Cyn their happiness, but life is going to change and truth be told, he’s not too happy about those changes. There are reasons why Sam acted as he did, and Zero to Sixty is abut to give us some of those answers – painful though they may be.
Sam’s pitiful excuse for a mother abused him in so many ways during his childhood. Foley and his mom made Sam a part of their family by extension and helped him through some of the roughest moments of his young life. There is nothing he would not do for his chosen family. Yet, his “brother” is wrapped up in the love of his life, starting a new chapter where Sam doesn’t play a major part any more. He’s feeling abandoned, a bit afraid if truth be told and frustrated at himself for feeling this way. Around this time a stray puppy has begun to show up around the garage and Sam’s hidden, tender heart knows someone who’s been abandoned… so he begins to care for the puppy. He never expected that puppy to lead him straight to the special lady who could heal all his hidden wounds.
Zero to Sixty is an emotional story and an emotionally satisfying story. Watching Sam and Ivy slowly come to love each other is beautiful to behold. Sam will not move their relationship forward without Ivy’s direct consent. She is absolutely, completely in control of the pace of their relationship as well as when or if they go beyond to the next stage. Ivy is everything Sam has ever longed for. He finally gets what captured Foley, and maybe understands a bit more of why their lives had to change enough to let Cyn into their circle – because he needs Ivy in that circle of family as well.
This is definitely a slow burner, a courting romance of the modern day that you will enjoy, laugh with, hold back some anger, and maybe feel a tear slip out for their past. It’s emotional, it’s a journey to what can be when two people get to know each other and like what they find. I enjoyed Sam and Ivy’s romance very much. And it’s always fun to run into past couples and characters once again. If you enjoy Romance in any form, then I believe this is a story that you’ll want to discover for yourself. While Zero to Sixty could stand alone, I believe you’ll enjoy it even more if you also pick up the previous books in this series. Definitely recommend this one for any Romance reader.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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