5.16.2014 | Friday

Under the Hood

category: Book Reviews

Under the Hoodtitle: Under the Hood
author: Sally Clements
series: Under the Hood #1
published: 30 December 2013
genre(s): contemporary, romance
pages: 70
source: bought
format: eBook
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rating: four-stars | series rating: four-stars

the blurb

When sexy mechanic Alice Starr mistakenly believes attorney Mark Jameson needs her help, he discovers he likes being rescued for a change. Smitten by her confidence, he hides his expertise so he has an excuse to see her again.

Starting their new all-female garage, Under the Hood, is keeping Alice and her friends busy. She doesn't have time for a man. But with one kiss, she and Mark have advanced into water so deep she's in danger of drowning. So why hasn't he called?

Mark wants to tell Alice the truth so they can pursue a relationship. But he's got even bigger problems at his office when his bitter aunt threatens Alice’s livelihood. He needs a plan, fast, or else Under the Hood and his chances with Alice could both be ruined.

my review

Under the Hood is the first novella in the series of the same name.  The series revolves around the ladies of Under the Hood, a car repair shop that caters to women.  It is owned and staffed by three best friends… Alice, Betty, and Mel.  This novella focuses on Alice, a woman who has clearly been hurt been men in the past.  She has moved to this town to start over, swearing off men and relationships.

Instead of the man sweeping in to rescue the damsel in distress, Alice does the rescuing.  She “rescues” her neighbor Mark, who just happens to be a gorgeous lawyer in town.  Trust was something she clearly didn’t have with men and it showed.  I think that represented what a lot of us have felt at times in our lives.  Betrayal and hurt can lead to distrust that carries from the one who hurt us to any and all.  So, along with the flirting, there was a whole lot of angst.

But right along with the romance, which was fantastic, there was a great story.  Alice is someone that most of us can understand.  There is a subplot that involves all of the ladies of the garage, some twists and turns and angst with that, too.

Things to love…

  • The change-up of traditional gender roles.  I love that Alice and her friends are mechanics, running their own business for women, even holding classes to empower other women.

some quotastic goodness

Some things you do for others and some things just for yourself (Loc.27).

Being rescued is fun (Loc. 94).

It was a date. He knew it, she knew it. But somehow, that was okay (Loc. 220).

This is a quick, fun read and one with a fantastic premise!

About Sally Clements

Sally Clements writes fun, sexy and real contemporary romance, partnering hot heroes with heroines who know what they want, and go for it!
Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s published six more, and is a full-time author. Sally lives in the Irish countryside, and when she isn’t writing can usually be found in traffic, driving ‘Mum’s taxi’.
Always a voracious reader, she considers writing for a living the perfect job—the only downside is saying goodbye to her characters at book’s end!

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

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