This is probably the lightest book I’ve read by this author – and I hope she sticks to this vibe in the future! It’s not what I would call a traditional “rom com” – there’s nothing overtly funny about the book and there’s still some weight to the story – but it doesn’t get bogged down by extended angst or unnecessary drama. It’s just a sexy, VERY steamy read, featuring a couple whose lives are turned upside down by an unexpected meeting. Our hero is closed off and intimidating, so it takes one vivacious heroine to open him up to love.
The story follows Griffin, a mechanic who is (mostly) happy with his life. He’s got a great group of friends, a job he loves, and while he does miss female companionship sometimes, he’s just fine with the occasional one night stand. When Blair comes crashing into his life, that all changes. She’s stranded in town while Griffin makes repairs on her car, and the sexy mechanic finds himself breaking all of his carefully-crafted rules with her. Attraction sizzles between them and it seems safe to give in because Blair’s only in town for a little while… but neither one anticipates the consequences.
I love a good opposites attract romance, and it works very well here. These two have completely different backgrounds, personalities, and goals for life, so their attraction seems like the kind that should burn out quickly. But there’s more to the story, and the author does a great job showcasing all of the ways these two work well together – especially in the bedroom. This is a very steamy book, and while those scenes were a little over the top for me, they also worked well given the “temporary” nature of their relationship. I maybe would’ve liked a little more focus on the emotional connection, but I enjoyed the book from start to finish and read it in one sitting. We also got to know some characters whose stories I’d love to read, so there’s great potential for more from the series. I received an ARC via Social Butterfly PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy romance.
“Gruff but funny mechanic burned by love? Check.
Guy who takes in orphaned kittens? Check.
Hot as can be when he reluctantly falls head-over-heels? Check.
My new book boyfriend? All the checks.
Drive Me Wild is your summer must-read!”
— Julia Kent, New York Times bestselling author
Drive Me Wild, an all-new flirty and heartwarming, opposites-attract romance by USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow is available now!
When Blair Beaufort literally crashes into Bellamy Creek wearing a ball gown and a tiara, I should have towed her car, said goodnight, and sent her packing.
I’m a mechanic, not a hotel manager. I’ve got enough on my plate trying to keep my shop from going under, my overbearing mother off my back, and my baseball team in contention for the league championship. I don’t have time for a former debutante with zero street smarts and a cash flow problem, even if she is crazy beautiful.
Problem is, she’s stranded in my small town, and I’m hiding a protective streak underneath my grumpy exterior that runs deep. So I offer her a place to stay and keep my hands to myself.
For exactly one night.
If only she weren’t so gorgeous. So funny. So eager to please. She’s a disaster behind the wheel, but she drives me wild without even trying–at work, at home, in the back of my truck . . . I can’t get enough of the way she makes me feel.
But I know better than to think it can last. She wants a fairy tale, and I’m no prince.
So when it comes time for her to leave, there’s nothing I can do but let her go.
No matter how much it hurts to say goodbye.
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Switching off the lights, I followed her out onto the sidewalk, locking the door behind us. “I need a quick shower and change of clothes. Want to come up with me?”
I was following her up the stairs to my apartment, looking at her ass and wondering if she had sexual rules and how long it would take me to break them, when I realized she was still talking.
Shit, had she just asked me a question?
At the top of the stairs, she turned around and faced me. “So? Are you going to?”
I stood close. Ridiculously close. So close I could smell her—vanilla and lemon—and she could probably smell me—sweat and motor oil.
“Am I going to what?” I asked, looking at her lips.
She licked them. “Listen to me.”
“Oh. Yeah. I am.” But at that moment, I was pretty sure I was going to do something else to her too.
Suddenly she stepped back. “Good,”she said, her cheeks flushed pink.
“On second thought, I think I’ll wait outside. I’m a little warm, and there’s a nice breeze.”
“Okay. I’ll be out in a few minutes.”
Nodding, she turned and descended the stairs so slowly, I wondered if she was dizzy. I watched her hand sliding along the wooden rail, thinking dirty thoughts.
On the landing, she pushed the door open and disappeared from view, but I still couldn’t breathe right.
What would she have done if I’d put my mouth on hers like I’d wanted to just now? Would she have kissed me back? Would she have welcomed my hands on her skin? Or would she have kneed me in the balls and told me to keep my filthy fingers to myself?
She wasn’t like any other girl I’d ever met, which was both the problem and the allure. I didn’t know how to read her.
But damn, I wanted her something fierce.
I took an ice cold shower, hoping it would help.
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like Schitt’s Creek, Homeland, and Fleabag. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.
Melanie is the author of the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.
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