Instalovers, this one is for you! The title makes complete sense, because this couple breaks the speed limit on how fast a relationship can progress. Our loving and protective hero is smitten at first sight, and he will stop at nothing to show his girl all of the love that she’s been missing in her life. That means the relationship moves at lightning speed and I sometimes had whiplash, but I really enjoyed how low-drama that actual relationship felt. Our hero was ALL IN from the start, and it was immensely refreshing to read about a genuinely good, non-manhoe hero who doesn’t blink an eye when he discovers the girl he’s falling for is a single mom with some drama in her past. The scenes with Gabby’s little boy were ADORABLE, pairing perfectly with the plentiful steamy scenes. It’s a heartfelt, sexy read that spends most its time building and growing the relationship after they’ve already fallen from the start.
The story follows Stefano, a thirty-something mechanic whose overbearing Italian mother would love to see him married and giving her grandbabies. He’s not exactly opposed to the idea either, but the right girl hasn’t come into his life… until now. It only takes moments in Gabby’s presence for Stefano to become infatuated, and the two share a connection that just feels RIGHT. But Gabby hasn’t had the best of luck with guys in the past, so she’s skeptical that Stefano is the kind of guy he seems to be on the surface. The tattooed, Italian mechanic with the flirty lines should intimidate her, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. As the two build on their initial chemistry, they handle all of the obstacles in their path.
I absolutely LOVED Revved to the Maxx, so I was excited to get back into this world… even if the atrocious covers sometimes make me embarrassed to recommend the series. Cover issues aside, this was a very solid addition to the series, and also easy to read as a standalone if you haven’t read Revved. The vibe is low angst, swoon-inducing, and definitely STEAMY. The chemistry is obvious, and I loved the playful feel. There’s a little bit of suspense to keep things interesting, but the overall book is lighthearted and almost wholesome, I suppose. Stefano is a protective, slightly overbearing guy with the biggest heart. I really liked him. Honestly, the only thing that keeps me from calling this a 5-star read is the pacing. They just got together SO FAST that it felt like I missed them falling in love… they were already there. I sometimes shook my head at the sheer speed at which their relationship accelerated – like, GIRL, are you really letting this strange man practically move in after a couple of days with your son around? Sometimes the decision-making was questionable, but they were clearly caught up in their swoons. It certainly made it a low drama, devourable read though, and Stefano was such a sweetheart. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this instalove romance.
Single, but unsettled, Stefano Borelli, spends his days creating masterpieces loved by his clients. Surrounded by family and friends, his loneliness still plagues him. Until she bursts into his life. A stubborn woman with too much baggage, too much to say, and a child in tow.
Far too much trouble.
Except, he likes her spark. The way she refuses to listen. How beautiful she is with her son. How right she feels in his arms.
The way she makes him feel whole.
Can he convince her to give love a second chance?
Author’s note: Do you love men to whisper sweet words in Italian? Be prepared to swoon for Stefano.
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Revved to the Maxx was one of my Top 20 of 2020 selections! The books can easily be read as standalones.
Maxx Reynolds needs help.
His shop, house, and life are all in a state of disarray.
In desperation, he turns to the internet to hire a new employee, thinking it will make his life easier .
What he expects is a fellow named Charly.
What he gets is a quirky, sassy, red-head named Charlynn who runs circles around him.
And she’s all woman.
He can’t stand her.
He can’t keep his hands off her either.
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New York Times/Wall Street Journal/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of thirty-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.
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