Series: Axle Alley Vipers #2
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, New Adult, Romance
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Rusty West swore she was done with men. Instead, she channeled her passion into West Restoration, the car shop she runs with her sisters. But Rusty's aloof composure fades when the owner of the competition comes striding into her shop, over six feet of sexy, rough-edged confidence…hot enough to send Rusty's motor into overdrive.
Reid Parker worked his ass off to get what he wants—and what he wants is West Restoration and its crew. He never expected to find a shop of all-female mechanics…or the stunning redhead who ignites a lust that threatens his cool. But Reid plays carefully. He never, ever gets involved with a woman beyond one night.
And no matter how hot the sparks, Rusty will never compromise her business for a man…
I really liked this book, mostly because I love old cars, and I love people who don’t necessarily fit the mold that people expect from them. When Reid heads over to check out his car restorations new rival, he was so surprised to find that it was run by three women. Let’s face it, women aren’t generally known for being mechanics (although personally some of my favorite mechanics are women), but I thought that the way Reid reacted, the way he was impressed with the level of skill they had, how he took them serious, well it said a lot.
So part of what I really liked about this book is that Reid and Rusty (our hero and heroine) are in the same business, and competing for business. What really worked for me is that it wasn’t dirty, like they didn’t ever try to sabotage the other, and more than that Reid really was impressed with the quality of her work, and Rusty was impressed with how Reid had built his business. They had this respect for each other’s work that was kind of awesome. While I do love a romance where the two people are warring, I think this book works because they weren’t in a contentious work situation.
So Reid I really enjoyed. He is a really good businessman, he built his life for himself by himself, and better than that, he brings people into his business that need a second chance or have harder life stories, he really gives back. He’s also a really good son, he takes care of his mother, and protects her whenever he can. He comes from such a kind of sad story, that it’s so good to see the kind of guy he has turned into being, it made it so easy to root for him as the hero. I also really liked how patient he was with Rusty, when things happened he was way more understanding then I think he had to be, and he just in general wanted to make her happy, which I loved.
Rusty, well Rusty is a bit naive to the ways of relationships. In a lot of ways I think she was a little immature when the book starts, I don’t think it was a bad thing, she was just lacking life experience. She had basically been living in a self-imposed non-relationship lifestyle. She is really so clueless about how relationships should work, and you can tell she is tentative at every turn. She runs from Reid more times then I can count, but he is so patient with her and so willing to make her feel appreciated for being her and not just a pretty face, that she finally starts really letting him in. There was one moment when she (and her partners in crime) took one thing and blew it completely out of context and reacted in the worst way, it really was on the childish side, and I really wanted to shake her. But outside of that I liked reading about Rusty. I liked that she works hard, and that she is talented, but more then that I liked the evolution of her character from the beginning of the book to the end.
If you like books with a bad boy type, or maybe you just like fast cars, then this might be just the romance you are looking for. I really enjoyed reading this book, so I think you will too.
“You were pretty smashed when I picked you up. In a club full of fuckin’ horny guys just waiting to take their shot. You gotta know how stupid and careless that was?”
She opened her mouth to speak, but he shook his head. “I don’t want you doing that shit again, not unless I’m with you.”
She stiffened. “Stupid?” He said nothing, just held her gaze. Like hell. “First, I don’t take orders, from anyone. So if you think I’ll just roll over and do what you tell me, you’re going to be seriously disappointed. And second, my brother was with us. We were fine. I sure as hell don’t need your permission…”
“He had enough on his hands with his own woman, add in you and your sister…” He grunted. “Not sure how he would’ve handled all three of you if I hadn’t showed to take you home.” He stroked her jaw with his thumb, his gaze following the movement. “Don’t go getting all pissed. I’m just looking out for you.” He kept stroking her face, her neck, the sensation making her shiver. Suddenly staying angry at him seemed too much effort. “You tell him about me, Rusty?”
“Your brother, you told him we’re talking.”
Jesus. “Does it matter?”
“Yeah. He knew who I was and why I was there.” He gave her hip a squeeze. “I liked that.”
She gave his shoulders a light shove. “Arrogant.”
He chuckled. “You love it.”
Dammit, he was right. She did. “Look, thanks for getting me home, and yes, my brother knows about you. I also get that you were worried, but none of that gives you the right to issue orders and expect me to follow them like a good girl. That’s never going to happen.”
His gaze sharpened, that square jaw going hard. “I don’t love the thought of you in a room full of drunks. It’s not me ordering you about. It’s me taking care of what’s mine. End of.”
His? Holy shit. Her heart picked up pace.
He curled his fingers around the side of her neck, thumb brushing just below her ear. “And yeah, I like that you told your brother about me…means you’ve been thinking about me, and not just when I call. So you’re just gonna have to deal with it.” Then he grinned, and it was hot as hell, all straight white teeth and sexy beard. “Gotta say, despite being shitfaced, you were entertaining as hell. Cute, too.”
Her face heated again. “Do not say another word.”
His smile got bigger. “Found out besides stripping, you get chatty when you’ve been drinking.”
She cringed. “What did I—” She cut herself off abruptly as more hazy flashes of memory broke through.
“You remember our chat in the car?” he said, smug as hell.
It all came back, and she covered her face with her hands. “Shoot me now.”