Early Book Review: Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte

Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte is the second book in the Bad Boys and is currently scheduled for release on September 6 2016. You do not need to red the first book, Test Drive, to enjoy this one. However Test Drive was an equally good read, so you will only benefit from reading it first.

Underneath the axle grease and tats Foley Sanders is a gentleman. He always figured he would be content with a life of cars and casual hookups. Until a run-in with Cyn, a statuesque firecracker with a hate-on for men, leaves him bewitched and intrigued-much to her annoyance. Maybe Cynthia Nichols was a little hard on Foley, that muscular, tattooed, super-hot mechanic next door. But she's tired of feeling defensive about her size and has sworn off men. She's got a new job, new life, perfect plan. Foley has trouble written all over him-no way is she going to fall for his charms. What's a bad boy to do when the goddess of his dreams won't give him the time of day?
Roadside Assistance is well paced and has a great deal of character development, which always makes me happy. Foley has found his stride, good friends and no lack for physical relationships. When Cyn walks in his life everything is called into question. His less then stellar history and track record with the ladies are not exactly selling points. However, he is willing to work for a relationship with Cyn, because he knows she is worth it. Cyn has had some horrible relationships and is pondering a future alone, and a house full of cats is looking good. Foley is hard to resist, but has issues of her own to figure out. I like that while Cyn has some body image issues, she is open about them and actually faces them and an underlying source. Rather than the typical curvy girl "woe is me" bit she does (eventually) take some wonderful steps to help herself- and in turn her relationships with others. This is the best handling of the issue that I have seen in fiction yet, and I think the book is more realistic and hopeful because of it.

Roadside Assistance is another high octane romance from Harte. I liked the focus on the characters coming to terms with their own issues, and dealing with those around them. I cannot wait to see what happens in the Bad Boys series next!
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