Zero to Sixty is the third book in the Body Shop Bad Boys series by Marie Harte. It is currently scheduled for release on February 7 2017. The first two books were Test Drive and Roadside Assistance. While the previous books add to the character development, you will be able to enjoy the heart of the story without the previous books. However, they are great reads, so you might as well read them in order. If you don’t, the quality of this book will have you going back to see what you missed anyway.
After her last relationship bombed, Ivy Stephens is doing her best to put her life back together. She's enjoying her job, her apartment, and the cute little puppy she's seen hanging around. In the search for the puppy she encounters a big, burly, devastatingly handsome man. Sam Hamilton is lonelier than he's ever been after his best friend's engagement. To give himself a sense of purpose, he takes in a puppy that keeps showing up around the garage where he works. The puppy has another suitor though, one who happens to be blond and beautiful. Can two wounded souls find happiness together?
Zero to Sixty is another solid contemporary romance by Harte, with characters that are scarred and scared to love. Ivy is tired of being used, and wants to start fresh. She has a good job that she loves, and now a stray puppy to love. She is not sure she is ready to dive into a new relationship, but she cannot help herself with the gentle giant, even if she is a little nervous. Sam is used to being seen as scary and worthless except by a few. He does not want to scare Ivy, but is drawn to her and wants nothing more than to be a part of her life. His scars run deep, and he worries about his self worth and hurting Ivy more than he cares about his own well being. I could picture the sheepish look on his face several times throughout the book as he struggled to communicate and find his way with Ivy. The characters were each complex, but so well written that I felt like I really knew them. Honestly, by the end I wanted to give poor Sam a hug and knock a few heads myself. The ride was emotional, funny, and heartwarming. I loved that Ivy and Sam took the time to communicate and explain their faults, fears, and pasts even as they each worried that it would drive the other away. This was another great story from Harte, and one that has me wondering what is in store for Lou and his love life next.