Under the Hood
by Sally Clements
Series: Under the Hood, #1 - #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 5, 2016
Fall in love with three sweet novellas and meet three spunky, beautiful friends who find love in unexpected places. This special edition boxed set features all three Under the Hood novellas for one low price.
When Alice Starr mistakenly believes attorney Mark Jameson needs her help, he discovers he likes being rescued for a change. Smitten by her confidence, he hides his expertise so he has an excuse to see her again. Alice doesn't have time for a man. But with one kiss, she and Mark have advanced into water so deep she's in danger of drowning…
Melody Swan is looking for a man who can share her hopes and dreams, but she swore she would never lose herself to passion. When sexy Heath Starr agrees to temporarily sub in the Under the Hood garage for his sister, Mel sees the perfect opportunity to enjoy being with a man without becoming attached. Heath came to Meadowsweet to photograph nature, not find a hookup, especially since his last relationship ended in disaster. When the two find themselves isolated in a rustic cabin, they could both break their promises if they aren’t careful...
Feisty Betty Smith should have only one thing on her mind—catching the conman who swindled her mother. Not the sexy stranger who kissed her then completely disappeared.
Undercover FBI agent Joe Carter needs to focus on the bad guy who got away, not the gorgeous headstrong brunette who watches too many cop shows and keeps interfering in his case. And while entering the vintage car rally as a couple seemed like a good idea at the time, faking feelings for each other turns out to be the easiest part.
From Under the Hood
So this was his mysterious new neighbor.
3B had been empty for a while. When he’d made it back last night after a few days away finalizing the pre-nup for a new client in New York, Mark had noticed the light on from the street outside and the battered pickup next to his parking space.
He took advantage of the fact that she was busy searching her truck for jumper cables to check her out without being noticed. Alice. The name suited her. Long, platinum-blond hair pulled up in a ponytail looked natural—her skin was Nordic pale too, and the eyes he’d caught a glimpse of were ice blue, like aquamarines. She barely came up to his shoulder, and even the ugly overalls weren’t able to totally hide the hint of curves he’d noticed when checking out the image of a woman holding the spanner on her uniform.
Mark frowned. He really shouldn’t be noticing his new neighbor that way. If she was a mechanic, she probably had men hitting on her all day. Besides, he wasn’t in the market for a new relationship. Extricating people from ill-judged romantic follies all day had taught him to be cautious where attraction was concerned.
He pushed back his shirtsleeve and looked at his watch. Luckily, he’d left himself plenty of time to make the meeting at his client’s office, and if a dead battery was all that was wrong with the MG, he’d be on his way quickly.
His gaze lingered on Alice for a long moment as she popped the hood and then grabbed red and black leads, attached one set to her battery terminals, and handed the others to him.
Her hand brushed his, and a jolt of electricity raced up his arm.
Mark stared. What on earth?
Alice looked pointedly at the engine as he stood still, fixed to the spot by the unexpected reaction to her touch.
Then her eyes softened. A small, sympathetic smile tilted the corners of her lips upward. She stepped close, and took the leads from his unresisting fingers. “This one goes here,” she said, fastening the clip in place, “and this one goes here.”
Mark nodded, still stunned. She thought he was so clueless about engines he didn’t even know how to attach jumper cables.
This is definitely a great box set to devour when you need a read to make you smile.
Under the Hood:
This was such a fun read! Both Alice and Mark are great characters and the story is sweet. I loved the idea of an all-female garage, and Alice’s two business partners were great. There was not a lot of angst, but just enough to keep the story moving along, and it was easy to believe the predicament that Mark found himself in when it came to his client vs. his interest in Alice. All in all a fun read!
Love for Beginners:
I think Melody was my favorite character. When the Ice Queen meets the Lady Slayer there are so many things that can go wrong…especially when the heart gets involved. Melody is convinced that Heath can help her “get comfortable” with men, Heath is convinced that Melody just might be the one he is looking for. These two had a bit of history since Heath is Alice’s brother and Melody has met him before, so even though things moved quick I didn’t get the insta-love feel from this one. And watching Melody realize that passion was not bad made this one really work for me.
Racing the Hunter’s Moon:
Betty and Joe were lots of fun together and I loved the road rally that they take part in. Things moved a bit fast between these two, and I did find myself a little annoyed at Betty taking so long to trust Joe, but these two were definitely meant for each other! It was fun getting caught up in the mystery and seeing Betty and Joe work together, although I did scratch my head when Joe admitted to being an undercover FBI agent so quickly. But overall, a quick fun read that also did a nice wrap up of the series.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sally Clements writes fun, sexy and real contemporary romance, partnering hot heroes with heroines who know what they want, and go for it! She is a full-time author, who lives in the Irish countryside, and when she isn’t writing can usually be found in traffic, driving ‘Mum’s taxi’. Always a voracious reader, she considers writing for a living the perfect job—the only downside is saying goodbye to her characters at book’s end!