COLLISION COURSE is the fourth book in Marie Harte's
Body Shop Bad Boys series. After becoming a
early in life, Joey Reeves has known nothing but a life
of hard work and responsibility ever since. Her focus has
been on bettering herself in order to enrich her son's
life. When she first meets perennial charmer Lou Cortez,
she is wildly attracted but understandably wary. When
Joey finally gives herself permission to pursue a
romantic relationship with Lou, the sense of freedom it
gives her is euphoric. It's not long before Lou starts
falling hard for Joey, but he doesn't know the one thing
she is hiding from him -- her son.
Joey is an extremely sympathetic heroine. Although she
made some poor choices when she was younger, she has been
conscientious to an excruciating degree ever since. The
sore spot in her life is the uneasy relationship she has
with her parents. While living with them until she can
save up enough money to get a place of her own, she
endures the occasional snide remarks -- whether
intentionally made or not. She is the kind of mother Lou
would have wished to have had when he was a boy. Although
they love each other, Lou's mother didn't have the same
single-minded focus on her children and ambition that
Joey has. As a result, Lou has always maintained a policy
of never dating single moms. The one aspect of COLLISION
COURSE that is somewhat hard to believe, is how Lou and
Joey move in the same circles but it takes a while before
he finds out that Joey has a young son. It doesn't ruin
my enjoyment of this story, but I just can't believe how
long Lou is successfully kept in the dark about this one
major aspect of his girlfriend's life. The parent/child
relationship is a major theme in COLLISION COURSE.
When Joey's previously suppressed sexuality is released,
things get spicy fast. Joey's longing for sexual
satisfaction is very palpable, and it throws Lou for a
loop before he figures her out. I love how Marie Harte
always writes sexual scenes in her books that are fun as
well as hot, and how there is no judgement. With Lou,
Joey eventually feels comfortable expressing her desires,
and Lou is more than happy to give Joey whatever she
wants. Until the inevitable moment when Lou finds out
Joey's secret, their courtship is fun and a mix of sweet
COLLISION COURSE is a book with strong female characters
and a joyously torrid romance. I hope to read more about
several supporting characters in future books --
especially the enigmatic Heller. I eagerly await the next
amazing romance by Marie Harte!
He's always had a way with the ladies
She won't give him the time of day
Sparks fly when two hearts in motion collide.
Florist Joey Reeves is working overtime to stay away from
Lou Cortez, the ace mechanic with a reputation for
irresistible charm. She's a single mom with enough on her
plate—the last thing she needs is entanglement with the
hottest guy in town...
"Well, hello there."
Joey glanced up and froze. The man who'd been haunting her
sleep looked even better in the hard light of day.
"H-hello." She coughed. The guys who worked at Webster's
Garage all looked larger than life, covered in tattoos,
muscles, and that indefinable sense of danger they wore like
a second skin. But this guy, the tall, Latin lover with
dark-brown eyes and lips made for kissing, who had snared her.