Marie Harte's COLLISION COURSE is a fast-paced, sensuous
novel which features Joey Reeves, a shy florist and ladies'
man Lou Cortez. The chemistry between Joey and Lou was
apparent in the first few pages of the book and Marie
Harte's honest dialogue brings these engaging characters to
Josephine "Joey" Reeves thinks of herself as a mother first.
Her nine year old son is her priority and she is devoted to
him. Her relationship with her parents is tense as they have
not forgiven her for getting pregnant at age 15. Even though
Joey got her GED, graduated from college and was promoted at
the florist shop; her parents do not acknowledge these
accomplishments. Their disappointment in Joey is implied in
every conversation at home.
Lou Cortez is one of my favorite Marie Harte bad boys. He is
a talented artist who loves his extended family; his mom,
sisters, aunts, nieces and nephews. Marie Harte makes it
clear that although Lou loves the ladies; he has a healthy
respect and a powerful understanding of women due to his
role as the head of his family.
I enjoyed how the characters grew during the novel. The
author does a fabulous job blending Joey's realization that
she is a desirable woman, with Lou's consuming need to love
and protect Joey. The dialogue between the characters is
honest and direct. Lou is able to draw out Joey's true
feelings and desires. In turn, Joey becomes more
self-confident at home, work and in her relationship with
Lou. This story technique moves the novel from a good to an
Loved that the characters from Ms. Harte's McCauley
Brothers and Body Shop
series are featured as secondary characters. Del, Colin
and JT played important roles in both Joey and Lou's lives.
There are a few bumps in the road to love for this couple-I
liked how they sorted through their truths.
COLLISION COURSE features the off the charts chemistry
between a sexy mechanic and a shy florist—the sizzle between
the couple intrigues the reader but the couple's journey is
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.