Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Miss Mechanic by Emma Hart - Release Day Review and Excerpt



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Author: Emma Hart
Publication Date:  12 December, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  Stand Alone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance 
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

Two mechanics. One rivalry. She’ll prove she’s as good as she says she is. He’ll prove her place isn’t under the hood. It’s over it.   “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” For twenty-six years, I lived by my daddy’s motto. Which is why “Mechanic Wanted” is all it takes for me to apply for the job at the garage we once owned. And I meet the biggest bastard of them all. Dexter Ryne. Hotter than Hell in July and a firm believer that my place is on reception, taking phone calls and looking pretty. Not getting dirty under the hood of a car. Determined to prove each other wrong, we make a deal. I have three weeks to prove my worth as a mechanic. If I don’t, I’m on telephone duty. If I do, he’ll accept defeat and make my job permanent. Now, all I have to do is fight my attraction to the cocky little… beep. Problem is, an engine isn’t the only thing he knows how to make purr…  


My Review:

I really enjoyed Miss Mechanic but sadly not quite as much as Miss Fix-it.  I hate to admit that Jamie rubbed me a bit of the wrong way.  I loved the premise of the book, the idea that this female mechanic would be showing sexist new owner of her family's old garage a thing or two but somewhere in the process the whole 'showing him' what she could do got lost.  Sure it was clear she kept up and was doing a good job but there was no ah-ha moment from Dexter or Ha Ha moment from Jamie when she proved him completely and utterly wrong.  I also wish there had been more of a affect when Dexter learned that the garage had once belonged to Jamie's family.  It seemed like it was such a big deal at the beginning of the book, like it might play an important part in the story line but in the end it just fell flat in it's importance.

That said, why am I giving it a four star review because heck it was a lot of fun to read and the characters together were steamy.  I loved Jamie and Dexter's snark.  I loved the secondary characters, I enjoyed the idea of the story even if it didn't fully come to fruition in my mind.  I saw the huge potential in these characters and I rooted for them even when they were just being idiots, haha.  Most importantly I wanted more time with them.  As frustrated as I got at times I always wanted more.  This is a quick read and I wanted it to take me days because I just wanted more details, more banter, more swoon...more, more, more!

In the end Miss Mechanic is a satisfying read at it's core.  You will laugh, you will swoon, you will want to shake your e-reader/book...it will make you happy when you close the last page.  It's totally worth a read especially if you are in the market for quick, fun, and flirty because you are coming off a serious book hangover, this one will knock you out of it and help you move on.  If you are a fan of funny snarky contemporary romances grab it up.  You might feel like me that it's missing a little in the essence of it but you won't walk away disappointed that you gave it a go!



   “Can I help you?” I asked. He blinked and met my eyes. “What the hell are you doing over there?” I pushed to stand up straight. “Right now?” He capped his water bottle. “Well, honestly… I’m just thinking you’d look better over the hood of that car than under it.” I unhooked the hood and slammed it down, spinning on the balls of my feet. Our eyes met properly. I didn’t like what I saw in his—desire, attraction, need. Which was obviously why a shiver ran down my spine. I cocked a hip, putting my hand on it. “The only time you will ever get me over a hood of a car is if a wiper blade needs changing. So, unless you’re a wiper blade...” Dex pulled his phone from his pocket and started tapping the screen. I blinked. “What are you doing?” He peered up at me through his unfairly thick eyelashes. “Seeing if I can get a wiper blade costume for Halloween.” “I don’t even know how to respond to that.” “You can buy wiper blade glasses.” “What?” He raised his eyebrows. “And a lady here on eBay will hand-make any costume. There’s my Halloween sorted.” I stared at him. “You’re not getting me over anything, Dex. Definitely not a car hood. No matter what you think.” He clutched his chest dramatically. “You wound me.” “Unfortunately not fatally,” I muttered. “You also underestimate me.” “There’s a lot of that going around in this garage.” I put the bottle of coolant away. “Touché.” “Thank you.” “Can I ask you something?” I sighed and turned to face him again. “What?” Earnestly, he asked, “Can you stop wearing those tiny shorts? Or yoga pants that make me want to touch your ass every five minutes?” I looked down at the ripped shorts of my dungarees. “Can you keep your thoughts to yourself? Control yourself, maybe? Not look at me and see someone worth screwing?”   


emmaBy day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books. Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love. She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.



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