BAD BOY SAM + GOOD GIRL IVY =
LEARNING TO LOVE AGAIN
After her last disaster of a relationship, Ivy Stephens is content being single. She has her job, her apartment—and the cute little puppy she’s seen hanging around. When he escapes, she finds her search efforts aided by a big, burly, devastatingly handsome man. One who claims a prior claim on her dog.
Sam Hamilton is at loose ends since his best friend fell in love. He finds a sense of purpose in rescuing strays. The puppy who’s stolen his heart just happens to run into blond, beautiful Ivy. And Sam can’t help hoping she’ll take in one more stray—him—for good.
Body Shop Bad Boys Series:
Zero to Sixty
Praise for Test Drive:
“Fresh and sexy.” —Kirkus
“The chemistry sizzles from every page.” —Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!
In the third Body Shop Bad Boys contemporary (after Roadside Assistance), Harte once again unites a hunky, emotionally damaged garage jockey with a chill, capable woman. Seattle masseuse Ivy Stephens's firm no-more-men rule is threatened when a stray dog she calls Cookie brings Sam Hamilton into her life. Sam is big, he's tattooed from here to there, and he's got serious mommy issues. Luckily he's had other positive influences in life, so though he's built like a pickup truck, on the inside he's soft as Italian leather upholstery. Cookie brings his tender aspects to the fore, and Ivy all but swoons at Sam's slightest touch. There's a definite spark between the two and neither one tries to resist ignition. Their characters possess a few requisite and superficial complexities, and love eventually and unsurprisingly ensues. By far the most fascinating character is Sam's elderly friend Willie, a foster "parent" of stray animals, whose salty language, naked figurines, and interesting bedroom gear steal the show.
If you’ve been following Marie Harte’s Body Shop Bad Boys series, you’ll recognize Sam quickly. We have known that he carried a lot of baggage from his past from seeing him in Foley’s book in particular, so it’s not surprising that this book brings a good bit of sadness and anger to the surface. He’s not easy to connect with, but you definitely want that happy ending for him. He’s such a good guy at heart.
Mechanic Sam Hamilton had a hard time adjusting when his best friend, who is also like a brother to him, found the love of his life and wasn’t his sidekick anymore, but he’s been doing some good with his extra time and helping stray animals get a safe place to stay and finding them forever homes. He’s on a mission for one cute puppy in particular when he approaches Ivy Stephens.
Ivy is a bit of a loner herself, so when she sees the adorable stray outside her massage clinic, she can’t resist taking him home with her. When Sam shows up looking for him, he has recently gotten loose again, so Sam agrees to help her find him. Sam’s an awkward guy, but she can’t help but be attracted to him … especially when he cares so much about this puppy!
As they spend time together and agree they are both interested in the other, will blending their lives together work out? Will the secrets of their past and the scars they both carry from their childhood blow up in their faces before they even get started, or will they find a way to get past it all and start a life together?