Thank you to Melanie Harlow and Social Butterfly PR for the advance reader copy of Drive Me Wild. The first standalone in a new series from Melanie Harlow, releasing on August 24th. I am a member of Melanie Harlow’s review team.
Fresh off finishing her wonderful Cloverleigh Farms series, I wondered what Melanie would have in store for us next. Welcome to Bellamy Creek, not too far actually from Cloverleigh farm which allows for a special appearance from a fan favourite of the previous series. I very much enjoyed the first standalone set in Bellamy Creek and cannot wait for more! The set up for books to come for the rest of the male love interests friends just has me itching to read more in this world.
Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“When Blair Beaufort literally crashes into Bellamy Creek wearing a ball gown and a tiara, I should have towed her car, said goodnight, and sent her packing.
I’m a mechanic, not a hotel manager. I’ve got enough on my plate trying to keep my shop from going under, my overbearing mother off my back, and my baseball team in contention for the league championship. I don’t have time for a former debutante with zero street smarts and a cash flow problem, even if she is crazy beautiful.
Problem is, she’s stranded in my small town, and I’m hiding a protective streak underneath my grumpy exterior that runs deep. So I offer her a place to stay and keep my hands to myself.
For exactly one night.
If only she weren’t so gorgeous. So funny. So eager to please. She’s a disaster behind the wheel, but she drives me wild without even trying–at work, at home, in the back of my truck . . . I can’t get enough of the way she makes me feel.
But I know better than to think it can last. She wants a fairy tale, and I’m no prince.
So when it comes time for her to leave, there’s nothing I can do but let her go.
No matter how much it hurts to say goodbye.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Blair and Griffin are the main characters of this story. Blair not only comes roaring into this small town but also into the story. She is bright, energetic, and passionate. She is determined to make it on her own, leaving her past life in the dust and all focus turned towards her goals of setting up her own bakeshop. Griffin is your classic romantic lead, a man with a past that haunts his present. He is the local mechanic having inherited the business from his father, an auto shop down on its luck and in need of some fresh blood to remedy the situation. Enter Blair!
- Setting: As previously mentioned the story is set in Bellamy Creek, a classic small-town setting. With a cast of side characters that get all up in Blair and Griffin’s relationship, nothing stays secret for too long in a town like that.
- Romance: Griffin was burned by love in his past so is he is so reluctant to fall for Blair. And that kind of set up made for such a fun journey for these two. They had Griffin’s mom and sister getting involved in it too in such funny and encouraging ways. Once they gave into temptation, they were electric together. Every time Griffin pushed Blair away the grumpier he became, it was wonderful to see her bring out the best in him.
If I have not convinced you yet check out this excerpt…
Switching off the lights, I followed her out onto the sidewalk, locking the door behind us. “I need a quick shower and change of clothes. Want to come up with me?”
I was following her up the stairs to my apartment, looking at her ass and wondering if she had sexual rules and how long it would take me to break them, when I realized she was still talking.
Shit, had she just asked me a question?
At the top of the stairs, she turned around and faced me. “So? Are you going to?”
I stood close. Ridiculously close. So close I could smell her—vanilla and lemon—and she could probably smell me—sweat and motor oil.
“Am I going to what?”I asked, looking at her lips.
She licked them. “Listen to me.”
“Oh. Yeah. I am.” But at that moment, I was pretty sure I was going to do something else to her too.
Suddenly she stepped back. “Good,”she said, her cheeks flushed pink. “On second thought, I think I’ll wait outside. I’m a little warm, and there’s a nice breeze.”
“Okay. I’ll be out in a few minutes.”
Nodding, she turned and descended the stairs so slowly, I wondered if she was dizzy. I watched her hand sliding along the wooden rail, thinking dirty thoughts.
On the landing, she pushed the door open and disappeared from view, but I still couldn’t breathe right.
What would she have done if I’d put my mouth on hers like I’d wanted to just now? Would she have kissed me back? Would she have welcomed my hands on her skin? Or would she have kneed me in the balls and told me to keep my filthy fingers to myself?
She wasn’t like any other girl I’d ever met, which was both the problem and the allure. I didn’t know how to read her.
But damn, I wanted her something fierce.
I took an ice cold shower, hoping it would help.
Drive Me Wild receives five out of five stars.
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