Thursday, March 28, 2013

Reviews: Under the Hood by Juanita Kees & Slow Burn by Anne Marsh

Juanita Kees

Release Date:  March 1, 2013

Author: Juanita Kees

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Spoilers:  No way!  Y’all get your own copy.  

Note:  This book contains mentions of drug use, foul language, and some sex scenes.  I do not place an age limit on readers, but if you are offended by any of these things Under the Hood may not be suitable for you.  


TJ is a kickass mechanic who has set up an apprentice program at an auto repair shop for teens in need of help.  Now that a new owner has purchased the shop, TJ is afraid her program is in jeopardy.  Little does she know, Scott is not running from his problems on the east coast . . . he is searching for a challenge in his new home on the west coast. 

After firing and re-hiring TJ, Scott becomes involved in getting the program up and running.  Attraction is inevitable in this cute, yet oddly tragic contemporary romance.  But will that be enough when the past makes an unwelcome appearance?


The story was fairly short, but it packed lots of goodness.  TJ is feisty, feminine, and ready to risk everything for kids who have nothing.  It is difficult to give my opinion without mentioning spoilers, but I will say I gave this book 4 stars up until about that last 70-80 pages.  The ending was left open and unresolved. With that said, I am really hoping there is second book in this series.  I’m not sure where the author would go with the main characters (which is exactly why I will be reading the second book if there is one!), but maybe there will be someone for Marty.  Marty!  Marty!  Marty!  

Actually, maybe Detective Mark Johnson deserves his own story.  Hmm.  Yes.  Yes, he will do quite nicely.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.  

Anne Marsh

Title:  Slow Burn

Release Date:  March 26, 2013

Author:  Anne Marsh

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Spoilers:  No way!  Y’all get your own copy.  

Note:  This book contains foul language and some steamy sex scenes.  I do not place an age limit on readers, but if you are offended by any of these things Slow Burn may not be suitable for you.  


Faye Duncan is free from a marriage that was over shortly after it began.  Now she is on the road in her shiny new-to-her classic Corvette, headed to Strong, California for her job as a photojournalist and to escape the life of a firefighter's ex-wife.

Evan Donovan is quiet and devoted to family, his job, and his team of Smoke Jumpers.  He never wanted or expected to fall in love with a drunken lady singing karaoke in the local bar, but he's on a mission to fulfill a favor from an old friend.  An old friend who happens to be Faye Duncan's ex-husband.  

Complications surface when Faye’s ex-husband and a firefighting arsonist come in the middle of relationship that heats up with every turn of the page. 


Please read the entire review before you think I’m bashing this book.  Because I’m not.  I promise. 
I waited over a week to review just in case I decided I liked it more.  I think the main reason I didn’t fully love this book is because I found Faye and Evan to be more exasperating than lovable.

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I understand Faye is upset by her ex-husband, but she consistently tells the reader all the ways she knew the marriage was over before he decided to sleep with someone else.  So I know you're angry but I need you to take a shot, cry it out, walk it off, and keep it moving . . . preferably toward Evan.  If I could give Evan and Faye a piece of advice—and yes, I do this.  In my head.  Because out loud would be just crazy.  Right?  Anyway.  Back to the advice:  Communication is a beautiful thing.  If you just communicate accordingly, your relationship will not need as many buckets to hold the tears.  I like Marsh’s take on Evan.  He is not outgoing, not drop-dead drool on your sleeve gorgeous, and seriously lacks in social skills.  Evan's strongest point is the loyalty he has for his family and his team, but he also has (cliché alert!) a heart of gold and that draws you to him. 

The mystery of the arsonist and the call outs for the Smoke Jumpers are really the high points of this book.  I found the relationship between Ben and Nonna to be a bit more intriguing than Faye and Evan.  Here’s the thing, though.  I’m going to read the first book.  Not only will I read the first book, but I will read the next book in the series.  Why?  Because I like this author.  The romance between the main characters was not my favorite, but I like Anne Marsh’s style.  I am also pretty much in love with the idea of the Smoke Jumpers because their story is just so different from your basic sexy fire fighter love interests (although I do love those, too). 

I recommend this book to lovers of sexy insta-romance and insta-drama.  Now I’m off to purchase the first book. 

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.  


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