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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Revved to the Maxx by Melanie Moreland


 A Review by Wendy
4.5 Two Halves Making A Whole Stars
* * * * 1/2  
Spoiler Free
We are so lucky Melanie Moreland had an idea...Let's have a broody, who had a wonderful relationship with his parents, so he would know how to love...but have him experience a past relationship that would rip his ability to trust right out of his chest. Have him trying to get his life back, be the owner of the garage his father had owned, and be The Expert in motorcycle restoration.

Then match him with a woman who had a solid job history only to have the rug pulled out from under her.
First, the company she had been happily worked at, closes. Then the roommate she had been giving her rent portion ripped her off, never paid the creepy apartment manager, and stole everything out of the apartment that wasn't nailed down. Now our gal has no cash, has this creepy guy wanting his "rent" in trade, ah hmmm, and is scared to death.

What should our author do...why have our guy, Maxx decide to post a crazy ad for a Gal Friday on a worksite and have Charly see it. Then have them only communicate through text or email causing fun banter but nothing to identify Charly is no Charlie. Charly is pushed to reach out and ask if the job is still open after the creepy manager becomes more and more threatening.

The deal is done because with Maxx being new to all of this internet hiring only asks a few questions and all of Charly's answers work. Arrangements are made for Charly to arrive in the town where Maxx lives on Saturday. Because Charly needs to get the hell away from her place, she leaves early and arrives on Friday.

Now, what else could Ms. Moreland create to make this good...Why have Charly eating dinner at the local bar and have Maxx there, too... Oh, and have them get their names confused, have chemistry off the charts, act on it, and then both feel it was something special.

Saturday arrives, Maxx pulls up in his truck looking for his guy...and his guy turns out to be the amazing woman who rang is bell last night. Oh, the rage, fireworks, and uncertainly. Maxx feels like he was lied to...Charly explains she really didn't lie but promises to be the best employee ever...her father had a garage, she knows all about cars and motorcycles and also is an amazing baker of pies...

This is the setup and we are off and running with a grouchy, musclebound, sexy man, and this spitfire who has this way of making everything alright. Each has backstories that will touch your heart. There are lots of sexy times and it takes a hot minute for Maxx to put two and two together understanding how he really feels for Charly.

Charly is a force of nature and has this get it done spirit. She organizes everything and with her special charm causes Maxx to see his way to trusting again. There was only one thing that caused me to not do 5 stars for this type of read...Charly's special phrases. They were unique and good yet said a bit more than I wanted.

This was fun, quick, steamy, and everything a Melanie Moreland fan would want. I have a sneaky feeling there might be more from this garage...after all, there were two other sexy guys who need their stories told.

 A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review

NYT/WSJ/USAT International bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of lots of lovely years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She's learned happily ever-afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

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