Bad boy Sam + Good girl Ivy + Stray puppy = Damaged hearts learning to love again
After her last relationship bombed, Ivy Stephens is doing her best to put her life back together. She's enjoying her job, her apartment-and the cute little puppy she's seen hanging around. When she goes looking for him, she finds the stray in the arms of a big, burly, devastatingly handsome man.
Sam Hamilton is lonelier than he's ever been after his best friend's engagement. To give himself a sense of purpose, he takes in a puppy that keeps showing up around the garage where he works. The puppy has another suitor though-one who happens to be blond and beautiful.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Heat Rating: 4.5
Marie Harte takes us back to the world of bad-for-you mechanics and the sexy woman that manages to tame and claim them for their very own. Fans of Marie, and these bad boys especially, will be overjoyed to see the gruff and sexy Sam finally falling under the spell of the sweet and sensual Ivy. Sam has had a hard time recently as the people around him are all falling in love and he is beginning to wonder if he will ever find a woman that can put up with him and fill his life like the women that have come into his friends’ lives. Just when he finds a little companion that seem willing to offer that love, if in a different manner, the pup leads the pretty blonde Ivy into Sam’s world and he is immediately drawn to her. It is obvious to just about anyone that Sam has some seriously deep-seated issues, but the more we learned about him and met people from his past, we come to see that it’s amazing how well adjust he is, all things considered. He tries so hard to not that those he cares about into the dark parts of his heart, but once Ivy pushes her was in, there’s no way he can deny that she is the only woman for him. Ivy has her own issues, but when she is around Sam she finds a piece of herself that has been missing and is willing to Rick it all to keep it—and him—in her life for a long time to come. Ivy’s personality was certainly unforgettable and I was thrilled to see that Sam met his match in a woman like her. Being around Ivy brings out a softer side of Sam (and a harder one;) sometimes) but the deep-seated emotional connection they formed was my favorite part of the story. I am very much looking forward to seeing what comes next in this series and getting to see glimpses of Sam and Ivy as their relationship continues to grow. As always Marie’s world and characters were interesting, fufilling, and captured a piece of my heart that will remain there forever. Another masterpiece, though I don’t quite know how she can top Sam’s story!
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