My Rating: 4.5 star ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
From the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of FULL PACKAGE and BIG ROCK, comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…
Let’s be honest, ladies. A good man is a lot like the perfect car. You want a hot body, an engine that purrs, and superior performance under the hood…for the best joy ride of your life.
I’m at your service. Ready to go all night long.
But then a wildly sexy brunette appears in my life and throws a wrench in all my plans. She’s fiery, she’s talented, she’s gorgeous, and I’d really like to know what makes her engine hum.
Henley also happens to be my biggest rival, and now we’re forced to work together every day on the most important custom car build of my career. The trouble is I can’t quite figure out if she wants to kick me in the lug nuts or beg me to give her a good, hard fuel injection. Until one night that question is answered on the hood of a sports car when she calls out my name three times. And we can’t seem to put on the brakes.
If sleeping with the enemy is a bad idea, how much more dangerous would it be to fall in love with her?
I heard so much about this book and read so many raves about it that I had to pick it up. And let me tell you, I am so happy that I did. I loved everything about this book. Joy Ride was my first Lauren Blakely book to read and I am now hooked.
I really enjoyed the fun, sexy banter between Max and Henley. I loved learning about their past and reading about their present and glimpsing into their future as well.
The tap tap of stiletto heels sounds closer now, like someone is approaching, as David fires off another questions. “Can you-?” A woman’s voice interrupts. “Can you paint a badass tiger on the door?” No. Fucking. Way. That voice. That sexy purr. Like honey, like whiskey. Like dirty dreams.
“The tiger can even be roaring,” I suggest, as if she’s just some random car lover who’s keen on chitchatting, not a girl who used to work under the hood in my shop. “Maybe even breathing fire,” Henley offers, like we’ve got this wordplay down pat, Who’s on first? style.
There were a few things that I really loved about how this book was written. First of all, we get the entire book from the hero’s point of view. I found this very interesting and unique as we almost always get the point of views from the female character or both and never just the male character. By doing this Lauren Blakely gave us an insight of Max and his thoughts and was able to show us even the most confident, sexy hero has his insecurities, and it’s not always the female characters that act jealous and blow things out of proportion.
Another pause, and I arch an eyebrow. “Absolutely.” Then she laughs, and it’s the same damn way she laughed she laughed with me. The goblin rears its head again. Stupid jealousy tornadoes through me. I try to tell myself the woman is allowed to laugh with her fucking boss. Boss. Boss. Boss
I loved how Max would try to convince himself at every turn whatever feeling he had for Henley were just a product of the past they’d shared together. His internal conflict and conversations to stop himself from noticing Henley was hilarious and lead to some pretty fun and hot banter.
Mind control. That’s what I need. The most intense mental trickery possible. She smells like cat pee. Her breath reeks of rotten eggs. Her strands of hair form poisonous snakes. She’s slithery, stinky Medusa.
I loved everything about Henley’s character. She was a very well written character who’s working in a mostly male dominated environment and can hold her own and have made a name for herself to be one of the bests in the industry. Her ‘to-do lists’ were hilarious.
Henley’s To-Do List:
- Black-lace combat boots will look hot tomorrow. Set them out tonight.
- Start all that frigging paperwork that won’t stop staring me in the face.
- Try not to hate paperwork. (That’s asking too much!)
- Take that new hip-hop workout at gym. Maybe it’ll help my complete inability to follow steps in salsa class. Why is dancing so hard?
Their interactions were fun to read. Once Max and Henley came together the sparks would fly and heated moments would be had. Wow!! Let me tell you, Lauren Blakely knows how to write hot, fan yourself kind of sex scene. This book had everything in it, from a swoon worthy hero, to a no-none-sense heroine and a lot of fun moments.
I recommend this book to everyone who’s in the mood for a good, light hearted, hot read.