Tuesday, March 28, 2023

REVIEW: Drive Me Wild by Melanie Harlow



Look, I don't know what I can say about Drive Me Wild that much better writers and bloggers haven't already said so I'm going to write this for me as a way to keep track of all things Melanie Harlow that I've read.

Drive Me Wild is the first in the Bellamy Creek Series, and just like her other series, there are allusions and crossovers to characters in her other novels, which is something I happen to enjoy. This novel features Blair, a former debutante rich girl, and Griffen, current mechanic and struggling garage owner. She's a ray of sunshine and he's a grumpy carebear. She's striking out on her own to find herself and stand on her own two feet and he's trying to keep the family business open. They are the stereotypical opposites attract and it totally works. He gives her confidence and clarity and she shows him that needing people and opening up isn't always the worst thing ever. As they get to know each other, she manages to break down more and more of his walls as he builds her up. They have chemistry out the wazoo and seem to fit together like two puzzle pieces.

It's set in a small town where there are no such thing as secrets; everyone knows everyone and everything about each other. They support each other, rib each other, and look after each other, which all seems lovely, unless you're Griff who detests people in his business. The secondary characters are warm and fun and funny and help round out an already engaging romance. Between some of the elderly customers of Griff and his mom, sister, and friends, they all welcome Blair into town and soon she has the family she never knew she could have. 

Drive Me Wild is the quintessential Melanie Harlow novel; it has great characters, great chemistry, and great dialogue which all add up to me wanting to read the rest of this series. 

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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 broody 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.

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