Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
About the Book:
Underneath the axle grease and tats
He's a gentleman
Foley Sanders figured he'll always be content with a life of cars and casual hookups. Until a run-in with Cyn, a statuesque firecracker with a hate-on for men, leaves him bewitched and intrigued-much to her annoyance.
Maybe Cynthia Nichols was a little hard on Foley, that muscular, tattooed, super-hot mechanic next door. But she's tired of feeling defensive about her size and has sworn off men. She's got a new job, new life, perfect plan. Foley has trouble written all over him-no way is she going to fall for his charms.
Foley might look like a bad idea, but underneath, he's all gentleman. Too bad Cyn's not buying it. What's a bad boy to do when the goddess of his dreams won't give him the time of day?
I have read all four books in the Body Shop Bad Boys series and just now able to sit down and write reviews. As such, I can say that Foley and Cyn's story is my favorite. Foley is a wonderfully written character with a personality that is more than skin deep. He has emotional layers that add to his charm. He's more than just a rough, tattooed mechanic. He was raised by a very strong woman who instilled manners and virtues including loyalty and protectiveness. He knows how to treat people, especially those he loves. The author does a fantastic job giving Foley real and believable emotions, opening him up to the readers.
Growing up wasn't nearly as wonderful for Cyn, however. Cyn grew up in an environment full of body shaming, insults, and condescension, nice enveloped with a smile. Moving away from the abuser is just one method of self-preservation deployed by Cyn. Swearing off men is just another mechanism Cyn uses to keep her sanity. She is a smart and strong woman that has endured a lot. Her development throughout the book is done so well, including mention of seeing a therapist. Sometimes you just can't work through your issues alone or with friends/family. You need an objective , outside person to talk to about the problems - family and friends are too close to the situation and tend to be more subjective.
The connection between Foley and Cyn is instant. He may not be exactly what she was looking for but Foley is exactly what Cyn needed in a man. Their reaction to one another and the feelings they have toward each other clearly blindsided them both and I loved their journey. Their chemistry is off the charts and realistically written. Despite her hardships growing up, Cyn is a nice, pleasant, down-to-earth person. Despite Foley's rough-and-tumble exterior, he's a sweetheart. They are a wonderful couple and I very much enjoyed their story.
I really enjoyed the secondary characters throughout the story. We met several of them in Test Drive, book 1 and the author did a great job adding a few more to the mix. I love the interactions between the secondary characters and Cyn and Foley.
The story is engaging from the beginning and kept me captivated. The romance between Cyn and Foley is sweet and hot and I enjoyed the progression of their relationship. I really enjoyed the moment Cyn stood her ground and verbalized the abuse she endured at the hands of someone who was supposed to love and support. The plot was well thought out, organized, and perfectly paced. The Body Shop Bad Boys series is a winner!