Under The Hood by Sally Clements

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Under The Hood by Sally Clements
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (70 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

When sexy mechanic Alice Starr mistakenly believes attorney Mark Jameson needs her help, he discovers he likes being rescued for a change. Smitten by her confidence, he hides his expertise so he has an excuse to see her again.

Starting their new all-female garage, Under the Hood, is keeping Alice and her friends busy. She doesn’t have time for a man. But with one kiss, she and Mark have advanced into water so deep she’s in danger of drowning. So why hasn’t he called?

Mark wants to tell Alice the truth so they can pursue a relationship. But he’s got even bigger problems at his office when his bitter aunt threatens Alice’s livelihood. He needs a plan, fast, or else Under the Hood and his chances with Alice could both be ruined.

The first thing I liked about this story was the setting and what the heroine did for a living…ran an all female garage. Alice comes across as a woman who knows what she wants and when she meets Mark (who she thinks in a male car owner in distress) nothing’s quite the same which made me what to read more.

Although this is a novella, I felt Ms. Clements did a great job fleshing out these two characters. While some of their background is told in narration, I didn’t feel like I was shortchanged in any way.

The dialogue is natural sounding and the pacing fast. And one final thing I enjoyed about Under The Hood was the secondary characters. Without them I think the story wouldn’t have been so strong, and like the hero and heroine, I felt they came across as real people.

If you like novellas I think this might be a good one for you.

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