A Year of Hopes and Dreams – Marie Harte (Author Giveaway)

Marie is giving away signed Copies of Test Drive, Roadside Assistance, and A Sure Thing

Marie Harte A Year of Hopes and Dreams

I truly hope we can get through the next four years, learn to tolerate those who clearly need love (and a good ass-kicking or two), and not repeat past mistakes. And I hope that romance continues to give us all a fun, hopeful note in sometimes otherwise crazy days.

Question for a chance to win Signed Copies of Test Drive, Roadside Assistance, and A Sure Thing (US only please, shipping is harsh. LOL):

What’s the best gift you received over the holidays? Doesn’t have to be material.

I can’t say enough great things about Test Drive; I loved the interactions, the witty dialog, the emotions, the characters and most of all these two very different people who together complete each other. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures

Johnny, Foley, Sam, and Lou are the rough and tumble mechanics of Webster’s Garage. These reformed bad boys are used to living fast, but it’s the women in their lives who take them from zero to sixty in a heartbeat.

Johnny Devlin’s a charmer with a checkered past. He has had his eye on scorching-hot bartender Lara Valley for ages, but she’s rejected him more than once. That doesn’t mean he won’t come to her aid when some dirtbag mauls her. When she asks him on a date as a no-strings-attached thank you, he can’t say no. And then he’s saying nothing but hell, yes.

Review copy provided for an honest review


I somehow missed the news that Marie Harte’s new series, Body Shop Bad Boys, is a spin-off of purestdelightawardher McCauley Brothers series but that just made it all the better for me. Having seen bits and pieces of these characters in the other series, it was so easy to slip into this series and fall in love with this rough and tumble group of misfits that all work for Webster’s Garage. I love that these are blue collar men to the core, that most have done some time, that they are a bit rude, crude and socially unacceptable but underneath it all they have good hearts. Colorful characters, hilarious and insightful dialog, and a love story years in the making made Test Drive another fantastic offering from this author and a great start to a new series.

I loved that Johnny, who has enjoyed his bad boy playboy status, has decided he wants more and he wants it with a woman he feels is too good for him but he can’t seem to shake the feeling he’s had since he met her; that she is special and the one that makes him want to be a better man. On the outside Johnny looks like your typical hard working mechanic, but there is so much more to him and I loved watching each and every part of him being exposed as he dove head first into a relationship. I loved that he was so multi-dimensional and that he worked to better himself, but didn’t lose sight of who he was, what he enjoyed and what he wanted for his future. There was no doubt that Johnny had some issues stemming from losing his Mom at a young age and then the bevy of women that floated in an out of his life courtesy of his father, but he proved time and time again he’s a good man.

At first I had a hard time trying to figure Lara out, I liked her and the fact that she wasn’t afraid of hard work to achieve her dreams, but at times she seemed a bit judgmental and that bothered me. One thing was for certain, she was not immune to Johnny’s charms despite her best efforts. I loved that while it took her years before she went out with Johnny that once she did she began to see the real him and she appreciated everything about him. I will say that her stubbornness and her insistence of doing everything for herself drove me a bit nuts at times, but she was a good person and I liked that she made an effort to understand Johnny and his friends better.

What started out as two people hanging out and having some fun escalated quickly into more despite both of them insisting it was casual. Their chemistry was off the charts and as always Ms. Harte delivered intimate scenes hot enough to jump start anyone’s motor. However, even early on Johnny and Lara had this special connection which I think stemmed from them knowing each other for so long and being very comfortable about each other; they didn’t play any games, they communicated pretty well and had no trouble enjoying each other’s company even outside of the bedroom.

While I loved the time Johnny and Tara spent together getting to know one another some of my favorite scenes in this book were the ones they spent with Tara’s family, especially her nieces and with Johnny’s friends and co-workers. These scenes gave us a lot of insight into how they fit in each other’s lives.

I can’t say enough great things about Test Drive; I loved the interactions, the witty dialog, the emotions, the characters and most of all these two very different people who together complete each other.


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Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit http://marieharte.com and fall in love.

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12 thoughts on “A Year of Hopes and Dreams – Marie Harte (Author Giveaway)

  1. Both my daughters were home for the holidays, my youngest even brought her boyfriend. This was my oldest daughter’s first trip back home since she moved clear across the country in July 2015, so we were very excited to have her home. (I’ve visited her a couple times, but her dad and sister hadn’t seen her since she left.)

  2. My husband has been a rock for me and is the best gift of my life, not just the holidays. My mom has been very ill and he has helped carry that burden since last April. Don’t know what I would do without him.

  3. I got my annual Family Calendar with photos that were taken over the last year. I hang it on my fridge so see it many times a day (lol).

  4. The best gift I received was actually myself cooking dinner and taking it to my grandparent’s house to surprise them with not only a dinner but also with family making a surprise trip from out of state. I absolutely loved the looks on their faces as they answered the door when the door bell rang! And my dinner turned out perfect!

  5. I actually got my gift early. The husband sent me up to Passion in Portland for the weekend. What an adventure. I had never flown out of Medford before or into Portland. I can’t remember the last time I had a weekend that was just for me. Can’t wait until September. I will be going again.

  6. My mom gave me note cards. What was special, was that the note cards were hand-made and each one has a different picture of Paris. The pictures all represented places we went on our trip there together last year. It was a wonderful surprise and so meaningful!

  7. One year my sister got me tickets to see my favorite hockey team, that has always been my favorite Christmas present ever. I’m from Canada so I’m not entering this giveaway even though I would love to win Marie’s books 🙂

  8. My favorite “gift” was family time–we had the chance to have a couple all-family meals, and that shared time was very precious!

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