Ace mechanic Lou Cortez has always had a way with the ladies, so he can’t understand why lovely florist Josephine -Joey- Reeves won’t give him the time of day.

Joey knows all about mistakes. After getting pregnant at fifteen, she’s spent the past nine years building a life for her and her son. This sexy mechanic is one misstep she’s not going to make. But the more time she spends with Lou, the hotter things get. Soon Joey’s left with a choice: keep things casual, or reveal all to Lou and hope he accepts her-and her son-for who they are.

Titles in the Body Shop Bad Boys series include:  Test Drive – Roadside Assistance – Zero to SixtyCollision Course

Body Shop Bad Boys is a series spin-off from The McCauley Brothers series

Title:  Collision Course
Series:  Body Shop Bad Boys #4
Author:  Marie Harte
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 2, 2018
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars

I’ve loved Lou for a long time now.  His talents go far beyond his expertise as a mechanic and the excellent custom design work on the cars he loves.  Lou is a smooth talker, a charmer, a true ladies man.  I wouldn’t really call him a player but he’s been content with a bevy of beauties in his life so far and has no real intent of settling down.  He is surrounded by strong, loving women of his family so to say that Lou understands the female mind (as well as any guy can) is not an overstatement yet… he has issues that we haven’t seen up until now.  And unless he can reconcile those issues he’s going to lose the one woman who could bring him the lifelong happiness he craves, even if he doesn’t see that feeling for what it is.

The one woman who seems immune to his charms is, of course, the one that he can’t get out of his mind.  He’s just going to get a lot more than he bargained for in a relationship with Joey.  And he’s going to have to come to terms with those issues of his as well.  Happiness is there within reach, but only Lou can make that choice.

I liked Collision Course, a lot.  I think part of that enjoyment of Lou and Joey’s story was because I could see both sides – I might not have agreed with some decisions, but I could understand why they were the people they are today.  It’s not easy to change who you’ve become through life experiences, yet without some changes parts of life will pass right by.  The chemistry between Lou and Joey was always present.  They might have gotten off to a slow start but it was soon a fast burn.  Mentally I was hoping for them both to get past what life had dumped on them and see that the future together could negate the past.  It was an adventure watching them come to realize that together is far better than apart.

As always in Body Shop Bad Boys I enjoyed the bantering between the guys and the sense of family of another sort that all the characters bring to the table.  Of course, there are small things that I wish might have been handled differently but then it wouldn’t be this story that I enjoyed, would it?  A person can get beyond what happened in the past but that lingering fear and the determination to not let it happen again is still there.  I’d recommend Collision Course for any Romance reader who enjoys strong characters, real to life issues to deal with and the community that good friends create.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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