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Review: Under the Hood (Under the Hood #1) by Sally Clements

Title: Under the Hood (Under the Hood #1)
Author: Sally Clements
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: May 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 1
Sexual - 1

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.
This book sounded really good - I loved the idea of a woman sweeping in to rescue a man - even if he didn't really need it.  But it just didn't live up to my expectations.  Alice is super critical of not being told everything at once.  How many people would really start a conversation by giving her every little piece of information she may want to know?  She was a little too insecure for being such a strong character in other ways.

Mark was a great guy.  I really don't think Alice gave him the credit he really deserved.  He was always doing things about as right as he possibly could.  This is also a very short novella, so we didn't get to explore much between them and I think that really hurt the story as well.

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