I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Under the Hood #2
Published by Entangled Bliss on May 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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She needs a lesson in love, and he’s the perfect teacher.
Mechanic Melody Swan is looking for a man who can share her hopes and dreams, but she swore she would never lose herself to passion. When sexy Heath Starr agrees to temporarily sub in the Under the Hood garage for his sister, Mel sees the perfect opportunity to enjoy being with a man without becoming attached.
Heath came to Meadowsweet to photograph nature, not find a hookup, especially since his last relationship ended in disaster. He vowed he’d never break another woman’s heart, and in turn, protect his own. Still, when Mel offers to serve as his outdoor guide, he can’t refuse.
Mel may say she’s only looking for right now, but her body is speaking a whole different language. And Heath’s viewfinder is drawn to her time and again. When the two find themselves isolated in a rustic cabin, they could both break their promises if they aren’t careful…
I went into reading Love for Beginners, knowing that I had not read the first of the series. Reading out of order, although it is something that I appear to be doing increasingly more often, is not generally something I like to do. This left me a little worried that I might have missed out on something that comes up in this book.
Luckily, Love for Beginners can easily be read as a stand-alone, and I definitely didn’t feel as though I hadn’t picked up on the flow of the series.
Here are my thoughts on Love for Beginners:
I’m a big fan of the Entangled Bliss line – sweet, romantic tales that will no doubt leave a smile on your face. Love for Beginners is another great offering from Bliss.
The characters of Melody and Heath are a couple you can’t help but like, and you will find yourself willing them to find out how to get to their HEA.
I loved that Melody wanted to be more comfortable around men, that she didn’t just shut herself away. Her reasoning for her perceived lack of a sexual nature don’t seem unrealistic, and they make more sense once you find out more about her. Watching her discover her sensuality and begin to fall for the very man she’s practicing on, I found myself cheering her on.
Heath is a sweetheart – yes, he may have a bit of a reputation as a “man-hoor” from the past, but his lady-killing ways are not what defines him. I like that someone, who appears so outwardly confident as he does, still has a vulnerable and gentle side. It made Heath seem a little more real to me. His patience with Melody is gorgeous, and I appreciate the fact that it never descends into condescension.
The secondary characters were fun and well-written, and I am looking forward to going back to read Alice and Mark’s story. Betty is wonderful too, and I hope there is someone special out there for her. Oh, and I love the premise of a female-run auto shop, catering to female car owners too!
Love for Beginners is a quick read, perfect for those lazy afternoons on the beach chair in summer, or hugged up on the sofa in winter.