Series: Tag Raiders #1
on March 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Source: the publisher
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When Scott Devin buys a struggling car dealership in a semi-rural area in Western Australia, the last person he expects to see in charge is a stilletto-wearing, mini-skirted foreperson. Exactly the distraction a struggling, male-dominated workshop doesn’t need! But there’s more to TJ Stevens than meets the eye.
TJ Stevens has two major goals in life: to preserve her grandfather’s heritage and protect the program – and she’ll go to any lengths to do it. Scott Devin’s presence is a threat to everything she’s worked hard to achieve, so keeping him at arms length shouldn’t be a problem…or would it?
I first read Under the Hood over a year ago, so I went back and re-read it this weekend. I loved it the first time around, and I am pleased to say that I enjoyed it equally this time around.
Here are my thoughts on Under the Hood:
I loved the setting of this book – there’s something a little magical about the towns set up in the hills surrounding any city, but having had friends that lived in the Perth Hills, I know what a lovely part of the world this is.
The combination of two strong-willed, somewhat stubborn people, as we have in TJ and Scott, is always a delicious recipe when it comes to romance. I loved the growth that both characters go through in the story, particularly Scott, and I really loved the heat and chemistry that the two of them generate when they are together.
The program that TJ runs and Scott comes to help with – where at-risk youth are given a chance to escape the cycle of helplessness – drives a lot of the external story (sorry for the car pun). I love that this had a strong social conscience, without resorting to being overly preachy. The mystery and suspense elements are really well-done (you’ll have to read it to find out what the mystery is – not going to spoil it for you).
Under the Hood is a quick read, but by no means do you ever feel rushed in reading it. The pacing of the story and the dialogue between TJ and Scott, and all the other characters, is right on the mark. Suspenseful, romantic, mysterious – I am now more keen than ever to get to the next instalment, Under Cover of Dark, which I believe is out next month.
But for now, a very hearty congratulations and the very best of wishes to Juanita Kees. A very well-deserved nomination!