Published: 12th December 2017
Publisher: Self Published
Format: Ebook courtesy of author for review
5/ 5 Stars
Two mechanics. One rivalry.
She’ll prove she’s as good as she says she is.
He’ll prove her place isn’t under the hood.
It’s over it.
“Don’t let the bastards get you down.”
For twenty-six years, I lived by my daddy’s motto. Which is why “Mechanic Wanted” is all it takes for me to apply for the job at the garage we once owned.
And I meet the biggest bastard of them all.
Dexter Ryne. Hotter than Hell in July and a firm believer that my place is on reception, taking phone calls and looking pretty. Not getting dirty under the hood of a car.
Determined to prove each other wrong, we make a deal.
I have three weeks to prove my worth as a mechanic. If I don’t, I’m on telephone duty.
If I do, he’ll accept defeat and make my job permanent.
Now, all I have to do is fight my attraction to the cocky little… beep.
Problem is, an engine isn’t the only thing he knows how to make purr…
MISS MECHANIC, a standalone romantic comedy from New York Times bestseller, Emma Hart.
Miss Mechanic might have been the first of Emma Hart’s books I’ve read, but I c an tell you now, it won’t be the last.
Miss Mechanic is everything you may ever possibly want in a rom-com and then some. It’s funny, and cute, and has two really well developed characters that not only have charisma plus, but sexual chemistry that lights up the pages and keeps you coming back for more. Perhaps though, the aspect that I loved the most about this book is it’s heart and the courage Hart has given not only the characters to challenge their situations and life expectations, but each and every reader as well.
The first thing I noticed going into this book, was that Emma Hart was not only bringing sexy back with a hero (Dex) to die for (after we’ve tamed his outdated views of course) and some crazy banter between Dex and Jamie, but she was challenging gender stereotypes, giving women a voice and equalizing the power field between men and women in the work place, and at home.
While there is a feminist-we-can-do-anything-attitude (YAY!) present throughout out the book, I absolutely adored Miss Mechanic for the way it was able to both entertain and delight, while encouraging and lifting women up, while simultaneously NOT also demolishing and demonizing everything to do with man in the process. What is left, is a well balanced novel that seeks to give a voice to the minority through education and entertainment, a concept/result I’ve seen too many books fail to deliever in recent years.
To date, I don’t think I’ve read a book where the female lead was a mechanic and thus I found that aspect alone really intriguing. I liked learning about the industry through the characters banter and work load, and I really enjoyed how Jamie constantly challenged Dex’s chauvinistic tendencies and fought against the injustice and mistreatment of women working in what is considered ‘men’s industries’. Likewise, I enjoyed how Dex challenged Jamie and really brought her to life not only on the page, but in the story in a way, I’m not sure any other character could have.
All in all, I highly recommend Miss Mechanic.