When Sass Hogan catches her boyfriend slow-dancing and doing the tongue-tango with Tori Double-D-Cup Hunter, she pays him back the only way she knows how—by taking a tire iron to his beloved '67 Mustang Fastback. There's only one problem. She's destroyed the wrong car.
Jordan Michaels wants his car fixed, now, and he wants Sass's auto body shop to do it. But the handsome blond has a secret-he's really Jordan Carlyle of Carlyle's Classics, Hogan's biggest competitor, and he's determined to prove himself to his family.
As Sass and Jordan get to know each other, the depth of the attraction has them falling in love. But a relationship based on lies will only leave them primed for the worst wreck of their lives.
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With a degree in archaeology, Daire St. Denis was sure she was destined to be a female Indiana Jones. That didn't quite pan out, but she still managed her fair share of exotic adventures: being trapped in the Great Pyramid of Giza, searching for tigers in the Himalayas, and meeting Medusa in the bowels of Istanbul. Daire loves to pen erotic tales full of passion and unexpected adventure. She now lives in the wilds of Canada with two spirited children and one extremely patient husband.
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By Daire St. Denis, Liz Pelletier, Candace Havens
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That good-for-nothing cheat!
Sass Hogan reeled between the cars of the packed parking lot of the Snake Pit Saloon, her head buzzing with a swarm of angry bees, stabs of heat stinging her chest. All she'd wanted was a beer and a game of pool, was that too much to ask? It was Saturday night after all, and sort of her birthday — not that she'd told anyone.
But, the minute she'd walked into the saloon, what did she find? Not a surprise party, oh no. She'd been slapped in the face by Carlos, her supposed boyfriend, dancing with Tori Double-D-Cup-Hunter, his hands on her ass, his tongue sucked halfway down her throat.
Oh God. She needed some toilet paper to wipe that barfy image from her brain. Stumbling, she leaned against the nearest car, using her sleeve to swipe the tears from her cheeks. How could this be happening ... again?
Her knees gave out, and she slid down to sit on the bumper, her head hanging between her knees. She'd trusted Carlos. He was her friend. They worked together. They'd collaborated on cars together. The other stuff — the make-out sessions and wild sex — had all come later. How could he betray her?
Sass pressed the heels of her hands into her eye sockets. Had she missed something? Were there signs that she'd been oblivious to? Rubbing slow circles against her eyes, she recalled one time in particular when she'd caught him texting at the shop and he said he wasn't. She shuddered. Had he been sexting Tori?
No! Just when she was starting to care, starting to trust, she was kicked in the gut by some lying, cheating scumbag-of-a-man-whore. Again.
What was that saying? The one about fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you? No, wait. That wasn't right. It was, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
So, what was that supposed to mean? That this was her fault? That she attracted cheating men?
No way in hell!
She pushed herself to her feet and kicked the tire of the car.
Nothing. No relief.
With a grunt, she body-checked the side, but it barely rocked on its axles. With a frustrated sniff, she wiped her eyes with the back of her arm until her blurry vision regained some clarity.
What the ...?
The car she'd been sitting on — a beautifully rebuilt '67 Mustang Fastback — came into focus. Out of all the cars in the lot, what were the chances that she'd stumble blindly into Carlos's Mustang, the one she'd helped him restore at her father's auto-body shop? She slid her hand along the glossy paint, vaguely aware of the sound of her breath, ragged and harsh. A strange sense of déjà vu settled over her as she circled the Mustang, like she'd been here before, not just emotionally, but really here, standing in the dark parking lot, touching this car, on the precipice of something that was as of yet unnamed.
Sass shook her head, the bees still swarming chaotically between her ears.
You know you want to. He deserves it.
She rubbed her palms over her eyes and tried to take a deep breath. She had to get out of there before she did something she'd regret. Like a pinball bouncing between cars, Sass lurched toward the back of the lot. Once she located the Corvette, she collapsed against the hood, hanging her head and doing her best to calm down.
She needed something. Something to make the pain stop.
Her hands shook as she fit the key into the lock and turned.
She fully intended to get into the car and drive off. She really, really did. But then she saw the tire iron. It sat in the cargo space behind her driver seat, sparkling like a magic wand, calling her name.
Sa-ass. Pick me up. Come on, Sass. You know you want to.
She reached for it, dragging the iron slowly and carefully out of the car. She held it up, testing its weight like it was a baseball bat and she was a ball player intent on hitting a home run. Sass looked around. Her vision cleared. The bees still hummed, but not so much with anger as with anticipation.
There was no one around.
Slowly, Sass edged back to the car three rows over. What she was about to do was wrong. Some part of her knew that. But there was another part — one she'd only met a few times, one that was even now clawing at her innards to get out — that insisted what she was about to do would feel right. Oh, so right.
No one saw you in the bar. The tire iron vibrated in her fierce grip. No one knows about you and Carlos anyway. Come on. Do it for all the women who've been cheated on.
With one more glance around the parking lot, Sass raised the iron above her head, took a deep breath, and swung it for all she was worth.
The windshield cracked under the force of her blow.
Oh God! The flame licks tattooed on the small of her back came to life, radiating heat and sparks to her extremities until the iron felt weightless in her grasp. The driver's side window and door caved with no effort.
Sass strode to the front of the car, glanced around and then, while the Carrie Underwood song, "Before He Cheats," ran on repeat through her brain, she swung like she held a Louisville Slugger, taking out both headlights ... pop, pop! They burst in delightful mini-explosions.
Her body vibrated with pure adrenaline as she dragged the rough end of her weapon along the passenger side, making a deep gouge in the shiny blue paint all along the car's length to the rear fender, denting the chrome hubcaps as she went. Years of pent-up emotions surged through her as she shattered both taillights, the glass tinkling as it fell to the ground.
Leaning her frame on the iron, Sass panted heavily and surveyed the damage: the dented hubcaps, scratched doors, and gouged side panels. She swallowed hard and squeezed her eyes shut as some weird choking sensation threatened to take over. But with her eyes closed all she could see was Carlos and Tori, swaying to the music.
Would he take her home or go back to her place? Maybe they'd sneak off to the Greenwood Inn.
Out of nowhere, an image of a shirtless Dex Whelan, her first love — the rat! — popped into her head. The door to his room at the Greenwood Inn was open wide enough to reveal a redhead lounging on the bed inside, smoking a cigarette. Just the thought of Dex had the power to throw Sass into a vortex of hurt and shame and she held the sides of her head, swallowing the fire of his betrayal mingled with this latest one.
First Dex, now Carlos. With a shake of her head and a grunt of anger, Sass glanced around the empty parking lot. She climbed up on the hood and started to dance, a stomping, boot-grinding jig, making sure to dig the heels of her cowboy boots into the shiny paint and white stripes. Then she lifted the iron above her head and brought it down butt first, denting the roof of the vehicle again and again and again.
"Never —" Crash!
"Ever —" Smash!
* * *
What had she done? Sass Hogan sat in her car in the parking lot of Hogan's Restoration & Body Shop Sunday morning unable to move. She checked herself in the rearview mirror and tucked a stray piece of hair beneath her headband. She blinked her mascaraed lashes and rubbed her glossy lips together. She never wore makeup and now she had some of the black gunk in her eyes. That must have been why they were stinging. That and the fact she'd gotten very little sleep.
Oh God! What had she done?
It was wrong. It was so wrong.
No, not just wrong, criminal. She was a criminal and would end up in jail. Maybe they'd make her take some of those stupid anger-management classes ... not that it wasn't probably a good idea, because holy hell, she could still feel the anger bubbling inside of her, even after all she'd done to release it. It was like last night's escapade had only spun her tires and her anger was ready to blast out onto an open stretch of road. Seriously. She had to get a grip. What on earth had possessed her?
But Sass knew what had possessed her. She hadn't planned on going to the Pit, but she'd been working in the shop late and suddenly realized it was her birthday. Not that she wanted anyone to know. Sass hated them, always had. Still, considering what day it was left her restless. Edgy. And, one of the few things that relieved her when she was feeling tense these days was a little one-on-one time with Carlos.
So she went to the Pit because that's where Carlos went every Saturday night. Now she knew why. Maybe she'd always known why.
Sass tugged up her tank top and adjusted the microscopic skirt — all stuff her friend Libby had talked her into buying a few months ago. It was a far cry from what she normally wore to the shop, but it was the kind of outfit Tori would wear, apparently the kind of outfit Carlos liked on a woman.
Ah shit. Dressing like this had seemed like a good idea in the wee hours of the morning when she'd been unable to sleep and her plan had been to come into work and confess. Hoping what? If she batted her lashes and wore something revealing, Carlos would forgive her for destroying his prized possession? Stupid. Carlos cared way more about the car than he ever cared about her.
If only she could take it back, have a redo of the last twelve hours, and just break up with Carlos, cool and controlled-like.
She played the scenario over in her head, telling Carlos they were through, maybe telling him she was bored and that's why she was ending it. She wouldn't let on what she'd seen or how upset she was.
Except, she could still feel the weight of the iron in her hands as she stared out the window. Man, it'd felt good busting up Carlos's car. The way the tire iron moved? It was like it had a life of its own, kind of like that movie about the car that comes to life, that horror movie, what was it called? Christine? Yes, that was it. The tire iron was like Christine, possessed. Trying to get Sass to help destroy those around her. The afterglow still had a hold of her, and her fingers trembled with remembered satisfaction.
Sass shook her head, dislodging the vivid memory from her mind's eye. After a deep, trembling breath, she crawled out of the car and teetered to the door as best she could in the only pair of heels she owned. She saw with relief there were no other cars parked in the lot except for all the wrecks and "projects" Buck kept for a rainy day. Once inside, she started a pot of coffee to brew. Not that she needed any. Coffee would have her bouncing off the walls. Her legs were jumpy, and her normally steady hands shook. Holy Hannah! She was as twitchy as a jumping bean on crack.
The sound of the finely tuned engine of Carlos's Mustang rumbled, getting louder as it turned into the parking lot. Lurching over to the window, she watched as the battered car rattled through the gate. The windshield was so shattered she couldn't make out Carlos's face. She could guess what expression he'd be wearing and the thought sent a chill down her spine. With her gut twisted into a knot, she leaned against the wall behind the filing cabinet, taking deep breaths, exhaling as slowly as she could manage.
The bells over the front door tinkled. "Hello?"
Sass frowned. Carlos normally used the side entrance.
"Is anyone here?"
Emerging from behind the cabinet, Sass stared in confusion at the man at the door of the shop. He was enormous and blond and seemed vaguely familiar.
"The door was open and ..." He smiled apologetically, revealing a dimple in his right cheek.
Sass stared, craning her neck to see if Carlos was standing behind the dude. Maybe he was still outside. Damn! She didn't need some stranger witnessing the scene that was going to take place in a matter of seconds. "Sorry, we're closed," she blurted without thinking it all the way through.
"Oh?" The giant scratched the back of his neck.
The movement emphasized some serious biceps muscles. Sass swallowed with difficulty and wrenched her gaze back to his face.
"A guy I met at the bar last night told me to come in today. He said he works here."
Was that why Blondie seemed familiar? Had she seen him at the bar?
"Who?" Sass asked, her voice sounding higher than normal. "Who did you talk to?"
Sass's knees buckled at the mention of Carlo's last name. She didn't get a chance to respond before the guy pointed at the sign on the door.
"It says you're open Sundays."
Nibbling on the side of her thumb, Sass said, "Yeah. Usually. But the boss, Buck Hogan, he's out of town and ..." She didn't get a chance to finish because at that moment Carlos walked in through the side entrance.
Sucking in a quick breath, Sass bolstered herself for what she had to do. It'd be best if she just got it out as quickly as possible, regardless of the jolly blond giant. She inhaled deeply and was about to spew the torrential confession she'd been planning all night ... but the words didn't come. Something was wrong.
Carlos walked toward her with his usual swagger. He took in Sass's appearance and his eyes opened wide before a slow smile spread across his face.
What the ...? He was acting like there was nothing wrong. As if his car wasn't sitting outside smashed to bits. Where was the anger? Where was the temper tantrum? What the hell was going on?
"I didn't think you'd be here today," Carlos said as his gaze swept appreciatively over her one more time.
"I-I had to come in because, ah ..." She chewed on her lip as she glanced at the Goliath standing in the entrance. For the first time she noticed his flushed cheeks and the way his hands continued to open and close by his sides as if trying to contain some unnamed emotion.
It was then that Carlos noticed the guy standing there, too. "Yo, Jordie. I have to tell you, man, she looks even worse in the light of day."
The giant closed his eyes and rubbed his temples. "Yeah. I know. Want to come out and take a closer look?"
Sass frowned. She was missing something here. Something crucial. As Carlos followed Blondie out the front door, Sass scurried to the window, almost tripping as her ankle twisted in her silly shoes. What she saw out the window made her mouth drop and she groaned as if she'd just had a tooth pulled — without anesthetic.
There were two '67 Mustang Fastbacks sitting outside. One that was destroyed, by her hand, and one that was parked, pristine as all get-out, like some evil being sent to mock her.
No! It wasn't possible!
The cars were the same make, same year, had the same dual striping down the hood. What were the chances? They were even both blue, although now that they sat side by side, she could see that one of them was Arcadian blue and the other Brittany blue. How could she have made that mistake?
Oh, God. Oh, God. Oh, God.
She'd smashed the wrong car!CHAPTER 2
Sass used every expletive in her arsenal and even made up a few as she paced across the concrete floor, wearing the little plastic heel caps down to the metal pegs. Stupid shoes.
What was she going to do? What the hell was she going to do?
Returning to the window, she stared out at her handiwork as she chewed her thumb raw. She could see the two men talking as they surveyed the damage. Moments later, Carlos broke away and walked toward the shop but Sass was glued to the window, unable to tear her eyes away from the biggest mistake of her life.
With a hand to her stomach, willing herself not to get sick, she barely registered Carlos's presence as he grabbed a clipboard from the wall, pulled a work order from the filing cabinet, and sidled up behind her. Clasping her shoulder he leaned his hips into her. Softly he whispered in her ear, "You look good, cielito."
She shrugged off his cheating hands. He always did this, tried to sneak in little touches when no one was looking. They'd agreed to keep their relationship a secret because they worked together and because of her father, Buck. But now his covert touches made her want to punch him. In the face.
He tilted his head. "What's wrong?"
She opened her mouth to confess but instead, the words, "We're done," came out in the very same cool, collected voice she'd imagined minutes ago.
"Qué?" Carlos grabbed her shoulder.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a great book. Bad girl trying to be good, a good guy trying to be bad......sounds combustible. Yeah, it is!
First thing I want to say is this is an actual book! Over 300 pages AND is NOT a cliffhanger! Now with that said.... With the exception of a mustang getting hurt in the making of this book, I enjoyed it a lot ;) ! The characters were a lot of fun. I also really enjoyed the authors writing style. Will definitely be checking out more books by her. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sass catches her boyfriend cheating and in a moment of rage she destroys his car. What she doesn't realize until it is to late is that it isn't his car but a strangers. Jordan doesn't know what has happened to his car but he has to get it fixed. He wants the auto body place Sass's dad runs to be the one to fix it. H doesn't know who or why his car was destroyed but it has to be fixed. He has another motive and that is to check out the shop and maybe steal some talent for his family business Carlyle's Classics. He has let his family down and thinks this may be his way back in the good graces. Sass and Jordan grow close and things heat up between them but they both have secrets that will destroy any chance they had. Sass is an amazing woman who loves cars and loves working on them. She is great at what she does and it is her life. She has a few friends and her father who she loves. She is a very caring person as you see when she works with people who need some company. The one thing that scares her most is falling in love. She has been burned a few times and is scared to take a big step into a relationship. Jordan has disappointing his family and is looking for a way to prove to them he isn't a loser. He is very talented but his family just hasn't seen that yet. He is sexy and smart even if he slips up and does dumb stuff sometimes it makes him that much more real to me. The title alone made me want to read this book and then when I read the blurb I was hooked. I loved Sass from the start as she is a woman who loves to work with cars. I do to so instant bond. She doesn't take well to being cheated on and I don't blame her. She acts out in a way that will take a man with a classic car to his knees. Jordan takes it in pretty good that his car has been destroyed. Even if the two start off with lies and secrets they quickly see they have something between them that can't be stopped. Sass will have you laughing as she tries to do a few things to keep from wanting Jordan so bad. They both even when they are hiding stuff actually help the other. They bring out the best in each other and show help each others talents. There is plenty of hotness in this book but there is also letting go and seeing no one is perfect. Both Sass and Jordan have a lot to work through and I loved reading about them. This book has a little bit of it all to keep you entertained.
This book is a Great read. Sassy and Jordan story is awesome from beginning to end and a happy ending.
So what do you do when you find your boyfriend playing tonsil hockey with another woman? You go all Carrie Underwood on him and take a tire iron to his car, right?! And come on, can anyone tell me they haven’t wanted to do the same thing? Yeah, I thought so! Go Sassy…oops, guess you should have made sure you were destroying the right car! What a fun read this book was – filled with classic cars, a sassy mechanic, and a sexy man. This story had lots of heat and angst and was wrapped around a romance that had more obstacles than the final course in that TV show “Wipeout”. Sassy was one feisty character, but she carries some pretty deep emotional scars that she hides well by living fast and keeping her distance from any real emotional attachments. When she meets Jordan there is an instant connection that happens between them, but since Jordan is hiding who he really is and Sassy is afraid to come clean about being the one to destroy his car, their relationship is one that has lots of ups and downs…and not just between the sheets! Jordan is also carrying some emotional baggage, but I loved how sweet he was with Sassy, especially how he never seemed to tire of grabbing his sketch pad and pencil to draw her all the time! It was so nice to see both Sassy and Jordan come to terms with their issues and realize the depth of their feelings towards one another. And the heat between the two was certainly off the charts! Once their families got involved, all bets were off as to what was going to happen and how things would end up. The supporting cast of characters, including Sassy’s father Buck, her best friend Libby, and the guys at the garage, all added additional depth and really helped tell Sassy’s story. Seeing Sassy interact with all of the other characters really helped put in perspective all that Sassy has had to deal with in her life and how she was choosing to handle it. I especially loved Libby helping Sassy out by providing her with some samples from her sex toy business – too funny! I really enjoyed reading about Sassy & Jordan – this story was lots of fun and kept me turning the pages! I was given an eARC of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This book starts off so incredibly hot (seriously, I had to pause and take a breath at one point) but then the excitement is shot all to heck and makes all previous feelings null and void. Sooooooooo disappointing.
When one starts to lie it is hard to come up for air. It is even harder to come clean and tell the true. But when you tell a lie remember the true always comes out. Can Sass forgive Jordan? Will Sass tell Jordan that she was trying to ruin Carlos's car and not his. Can they both look pass the lies and follow their hearts? I enjoyed this book as I felt Sass's pain, her loneliness and self doubt, and her love.
3.5 Stars The title, the cover, and the synopsis captured my attention and I knew I wanted to check this book out. Sass Hogan is 23 years old and knows her way around cars better than some of the best men out there. When she catches her cheating boyfriend with another woman, she decides to take it out on his classic car, only the car wasn't his. Enter Jordan Carlyle,the son of Hogan's competition and the owner of the Mustang with the mistaken identity, using the identity of Jordan Michaels. Jordan shows up at Hogan's to have his car repaired, as if Sass wasn't already feeling guilty enough about what happened, but Jordan has his own agenda to. What neither of them planned on was the attraction between them that turned into a lot more. While their feelings are real, will the web of deception they have both weaved be more than can be repaired? I liked Jordan's character. He was quite the hottie who despite the initial deception, was a really great guy and I really began to like him as the book progressed. I didn't care as much for Sass' character. She was okay, but I just was not won over by her character or her personality, and though I did like her better by the end of the book, I never really connected with her and found her to be a bit frustrating at times. Despite the fact that I didn't connect with the characters on as deep a level as I would have liked, I did enjoy the story overall, and the chemistry between them was intense. This is the first book I've read by Daire St. Denis and I would certainly be interested in reading more from her in the future. Overall, I would consider this an enjoyable story, it didn't have that "wow" factor that sucks you in, but it is something that contemporary romance fans would enjoy.
I really enjoyed this book. I originally thought that the book was a cowboy book. It is about a custom car business, and Sassy is the one who repairs the cars. The shop is owned by her father. Jordan, the other half of the couple, is actually an artist and designer, who is a son in the family of Carlyles custom cars, who wants to buy Hogan's, so he is spying for them. In the beginning, Sassy destroys the car that Jordan is driving by accident, thinking that it belongs to someone else. Not knowing what happened, Jordan takes the car to Hogan's to be fixed, as the car has to go back to Carlyle's to be auctioned off. They get to know each other, and love ensues/ In the meantime, Sassy's' father Buck, who has been a widower for a long time, decides to remarry, and sell the business. This does not go over well with Sassy. She does not bill Jordan for fixing the car, even though he doesn't understand why. After Sassy finds out why Jordan was really in town she doesn't want to see him anymore. Jordan asks Sassy's dad for a second chance with her, and he agrees, letting him see her by being an unpaid helper. The reconnect at an old age home, where Jordan is teaching art, and Sassy is helping the residents. They get back together and live happily ever after. A fun read!
I received an ACR of Mustang Sassy in exchange for an honest review. Blurb: When Sass Hogan catches her boyfriend slow-dancing and doing the tongue-tango with Tori Double-D-Cup Hunter, she pays him back the only way she knows how—by taking a tire iron to his beloved ’67 Mustang Fastback. There’s only one problem. She’s destroyed the wrong car. Jordan Michaels wants his car fixed, now, and he wants Sass’s auto body shop to do it. But the handsome blond has a secret−he’s really Jordan Carlyle of Carlyle’s Classics, Hogan’s biggest competitor, and he’s determined to prove himself to his family. As Sass and Jordan get to know each other, the depth of the attraction has them falling in love. But a relationship based on lies will only leave them primed for the worst wreck of their lives. My thoughts: I liked Mustang Sassy, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. After that great opening I assume the rest of the book would follow suit, but it didn’t. Sassy was not sassy she avoided more the she confronted and Jordan, I don’t think he was a strong enough Hero. Though I didn’t hate the book, if wasn’t an ARC I would have put it down and never picked it up again. It just didn’t hold my interest.
Mustang Sassy is a book about deceit, misunderstandings, revelation and reconciliation. I would say it's an emotional read as we follow Sass and Jordan's roller-coaster journey through tough times. What caught my attention about this book was its title. Mustang Sassy just has a nice ring to it and then when I read the blurb, I thought it would be an interesting read with all that wrecking the wrong car thing after witnessing her boyfriend with another girl and how to get out of the sticky situation. The beginning chapter focuses on Sass and her messed up thoughts the moment she saw her boyfriend with another girl and she just lost it. This girl needs some anger management problem! She only realized that she got the wrong car back at the workshop and that the car she smashed belonged to this hot guy Jordan Michael. Despite knowing that fact, Sassy wasn't able to confess about her wrong doings and that dragged on, followed by some misunderstandings. What's the deceit about? You'll have to find out by reading the book. I couldn't really relate to Sass at the start of the book with all her irrational thoughts and that one major anger outburst but it was still amusing to read about her. As the story progresses, I slowly get to know more about her and understand what made her this way. The deceit and misunderstandings left me frustrated and annoyed at times but it resolved pretty well in the end with a twist that slapped the truth across both characters' faces. Love how Sass learnt the truth about her past and how it propelled her forward and how sweet Jordan was. Overall still an enjoyable read! The chemistry between Sass and Jordan is definitely sizzling! Disclosure: I receive a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
3 stars - A tangle of lies that weaves through some pretty sexy scenes First Impressions... I haven't read this author before but I liked the idea of a feisty girl taking her revenge on her cheating boyfriends car only to find out she'd hit the wrong one. In my mind, I pictured him finding her beating his car to bits. That's not what happened. The Characters... I'm a very character driven reader. I need to like, feel connected to, or at least understand the characters. I felt that with Jordan. He's the youngest and trying to prove to his family that he's not a mess up. He comes to town to figure out what makes Hogan auto body shop so special, being a little secretive about who he really is. But he's a lot of things that I liked. He's an artist. He's a boxer. He shows restraint. He's sexy. He's an incredible lover. I really liked him. Sass, not so much. She's had some cheating boyfriends and has some serious issues because of it. For one, she took a tire iron to a guys car. But the truth is that I didn't like her. I found her snotty, moody and difficult. I got that she had some bad things happen in her past with her mom and boyfriends. But she's just too hostile and harsh for me. And considering she doesn't like lying, she's doing more than anyone. The Story... The story is a tangle of lies. I'm not big on lying plots. You know it's going to all come out in the end and it's only a matter of time before people find out the truth. Both of them were hiding things. Some worse than others. In the mean time, they fell for each other. Jordan was willing to admit that sooner that Sass but he brought her along kicking and screaming. What didn't work for me... Sass, the amount of lying and the sex toys that Libby sells. In The End... It took me a long time to finish this one. I kept putting it down. I think readers who really like the angry, strong female characters will like this one. The heat is high and the guy is yummy, so anyone who likes that will probably enjoy it too.
So, last night I finished Mustang Sassy by Daire St. Denis. First off, the first thought that popped in my head was the first line of Mustang Sally. Of course, I had to change it to Mustang Sassy. Anyway, I should proceed with my thoughts. I wanted to read Mustang Sassy, because the blurb sounded kind of funny. I mean Sassy catches her boyfriend with his hands all up on another girl and she just loses it. Next thing you know she's go through the motions of taking it out on the dude's car. Of course, you have to think of the Carrie Underwood song Before He Cheats. Sassy comes to find out she damage the wrong car. Whoops. What are the odds of having the exact same model and almost same shade of blue in the same area? Nearly impossible. However, strange things do happen. For example, I had one gate guard ask me if I had just got my Civic? I guess my car looked just like the one he sold. Highly unlikely, but not unheard of. Anyway, Jordan Carlyle wanted to know what Hogan's Restoration and Body Shop had over Carlyle Classic's. So, he figure he would find out who does the best work and basically take them away from Hogan's. Yeah, a bit underhanded, but it's all about survival. So, Jordan gives a fake name and the story goes from there. Honestly, I thought it was a cute read. I mean you have Sassy who feels kind of guilty on what she has done, but doesn't want to fess up. Jordan who is viewed as the family screw up and doesn't want to come completely clean on why he's there to both parties. Both of them had plenty of opportunity to come clean, but neither of them do. There relationship is a bit interesting too. Where you have Sassy who has a fear of relationships and a lot has to stem from family life. She doesn't want to get to attach to anyone for fear of them leaving her. In a way it's a logical thought and more is reveal on why she feels this way. Even though Jordan is a bit dishonest, he's willing to stick it out and fight for Sassy while past guys never did. Seriously, Mustang Sassy is a fun cute read. It would be brain candy, something light and fluffy and not overly-taxing. So, if you are looking for something that's not going to stress you out, you might want to give Mustang Sassy a go. Copy provided by publisher
What a fun sassy read. I love the character Sassy from the first page. Sassy catches her boyfriend slow dancing at the bar, so to pay him back she takes a tire iron to his car, one little mistake it was the wrong car. It turns out that it is Jordan's car, who is there to under false pretenses to check out Hogan's Body Shop.Jordan takes his beat up car to Hogan's where Sassy works. Jordan and Sassy both have secrets to hide in their past. This book has it all, loved the humor and hot sex between these two, the lies between them. Will it be just hot sex or it become a relationship? I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Great Book!! You just never know what you are getting into when you request an ARC for a "new to you" author. In this particular case, I truly lucked out because I am now a full-fledged Dare St. Denis fan. Her writing is flawless and Mustang Sassy is the perfect combination of plot, emotion, action and of course, steamy romance. Twenty-three-year-old Sass Hogan definitely needs an anger management class or at least some therapy. After seeing her boyfriend Carlos getting down and dirty on the dance floor with another woman, Sass goes ballistic and takes a tire iron to his vintage Mustang and practically destroys it. The following day she finds out that the car she wrecked belongs to Jordan Michaels, a man who is passing through town, not Carlos. As luck would have it, Sass just happens to be the best auto body technician in town. Sass grew up watching her father Buck and his staff convert vintage or classic clunkers into works of art. Hogan's Restoration & Body Shop is well known for their outstanding workmanship. So Jordan's Mustang ends up at Hogan's to be repaired. Jordan Michaels is not who he claims to be. He actually works for Hogan's competition and is in town on a mission to prove to his family that he is not a failure. His damaged car ends up being a blessing in disguise. I really enjoyed this book. Sass and Jordan are extremely likeable, have great chemistry and challenge each other in the most unique ways. I immediately connected to them as individuals and as a couple. Their sex scenes are passionate and hot. Libby, Sass's best friend is a riot and some of her dialogue made me laugh out loud. This is a brilliant book, complete with great characters, a plot that twists and turns in all the right places, and an imaginative love story. ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
When Sass Hogan catches her boyfriend slow-dancing and doing the tongue-tango with Tori Double-D-Cup Hunter, she pays him back the only way she knows how—by taking a tire iron to his beloved ’67 Mustang Fastback. There’s only one problem. She’s destroyed the wrong car. Jordan Michaels wants his car fixed, now, and he wants Sass’s auto body shop to do it. But the handsome blond has a secret−he’s really Jordan Carlyle of Carlyle’s Classics, Hogan’s biggest competitor, and he’s determined to prove himself to his family. As Sass and Jordan get to know each other, the depth of the attraction has them falling in love. But a relationship based on lies will only leave them primed for the worst wreck of their lives. Review: I just became a fan of this new-to-me Author! What a great story! I am not sure what I expected from the description of the book, but what I read was a fun, sexy, and an emotional story. There are so many layers to Sass and Hogan. Sass Hogan is a top-notch mechanic and car restorer, whose mother died when she was a small child and has been raised in the shop that her father owns. I like that Sass is impetuous and you feel like she lays it all out there, but she is holding back and protecting herself because she feels everyone always leaves her. Jordan "Michaels" feels and seems to be treated as the little brother, he is a beautiful artist and a car designing artist, but he stifles those talents away to be what his family wants and needs. Trying to prove himself, he gets accidentally caught up in Sass's impetuousness when she takes out her anger on his car instead of someone else's by accident. This sends these two on a whirl-win love affair, but they are both keeping secrets and hiding part of their emotions away from each other. I was pleasantly surprised by how emotional this book is, especially in the later half of book when secrets are revealed from not just Jordan and Sass, but others around them. I cried when Sass was hurting and learning the truth about Jordan and her mother. I loved the chemistry between Jordan and Sass, it was believable and Hot! And the intimate scenes were scorchers! I great read and I cannot wait to read more from this Author!!! 4Stars
This is the first book that I have read by Daire St. Denis and I absolutely loved it. I truly loved the personality of Sass and the relationship that she had with Jordan. I could not put this book down and cannot wait to read more from this author. Sass Hogan hides here feelings from everyone. But when she caught her boyfriend in an intimate slow-dance with Tori she decides to take revenge by taking a tire iron to his ’67 Mustang that she helped him customize. That is until she finds out that it was not his car that she smashed up real good. Jordan Michaels is a screw-up as far as his family is concerned. But he has a plan to prove to them that he can be dependable when it comes to the family business. He is really a Carlyle and his family owns Carlyle’s Classics, which is losing business to Hogan’s, and he is in town to see who the best body work mechanic is, so he can talk him into coming to work for his family. Sass smashing up his car was even better than the original plan he had. The only problem was that he did not plan to fall in love with Sass, especially a love that has been built on lies. What will Sass do when she finds out he’s been lying to her from the start? I received an e-ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.