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Review: Revved to the Maxx by Melanie Moreland

Maxx Reynolds needs help.

His shop, house, and life are all in a state of disarray.

In desperation, he turns to the internet to hire a new employee, thinking it will make his life easier

What he expects is a fellow named Charly.

What he gets is a quirky, sassy, red-head named Charlynn who runs circles around him.

And she’s all woman.

He can’t stand her.

He can’t keep his hands off her either.

Title:Revved to the Maxx
Author:Melanie Moreland
Series:Standalone
Pages:321
Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):Opposites Attract
Workplace Romance
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Location:Canada
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Release Date:3rd September, 2020
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Delicious as pie

Yowsers – this book hit exactly the right spot for me. And left me with a mad hankering for pies, to boot! What could be more perfect?

Maxx is a grumpy mechanic who has let his house and his business – and maybe his life – get a little bit neglected and messy. So he hires a Girl Friday to come and help him – should she bake pies, he’s all the happier. In a grumpy way, of course.

And Maxx definitely is grumpy. He’s defined as ‘older’ at the rickety old age of 37 (to our heroine’s 26) which wasn’t necessary to either the plot or my self-esteem. But he really is set in his ways and likes to grump and stomp and all those delicious things alphas like to do. The fact that he doesn’t change his personality as the book progresses also pleased me. I hate a big strong male that turns into a sap towards the end of a book.

Charly on the other hand, is like a ray of sunshine with a spine of steel. She’s fun, hard-working and sweet but has absolutely no problem going toe to toe with Maxx. But the best thing about Charly is the job she’s hired to do – which is pretty much to take care of Maxx and give him what he didn’t realise he’s missing in his life. It’s my ideal job – organising, cleaning, fixing, baking pies and taking care of my man – all out in a cute house in the countryside with a dog. I’m equal parts cheering for her and very, very jealous.

There’s a lot of sex – and it’s the best kind.

There’s a lot of sex – and it’s the best kind. Since Maxx is grumpy, has trust issues and doesn’t want his world to change, it’s very much a case of grab and throw each other against the nearest surface – horizontal and/or vertical – over and over again! Delicious.

Even with the sexiness, there’s something so glowy and warming about this book and the story. I was going to say it was like a warm apple pie, but I shouldn’t keep thinking about pies or I might drool. As changes keep occurring in Maxx’s life and business, and his world keeps getting bigger and brighter, it felt so happy. I felt happy. And that’s what I took from this book. It had exactly the type of hero and heroine that I love. It had exactly the type of romance that I love – including the sex. And it had the happiest of happy endings. With pie.

I would love to revisit this world and these characters – to read the stories of the other mechanics and also what Maxx and Charly are up to. This book left with me with a smile on my face and a lovely warmth in my heart. Highly recommended.

New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

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