Wait With Me by Amy Daws
“I’m as real as they come, and I’ll put all your fictional studs to shame…”
I have to be honest. I heard the buzz about Tires, Tires, Tires. And I overheard people talking about Amy and her craziness. Caught some of the story. But I wasn’t one of the ones following the adventures religiously. I knew some vague details. Thought it sounded mildly amusing. And it’s no secret that her other books and series are huge hits. But, *gasp* I have actually not read any yet, despite having a number of them on my Kindle right this moment. (You better believe I’m bumping those babies up my TBR.) So when asked if I wanted to read an early copy of Wait With Me, the book based loosely on Ms. Daws’ shenanigans at her local tire center, I said sure. I had no idea what I was getting and that made it all the more delicious and wonderful when I started reading.
Katie Smith is author Mercedes Lee Loveletter. A bestselling erotic romance novelist, she’s hit a wall in her writing with a deadline fast approaching. The home she bought with her preppy, rich, ex-boyfriend isn’t helping get her creative juices flowing. So she’s seeking inspiration anywhere she can. By chance her car needs its regular service, and during her wait, she discovers the Comfort Center. Free coffee. Fresh baked goods. Wi-Fi. Comfy chairs. And relative quiet. The words flow like maple syrup from a tap. And soon she’s borrowing cars from every random friend and relative she can think of for an excuse to spend more time in this motivational mecca. I mean, no one’s going to notice one red-haired author clacking away in the corner eating one too many cookies, right?
Miles Hudson works at the Tire Depot. He’s no simple grease monkey. He loves his family deeply. He restores antique cars. He’s single-handedly rehabbing the house he bought on the Boulder outskirts. And after a decade in a poisonous relationship, he’s not down for anything more than casual. But the auburn bombshell who thinks she’s being sneaky about spending every waking moment in the waiting area of the garage? There’s just something about her that calls to him.
I was immediately hooked on the characters. The quirky spicy romance author. The hot, but somewhat broken, auto mechanic. And the supporting cast- plaid pants-wearing, hoppy-beer drinking Dean, loyal but honest best friend, Lynsey, garage sidekick and drinking buddy, Sam. They made the story real. You could completely believe the pizza-delivery incident actually happened (well, I guess it actually *did* happen). Picture the motorcycle rides and unexpected coffee shop confrontations, and practically taste the almond lattes and danishes from the Comfort Center. And above all it left you appreciating the romance of the every day encounter.
Jodi is a former elementary school teacher/curriculum writer turned SAHM. She lives in NH and has three girls ages 8, 6 and 3. Every day is a chaotic surprise in her house and reading is her stress reliever/escape hatch. She has enjoyed reading since she was very little, and loves a wide variety of genres, including everything from classics like Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice to sexy, smutty romance. She also enjoys coffee, chocolate, and wine, in that order throughout the day, and is very content any time she can go to the bathroom alone.