Author: Daire St. Denis
Published by: Entangled
Publication Date: February 24, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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.
Badass cars and a sassy chick who gets revenge Carrie Underwood style? Hell yes, I grabbed Mustang Sassy.
Sassy grew up around her dad’s auto body shop and works on cars right alongside the guys. When she spots the guy she’s dating getting way too fresh with someone else at a bar, she takes a tire iron to his pristine ’67 Mustang Flashback. As much as I was rooting for her revenge, it also pained me to have such a beautiful car tortured (fictional or not). Yeah, only thing is, that wasn’t the cheaters car, and thus begins Sassy and Jordan’s ride.
The characters were enjoyable, but more on a superficial level. Sassy has a lot of qualities I liked and could relate to, but it was difficult for me to feel any real emotions for her. I liked her, but didn’t love her. She’s a 23 year old woman who has never had a real romantic relationship, but throughout the book she makes some self-discoveries that allow her to see things in a whole new light. And it was all set in motion by Jordan, the hunky owner of the car she mangled. Jordan’s intentions for being in the vicinity are not exactly honorable. One thing Sassy can’t stand is a liar, but Jordan starts digging his hole from the moment they meet. He’s on a covert mission to steal their best auto body guy and get him to work for his family’s business; he just wasn’t expecting Sassy to get under his skin.
There were a couple of funny moments between the two, and there were some steamy ones. Sassy has always been in control of the sexual situations in her past, often bangin’ and leavin’ the guy she’s with, but Jordan starts to have a different effect on her. That freaks her out. I enjoyed “watching” Jordan break down her walls and make her squirm, but Sassy has some fun of her own.
“I think you, and I make quite a team.”
She swallowed and then moved in closer. “You know why that is?”
“Because you’re man enough to do what I tell you.”
I did have a couple of issues. I wasn’t exactly a fan of all of the misunderstandings, miscommunications, and missed chances. Yes, there are a lot of misses. I mean, I‘m all for some to occur for drama/comedy and storyline purposes, but I just start rolling my eyes after so many. Plus, the book is under 300 pages, but it seemed to go on and on at points, making it feel much longer. I did enjoy Sassy’s friend Libby who sells sex toys, though, and would love to have more of her. And thankfully the ending was sweet and satisfying.
Overall, Mustang Sassy was a pretty much right in the middle of the road for me (like that pun, huh?). I’d be willing to try more of this author’s work, though.