Monday, April 11, 2016

Review: Start Me Up by Nicole Michaels


Single mom Anne Edmond can handle—and hand-make—just about anything. From table settings to party favors, floral arrangements to nursery décor, there is no project her creativity and a glue gun can't tackle. But dating? That's a whole 'nother story. Case in point: Mike Everett. He's a gorgeous mechanic and known car-whisperer, a man who can work with auto parts like nobody's business. And he has thrown a monkey wrench into Anne's carefully-crafted life…

One look at Anne is enough for Mike to know that she's no fixer-upper. She's perfect just the way she is—and the chemistry between them works like a charm. Mike's always been a no-strings kind of guy, but Anne's impressive self-reliance—and gorgeous exterior—gives him pause. This time, a fast joyride just doesn't seem like enough. But first he has to convince Anne that he means to take her all the way…

 I actually read Book 3 of this series, Draw Me Close, first, but when I finished it, I knew I had to start this series from the beginning.  I am so glad I did! 

Just as with Draw Me Close, Start Me Up hit all the right buttons for this romance reader.  Anne and Mike have chemistry from their initial meet until the very end of the novel.  Mike's relationship with Anne's daughter, Claire, is realistic and cute.  Anne's interaction with her friends-slash-blogging partners, Callie and Lindsay, and Mike's friendship with Derek moved the story forward but maintained the focus on Anne and Mike's relationship. 

I kept waiting for the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING between them to pull them apart, and while there was a slight problem, it came from someone other than Anne or Mike.  Hallelujah! 

I cannot wait to jump into Book 2, Win Me Over

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