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Peek Inside Under the Hood

When sexy mechanic Alice Starr mistakenly believes attorney Mark Jameson needs her help, he discovers he likes being rescued for a change. Smitten by her confidence, he hides his expertise so he has an excuse to see her again. When Mark’s bitter aunt threatens Alice’s livelihoood, he needs a plan, fast, or else Under the Hood and his chances with Alice could both be ruined.

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When sexy mechanic Alice Starr mistakenly believes attorney Mark Jameson needs her help, he discovers he likes being rescued for a change. Smitten by her confidence, he hides his expertise so he has an excuse to see her again.

Starting their new all-female garage, Under the Hood, is keeping Alice and her friends busy. She doesn’t have time for a man. But with one kiss, she and Mark have advanced into water so deep she’s in danger of drowning. So why hasn’t he called?

Mark wants to tell Alice the truth so they can pursue a relationship. But he’s got even bigger problems at his office when his bitter aunt threatens Alice’s livelihood. He needs a plan, fast, or else Under the Hood and his chances with Alice could both be ruined.

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By Claire May 06, 2014

3.5 - "Who could resist a hero in distress." Stars.

Under the Hood is a really enjoyable novella that introduces us to mechanic Alice Starr and the all female garage that she is trying to get up and running with her friends, aptly named Under The Hood!

”Not all men are lying, cheating bastards.”

Ali... ...more

By Desere December 16, 2013

Not all woman would think that being a mechanic would be a lucrative profession nor is it all that sexy, unless the mechanic is male, is hotter than the hottest of engines and ready to rev you up all night long.

But female mechanics, nope not something you see everyday! So I was shocked but also p... ...more

By Sheri November 09, 2014

Copy provided to me for an honest review..

I have to start by saying that this is my favorite book from Sally so far. Under the Hood was a quick, fun, flirty read that I enjoyed from start to finish. I loved that the heroine Alice is the sexy mechanic that rescues the man. You usually see it the o... ...more

By Suze December 20, 2016

Alice and her friends own a all-female garage. Their customers don't have to be afraid they will be overcharged or made fun of when they don't know anything about cars and it's proving to be a popular concept. When Alice meets Mark she thinks he needs help with his car, but actually he knows almo... ...more

By My Book Addiction and More February 16, 2014

Under the Hood by Sally Clements was a fun, sweet, and laugh out loud good read. What it lost in being short, it made up for with charm and wonderful characters, who pop from the page.

Alice is a crack mechanic and a car enthusiast and she is all woman. She and her fellow owners of Under the Hood... ...more

By JG January 06, 2014

I liked this book. For something that is short it truly is very memorable. A cute and sweet romance, we have two unlikely protagonists, a female mechanic and a divorce lawyer who is simply adored by his female clients for being fair. There is an almost real like feel to this tale, from the first... ...more

By Rachel May 09, 2014

Sally Clements is a sparkling new voice in the already amazing Bliss line. This was a delightful read.

Curl up in a perfect spot, grab a drink and ignore the world for while to indulge in this novella.

My favourite thing about this story was it's setting. Not the small town, though I love those.... ...more

By Charisma December 12, 2013

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

I've read Sally Clements before and thoroughly enjoyed Runaway Groom. I was excited to be given this novella and dove right in. It's about Alice, a sexy, lingerie-wearing car mechanic who helps Mark, an attorney, start up his car. Both have been burne... ...more

By Lea January 02, 2014

This was a sweet, fun, light hearted read and I really enjoyed it. The characters had great chemistry and though their relationship started with a misunderstanding there were no major lies or big secrets. There were no evil plotters or crazy stalkers causing trouble for the couple; no one trying... ...more

By Irene December 30, 2013

4 stars

Under the Hood was such a fun read, I loved it :)
Both Mark and Alice are likeable characters and you can't help but fall in love with them and their story.

This was my first read by the author Sally Clements and it won't be the last. She give us believable characters and a love story that l... ...more

By Bette June 20, 2014

A great novella that kept me totally entertained!! Alice, Mel and Betty are struggling to get their all women garage going. When Matt meets Alice he may not have been completely honest with her. Can they overcome their differences?? Grab this one for a quick fun read and find out. I recommend it.... ...more

By Melissa January 15, 2014

Alice is a strong able body mechanic which I LOVED as a character! I really enjoy strong female characters! She is someone who I would enjoy to know in real life! Mark is a great balance to Alice! Fun light read! This is a good beach or escape read! ...more

By Kim June 21, 2014

Under the Hood (Under the Hood #1) Under the Hood is the first novella in the series of the same name. The series revolves around the ladies of Under the Hood, a car repair shop that caters to women. It is owned and staffed by three best friends... Alice, Betty, and Mel. This novella focuses on A... ...more

By Margaret August 03, 2016

4 Flirty Stars

Alice Starr has been burned by a lying, cheating ex, and values honesty in a relationship.

“She turned away and crossed her arms in front of her chest. “It’s nothing,” she mumbled, then looked back at him. “It’s just…I’ve had experience of jerks. Lying jerks.”

Mark Jameson is a divorc... ...more

By Sapphyria January 09, 2014

Under the Hood is a cute and fun romance pairing a female mechanic with a divorce attorney.

Alice Starr left her family's mechanic garage in New York to become an equal partner at Under the Hood garage with her friends in Virginia. The garage caters to women; giving them a place to learn general... ...more

By Pam August 15, 2016

Under the Hood is a funny, romantic novella featuring three women that are setting up a garage staffed by female mechanics catering towards a female clientele. They are tired of men patronizing them & thinking there is no way they know about cars. This is Alice's story. Alice has been hurt by... ...more

By Claudia January 20, 2014

this was a short but very sweet story about finding love and above all trust again.

Alice is a burnt child and moves to another city to find some place where she can live her life without pitying glances. She joins the garage, three friends of her opened - which is mainly for female customers
she... ...more

By LJT June 25, 2016

Under the Hood by Sally Clements is a sweet romantic novella about auto mechanic Alice Starr and divorce attorney Mark Jameson. Alice has recently relocated from New York to Meadowsweet, Virginia. She and her two friends own the first garage that caters their repair services exclusively to women.... ...more

By Heather May 04, 2014

A quick, sweet read with an added punch. I loved how Mark just stood aside and let Alice do her thing, "she stepped close, and took the leads from his unresisting fingers. "This one goes here," she said, fastening the clip in place, "and this one goes here." Mark nodded, still stunned. She though... ...more

By Karan July 08, 2014

Alice and her friends are mechanics. So awesome! I absolutely loved that they opened their own garage just to make other women feel comfortable about taking their car in for repairs! I need to find a shop like that in my area. While I do agree that it is best to be honest up front, I thought it w... ...more

By Stephanie May 25, 2014

Alice, Mel and Betty are the owners of a new mechanical shop for women called “Under the hood”. Alice just moves from New York where she is starting over not only with a new shop but with men in general. The last relationship that she was in didn’t go well because of honesty and Matt her new neig... ...more

By Christine December 28, 2014

I really enjoyed the fact that the heroine Alice and her friends were mechanics who'd ventured to open their own shop that catered to women. That’s a nice spin on tried and true professions.

This was a cute story with a nice heroine who had her heart broken in the past due to misguided trust, and... ...more

By Janet January 29, 2014

I really enjoyed this light, sweet read. Sally Clements has a talent for creating characters you'd like to have as friends. The lead couple in this book are normal, man/woman next door characters who encounter a few bumps in their trip to happily ever after. I was rooting for their relationship f... ...more

By Tasha August 05, 2015

If a quick, easy-read sweet romance is what you're after, this novella is just that. Sally writes wonderful stories that pull you in. The characters had great chemistry and though their relationship started with a misunderstanding there were no major lies or big secrets. I cant wait to read the o... ...more

By Zarith January 01, 2014

ARC given by Netgalley
Sweet and sassy story, a good read for the new year. The story start with the heroine, a mechanic save the prince in distress Mark from car battery breakdown.. Mark is really a likeable guy, charming, handsome and gentlemanly as the heroine is sexy and spunky mechanic. REall... ...more

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Sally Clements

About the author

Sally Clements

Sally Clements lives and writes in the Irish countryside near Dublin. Always a voracious reader (and with a healthy book buying habit) she found the jump into writing a natural one, as it is the thing she likes to do more than anything else!

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