Hard Ride by Trixie Pierce

Katie Parker took her grandfather’s company apart when she inherited it, and developed her own more streamlined business platform, encompassing her passion( amongst others) – Hard Ride – the place she has called her home and plied her trade as a mechanic for the last two years.

Houston Moore works with Katie at the garage for the last two years and while there has always been an undercurrent of attraction between the ex-Navy Intelligence officer and the hard working rich girl, Katie has always endeavoured to keep a distinct line between employer and employee but the lines are getting fuzzier every day…

When they light the fuse that has been evident between them the resulting fireworks are explosive, they are ….wow! Houston takes no prisoners when he unleashes his alpha tendencies on this strong woman and she takes what he has to give and loves every minute of it.

They work brilliantly as a couple, but Katie stole my attention... This girl had the world at her feet but chose to stand by her belief that she could better and elected to do things her own way, no matter the condescension.

The story is jam packed with romance, mystery and danger. Because when Katie finds that things are not as they should be with the business finances, her investigations put her in jeopardy. Those with an axe to grind are not going to just lay down and disappear, they have a plan and Houston and Katie are going to have to ride out the storm that they soon find themselves at the centre of. A trip to hospital and the local jail in equal measure is only the tip of the iceberg, they are on the receiving end of what can only be described as a sustained campaign against them and they almost pay the ultimate price.

I would have liked a little bit more back story before the events between Houston and Katie kicked off. But despite that I have to say that this is an engaging read, with an edge of mystery that ticked all the right boxes.