Release Date: Nov 20, 2018
Series: Road to Love
Heat Level: Scorching
Driven to Distraction is the first book in Lori Foster’s new series Road to Love and it follows the story of straitlaced Mary Daniels and the very handsome Brodie Crews. Mary and Brodie are forced to spend time with each other regularly because of her boss’s need for special collectors’ items – Brodie drives to gather the items and Mary is the main contact between the buyer and seller. Brodie’s rescue dog, Howler, comes along for the rides and also serves to provide some character development for Brodie. Brodie is attracted to Mary right off the bat whereas Mary is annoyed with him and his good looks and begrudgingly works with him because she has to. They slowly begin to get to know each other on these road trips and develop a steamy attraction and bond.
From the start of the book the physical descriptions of the hero and heroine are drilled into the reader. Mary is an extremely curvy red head who is very prim and proper and very serious about her job. She keeps herself dressed fairly conservatively and tries as hard as she can to minimize the colour of her hair. Apparently her hair colour has led to men in the past thinking that she is easy and assuming things about her sexual history, so her hair is a very sore spot for Mary.
With all this in mind, I did not understand why she didn’t just dye her hair. This book seemed to take place in the modern age and there is a very quick and easy fix to hating your hair colour – hair dye! Instead the reader has to go through countless pages about how much Mary hates her hair. Brodie on the other hand is the walking, talking male fantasy that every girl has – genuinely nice guy with abs to do laundry on and a protective streak. He accompanies Mary to all of her tasks and often doesn’t listen to her requests to stay put in the car because “he can protect her better out of it”.
I liked Brodie, he came off as a nice and funny guy who is sure of himself and his place in life. He was a good partner for Mary since she needed to develop a bit more confidence in herself. The one thing that annoyed me about Brodie was his obsession with Mary’s hair (again with the hair)! He just could not get over how red her hair was and kept calling her Red even when she asked him not to. That annoyed me a bit, it’s not even a good nickname and she doesn’t like it so stop! We were also introduced to Brodie’s brother, mother, and fake sister. All of whom provided great humor to the story and I would be interested in reading about their stories in the future books.
This book had a little bit of everything – mystery and suspense, pretty hot love scenes, humor, and character development. Overall it was a good read but it was also quite long when it did not need to be. It took me a lot longer to read this book than I would have initially thought because almost half of the time there was a lot of internal dialogue that each character did that was very boring. So I would either have to stop and give myself a break or I would just skim over those parts to get back to Brodie and Mary’s witty exchanges. That is the reason that I would give this book a 3.5 instead of higher.