One Love For Liv by Marianne Arkins. Publisher: Samhain Publishing, December 2008
Liv is out to prove her high society fianc is cheating on her. Can she do it without breaking a nailor falling in love with Mike the mechanic? Olivia Liv Leigh, wealthy socialite and spa owner, suspects her fianc of cheating on her. Drastic steps are required to discover whether appearances are deceiving. And if those steps require a bit of stalking, a change of appearance, a hippo-sized dog named Spike, and sacrificing her manicure to clean house for a sexy-but-sloppy man whose neighbor is determined to break several of the strangest Guinness world records, why should that be a problem? Mike, a happily single auto mechanic, is more than content sharing his bachelor pad with piles of laundry, dirty dishes, and a sneaky ferret. But when a half-crazed woman in a bad wig shows up on his doorstep, whats a nice guy to do? Why, invite her in, unknowingly help her in her search for the truth and, in the process, fall head over heels for a woman whos never been less his type.
This is the story of Olivia Leslie Leigh. Liv is a pampered affluent businesswoman who suspects her fiancé, Geoff, is cheating on her. She disguises herself with the idea of following him and getting proof of his infidelity and is accidently hit in the head by Mike Peck, an auto mechanic. From this initial contact they both feel a deep attraction for one another and Liv accepts a job as his maid. Being with Mike, Liv is more open to the new feelings she has about herself and begins to take a stand against her father and fiancé. Her world come crashing down on one fateful night and Liv has to make a decision on who she wants in her life, Mike or Geoff. This wonderful romance story held me captive from the moment Liv met Mike until the final sentence. I was pulling for Mike and the new life Liv would enjoy in the lovable happily ever after story. [4 stars – really liked it]