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Product Details

  • Paperback: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778327817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327813
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In Morsi's latest bubbly romance (after Red's Hot Honky-Tonk Bar) a scandalous bikini car-wash business incites an uproar in buttoned-down Plainview, Tex. Andi Wolkowicz has moved back home from Chicago to help her dad, Walt, take care of her developmentally disabled twin, Jelly. Work is hard to come by, so Andi reopens Walt's antiquated car wash for the summer and updates it with a sexy twist. Not surprisingly, she finds opposition from some puritanical locals. Adding sparks is a romance with her old high school crush, Pete Guthrie, now the attractive owner of the struggling store next door. Morsi's engaging characters elevate this from the ho-hum pack of feel-good romances, while subplots involving other members of the Wolkowicz clan add some heft to a light, breezy, going-down-easy story.
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From Booklist

When Andrea Wolkowicz must leave her life and return home to care for her ailing father, she quickly learns that her impressive résumé and equally impressive wardrobe will not help her land a job in her small home town. Luckily, her father's old car wash is still in working order, although far from profitable. To remedy this, Andrea comes up with a new way to bring in business: a staff of exclusively bikini-clad women. While her business ploy works, it also enrages local citizens and neighboring businesses. Morsi has fun improvising on the always amusing and provocative concept of a bikini car wash and creates a delightfully funny and borderline scandalous story of one woman's quest to utilize her brains as much as her beauty in order to survive. An effort that does not go unnoticed by grocer and former high-school adversary Pete Guthrie. Morsi tells an engaging story about using what you've got to start over, and maybe falling in love along the way. --Claire Orphan

Customer Reviews

Humor and easy to love characters are central to Morsi's stories.
The Bikini Car Wash is a compelling story with small town values and reactions, with a hint of fun and defiant romance.
M. Nix
Most of the subplots felt cheesy and distracting more than anything else.
Angela Thompson

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Burns VINE VOICE on July 1, 2010
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Eight months after leaving Chicago and returning to her small hometown, Andrea Wolkowicz is flat broke and running out of options. "Andi" moved back to Plainview after the death of her Mom to help her father care for her disabled twin sister, Jelly. The recession has hit Plainview hard and jobs are non-existent. In desperation Andi decides to re-open her father's carwash...with a bikini clad staff! Andi may finally be turning a profit, but not without making more than a few enemies...

Pete Guthrie is struggling to keep his family owned grocery store afloat in the tough economy. He vaguely remembers Andi from High School, but frankly never paid much attention to the tomboyish Math geek. Andi's "work clothes" initially grab Pete's attention, but as he gets to know Andi he learns to respect the woman inside the bikini. Can Pete defuse the situation when his hot tempered father decides to shut Andi's business down?

Pamela Morsi has a gift for story-telling and this is a down to earth tale about the quirks of small-town life and everyday people coping with tough financial realities. While I liked the overall "feel" of the book, the romance between Andi and Pete lacked any sort of pizzazz. There was no chemistry between the two and the reader doesn't really get to see them fall for each other. Basically, they wind up in bed because neither one has had sex in a long time, they're unattached and the dating pool in Plainview is limited.

Andi's father, Walt, was a sympathetic (if a bit too saintly) character. I liked the compassionate but matter-of-fact way that he dealt with Jelly's disability and helped her build the best possible life for herself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2010
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Attractive young woman moves to her small home town to take care of a deserving family member. She can't get a job, which should not be a surprise to anyone who's lived in a small, close-knit town.

So she decides to revive the family business - with a twist. This new business offers jobs to two very different women - a young tattooed twenty-something and a deserving, hard-working mother.

Opposing her every move is a crusty old curmudgeon who was hoping to buy the property for himself. He tries every trick to get her business shut down. The curmudgeon just happens to have a handsome, charming unmarried son who knew the heroine in high school.

Can you see where this is going? If not, you haven't seen movies like You've Got Mail. The only difference between this book and countless others is the business itself: the bikini car wash. The pacing is a little slow for this kind of escapist romantic fiction and the characters lack depth.
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The Bikini Car Wash by Pamela Morsi (Paperback - Jul 1, 2010)

This is the second of Ms Morsi's novels that I have read, and I have enjoyed this one as much as I have her last one - "Red's Hot Honky -Tonk Bar". Ms Morsi delights readers with her smart women characters that are stuck in situations that may break less their less strong sisters. And throwing in the hot, sexy, and hot (did I say that already? Well it bears repeating!) understanding man doesn't hurt matters either!

In "The Bikini Car Wash" we meet Andi Wolkowiucz who has returned to the small town of her youth to take care of her father Walt and specially challenged sister Jelly... She tries to find a job and in this economy we know they are few and far between. Luckily her dad just happens to still be in possession of his old car wash. And all it will need is some sprucing up and some clever marketing ideas to make a go at it.
And boy do her ideas throw the town into a tizzy! Women washing cars in their bathing suits! That's enough to have this Puritanical town thinking of riding Andi out of town on rails! Now throw in the sexy Pete who is the owner of the grocery store that sits next to the car wash and watch the sparks fly. (Watch for a scene with Pete and what he does to catch glimpses of the lovely bikini clad ladies from the window of the grocery store)

With a wonderful and at times hilarious story, engaging and very real main characters, complicated yet entertaining secondary characters. A moving subject that can bring you to tears at times and then spin you around with laughter...Ms Morsi has another winner on her hands.
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and the perfect end of the summer beach read!!! The Bikini Car Wash isn't what it really seems. I know some people will think, a bikini car wash? I don't want to read that! However, it goes beyond that. It is about fighting for something you want and believe in; finding out who you really are and love. I always love a good love story. Who doesn't? Pamela Morsi outdid herself with this one though!

I was stumped at first wondering what Pop was up to, sneaking around like that. I had my suspicions, but it was a surprise! Jelly is such a lovable character, with her Law & Order dialog. The romance between Pete and Andi was easy to see coming, but still very cute and romantic. I read this book in such a short time, Ms. Morsi writes with such ease you don't even realize how fast the pages fly by!

When Andi comes home to help take care of Jelly after their mom has passed, she applies for a job at Gutherie's Foods, to be only told she has too much experience. So her dad's old car wash has just been sitting there, wasting space. She goes in front of the town counsel to ask if she could get it rezoned for a coffee shop, only to be denied.

So she has a bit of help coming up with the bikini car wash; but they get it going. Despite a lot of people in town not wanting them to be clothed in so little -- In spite of all the negativity they end up pretty successful --

I will leave the rest for you to find out, you make sure you put this in your beach bag and take it with you, or on a long flight too! Enjoy!!!
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Pamela Morsi is a USA Today, Waldenbooks, and Barnes & Noble bestselling author of romance. She broke into publishing in 1991 with Heaven Sent and has been gracing readers with at least a book a year ever since. Two of her novels, Courting Miss Hattie (1992) and Something Shady (1996), won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award, the highest honor in romance publishing, and others have been RITA finalists.

Ms. Morsi pens heartwarming stories set in Small Town, USA. Her books are famous for their wit, humor, memorable characters, and down-home charm.

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