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The Bikini Car Wash

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  366 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
After Andrea Wolkowicz abandons corporate life to help care for her sister, she quickly wears out the want ads in their rust-belt hometown. Time to be her own boss.

Every mogul knows the best idea is an old idea with a new twist. So Andi proudly revives her father's business: an old-fashioned car wash, staffed entirely by bikini-clad women. That ought to get traffic
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Mira
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Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I had to pick one word to describe this book it would be “charming”. From the first sentence, I had no problem jumping in step with Andi and joining her as she navigated making a new life for herself after returning home to her family following her mother’s untimely passing.

Though romance played a big part in this story, there were many other things competing with Andi’s time when she got back into town. Andi had a lot of unresolved feelings towards her mother and had a difficult time process
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read about a woman returning to her family in a small town. The main characters are very likeable and this is a "happy sighs" story all around :)
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Pam Morsi fan. While I like some of her books better than others, I always close a PM book glad that I read it and feeling enriched as a reader and enlightened as a writer. This holds true for her older historicals and for her recent romance/women's fiction hybrids. Both Last Dance at the Jitterbug Lounge and Red's Hot Honky-Tonk Bar were among my top reads for their year of publication. This one may not quite reach that level, but there were many things I loved about this book.

Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
An eye full 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
Jul 08, 2014 added it
I expected this to be a fluffy romance, which it was for the most part. However, the rape of Cher-L by the owner of the strip club was aboslutely unnecessary and used in her character arc as a lesson for a wanna-be bad girl. The word rape wasn't used by any of the characters, but the she describes it as sex that she didn't want and felt powerless to stop, which is rape. Pete, the nice guy of the story, tells her to get herself checked for STDs, but both feel the need to cover up the incident, no ...more
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
A couple of Tell Me What to Reads ago, one of you lovely people recommended I give Pamela Morsi's THE BIKINI CAR WASH a shot. It wasn't selected that go-round, but the title (surprise, surprise) stuck in my head and I would find myself thinking of it and grinning at random times here and there. So when I noticed it was available on NetGalley, I went ahead and downloaded it to DH's Kindle to have on hand on our trip to D.C. earlier this month. And, yes, I appreciate the irony that I read and revi ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Bikini Car Wash
By Pamela Morsi

July 2010

In public school Andrea “Andi” Wolkowicz was a geek and her twin sister, Angela “Jelly”, was mentally challenged. Andi loves Jelly more than anything, but she left home for college and stayed away knowing that her parents would have more time to devote to her sister. Andi got so wrapped up in her corporate life in Chicago that when her mother was sick, she took her time coming home and her mom was dead by th
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Andi Wolkowicz hasn't been able to find work in her hometown. She left her career to move back and help her Dad take care of her mentally handicap twin sister after her Mother died.

Down to her two dollar diet (she limits herself to just carrying $2.00 in her purse for bus fare) she finds out that her Dad still owns the local car wash. A simple comment by her Dad about the benefits of being your own boss, gives Andi the idea of opening a new business.
When that idea is rejected by the city couns
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cont-rom
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Pamela Morsi writes the best average-joe heroes - the handsome, "simple" Jess (Simple Jess), the geeky fish-obsessed Cleavis (Garters), the heart-broken yet amazingly mature Piney (The Lovesick Cure), and my favorites, Jedwin the average-looking mortician with the receding hairline (Wild Oats) and Mikolai the Polish immigrant who gets lost in translation (Something Shady). Add Pete from The Bikini Car Wash to that list. He's the former high-school heart ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can't believe a book with the title this one has was as good as it was. That's what I get for judging a book by its name!

While 385 pages was pushing it for a summer reading book, this book had an engaging storyline, well-developed characters and an interesting plot. The short version: Andi moves back home to small town Plainview after her mother dies suddenly. She says she left her great job in Chicago so she could help her widowed father with the care of her special needs twin sister but her
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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 bee ...more
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