Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Shift by Sidney Bristol

Nothing shines like classic cars under the Miami heat. With engines revving hot and emotions running high, sparks are sure to fly...

Tori Chazov isn't exactly the girl next door. For one, if the neighbors found out she's an FBI asset and the daughter of a KGB defector, she'd have to grab her go bag and run. Then there's her day job: making magic happen under the hood of big beautiful muscle cars. She's more likely to be wearing engine grease than mascara, and most guys don't fantasize about their mechanics.

But then most girls don't fantasize about FBI tech geniuses, either, and Tori has it bad for Emery Martin. Emery has a past. She can see it in the way he keeps his body honed like a weapon, in the mysterious scars under his snap-button shirts. She can see it in the way his eyes follow her around the room, even though he never says a word.

He's going to have to start talking now, though. A vicious Russian hit squad is on the way to Miami to take Tori out for good. And without Emery's help, she might not make her last great escape...

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This was an enjoyable read, it just starts out a bit slow. Once it hits about 25% though, the action picks up and it becomes more fast paced. I’ve not read book one and this can be read as a standalone.

Emery is the computer geek on the team of FBI agents undercover as the Hot Rides crew. Tori is the mechanic on the team and has always secretly had a thing for Emery, what she doesn’t realize is that he also has the same crush. When Tori’s past comes back to haunt her Emery steps in to protect her, and while they’re in hiding together the sparks fly.

I found it a bit difficult to like Emery because of his one word answers to everything. Tori pretty much has imaginary conversations with herself, especially in the beginning, and she pretends he’s actually talking. I just never felt like his character was super likeable and you never really get to know him. I did really enjoy that the two don’t immediately jump into bed with one another, they really get to know one another first (well as much as you can with the silent Emery). This book is a good mix of suspense and romance and I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series.

Oh, what an emotional journey these books take us on...I loved the first in the series, but I think I might even like this one more! I certainly would recommend that you read them in order, as there is background that makes a difference – although I am sure it would be a great read even on its own.

I like strong women, and both Tori and her twin sister have been that since they were tiny. She has fallen for Emery, the IT 'geek' who says very little. To compensate, she has developed a brilliantly funny habit of supplying his replies in her head. I really enjoyed how that worked and how her conversations did not exactly tally with reality.

Alongside this smouldering passion is a fast and furious adventure which involves the mob, the Russians, the FBI, and the police – and of course, the team themselves. It is well plotted and does not stay away from some of the more harsh realities of that kind of adventure – which may necessitate a tissue or two. Whilst we are nowhere near uncovering everything, the end is satisfying for now.

Cannot wait to see what happens next – and I can see myself having a marathon when they are all written, so that I can get the whole picture!

Also Available in the Hot Rides Series

Book 1
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It can never be said that NYT & USA Today Bestselling author Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading and fostering cats.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Shift (Hot Rides #2) by Sidney Bristol to read and review.

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