Book 1, Hot Rides
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Blazing Miami sun. Cool classic cars. Dangerous undercover assignment. In Sidney Bristol's scorching new Hot Rides series, the cars are fast and the romance is furious…
Aiden DeHart has a history--and secrets. His classic car garage is a front for an FBI operation. His current mission: get some evidence from a drug dealer's ex-wife, then get out. Madison Haughton sending his engine into overdrive isn't part of the plan, though, especially considering she might not be as innocent as Aiden thought…
Since her divorce from her sleazeball ex, Madison has sworn off bad boys, gotten some sweet tattoos, and become a star of Miami's roller derby scene. But however fast she skates, her ex is always on her tail. When the sexy guy in the muscle car offers to help, he could be her ticket to safety--or a detour down a deadly road…
"Will entice readers with its edgy feel...As intense as it is sensual, and readers will embark on a page-turning quest" --Publishers Weekly
"Bristol opens her Hot Rides series in style with this quick-paced, clever, and wholly original romance. She neatly avoids the pitfalls of her chosen trope, making her damsel in distress a gutsy, tough and resourceful heroine, and her savior hero an honorable and honest man with his own insercurities underneath a rough exterior. Their chemistry is blistering, but their ability to share every aspect of themselves makes this relationship uniquely rewarding... Readers who sit back and enjoy the ride will find this a pleasurable read" -- RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"Fast, furious, and full of heat!" --Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
From Publishers Weekly
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Slow but steady
To me this book was a little different from your normal romance books. The story started off a little slow and I felt a little lost in the beginning. I think it would have been helpful to start off as to why Aiden was helping the FBI. It felt like the beginning jumped right into the middle of the story. The FBI is using Aiden’s garage for an undercover operation. What they thought was going to be a yearlong undercover operation to shut down some drug dealers, has turned into three long years. The Feds threaten to shut down the operation if they don’t see results soon. So Aiden and his team step things up. Aiden is hired by Madison’s cheating, drug dealing ex-husband, to retrieve a hard-drive Madison took from him when she left. After getting away from her ex, Madison just wants to live her own life. But not only is she being harassed by her ex and cops asking her to get evidence against her ex, she now has this "bad boy” looking for something. She is determined not to get involved with any more ‘bad boys”, especially one she thinks can get her killed. But they can fight their attraction for only so long. While the H and h were interesting characters, I think the secondary characters were more appealing. I liked how they all worked as a team. Overall this was a solid story. You just need to give it time because it does pick up. I am looking forward to the stories of the other characters.
heat up your metaphorical reading engine
I know when I jump into a book by Sidney Bristol that I’m in for a ride… and Drive did not fail to deliver! Although it starts out slowly, developing the backstory and introducing the characters, soon we find the fast cars, fast deals and some smexy times heat up your metaphorical reading engine as you speed to the end.
Aiden owns a classic car shop in Miami, but he also has a sideline: fronting for the FBI. Currently a drug ring is their focus, and Aiden is the man to get information from the dealer’s girl, Madison. Pretty quickly you get a feel for Aiden and his motivations: his crew and friends are amusing and provide nice side notes. Fortunately, for all of us, Aiden is also smart, caring and full of personality. Madison is unusual, she doesn’t take fools lightly and the mix of her sense of self and her ability to act like an adult rather than a whinging damsel in distress is wonderful.
These two play well against one another: almost no childish foot stamping or me man you woman moments, their arguments feel real and justified, as do the moments they just enjoy one another, and there is chemistry that I wish had been played up a bit more to truly fall into their relationship as a couple.
But plenty of action and lots of venue changes, great descriptions and two characters that work well together highlight this story. Research is spot on, the story flows well and (in a jump from many works) every moment, decision and action are both understandable and well presented. A fun introduction that has plenty of secondary characters that you want to know more about – and lend plenty of potential for further installments in this series.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Hot Guy..Hot Cars..Never slows down!
If you love raw and gritty, then I recommend you "Drive" to your nearest bookstore and get this one! There was a bit of background in the first few chapters, but the story quickly picked up pace and never slowed down. Aiden and crew are working with the FBI for the greater good, but they are not always on the side of the law when they are dealing with the criminal elements of society. Madison happens to get drawn into it thru her ex. Aiden and Madison's story is not your typical HEA. There are no hearts and flowers, but real people with the will to love and survive. Drive is the first in the Hot Rides series and I cannot wait for the next one. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for gifting me with "Drive" and only asking for an honest review. 4.5 Stars