Review: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Drive Shaft #2) by Geoffrey Knight

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Review: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Drive Shaft #2) by Geoffrey Knight

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going—so start your engines!”

Once in a while, everyone falls on hard times. Every year it seems the cost of living goes up, business slows down and money’s just too tight to mention. But for old Clyde, ever-increasing debts have forced him to turn to a notorious loan shark, Tony Trimboli, just so he can keep the doors to his auto shop open and make sure his two hard-working employees—Dean ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and Jensen Rivers—are able to pay their own rent and make ends meet.

Now the time has come for Clyde to pay up, or else the troublesome Trimboli Triplets—Tony’s three trigger-happy sons—will not only take Clyde’s business from him… they’ll burn it to the ground.

For Hutch and Jensen, there’s only one way to raise the money in time to save Clyde’s livelihood—win the perilous Reaper’s Rally, an illegal two-day race across the scorching desert with a cool $50,000 cash waiting for the first car to cross the finish line.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to buckle up and start your engines! The race is on to save not only the auto shop but each other’s lives, as Hutch and Jensen blaze a trail of turbo-charged testosterone and high-speed action across the burning California desert in Drive Shaft 2: Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

Title: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Author: Geoffrey Knight
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: To Catch a Fox , The Boy From Brighton, Miami Moon, Cairo Curse
Series: Drive Shaft #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Drive Shaft
Published by Wilde City Press
Source: Publisher
Published: January 13, 2014
Genres: M/M Erotica
Pages: 146
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Stars: two-half-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

Can you say testosterone?  With the exception of the token appearance of Strawberry and Peaches in the race, and the introduction of the lovely delightfully – um – delectable one eyed Russian – um – goddess Anastasia Novakov, this was extremely heavy on the testosterone.  Not all of it was anywhere near the good kind.

I thought the first book was total craziness.  I was wrong.  This one was worse.  I do have to admit, the main characters, Jensen and Hutch are fun and entertaining.  Clyde was cute falling all over himself when he met Ana.  And well, who cannot love an old blind black Lab named Moses?  But the villains in this piece – the Trimboli family – how about the word cliché?  I mean really?  I think at some point every Italian mob cliché made this book, and not necessarily in a good way.

This book was definitely action packed with two story threads happening.  It bounced back and forth between the two often leaving the reader hanging for a bit in between.  Overall there is the loan shark business and the desperate attempts to keep the Trimboli’s from killing them.

Hutch and Jensen decide to enter an illegal auto race between Palm Springs and Las Vegas.  The race itself was hair racing without the added help of the Trimboli triplets.  A race with no rules was just screaming for a trio of thugs to take advantage.  Again, it was often clichéd, not to mention eye roll worthy.

Meanwhile back at the garage, Clyde and Ana are stumbling around each other falling in love.  It was really kind of cute when you consider these two are well past the prime of life.  Just to stir things up, Papa Trimboli shows up again.  *eye roll*

If you remember the movie Cannon Ball Run from 1981, you might like this book.  It is just a crazy, though this book is more violent.  I just think both are over the top.  I can now say I have read it, if I actually want to admit to such a thing.  It was okay, reasonably well written.  Just not really my cuppa at the end of the day.

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