Review – Shift (Hot Rides #2) by Sidney Bristol

July 22, 2016 Review 0

Review – Shift (Hot Rides #2) 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 . . .

Title: Shift
Author: Sidney Bristol
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Duty Bound, How Zombies Stole Christmas, Personal Adventures, Blind: Killer Instincts
Series: Hot Rides
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Drive
Published by Zebra
Source: Publisher
Published: July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 320
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
300 Review

The geek gets the girl.  Or course, this geek is totally hot but it’s not readily obvious, which is refreshing.  Sidney Bristol does a great job creating very real and unique characters with both Emery Martin and Tori Chazov.  Tori, who’s been crushing on Emery for ages, doesn’t realize that under that computer whiz exterior lurks a lust-worthy body.  Emery is conversationally challenged.  His monosyllabic answers make it hard to get to know him.  His focus on his computers is so absolute that Tori doesn’t even realize he’s intensely attracted to her.  Nor does he realize Tori is creating semi-legitimate excuses to be with him.  Tori, while beautiful, is no average girl either.  As the book blurb explains she’s “more likely to be wearing engine grease than mascara” and that doesn’t bother Emery in the least.

Reading of the perfect hunk meeting the fabulous girl gets old and I can never see myself being friends with the characters.  I don’t know about you, but I like to put myself in the middle of the story.  Emery and Tori are average, a little flawed and a bit socially awkward.

I also like that the two don’t meet one day and end up in bed, and in love, hours later.  These two have been falling in love slowing through their mutual attraction, in a too real scenario.  As SHIFT unfolds, the reader becomes aware of the great depth of emotion they’ve each carried for the other.  As Tori and Emery are thrown together in a race against the bad guys, they too finally become aware.  Once they are together, they both struggle with defining just what’s happening.  You know –  “What does this mean?”; “Will we see each other after the case?”, “Does he think this is just a fling?”.

This book isn’t just a romance though.  There’s lots of suspense too.  Russian mobsters, hired assassins, FBI agents, Miami police, a street gang and drug runners keep the excitement level high and the action fast moving.  There’s just the right mix of life and death action, relationship and sex.

I felt at times I could have followed the other characters better of I’d read the first book but this novel still works as a stand-alone read.  Either way, it’s an entertaining and interesting story.

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