Author: Tracy Wolff
Rating: 3.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: A sexy carjacker takes a would-be starlet for the ride of her life as a pulse-pounding new series from New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff begins.
Once the brains behind a car-boosting ring, Nic Medina has spent the last three years playing it straight. Now drag racers flock to his L.A. auto shop, Hotwired, for a shot at going head-to-head with the man himself. But when a crooked cop gives Nic a treacherous ultimatum—steal ten high-end cars or watch his nephew disappear into the system—he makes the only choice he can, one that puts the life he’s worked so hard for at risk. No sooner does Nic agree than he spots some nasty competition—and a gorgeous bystander in harm’s way.
A small-town girl with Hollywood dreams, Jordan Bass never expected to be swept up in a real-life drama. But that’s exactly what happens when she witnesses a violent crime. And when a smoldering stranger takes the wheel and practically kidnaps her in a desperate bid to keep her safe, she’s not sure whether to scream . . . or kiss him. Nic’s bad news—but the real bad guys aren’t above silencing a witness. On a collision course with danger, Jordan finds herself falling for the man whose street smarts are keeping her alive . . . and whose touch puts her in high gear.
Review: I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book because of the great blurb. But wait! I’m not sure that the person who wrote the blurb actually read the same book I did. There was no demand for the MC, Nic, to steal ten high-end cars, and the female MC, Jordan had been studying biology with the intent of becoming a doctor. It made me wonder of the book was re-edited after the blurb was written. So, people, if you’re expecting to read about high-end car theft with a young starlet in the shotgun seat, you need to stop right now. It’s not this book.
What you get, instead, is a dirty cop that blackmails Nic into stealing one car, a beat up car that Jordan had bought at a police auction. Jordan catches Nic in the process of stealing her car, tries to stop him and leaves him no option but to pull her in the car or run over her in the parking lot. What happens next is one of the best sequences I’ve ever read. Ever. Jordan is determined to get away and Nic can’t let her go…she can identify him. Jordan proceeds to beat the crap out of Nic. Nic is trying so hard not to hurt her that he has to just endure the butt whipping she lays on him. I laughed so hard I cried. One of the best scenes I’ve ever read.
That’s all at the beginning of the book, so not too spoilerish, and it was enough to keep me in the book to the end. But that one scene was the highlight for me. This story is told from the points of view of both Nic and Jordan. They both have things in their past that haunt them. Jordan, in my opinion, deals with her past and her prospects for the future much better than Nic. Nic is so guilt ridden, so angsty that he reminded me why I avoid most new adult romances. I wanted to shake him and tell him to just…shut…up!
Having said all that, I liked this story. It has a lot of potential. I like the idea of street racers who own a garage. I like the secondary characters. I like Jordan. The heat and sexual tension is very well done. Maybe, in future books, Nic will get a grip! There are few first books in a series that knock my socks off, this one is no exception, but the potential and possibilities are very good! I want to read the next book in this series. So, I think you should pick this one up and….