Series: Hotwired #1
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Cars, Law Enforcement, Romance, Suspense
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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.
I’ve been a big fan of Tracy Wolff for a while now, the Ethan Frost series was one of my favorites, so every time I see something by Tracy I know I have to pick it up. I must admit that this book brought me back, I used to know my fair share of drag racers in high school, and I am definitely a woman who can appreciate a nice car, so this book was right up my alley.
We meet Jordan right away, she’s like a fish out of water. You can tell she isn’t 100% comfortable being a drag race, and I don’t think it had much to with the actual drag racing, more more the lack of control. She doesn’t like new situations, doesn’t trust the people around her, or really anyone. Jordan has a traumatic past, one that isn’t fully explained until the end of the book, but its fair to say that she has good reason not to trust the human race. Early on when she meets Nic, as he is stealing her car mind you, I loved that she fought hard, that she didn’t just cower. She might have been scared for her life, but she was fierce in defending herself. I liked that she opens herself up in this book, that she recognizes that she has to overcome the things that happened to her, and that’s so much easier said than done.
So Nic, our car thief, is actually a pretty good guy. Weird right? Nic carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, and over times takes responsibility for thing that he really had no control over. Which brings us to the problem at hand, a dirty cop has his sights on Nic, and is blackmailing him to get him to do what he wants (i.e. boosting cars) even though Nic is on the straight and narrow now. I loved the dynamic between Nic and the guys who work for him, they really are a family. I loved how protective Nic is of the people he cares about. But honestly, I loved how Nic was so patient and understanding with Jordan. He knew something was up, but he never pushed her for information. And whenever he thought she was uncomfortable in a situation, he would try to fix it without her even having to say anything. All he cared about was making sure she was happy and okay. I loved that about him. Plus he sounds super hot with the dreads, and honestly that guy can heat up the page in the bedroom department, like seriously.
Ultimately I really enjoyed this book. I think that has a lot to do with the characters on their own, and that I really enjoy Tracy’s writing style, she’s great at pacing too. Normally I don’t like the whole inst-love thing, or when two people fall for each other over the course of a couple of days, because honestly it just doesn’t feel legit, but in this case, I was able to overlook it. I am super excited to see where this series goes next.