Tuesday, November 24, 2015

review || ACCELERATE { release day } by Tracy Wolff

Loveswept | November 24, 2015 | New Adult
Hotwire, book 1


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.
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{ about tracy wolff } .

New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff lives in Texas and teaches writing at her local community college. She is married and the mother of three young sons.

{ review } .

I find that Tracy Wolff writes New Adult extremely well. I think her characters are incredibly true to their age and that she has a strong grasp of what these individuals are going through at this time in their lives. And while her more steamy books in the genre are a bit more far-fetched in my opinion, these titles that fall more in a contemporary new adult sense are definitely favorites.

I will say, though, that it took me a little bit to get into the story of Nic and Jordan. I loved Jordan's love for the cars in the opening scene, but the true "get up and go" of the story wasn't entirely there. For me, the best part of the story was once the relationship between these two was already established -- and, of course, throw in some suspense, some feelings of failure, and the need to show the other just what they truly mean to you... and the story picked up and was incredibly engrossing, even if there was a healthy dose of insta-love in there, too. Jordan's past is heartbreaking and watching it re-unfold in front of her eyes, and the eyes she wanted to keep it away from, was a huge character development point.

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