Reviewed by Aethena Drake
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
This story takes place in a dystopian world run by a bloodthirsty mob boss. A determined young woman, RC, has dedicated her life to training for the Impulse Cup, a race that the mob boss has backed her to win.
There isn’t a dull moment in this book. Mystery, romance, and fast cars keep the story rolling from one action packed chapter to the next. I enjoyed the well written action. The romance was mostly lust fueled interactions which suited the overall edgy theme of the story. The violence in this book is brutal. Bad things happen to several characters, and the author’s descriptions had me cringing in sympathy and a little bit of horror.
I am giving this book a four star rating because the author wrote an exhilarating car race scene. I have watched more than a few races. The sounds, smells, and energy in the air are what make a race exciting. The idea of trying to write a car race that is as exciting as real life can be daunting. The author did an excellent job of keeping me entertained with very vivid imagery, some unexpected events, and a few tension-fueled moments. The author definitely knows cars, and it shows in the scenes and descriptions.
The book did have a few confusing moments where I had to reread sentences to make sure I understood the intent. This didn’t keep me from enjoying the story, but I did read a bit slower than I usually do.
The story ends with some not entirely resolved situations that suggest a sequel is possible. I am interested in seeing what relationships develop, and who will win the next racing event. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an action-packed mystery with fast cars and a young woman who is as hard as the steel in her beloved car.