★ SYNOPSIS ★
She swore never to trust him again…
Fiery mechanic Alexandra Franco should have known better. Years ago, her best friends’ older brother took her virginity and broke her heart-or rather, doused it with gasoline, lit a match, and then walked away. And Alex definitely should not have indulged in another hot night with him after the fact. He’s not the same boy she fell for, and she sure as hell doesn’t want anything to do with the wealthy, ruthless man he’s become.
Walking away from Alex was the biggest mistake of Deacon West’s life. She belongs with him, and if getting her back means playing dirty, so be it. If she’ll grant him a three-month, no-strings affair, he won’t sell the building Alex and his sisters use for their auto repair business. Hell, he’ll even sign it over to them. But will Alex ever entrust her heart to him again, or are they destined to crash and burn?
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Woooweee this book made me happy. How often is it that you read about not only one, but -three- really strong women? Well, if you like books like that, where a woman has herself together and knows what she wants (mostly), this book is for you. Crashed is the first book in the new Axle Alley Vipers series by Sherilee Gray. Our heroine, Alex runs a -car restoration- shop with her two best friends. That alone intrigued me and made for a great read because mechanics and car restoration is considered a “man’s world”. These three own it!
Alex herself is sassy, not afraid to get dirty and exceedingly loyal to her friends. I full on love that about her, she’s fiery but yet has a soft inside. Alex’s life hasn’t been easy, and so she is really afraid of losing the people she cares about. It on one hand makes her cautious to put herself out there and so she holds people at bay, but on the other the people in her inner circle (her two best friends, and their brother), she would do anything for. Did I mention she’s in love with her best friends brother, and has been for years. He’s hurt her once before though and it almost wrecked her.
Here is the thing, Deke is in love with Alex. You’re very aware of that through the whole book. He has been for years and is pretty sure he wrecked his chances with her. He tries just about everything to get her to get near her again and Alex isn’t having it. So he decides to be a bit underhanded about it. I was on one hand amused but this and then not. I just kept thinking, you could save a lot of angst if you’d just tell her how you feel!! Only, with Alex, I don’t know if she’d have believed him. Deke is a business man though, and most people consider him ruthless, so Alex decides to give into this deal. Why not, she likes sleeping with the man…
What I found engaging about this particular pair of characters is their past. Deke went off and (without giving any spoilers) did a few things that sort of made me boggle. I didn’t understand at all why he would do what he did. Again with my, “Why would you do that!?” questioning my Kindle. It’s obvious he’s in love with her. However, the more you read into the book, the more you figure out how much integrity that Deke actually has. Fast forward years later and these two have to deal with the outcome of this. He may go about it the wrong way, but Deke does care. By the end of the book, I completely understood his reasoning. I can’t say I’d have handled it the same, but it does make sense.
I’m going to touch on the chemistry between these two, but I think it should be obvious that they have a lot of it. They can’t stay away from each other. It practically screams from the pages.
Aside from our main characters, you have Deke’s two sisters, who are freaking awesome! They are also mechanics along with Alex and the three of them are known as the Axle Alley Vipers and they play it up. Tattoos, piercings, slightly retro glam, and even cars that play into it. It’s fun to read about and I can’t say that the book ever lagged out for me. That being said, if you want a good book you can curl up into and lose yourself in for a few hours, I definitely recommend this one. I can’t wait for the rest of the series!