★ SYNOPSIS ★
He’ll rev her up and drive her to the edge…
Rusty West swore she was done with men. Instead, she channeled her passion into West Restoration, the car shop she runs with her sisters. But Rusty’s aloof composure fades when the owner of the competition comes striding into her shop, over six feet of sexy, rough-edged confidence…hot enough to send Rusty’s motor into overdrive.
Reid Parker worked his ass off to get what he wants—and what he wants is West Restoration and its crew. He never expected to find a shop of all-female mechanics…or the stunning redhead who ignites a lust that threatens his cool. But Reid plays carefully. He never, ever gets involved with a woman beyond one night.
And no matter how hot the sparks, Rusty will never compromise her business for a man…
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Revved by Sherilee Gray is the second book in the Axle Alley Vipers series. I’m not sure where to start with this one because I absolutely loved this book. I’ve been waiting for Rusty’s book since I finished the first one! So, to go over technical information. Revved is told from third person point-of-view between the main two characters, Rusty and Reid. It can completely be read as a standalone novel, you don’t need to reach Crashed to enjoy Revved. It is a full novel, with an HEA and no cliffhanger. Unless you count the fact that you’ll be seriously on pins and needles waiting for Piper’s story once you finish it. 😉
I think what stands out the most for me in this book, and in the series overall is that these women are strong, confident and they have their heads on straight when it comes to business. They are competing, more or less, in a male driven industry, and they are going out there and kicking the guys butts. So you know they can take care of themselves but at the same time, they have their own issues and problems, and things are usually what they seem.
In Revved, you get to focus on Rusty. She’s the red-headed welder of the group. At West Restoration, she’s the girl you’ll typically find with grease on her cheek, and coveralls tied around her waist. She’s hard headed and stubborn and she does not date. In fact, she could care less about giving any guy the time of day. That is, until Reid Parker walks into the shop and knocks her for a loop.
Reid is a self-made man. He has drug himself up by his bootstraps from a past that is definitely not easy. Determined and stubborn, and sometimes misguided, he does have a soft side. We can’t forget to mention that he’s a cocky male too, one that is used to getting his way with women. So when all his customers suddenly start taking business elsewhere, to a no name shop, in the middle of what he thinks is the ghetto, he decides to investigate for himself. He wasn’t expecting Rusty anymore than she was expecting him.
Rusty fights the attraction tooth and nail, while Reid decides he has to have her… and her West Restoration too. These two have extreme chemistry, even with Rusty trying to fight it and Reid having ulterior motives. Both have to take a step back and reassess things and where it is all going. Things crop up as usual and problems ensue.. and they sort of bash heads.. a lot.
Overall, I don’t think I could express how much I enjoyed this book. The characters are different, they are complex and while you get a feel for the co-stars, the book does stay focused on the main characters. I believe that may be why it translates so well as a standalone within a series. It’s definitely worth a shot to give it a read. Me? I give if five fantastic stars!