Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review: "Accelerate" by Tracy Wolff

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.
Many thanks to Loveswept Publishing via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Whenever I pick up a book by Tracy Woff, I have certain expectations - a fast-paced plot, unique (and always hot!) characters, and some excellent steam. 

"Accelerate" more than met my expectations! I absolutely loved the characters - Nic Medina sounds amazing, and I was able to empathize with Jordan's backstory and current situation.  I even loved the small glimpses I got of the secondary characters, Nic's family and friends in particular - I can't wait to read more about them, especially Nic's sister.

The book starts off with Jordan attending a drag race with her friend, where she catches a glimpse of Nic and learns a bit about him and his crew, his garage and his backstory.  She's intrigued, and from there, the action is pretty much non-stop.  The only thing missing was a bit more explanation and detail.  I wanted to know how a guy like Nic, with no money or connections, builds up to having the best, most exclusive garage in San Diego in three years.  Why did Jordan choose San Diego to escape the past?  Did the college in San Diego have a special program that Jordan was accepted to?  Did she always want to live on the west coast?  We learn what happened to Jordan's family, but it earns barely a mention.  A little more detail on that circumstance, or even tying it into Nic's situation, would have better rounded out the story, in my opinion.

These missing details did not lessen my enjoyment of "Accelerate" on the whole.  I think anyone who enjoys contemporary romance with a heavy dose of action and steam will love this new series by Tracy Wolff.

My rating:  3.5 stars

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