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Drew Forrester is a total adrenaline junkie. His high of choice? Cars. The faster, the better. He's been making waves in Maryland's underground racing circuit since he crossed the state line, and after speaking with him, we know he's not hitting the brakes anytime soon.

So what exactly does it take to burn rubber and make a name for yourself in a world where the only rule is that there are no rules? You gotta be hungry. You gotta have balls. And you can never back down.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Cambria Hebert (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Marina R. Martinez
  • 07-07-2018

Trash Men Who Suck at Everything

I love cars. I like car movies. I was expecting a gay Fast and the Furious and I got a book about a mysoginistic trash bro and his equally mysoginistic meathead broFF sucking at every human thing besides driving a car, and the lack of writing around that is a let down if you like cars. The offhand comments about "being a woman" or "acting like a woman" whenever the main character has an errant feeling that isn't anger or smugness is annoying, but I rage quit the moment the main character sees a woman driver and looses his mind with disbelief. This is a grown man in the indy race scene. If he's never even heard of a woman driver, he's got medical problems. I tried for the cars, but even the car stuff was as weak the plot and characterization.

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  • Heatherh
  • 13-08-2017

No

The idea for this story is okay. The execution is pretty bad. There is a lot of hypermasculine stuff and misogynistic stuff. A lot of wallowing around in the heads of the MCs and their internalized homophobia and lack of self-awareness. Lots of getting their panties in a twist because their "underground racing scene" is not professional racing and therefore they are being called unprofessional.

The narration is stilted.

I hope that the author and narrator will improve with practice. God knows they are way ahead of me because I would suck at writing a novel and suck at narrating one. But I have to return this because it's really bad.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 08-01-2017

A solid 3.5 Stars for me!

This book started out slow for me and just when it picks up and starts to get really good.... CLIFFHANGER! I would have love this one if the first 1/2 was a lot shorter and then we got the actually ending in this book instead of the next. Not that I wouldn't still want a book 2, I just don't think it needed to be a complete cliffhanger. That being said.... I really liked Drew and Trent, there friendship was great, there love story sweet and there "sex" (kinda) was pretty hot.

The narration was 50/50 for me, I liked the narration of Drew, but the narration for Trent was a little to dramatic for me. Sometimes it felt like he was yelling at me lol.

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  • Janelleynelle
  • 14-07-2016

I've read the book

I've read the book multiple times and I love it. However, the narrators are terrible and monotone. The man who voiced Drew did put some effort into the role. Lorhaven's voice imitation was severely creepy. Lovely story, terrible narrators.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-07-2016

Corny

The writing...corny, amateur. But, there is something in the work but it didn't come through well.The narrators were...corny. The cadences and tones sounded forced.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-03-2020

gayshaming MM

very good narrators. the story and plot is good, but the gay-shaming, sexism and youthful writing style is a bit of putting. gay-shaming eg: "my person" - drew not liking labels. or: "choosen" sexuality. sexism eg: "so girly" "be a pussy" or how she describe all the manly men. youthful eg: "literally..." "hells yeer" or all the constant unnecessary descriptions of how they style their hair, or what they wear.

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  • McCall
  • 09-12-2019

If I had paid for this I’d be mad

The writing was bad, the plot line was boring, the narrator was emotionless...just don’t bother with this one.

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 08-02-2017

Fantastic dual narration, good NA story

I’ve had this on my kindle FOREVER it seems. I loved the premise and it’s gotten some good reviews and the whole double GFY is totally my thing. But… it’s long and it’s NA with a large dose of college melodrama thrown in and the romance is slow burn and and and…

What I loved: the dual narration was excellent! I especially loved Guy Locke (who I think voiced Drew’s parts) in this dual POV narrative. I loved the dual POV. We really get to know just what each guy is thinking and that’s wonderful. I loved all the car facts at the beginning of each chapter. Some are interesting some are really funny but they were a nice touch. I loved the secondary characters and the way the entire “family” felt really fleshed out. (This is a spin off from a NA M/F series so the people who’ve read the entire series will see people they recognize. I haven’t read it, but I still felt connected to the characters.) The sensual times are appropriate for an NA novel. They’re in there, but they aren’t the main focus and the “new to being gay” guys don’t just dive in, they are appropriately cautious about expanding their physicality.

What didn’t work for me: The writing. It felt a little too “dramatic”. Too many descriptions were similes and each “moment” was drawn out and there was very little action to keep my attention. Lots of internal dialogs and navel gazing and not much “doing”. This ends on a “cliff hanger” as there is a Part 2 where in our MCs get their HEAs. So, I was psyched I hadn’t read this and been waiting for the next installment or I’d have been pretty frustrated.

Who I think will like this: If you like cars and racing, or football and fraternities, New Adult romances, double GFY/OFY (I think both these guys are gay and in denial, but they call themselves bi in this book), slow burn romances and stories with a lot of “pondering”.
I really enjoyed listening to this, though I think the fact that I was listening to it made me “like” the book less, simply because if I’d been reading I’d have skimmed a bunch and that’s harder to do with an audio book. The narrators voices are great! They do the kids and female characters very well and I liked the way they handled the emotion and the dialog. The sound quality was excellent as well.

Overall, this was good – but not great – as an NA book and fun as an audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-2016

Great Story / Distracting, stilted narration

I really enjoyed the Kindle version of this book, so I was excited when I found that an Audible version was available. I was looking forward to reliving a great story. But, the narration really sucked the joy out of the experience. The narrator who reads the Trent chapters has a rich, pleasant sounding voice that is perfect for the character. Unfortunately, his reading style is awkward and stilted. It reminded me of someone who is just learning to read and sounds out each word carefully instead of letting the words flow naturally in a sentence. It's really a shame because, as I mentioned, the guy who reads Trent has a really nice voice. I can't help but think that the producer really fell down on the job on this recording, which could have been so much better with a little direction. The narrator who reads Drew reads in a much more natural style. But, every other chapter is from Trent's POV, and Drew's narrator can't carry the book on his own.

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  • Ben
  • 21-07-2016

Don't belive the reviews - this book is rubbish!

I don't understand how this book could legitimately have such good reviews. It's very suspicious.

The writing is appalling. I don't want to waste time explaining why. It's not worth any effort except to warn other members to save their credits and their time. Even as a whispersync, it is not worth the few dollars.

The narration was unremarkable, I though. Given the ludicrous words it was amazing that each line was followed with neither groan nor laugh.

However, I only just now noticed there are two narrators. If the second made an appearance within the first hour, after which I gave up on this crap, I didn't notice any difference between the voices.

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  • Lo
  • 18-10-2016

I Love these guys so much

After reading the book, I just had to listen to the audio version of it.
I am so glad I did as it didn't disappoint.

Luke Itzvic & Guy Locke did a great job and made me fall in even more love with Tren and Drew.

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  • paula
  • 05-05-2020

Might as well skip straight to chapter 12....

Firstly, the narration made me cringe. It was so damned slow and poorly paced it sounded as though the narrator had to think about almost every word before reading it out loud. This didn't improve with the second narrator. I had to increase playback speed to 1.15 x and at times even 1.20 x just to make it bearable. I pretty much skipped over everything that happened in the first 12 chapters of this book. It was all, toxic masculinity, sexism, mysogyny, problematic writing and nonsense. There was a little bit of cute pining thrown in, but overall l really didn't care about anything or anyone. Up until the point one of MCs starts questioning his sexuality and pondering his reactions to being called homophobic slurs in a PoV monologue and then decides to visit a gay bar. At that point the story finally became not just bareable but actually engaging. I'll give kudos for the side character 'Joey' she was the only one I found truly likeable, Ivy was ok too but not as 3D as Joey. (Although, women can wear sensible shoes to drive and still be feminists but ok 🙄). I will also give credit to the way the author handled the characters confronting their sexuality and exploring the realm of same-sex attraction. As a real life queer, I really appreciate the fact that this was a central theme to the story, and feel the author took a good crack at trying to explain the internal battle we face when coming out. Also, points for how she portrayed same-sex love, she touched on some genuine themes that must have been researched such as comparing bodies (in a body image issue way) and the fact that the boys would have known how to pleasure each other from previous solo experience. #SpotOn . Major points for the consent before each sex scene too! However there was some super problematic character flaws with both MCs, mainly slut shaming, the use of terms like "sissy, little b*tch, pansy, 'acting like a God's damned woman' and pussy to describe "non-traditonal" masculine behaviour, and the fact that arguments are settled by throwing muscles around instead of using intellect. It made my stomach turn when this display of muscle mass ended with (what we're supposed to assume are) lesser men being in "awe". Literally. Ewwww. I also hate the fact that every single chapter starts with a fact about cars. Imagine being deep in the middle of a smut scene only to have it interrupted by " the most expensive car in the world sold for $14 million to some rich twat" or being immersed in an emotional scene which switches POV so we can hear what the other MC is feeling but no, first we interrupt this precious little moment with "in certain parts of Canada people leave their cars unlocked for humans to hide safe inside in case a polar bear should show up" and the like. Honestly. Eye roll after eye roll after eye roll. Given that the author is a woman, I'm a little concerned about the sentiment portrayed against women the whole way through the book such as "all that women ever did was moan"... I guess we're supposed to be appeased by the one feminist character who has a brain, as well as enormous breasts that are constantly on display (because, of course) who spends her time calling out Sexism in a male-dominated industry (points for this at least). The ending was unsatisfying and underwhelming as the author spent the entirety of the book building to a climax which then essentially went unresolved. I don't know what to make of this book, the first half was mind-decaying, the second half had many redeeming qualities, the ending was throughly underwhelming and didn't really feel finished at all (maybe this is by design though, as this is only the first book in the series? Idk, I won't be reading the rest just to get the ending of book 1). All in all, not a bad listen but if I ever re-listen I'll skip straight to chapter 12 after the prologue which is cute.... **UPDATE** I was correct in my assumption that the author purposefully left the ending unresolved as book 2 in the series, titled #Rev, is the continuation of Trent and Drew's story. Initially I wasn't going to bother with it but then I read Audible reviews that say "This book is not about cars or racing it's all about sex and soft feelings" (PRAISE BE TO ALL THAT IS HOLY! 🥳). Another review mentioned that the mandatory fact about cars at the start of each chapter has been replaced with bucket list items (MUCH less annoying, hopefully the bucket list is things they want to do together🤞🏻). Thanks to these reviews, though I'm pretty sure at least one was intended negatively, I am now sold on book 2. I hope beyond hope that Drew develops as a character and stops being so mysogynistic/sexist/emotionally stunted. Oh, and I want to see Joey whoop everyone's ass on the track. 🤞🏻🙏🏻 #Rev here I come.... ***UPDATE*** I gave up, and I soldiered on for at least 60%. I give up. There's no reading this nonsense.

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