I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Shift by Sidney Bristol
Published by Kensington on July 26th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Contemporary, Action & Adventure
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Nothing shines like classic cars under the Miami heat. With engines revving hot and emotions running high, sparks are sure to fly . . .
Tori Chazov isn't exactly the girl next door. For one, if the neighbors found out she's an FBI asset and the daughter of a KGB defector, she'd have to grab her go bag and run. Then there's her day job: making magic happen under the hood of big beautiful muscle cars. She's more likely to be wearing engine grease than mascara, and most guys don't fantasize about their mechanics.
But then most girls don't fantasize about FBI tech geniuses, either, and Tori has it bad for Emery Martin. Emery has a past. She can see it in the way he keeps his body honed like a weapon, in the mysterious scars under his snap-button shirts. She can see it in the way his eyes follow her around the room, even though he never says a word.
He's going to have to start talking now, though. A vicious Russian hit squad is on the way to Miami to take Tori out for good. And without Emery's help, she might not make her last great escape . .
This wasn’t a perfect book but I did enjoy the main characters and find myself wanting to read the next one in the series. I am going to have to chat with someone that I know that read and DNFd book one to see what that one holds but I would like to see what Gabriel has in store. If you haven’t read book one I think you will be ok as I wasn’t completely aware of that being out (yeah I know I’m a mess).
Emery is basically a master hacker, information gatherer and overall super-agent even though he isn’t really an agent or maybe he is or … yeah his exact ties to the FBI aren’t fully clear but he’s the assumed brainiac/geek/nerd but what he actually is well… let’s just say I’d love to be in Tori’s shoes when his attention is fully focused on her. He’s got his secrets (which I wanted to know more about dammit) and past which impacts his choices in life. He’s convinced that Tori isn’t in to him but he’s been in to her for quite a while now and when circumstances push them together he takes advantage of them. I liked his devotion to her and keeping her safe but the fact that he doesn’t try to fully cocoon her made me happy. He’s also quite controlling in the sex scenes we get but it is a good kind of controlling even though I sort of wish we’d gotten more glimpses of this but the story arc kept them busy outside sexy times. I look forward to seeing him a bit more in Gabriel’s story but know we probably won’t get much more of his backstory.
Tori was a fun character in a lot of ways. She’s initially having conversations in her head with her dream version of Emery but admits that this is nothing compared to what she wants from real Emery when she finally spends time with him. She’s had a crush on who she thought he was but the real him just completely does it for her. She’s loyal to her twin sister, Roni, and her father but there’s a part of her who wonders if she’ll find someone that can accept who she is. Her history was interesting as well so perhaps we’ll get more of this when/if Roni’s book comes out. I liked how uncertain she was about being sexy for Emery but also enjoyed that she didn’t completely obsess over it. She’s who she is and luckily for her he’s completely in to who she is so while she might want to have the more girly trappings the fact she doesn’t have to really does it for her.
Overall a good, fast read but I do wish we had a bit more time to completely know both of them.