Magnetic Shift by Lucy D. Briand

Magnetic ShiftMagnetic Shift by Lucy D. Briand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seventeen year old Lexi Adams has the ability to move and manipulate anything metal with her mind. She sees this as a curse that was inherited from a father that she never knew so she doesn’t really understand her powers other than they are tied to her emotions. After her mother passed away she was left with an abusive, controlling step-father that has decided to trade Lexi to a NASCAR team for the rights to advertise his business on the car.

Lexi arrives at the race track and finds that the driver of the car she is supposed to be working for is nineteen year old rookie sensation Colton Tayler. Lexi is immediately attracted to Colton throwing her emotions into overdrive and finding it hard to control her ability around him. The more time the two spend together the harder it is for Lexi to hide what she can do and when Carl Stacy, a rival team owner sees Lexi use her ability he threatens exposure.

When I saw Magnetic Shift up for review I knew that I had to read it being a huge NASCAR fan. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the NASCAR tie in to the story, if it would be all fictional or make use of actual facts about racing or not. Well, color me impressed with the authors knowledge of the sport, I thought she did a wonderful job bringing the sport into this story. There may have been a couple little details here and there that could’ve used a little tweaking but the descriptions of the tracks, the roar of the engines, the pits, stands and fans all made me feel as if I were touring the race circuit right along with this racing team. A definite thumbs up for the setting of the story.

Now, as far as the plot and characters of this story I found that I enjoyed the idea of Lexi having abilities that she was trying to hide but I at times wish we were told a bit more about them a little sooner. Of course Lexi herself really didn’t understand them either so I suppose that’s why the reader was learning along with her just what she could or couldn’t do. I think I’d also might have liked a bit more of a build up between Lexi and Colton in their relationship, it was a tad too insta-lovey when the setting could have made room for more of a growing romance. Overall though it was an enjoyable read with an interesting plot that I’d recommend checking out.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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