Shift is the second book in the Hot Rides series by Sidney Bristol. The first book in the series, Drive, centered around the couple Aiden and Madison and introduced readers to this group that works out of a classic car garage that is a front for an FBI operation. Shift now picks up the story a couple months after the end of the first book and centers around Tori and Emery so even if you haven’t read the first in the series this one would read find as a standalone novel.
Tori Chazov works as a mechanic in the garage that is a front for this FBI operation and Emery Martin is the tech genius for the group. Tori and Emery have a bit of chemistry between this somewhat mismatched couple but then they end up working together when it’s found out that there is a vicious Russian hit squad is on the way to Miami to take Tori out for good.
I actually did read Drive and rather enjoyed that book. You have a high speed romantic suspense novel that was completely action packed with a rather fun couple. However, with Shift I found that while the action still appeared in the story it got off to a rather slow start for me.
I’d say with this installment of the series I just never fully connected because I really couldn’t get myself attached to the romance between Tori and Emery. I liked Tori well enough with her toughness in the first book and also in this one but Emery just really didn’t appeal to me as much as a character. The start of the story it seemed he was barely one step above a cave man with his one word or even no response at all during times Tori interacted with him. Not much of a turn on in my opinion.
Overall, I’d rate this second book of the series 2.5 stars unfortunately. Not as big of a fan of the romance in this one. Still full of action and hot rides though so I’d probably continue on the series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.