Crashed

Crashed

by Sherilee Gray

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ISBN-13: 9781633752801
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Series: Axle Alley Vipers
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 77,635
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sherilee Gray lives in beautiful New Zealand with her husband and their two children. When she isn't writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding books, and eating copious amounts of chocolate.

Connect with Sherilee via Facebook, Twitter, her newsletter, or through her website www.sherileegray.com.


Sherilee Gray is a kiwi girl and lives in beautiful New Zealand with her husband and their two children. When she isn't writing sexy, edgy contemporary romance, searching for her next alpha hero on Pinterest, or fueling her voracious book addiction, she can be found dreaming of far off places with a mug of tea in one hand and a bar of Cadburys Rocky Road chocolate in the other.

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Crashed

An Axle Alley Vipers Novel


By Sherilee Gray, Karen Grove

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Sherilee Gray
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-280-1


CHAPTER 1

Alex Franco planted her ass on a chair that was about as comfortable as a slab of concrete — but no doubt cost more than every piece of furniture in her apartment combined — and pretended to inspect her fingernails. Every pair of eyes in the stylish reception area of West Enterprises had now shifted to her. She knew this because she could feel them like laser beams burning a hole into the top of her head.

Whatever. Wasn't the first time, wouldn't be the last.

She glanced down at her beaten-to-hell work boots and shifted her foot to cover the black grease mark she'd tracked into the carpet, then scowled for giving a shit.

Right then, she didn't have it in her to feel bad for staining Deacon West's very expensive carpet. Served the jackass right.

Drying her sweaty palms on the sides of her shorts, she sat back and crossed her arms. God, this was the last place she wanted to be right now. Fridays were busy at the garage. Three cars were booked in for this afternoon, a new record for them. She didn't have time for this.

Another woman dressed in a pencil skirt and pumps walked in and parked it beside her buddy already sitting behind the oversize reception desk. Did they all dress the same on purpose? Or was it some weird, unspoken law?

The two of them immediately started whispering and giggling. Alex lifted her gaze, narrowing her eyes on the pair of Stepford wife clone-factory rejects. The bitches were looking at her like she was something from another goddamned planet.

Morons.

She could only guess the reason security hadn't shown up and dragged her out already was because they were hoping for a free show. And the only reason she was stuck out here cooling her heels, and not tearing Deacon a new one, was because the bastard had his office door locked.

She tightened her fingers around the letter in her hand. How could he do this to his sisters? Piper and Rusty loved their brother, trusted him. They'd be devastated if they knew what he was up to behind their backs. She didn't want to believe he would sell their garage out from under them, but why else would he want the building valued? Alex had met the West girls when she was just ten years old. They'd quickly become best friends — her lifeline. This could tear them apart, could tear apart the business they'd been working so hard to keep afloat, to make a success. She couldn't let that happen — she wouldn't.

She shifted in her seat when another leggy blonde sauntered past and tried not to feel self-conscious. Not easy when her tank and cutoffs were grease stained and her hair was a mess.

God, she hadn't thought this through, had let her temper get the better of her. Again. Maybe she should just get the hell out of here. Call the asshat instead to give him a piece of her mind. This really didn't need to be done in person, right?

It had been six long months, but she realized, in that moment, she still wasn't ready to see him.

Crap.

Retreat! Regroup! Run like hell!

She stood and spun on the grubby soles of her boots, getting his carpet good and filthy before she bolted toward the elevators. She'd managed two steps when she heard the click of a door opening behind her.

"Alex?"

Ah, shit. She took another retreating step.

"Stop right there."

That familiar voice moved through her, the rough command hitting her low in the belly, lifting goose bumps on her bare arms.

There was no way she could run now and keep her dignity intact. Planting her hands on her hips, she took a deep breath and mentally prepared herself for the devastation that seeing Deacon again would bring.

Then spun around.

Goddammit.

The oxygen rushed from her lungs. Yep, the guy was still as hot as he'd been six months ago. Maybe hotter, if that were possible. It was all still there in mouthwatering abundance. The broad shoulders. The long legs. The rugged good looks and piercing green eyes. That melt-your-panties dimple in his chin.

But what always got to her, the thing that made her chest tight and had the ability to make her forget what a giant asshole he'd become, was the overlong hair. It brushed the collar of his shirt, in need of a serious trim, too long, too casual for the man he was now. That hair belonged on the scruffy teen who'd worked in his father's garage after school and on weekends. That hair did not belong on Mr. Businessman of the Year.

She let her gaze travel to the reason his office door had been locked in the middle of the day, the tall blonde dangling off his arm like a cheap handbag. Alex bit her lip when the familiar pain socked her in the chest.

Harden the hell up, Franco. What? You think he's been a monk all these months?

The guy was rich and incredibly good-looking. He could screw whoever he liked, as often as he liked. And apparently during the day in his office wasn't off-limits.

His gaze moved over her body, but his face gave nothing away. Her palms got sweaty again, and her heart started to pound harder.

"Well, this is a surprise. To what do I owe this rare pleasure?" She didn't miss the hint of bitterness in his voice, because the bastard wasn't trying to hide it.

The blonde hadn't retracted her claws from his arm and looked Alex up and down like she was something the rodent-sized, froufrou dog she no doubt had at home had just dragged in.

"You know why I'm here, Deke. So cut the bullshit." Gasps came from the receptionists, whose heads were so close together now they could pass as conjoined twins, and Deacon's blonde narrowed her eyes like she wanted to scratch Alex's eyes out of her head.

The blonde turned into him and smashed her impressive breasts into his side. "Who is this, Deacon? We're supposed to be having lunch." She batted what had to be false lashes and pouted her bee-stung pink lips like a blowup doll.

Alex snorted, couldn't help herself. The woman was a walking, talking cliché.

Deacon tried to hide it, but she didn't miss the way he tensed, or the way that muscle in his jaw jumped several times. He was clenching his teeth — he did that when he was annoyed, always had. She tried to shrug it off. So he was pissed she'd ruined his lunch date. Well, tough shit.

What did she expect? That the guy had woken up one day and boom, he was no longer a complete and utter asshole? That her feelings would have magically disappeared? If only life were that simple. Her feelings hadn't diminished, not one tiny bit in all these years. She should have known better, should have left this for Piper or Rusty to sort out.

Deacon disentangled the woman from his arm and took a step back. "Apologies. We'll have to make it another time, Candice." And just like that he dismissed the handbag.

Candice's lips thinned. "You have got to be kidding me?"

He pinned her with a look Alex had never seen before and thankfully had never been the recipient of. God, she almost felt sorry for her.

Almost.

"We'll catch up another time."

Blondie stared at him openmouthed for several seconds, then with a huff, flicked her long mane over her shoulder and flounced out of the office.

She noted Deacon didn't watch his date leave, his gaze remained firmly pinned on her. He stepped back and held the door open for her without a word. When she hesitated, the pissed-off vibe he was already throwing ratcheted up a notch. "You're here to see me, right?"

She didn't bother answering and stomped forward, sliding past him into his office. Too late to back out now.

The room was big, fancy as hell, decked out with all the best crap money could buy. Massive windows covered half the wall space, giving him a spectacular view overlooking the city of Miami. He'd more than likely gazed out at that view while he banged the human Barbie over his desk. She forced those thoughts from her mind. Deacon's sordid sex life was none of her business.

Crossing her arms, needing a barrier, no matter how flimsy, she turned to face him. It didn't matter how many times she saw him like this, she still had a hard time reconciling this Deacon in his power suits and big office with the boy who'd helped out in his father's garage to save for college.

She looked around, took it all in, and her belly clenched. He'd gotten everything he'd ever wanted. He was a self-made man, a success at only twenty-eight years old, just three years older than her. Too young to be so damn cynical.

God, she still mourned the boy he'd been, the one she'd fallen for when she was just fourteen. The boy she'd trailed after like a lost puppy. Unrequited love at its most pathetic. He'd been her knight in grease-stained coveralls, been there for her more times than she could count.

She didn't know this Deacon, didn't know if she wanted to.

"What the hell happened to you?" The words slipped past her lips before she could engage her brain.

His jaw hardened, and the muscle jumped again. "I could ask you the same thing."

"Jesus. Forget it." She'd been in the same room with him for less than a minute, and already they were bitching at each other.

His wide shoulders stiffened as he walked to his desk, then rested his ass on its surface. "Why are you here, Alex? I have work to do and now, thanks to you, I won't get lunch."

Ouch.

She ignored the coldness in his voice, the way his displeasure at seeing her made her want to crawl into the nearest hole and curl into the fetal position, and focused on her anger. She slammed the now rumpled letter on the desk beside him. "What the hell's this?"

He glanced down but didn't pick it up. His expression didn't change, remained smooth and unaffected. "I own that building, which includes the garage and the apartment you live in upstairs. As your landlord, I'm only required to give you forty-eight hours' notice to enter your apartment. You're lucky I decided to be generous and give you two weeks before I brought the valuer in."

She gritted her teeth. "Why the goddamned valuer, Deke? Are you selling the garage out from under us?"

He shrugged. "I'm thinking about it."

Her stomach flipped; she hadn't wanted to believe it. She curled her fingers into tight fists, fighting back the hurt and the feeling of betrayal. Fear settled in the pit of her stomach, heavy and cold. "How could you do that to your own sisters?" How could you do that to me? "Have you told Piper or Rusty you plan on selling our livelihood out from underneath us?"

"It's time to stop playing shop, Alex. The sooner I get rid of that place, the sooner my sisters can move on with their lives."

She couldn't believe what she was hearing. "That garage is our lives. Me, Piper, and Rusty. It was a big part of yours once, too."

He didn't react.

So damn cold.

"You're a good mechanic. You'll find another job easy enough."

"My God, Deacon. Do they remove your heart when you graduate business school?"

He laughed, the sound so bitter it chilled her to the bone. "I wish."

Alex tried to think fast — she had to stop this. They couldn't lose everything they'd worked so hard to build. "When your dad died, he left the business to us ... he wanted — "

"But he left the building to me."

"— to make sure your sisters always had security." The bastard must love this, love making her beg. "Give us time to prove we can do this. We can make it work."

The business had been a thriving one, but after Deacon's dad died, they'd lost customers. Men who thought girls made crappy mechanics decided to take their business elsewhere. "We just need a bit more time to build a new client base."

"Don't you think you've had long enough? How long has it been? Since we buried Dad? Hmm, let me see, six months?" His voice was so emotionless it sent shivers down her spine.

He knew exactly how long it had been. Like he could forget the date of his father's funeral. Her face heated, and she dropped her gaze from his, unable to hold it any longer.

Not when images best forgotten filled her mind. The way his powerful body had strained above hers, the sounds he'd made as he'd pounded into her, the look on his face right before he'd come, the way he'd trembled in her arms afterward.

The way he'd looked sleeping right before she crept out of his room without so much as a see you around. The worst part was, she'd wanted to stay — God, so much — but she'd already been there, done that. She knew what staying would have gotten her — another dose of heartache and humiliation. Something she actively tried to avoid.

When she was eighteen, after years of wishing he'd love her back, Deke had finally made a move. Believing he was the one, she'd fallen all over him like the desperate idiot she'd been. But he'd made it clear she wasn't the type of woman you settled down with. No, she was the type of woman you fucked and left behind. Which made falling back into bed with him again, six months ago, all the more stupid.

She shivered, hated that despite everything, she still wanted him. Her heart squeezed, body heating like it always did around him. "I know how long it's been," she rasped.

A hard smile turned up the corners of his lips. "I thought you might've forgotten." He pushed away from the desk and walked right up to her, invading her personal space. Suddenly trapped in his force field, she was unable to step back. "Maybe I've been wrong all these months. Maybe you haven't forgotten after all. Have you thought of that night, Alex? Thought about how good we were together?" His gaze darkened. "What it was like to have my mouth on you, my cock moving inside you?"

Oh, God, she had. Every goddamned night since. She shivered, a delicious ache building steadily between her thighs. He wasn't playing fair. The bastard knew how much she loved his dirty mouth, how much it turned her on. How she loved it when he used that impressive body to corner her, pin her down, take control.

He smirked, reading her so easily. "That's what I thought."

What had she been thinking coming here? Her temper got her into trouble more times than she'd like to admit, but this lack of judgment had to be some kind of new low even for her. She shrugged out of his invisible hold, which wasn't easy, and took a step back. "Wrong. I try to forget my mistakes."

He crossed his arms, creating more distance between them, and shrugged. "You're still that lost little girl, aren't you, Alex? Scared shitless of everything."

What? Her heart pounded, and her breath rushed from her lungs like he'd sucker punched her. "You don't know jack — "

He glanced down, inspected his fingernails, uninterested in what she had to say, and successfully cut her off midsentence without a single word. When he looked up, he said, "Don't you think it's time you grew the hell up?"

She tensed against all that quiet, controlled fury directed at her. And when it came, she welcomed the familiar surge of anger. Getting angry was better than crying. She'd shed more than enough tears over him already. "I'm confused here. Please explain your definition of growing up. Does fucking you make me a grown-up? Or just fucking in general?"

His jaw did some more clenching. "You haven't slept with anyone else."

The surety in his tone just pissed her off even more. Dammit, she hated that he was right. She forced a laugh. "What? You think you ruined me for all other men?"

Oh, crap. Wrong thing to say.

He moved back in, so close she could feel the heat of his body against hers. Her traitorous nipples puckered at the contact. He leaned in, his mouth a mere inch from hers, and whispered, "I know I have."

His breath tickled her lips, and despite her anger, she struggled to find the strength to shove him away. "Back the hell up," she ground out.

He didn't budge, gaze dipping to her mouth. She sucked in a breath. He wouldn't, would he? Oh, yeah, it was time to call the men in white coats, because, dammit, she wanted him to, wanted more of those demanding, hungry kisses the man excelled at.

But he stepped back suddenly, and all the air trapped in her lungs came out in a rush. He circled his desk, like he couldn't get away from her fast enough. "I don't have time for your temper tantrums today, Alex."

She was still trying to get her heart rate to slow down and stop her knees from shaking, and he looked unruffled and emotionless. "What are you going to do?"


(Continues...)

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Crashed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The chemistry was off the charts with these two. I loved the closeness of the girls and felt sorry for Alex an her childhood, glad she had this family. I just wish Emily had gotten what was coming to her. She hurt a lot of people with her lies! It is an emotional read, filled with steamy loving, conflict, heartache and just an over all wonderful story.****
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
The heat in this story was explosive. I loved Alex and Deacon's history; how they both secretly felt about one another. I have to say that it took me a little bit to like Deacon. I mean I really liked the way he pursued Alex with a vengeance, but some of the words he used when his insecurities would come out made it hard to fully like him. But when his secrets came out, I could understand him more and cheer him on in his pursuit of Alex. The camaraderie between Alex, Piper, and Rusty was beautiful. They were totally devoted to each other, no matter what. Oh to have a friendship / sisterhood like that. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the chemistry.
Chelon More than 1 year ago
This was hot, this was sexy and totally unexpected. Deke is an intense professional alpha angry, possessive, smart, loyal, domineering, dirty and nasty in all the right ways. He is focused on one thing and that is his need for Alex. Alex, of course, was strong but broken and wounded. She couldn't get out of her own way to allow herself to be loved. I don't usually enjoy contemporary because it's usually too sweet, and the only way to get it dirty enough is if it's dark. But this was a good amount of dirty and the fluff was limited to a few pages. I will be continuing with the series and be reading more from this author. I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
christy-womack More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book I absolutely could not put this book down, Alex, Piper and Rusty run West Restoration Piper and Rusty are sisters and Jacob their father left the garage to them, BUT he left the building to his son Deacon. Deacon left years ago to go to college and wanted nothing to do with the business, even though his dad wanted him to take it over. Six months ago they lost Jacob, Alex has always though of him as a father, She lost her parents and was in the foster system for years, but Jacob, Piper, Rusty and Deacon became family to her, When she gets a letter from Deacon telling her that he is having the building evaluated (he is going to sell it) she goes to his office and confronts him. But the proposal he comes up with has her floored, She has never forgotten what it felt like to be in his arms six months ago, even though Alex cant open her heart because Deacon shattered it years before that. this book was so wonderful, there are secrets and lies, misunderstandings and heartache. but OMG the scenes between Alex and Deke are HOT HOT HOT. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Crashed is book one in the Axle Alley Vipers series by Sherilee Gray. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the author. Alexandra “Alex” Franco couldn’t believe it when the letter arrived stating that the building’s owner was having the property valued for possible sale. The building where she shared an auto repair and restoration business with her two best girl friends. Not to mention that the owner was also the older brother of her two business partners and the man she has loved since she was a child. He is also the man that broke her heart. Deacon West seemingly had everything a man could want, except the woman that held his heart. He knew he had hurt her, and that Alex would run as fast as she could if she knew how he really felt. So he would have to play this very carefully. All he needed was time, time to show her she could trust him. Time to prove that they could be good together. So how does he get her to give him the time he needs? He makes a deal with her. Three months to be his, and he would sign over the building. Would three months be enough time to convince her that she was his, that she’d always been his? Alex was a grease monkey. She loved her job, loved the garage. They were just starting to bring in the types of jobs they’d dreamed of. Alex had had a tough life. Her family had been her two best friends, the two sisters she shared her business with, and Deacon. She could barely remember a time she didn’t love Deke. But he was a successful business man, she was a mechanic with permanent grease under her fingernails. She could never fit into his world. “She and Deacon were worlds apart now. They knew as well as she did that a man like Deacon would never want anything but a fling with someone like her.” Deacon would do anything to prove to Alex how important she is to him. But she doesn’t trust him, how could she after the way he had hurt her. There were things he just couldn’t tell her, things that would help her to understand why he did what he did. “Let me go, Deke.” Not going to happen. He’d done it once, and it had been the biggest mistake of his life. This book was completely amazing. I am so happy to have found this author. Well, to be honest, another author friend sort of put us together. Deacon and Alex were perfect. Each had suffered in their pasts for different reasons. Each had serious trust issues from being betrayed. But under all of that, they loved each other. Deke’s methods might have been a bit unconventional, perhaps manipulative! But we can see the depth of his feelings for Alex. He is desperate to win her heart. But as always, fate isn’t going to make this easy for either of them. Deke’s past is not ready to let go yet and he will have to find a way to deal with it. And they both have to find a way to trust one another. Neither of them are prepared to deal with all the feelings they are being bombarded with. And then there is the hotness factor. Deke is off the charts sexy and he definitely knows just how to make Alex stop thinking about anything else except the things he is doing to her. “She was completely lost to him, always had been. And for the first time in her life, she wanted to take a risk on loving someone, despite the possibility of losing him.” So if you want a hot romance with a sexy, alpha male that will do anything at all to win over the woman he loves, this one is for you.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review. This turned out to be quite a memorable first read for me, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book! This was a very addictive read, I had only planned to read for thirty minutes, but I got so wrapped up in this book that two hours passed me by before I came up for air, and by that time I was almost done so I forfeited an additional hour of sleep so I could finish the book. The story line was very inventive, well written and had a very nice flow to it, definitely made for a smooth and enjoyable read. The characters chemistry was evident from the start and I loved the approach Ms. Gray took with their relationship...the anticipation made it very exciting to read! Deacon West made the biggest mistake of his life letting Alex Franco go all those years ago...and now that he is finally free from his past he thinks he has devised the perfect plan to get her back. The question is can he convince her to trust him again after all he put her through all those years ago? Alex is still angry with him and not ready to forgive him, and DEFINITELY not ready to let in back into her life! But when he tells her he's going to sell the shop, unless she agrees to play his trophy date for three months, she is faced with the toughest decision of her life! She loves working with her best friends in their shop, and isn't willing to let Deacon sell it right out from underneath them, so having a three month, no strings attached relationship can't be all that bad right... This story will have you smiling, laughing, and blushing the whole way through! I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series, I can't wait to see what Ms. Gray has in store for these characters. I highly recommend you make a visit to Axle Alley, you will NOT be disappointed!!
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars Crashed was a very entertaining read. Crashed is the first book in the Axle Alley Vipers series from Sherilee Gray, it's about Alexandra Franco and Deacon West, two friends that shared an unforgettable night together years ago only to have Deacon break Alex's heart the next day when he walked away... Oh boy what a ride this book turned out to be. I have to admit I struggled to like Deacon's character in the beginning, I even wanted to punch him a few times lol but as the story progressed and we got to see things from his POV I slowly grew to like him. For me the highlight in this story was Alex's character, I loved her spunk and determination, loved her. Overall Crashed was a story about second chances, forgiveness and trust. I loved seeing Deacon and Alex come together, they deserved their HEA. Looking forward to Revved Rusty and Reid's story, this promises to be another fun and hot read =)
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Alex and her two best friends Rusty and Piper. Unfortunately for Alex Rusty and Piper’s brother owns the building. Deacon wants another chance to be with Alex and he will do anything it takes to get it, including kick Alex and his sister out of the building that belongs to him, unless Alex is willing to agree to another arrangement. Will she agree to his demanding terms? I really enjoyed this story it was fun and sexy, the chemistry between Alex and Deacon is hot. I am looking forward to more in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review. This turned out to be quite a memorable first read for me, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book! This was a very addictive read, I had only planned to read for thirty minutes, but I got so wrapped up in this book that two hours passed me by before I came up for air, and by that time I was almost done so I forfeited an additional hour of sleep so I could finish the book. The story line was very inventive, well written and had a very nice flow to it, definitely made for a smooth and enjoyable read. The characters chemistry was evident from the start and I loved the approach Ms. Gray took with their relationship...the anticipation made it very exciting to read! Deacon West made the biggest mistake of his life letting Alex Franco go all those years ago...and now that he is finally free from his past he thinks he has devised the perfect plan to get her back. The question is can he convince her to trust him again after all he put her through all those years ago? Alex is still angry with him and not ready to forgive him, and DEFINITELY not ready to let in back into her life! But when he tells her he's going to sell the shop, unless she agrees to play his trophy date for three months, she is faced with the toughest decision of her life! She loves working with her best friends in their shop, and isn't willing to let Deacon sell it right out from underneath them, so having a three month, no strings attached relationship can't be all that bad right... This story will have you smiling, laughing, and blushing the whole way through! I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series, I can't wait to see what Ms. Gray has in store for these characters. I highly recommend you make a visit to Axle Alley, you will NOT be disappointed!!
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
In this back and forth, full of past and present misunderstandings/regrets, Deacon West is bound and determined to win over the woman he has always wanted to be with, even if it involves pretending to be a heartless snake just in order to get close enough to her to do it. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice and men, they often go awry. Especially if it involves a scheming, manipulative ex-wife and a heroine set on protecting her heart after already having it broken twice by Deacon. Alexandra (Alex) Franco is a feisty, mechanic who runs a car restoration business with two of Deacon’s sisters, which was formerly owned by his father. When Deacon threatens to sell the building if Alex won’t agree to his secret “Pretty Woman” arrangement, this frenemies to lovers romance starts to spin out of control. Alex starts to worry the past is about to repeat itself. However, things are not always what they seem. When the reasons for Deacon’s previous marriage/divorce are revealed, along with his ex-wife’s true nature, you realize he wasn’t the player Alex thought, but, in fact, got played himself. With some witty banter, a strong, loyal heroine still in love with a hero who, in this reader’s opinion, obviously is not as clever as he thinks, this mostly predictable tale could have used fewer steamy scenes in exchange for more romantic gestures. I did not subscribe to Deacon’s rationale of not showing his true feelings because he did not want to scare Alex away. Overall, I enjoyed the story and look forward to the rest of the series. Book 2 (Revved) will feature Deacon’s sister, Rusty, and Reid Parker (the garage’s competition). Book 3 (Wrecked) will be Piper and Deacon’s ex-cop friend, Cole Black. Author: Sherilee Gray, Title: Crashed, Series: Axel Alley Vipers (Book 1), pages: 232, HEA, Stand-a-lone. WARNING: Mature readers, 18+ years and older Crashed (Book 1), 7/14/15 Revved (Book 2), 10/13/15 Wrecked (Book 3), 2/9/16 (This review is based on ARC e-book generously provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.)
Verviers23 More than 1 year ago
Years ago, Alex gave her heart and body to Deacon. He took it and then abandoned her the next day to return to his ex. Now he wants her back. Deacon's proposition to Alex-go to business functions with him, sleep with him and he will not sell the car restoration business Alex has with Deacon's sisters. Alex agrees in order to save the shop but can't get close to the man that took her virginity years ago and then left her brokenhearted. Only Alex doesn't know Deacon is using the ruse of blackmail to get Alex back and never let her go again. The chemistry between Alex and Deacon was hot. Alex's hurt and betrayal couldn't mask what was in her heart. Deacon trying to win her back the only way he knew how. A bit of drama and angst involving Deacon's ex, but overall, just the kind of romance I was looking for. Two characters that I adore and I'm patiently awaiting the stories of Rusty and Piper.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Crashed is not your average love story. Deacon and Alex have much to overcome. Insecurities, heartbreak, betrayal, manipulations and the list goes on and on. Each has had situations in their past that makes it hard for them to trust easily. Ms. Gray did an exceptional job of writing each character in such a way that you fell empathy for Alex and Deacon despite often bratty and irritating behavior. Yet there is always a reason or a trigger for these outbursts. I received Crashed by Sherilee Grey for an honest review. Within the pages of Crashed readers will find a complicated love story that enraptures and inspires.