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Drive by Sidney Bristol

Blazing Miami sun. Cool classic cars. Dangerous undercover assignment. In Sidney Bristol's scorching new Hot Rides series, the cars are fast and the romance is furious…

Aiden DeHart has a history--and secrets. His classic car garage is a front for an FBI operation. His current mission: get some evidence from a drug dealer's ex-wife, then get out. Madison Haughton sending his engine into overdrive isn't part of the plan, though, especially considering she might not be as innocent as Aiden thought…

Since her divorce from her sleazeball ex, Madison has sworn off bad boys, gotten some sweet tattoos, and become a star of Miami's roller derby scene. But however fast she skates, her ex is always on her tail. When the sexy guy in the muscle car offers to help, he could be her ticket to safety--or a detour down a deadly road…

"Will entice readers with its edgy feel...As intense as it is sensual, and readers will embark on a page-turning quest" --Publishers Weekly

"Bristol opens her Hot Rides series in style with this quick-paced, clever, and wholly original romance. She neatly avoids the pitfalls of her chosen trope, making her damsel in distress a gutsy, tough and resourceful heroine, and her savior hero an honorable and honest man with his own insercurities underneath a rough exterior. Their chemistry is blistering, but their ability to share every aspect of themselves makes this relationship uniquely rewarding... Readers who sit back and enjoy the ride will find this a pleasurable read" -- RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"Fast, furious, and full of heat!" --Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420139228
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Series: Hot Rides , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 301,658
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

It can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a "normal" life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor?home on the U.S. highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas, where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading, and belly dancing. Readers can find her at sidneybristol.com, on Facebook, and @Sidney_Bristol on Twitter.

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Drive


By Sidney Bristol

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2016 Sidney Bristol
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3922-8


CHAPTER 1

There was a good way to start a week, and there was a bad one. Aiden DeHart figured the jury was still out on this one.

"DeHart, microphones are live. Keep Ross near the car."

"It's a Chevelle, Kathy," he replied to the disembodied woman's voice only he could hear. He hated this, working with the FBI, but they had him by the balls.

"Yeah, whatever. Keep him near the Chevelle." Kathy chuckled.

Aiden tapped the steering wheel of his Chevrolet Chevelle and rolled his eyes at the FBI agent chirping more reminders in his ear. Kathy was a good agent, a little too motherly for his tastes, but a good woman.

He tuned her out and cleared his mind, inhaling the scent of the beach. The simple truth was that every word he said needed to be carefully chosen. Microphones were all over the damn car, which irritated the hell out of him that his classic restore was getting adhesive all over the leather. He wouldn't normally allow it, but if this job led to taking down Michael Evers, it was worth it. The son of a bitch had murdered Aiden's sister and her cop husband to make a point to the Miami-Dade PD. His brother-in-law had been a good cop. A bit too good, unfortunately, and it had gotten both him and Andrea killed.

"DeHart, we're in place." CJ's voice echoed in Aiden's ear. Great, he had not one, but two Feds in his head.

CJ and his wife, Kathy, were FBI agents undercover in Aiden's garage, and often worked support for him and his crew. He hadn't known FBI agents could be married to another agent in the field, but he had the proof under his roof. Hell, there was likely some extensive study with all sorts of data to justify the work/wed arrangement. He could imagine CJ spouting said data as he got down on one knee. Kathy and CJ were a ... unique couple. He overlooked their uniqueness because they knew their shit.

"Try not to break too many laws," CJ warned. They might be FBI, but the deep cover operation had them bending and breaking laws. Which was why it was Aiden doing this gig instead of his co-owner and best friend, Julian. While Julian was a full-fledged undercover FBI agent, Aiden was a contracted employee, or asset. He could break rules Julian couldn't, though that line had begun to blur as of late.

"No promises there. Going silent." Aiden sucked in a deep breath and blew it out.

It was time.

He emptied his mind of the two people on the other end of the radio, of all the little things he needed to do today and simply — let go. The road stretched out ahead of him, a path to anywhere.

He hit the accelerator and shifted gears. The old muscle car roared to life. He blazed down the well-kept street, mansions sprawling on either side of him. His awareness narrowed to the bend in the road ahead and the gate leading to their target's home.

The humid Miami air rushed through the windows, beating him in the face and carrying with it the cry of seagulls. The scents of freshly cut grass, salt water, and flowers drifted on the wind. Here, there was no Latino hip-hop music breaking up the pristine silence. It was all opulence and wealth.

The gate yawned open to his right. He grabbed the hand brake, turned the wheel, and let the Chevelle drift sideways through the space. The whole car vibrated, tires squealing with the maneuver. A security guard in the gatehouse dropped a magazine out of the window and yelled something, but Aiden was already through and accelerating up the drive. Palm trees lined the quarter mile to the two-story mansion. The drive circled around a fountain. Several sleek sports cars were parked around the bend, like some fancy magazine spread. Those cars might have the flash, but his Chevelle had double the horsepower.

Aiden brought the car around the fountain, breaking and letting the tail end swing around. It made for a jarring, flashy stop.

Flash was what he was going for.

"Fuck, Aiden. Did you have to burn so much rubber?" CJ whispered in his ear.

The agent was a stickler for following the rules, and one of their biggest ones was: stay under the radar. The Feds didn't want to have to cover up their shit if Aiden got in trouble, which was bound to happen on occasion. CJ had proven to be an invaluable member of their team. Between his experience in the field and his wife's quick thinking, they'd saved Aiden's ass more than a few times.

He snorted and climbed out of the car. A trio of men in suits stood on the stairs leading to the grand double doors. It might have been impressive, except the whole community was one mansion trying to outdo its neighbors. At least a half dozen guys in suits hung around, hands poised on their barely concealed weapons. The whole setup was a little pretentious, but then again, men like Dustin Ross weren't exactly classy folk.

Two years ago, Dustin barely registered on the low-level crime scale. He'd climbed the ladder fast thanks to his greed, and he liked to show it off, unlike his boss, Michael Evers. What Dustin probably didn't know was that Evers ran through guys like Dustin every two years, using them up and spitting them out to save his own ass. Dustin was just the latest in a string of dummies stupid enough to get into bed with the Evers operation.

Aiden pushed his sunglasses up on his head and leaned against his car.

"Aiden DeHart." Dustin shook the hand of one of the men he was standing with before heading down the stairs toward him. "Wasn't expecting you so soon."

"I drive fast. You said you wanted to see me?"

"Yeah, why don't you show me what this baby can do?" Dustin didn't wait for permission. He climbed in the passenger side and settled in.

Well, that was easy.

"Sure. Whatever you say, boss." Aiden sank into the driver's seat while CJ snickered in his ear.

Aiden didn't punch it hard out of the driveway. He did want to hear what the other man had to say, after all. And they needed a clean recording. Dustin suggesting they leave his property — without security — confirmed Aiden's suspicions. Whatever this job was, Dustin didn't want his boss to know about it.

In the grand scheme of things, Michael Evers was the real target. Dustin was just a stepping-stone to taking down the criminal mastermind. Jobs like this should never be personal, and yet here he was. Driving an asshole around one of the ritziest areas of Miami, neither speaking. Which was fine with him. Conversation with Dustin was about as stimulating as watching oil drip out of a car. He took his time, winding through the houses, around the properties and eventually out onto the highway.

"How fast does she go?" Dustin asked.

"One-eighty if I've got the distance." The Chevelle wasn't a race car, though he liked its speed. It could perform, but he didn't like to push the car too much. It was a classic that deserved the respect of the road. He had a few newer, American muscle cars tricked out and outfitted for racing.

"Nice." He cleared his throat. "I really appreciate that job you did for me. The guys were right when they said you were the person to go to if I wanted something done quiet — and right." Dustin peered at him through tinted glasses. For someone with so much money, he still seemed sleazy. Maybe it was the off-the-rack suit with the Rolex watch and store-bought tan.

"Glad I could be of assistance," Aiden drawled. Thanks to a few dings on his record, the FBI had been able to embellish the truth a little. Between their additions and what came naturally due to racing, he had plenty of street cred and the experience to back it up. He doubted old Uncle Sam had intended him to put the skills he'd learned in the service to use chopping cars and pretending to be one of the bad guys.

"That street gang, they don't want to mess with us." Dustin acted like he were the one who'd chopped six cars of the rival gang.

"They're punks. Kids. They don't have any business playing with the big boys. Just let them drive their toy cars in circles."

Dustin approaching Aiden out of the blue like that had shocked him and sent their entire operation into chaos. While they'd had their heads shoved up Evers's ass, Dustin had begun a little war with one of the street gangs. One Aiden knew all too well because he raced against them regularly.

The Eleventh Street Gang was a group of wannabe gangsters for the most part, except they were getting a handle on their criminal lifestyle and were no longer quite so wannabe. Under the leadership of a new crew leader named Raibel Canales, their drug trade was starting to compete with what Dustin had going on for Evers. Typically Aiden and his partner, Julian, opted out of jobs that touched their racing community, but they'd made an exception this one time. If the Eleventh knew they'd intentionally scrambled a drug deal it could make their street races dicey. Except chopping the cars had also meant sidelining several new, teenage members. Hopefully they got kicked out of the gang lifestyle before they'd begun. It was a long shot, but they'd taken the job.

"I bet you'd teach them a thing or two in this beauty." Dustin stroked the door as if he had any clue what was under the hood.

"If they had a brain cell between the lot of them, maybe."

Dustin laughed. "I like you. You sure you don't want to come work for me? I could make it worth your time."

"Sorry, man. I like being my own boss." Aiden would rather give up his left nut than work for Dustin. He eased off the accelerator and onto the service road. They wanted everything Dustin said on tape without the rustling of the wind. "You wanted to see me about a job? I take it this isn't about cars."

"Yeah. My ex-wife took some things that don't belong to her during our divorce proceedings. I want you to get them back." Dustin tapped the door and tipped his head back, the breeze rustling his hair.

That was it?

"This sounds like a job for the cops." He scowled, trying to remember who Dustin had been married to and when. It wasn't recent.

"Madison Ross," CJ said in a low-pitched voice the rumble of the car almost drowned out. "They've been split for almost three years, divorced for six months. Dustin hadn't been the faithful type. Madison's clean. Seems like he did stuff and kept her out of it. She's filed a restraining order on him, looks like he's sent people after her in the past and they haven't been too successful. She must have been a real slugger, used a baseball bat on one of his thugs. There's a note in her file from the PD that they've been putting pressure on her to turn witness, but she's pushed back, citing fear for her safety. From all the notes, I think either there's someone keeping a close eye on her, or she's got an admirer on the force. We'll check it out. Could be why they need you."

"I bet the detective's got a boner for her. I just found her online. She's a looker. Aiden's type." Kathy and her sleuthing. Between her and their resident geek, Emery, they could uncover anyone's secrets. Except Michael Evers's. He had someone on his side that covered the man's trail like a pro.

"I want the cops as far away from me as I can keep them. Got me?" Dustin turned toward him once more.

"Yeah, I got it. What are you looking for?" This might be an easier job than he anticipated.

"A box of stuff she took from my office. There's an external hard drive I particularly want back." The gig had to be more complex than that, but Dustin wasn't offering up more information.

Call him old-fashioned, but Aiden didn't like the idea of Dustin harassing a woman. He found it hard to believe Dustin's ex-wife would be a complete innocent. Something about the situation wasn't firing all cylinders. There was more to it.

"Aiden, we need him," Kathy whispered. It was as if the woman could hear his thoughts. He wouldn't put that beyond the Feds someday.

"I just want the hard drive," Dustin said. "It's about this big." Dustin held up his hands. Going by his estimates, the drive was about six-by-eight inches. "Gray. It has a label that says Racing on it."

How had Madison come by the drive? If it was so important, why had Dustin allowed her to snatch it? And how come he couldn't just get it himself? Who was stopping Dustin? All questions he couldn't ask. To Dustin, he was a resourceful street tough. That was it. Too much interest would show his hand.

"What about your ex?" Aiden gripped the steering wheel harder. If Dustin wanted her roughed up or made to disappear, perhaps Aiden could work with it. Makeup and Photoshop could do wonders in this day and age.

"I don't fucking care about that cunt. Get the drive any way you can, but don't mention me. That's why I'm hiring you. I'll take care of Madison in time. I've got her right where I want her."

Aiden's vision hazed red. Violence toward women was something he couldn't stand. Not even when he'd been deployed. There was a scar on his thigh from where a woman had attacked him. Julian had saved his ass that day.

He cleared his throat and banished the memories. "Sounds simple enough. Do you care how I get it?"

"Nope. I don't care. Just get the job done."

Aiden nodded, though he had no intention of that sort of ending. If Madison was living above the law, she would stay alive and breathing. If not, well, the Feds could be very useful motivators in times of need. He was proof of that.

"How much trouble can one woman be? I'll do a soft meet, something she won't see coming." He was spitballing a plan, hoping CJ and Kathy were already working on the bigger picture.

There were a few ways he could play the situation with this Madison, but he hadn't made up his mind yet which might yield her cooperation. He couldn't get a feel for what kind of woman would marry and stay with a crook like Dustin. He'd have to play this one off the cuff, and that was something he didn't like. After a couple years doing under-the-table deals for the FBI, he'd learned to have contingency plans for his contingency plan.

But first, he needed to get Dustin out of his car and find out a little about this Madison Ross.

CHAPTER 2

Madison gritted her teeth and forced herself to smile. She rolled past the line of bikers taking up the front row of Stoke's Bar & Grill, staring straight ahead. The latest pop-Latin mix hit played over the loudspeakers, the beat making her itch for some speed. The grill was a red, T-shaped building, with limited dining in the front and the kitchens in the back. Most people who came parked under the metal awnings to take advantage of the sound of the nearby surf and carhop atmosphere. Since old man Stoke was a biker himself, there was an area designated for motorcycles. The paint might have changed, and the building was different, but it was one of the few places that harkened back to Madison's high school days.

"Oye mami," one of the bikers called. She blocked out his voice and clenched her fist.

If Stoke's didn't give so much money to her roller derby league in exchange for one night of carhopping, she'd never stand for the kind of lewd comments the rough motorcycle types liked to throw her way. Then again, she was skating around in crash pads, a black pleated miniskirt, and a bikini top with the league's alligator-on-roller-skates logo over each breast. She got better tips this way, and the league was hurting for cash this season.

"Hey." Lily, her best friend and teammate, screeched to a halt on her toe stops. Her frilly skirt flipped up, exposing her Talk Derby to Me booty shorts underneath. She probably meant to do that. Lily was a tease, but that was because she could afford to be one. With her Greek goddess looks, men were always interested in her curves. It was one reason why on the track she was known as A'thing'a Beauty.

"If those assholes touch me, I'm going to bash them over the head with a baseball bat."

"You say that every time we're here. Besides, your cop buddies wouldn't let that happen." Lily pivoted neatly and rolled with Madison toward the ticket window, wiggling her fingers at the cop car sitting in Madison's section.

"They're not my friends." She refused to look at the two off-duty patrol officers. They weren't bad people. Some of the cops Detective Matt Smith sent to "protect" her were even nice. But that was because they wanted something she couldn't give them. Evidence her ex-husband was a drug dealer.


(Continues...)

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Drive 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I know when I jump into a book by Sidney Bristol that I’m in for a ride… and Drive did not fail to deliver! Although it starts out slowly, developing the backstory and introducing the characters, soon we find the fast cars, fast deals and some smexy times heat up your metaphorical reading engine as you speed to the end. Aiden owns a classic car shop in Miami, but he also has a sideline: fronting for the FBI. Currently a drug ring is their focus, and Aiden is the man to get information from the dealer’s girl, Madison. Pretty quickly you get a feel for Aiden and his motivations: his crew and friends are amusing and provide nice side notes. Fortunately, for all of us, Aiden is also smart, caring and full of personality. Madison is unusual, she doesn’t take fools lightly and the mix of her sense of self and her ability to act like an adult rather than a whinging damsel in distress is wonderful. These two play well against one another: almost no childish foot stamping or me man you woman moments, their arguments feel real and justified, as do the moments they just enjoy one another, and there is chemistry that I wish had been played up a bit more to truly fall into their relationship as a couple. But plenty of action and lots of venue changes, great descriptions and two characters that work well together highlight this story. Research is spot on, the story flows well and (in a jump from many works) every moment, decision and action are both understandable and well presented. A fun introduction that has plenty of secondary characters that you want to know more about – and lend plenty of potential for further installments in this series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Madison was just stupid at times. She is told several times to stay where the doors are locked and it is safe. Everyone she wanders out on her own like an idiot. I get the need for plot twists but jeez, after the first time or two one would think she would get the hint! Aidan is fantastic. The kind of man we all want to have. I love his approach to things and his love of his Challenger just shows how wonderful he is. For an opening of a series it is pretty good. There is always back story to be told, etc. I expect a few details to be fleshed out down the road. It is a complete story with a HEA and characters who look to be seen in future books. I will be reading the next one and hope it is as good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring with blah characters. Seemed a little too old to be into hot rods and street racing.
KimMc More than 1 year ago
Aiden is a strong willed FBI agent, who is working a case that Madison is caught up in. Neither expects to be thrown into the precarious situation they find themselves in, and the events that lead them together just might tear them apart as they find their way to safety and a solution to their biggest problem. Fun, sexy and full of action and mystery, Drive will have you revving your engine! The characters are multifaceted and the plot has enough romance and mystery to keep you interested and waiting to see what happens next. *I received an arc from NetGalley for an honest review
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
Talk about a wild ride! I loved the roller derby parts of this book, it just made a great book even better! The characters were amazing and the intrigue is off the charts awesome! I loved every minute of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this new debut kensington book by sidney thats got alot of action with cars & roller derby! Throw in steamy sex & it makes for a nice beach read which is set in south FL to boot!!
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
If you love raw and gritty, then I recommend you "Drive" to your nearest bookstore and get this one! There was a bit of background in the first few chapters, but the story quickly picked up pace and never slowed down. Aiden and crew are working with the FBI for the greater good, but they are not always on the side of the law when they are dealing with the criminal elements of society. Madison happens to get drawn into it thru her ex. Aiden and Madison's story is not your typical HEA. There are no hearts and flowers, but real people with the will to love and survive. Drive is the first in the Hot Rides series and I cannot wait for the next one. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for gifting me with "Drive" and only asking for an honest review. 4.5 Stars
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Drug rings, gangs, muscle cars and the roller derby seem like such incompatible things but there's all that and more in this high octane first installment of the Hot Rides series. Aiden DeHart's classic car restoration garage became a front for an FBI undercover operation after he found himself in some trouble with the law and almost landed behind bars. Aiden is hot on the heels of a local drug kingpin, the man responsible for the death of his sister and her husband and the authorities are also interested in bringing down the drug empire, so it's a win-win for him. What began as a quick mission has become a long drawn out operation and time has become of the essence, so when Aiden sees an in through the ex-wife of one of the top men, he takes it. Madison Haughton's quest for a family led her to marry the wrong man and now has her precariously caught between the law and the bad guys. So she jumps on the offer of help from a sexy guy in a muscle car, but will he be her salvation or will he be the catalyst for her destruction? So, this book started out slow for me but with words like 'FBI', 'undercover operation' and the fact that Aiden is former military, I was expecting some major action with lots of gunfights and all, but surprisingly even though there was little of that, I actually enjoyed DRIVE. Growling muscle cars and high speed chases give a different kind of rush and it's like you're in the thick of it with the characters, riding the excitement and fear and all other emotions plus, the story is set in Miami and it's like the sultry heat adds another layer to the overall experience. The biggest thing for me is the amount of detail that went into the car scenes and even the derby. You can tell that the author did her research (or actually participates in both activities) and I loved all that detail. Now, about the characters - I usually prefer my characters to be black or white with a few shades of gray, but these characters mostly operate in the shadowy area between legal and illegal, doing wrong things for the right reasons and I had mixed feelings about them. Aiden is tough, maybe even hard and on the verge of being swallowed up by his life on the edge and Madison is a breath of fresh air and just what he needs to pull him back from the brink but will he take what she's offering? Madison is smart and determined to be in charge of her life, but her involvement with Aiden threatens all that she has accomplished so far, but he may also be the key to what she's been searching for her whole life. Everything about this book is fast and I really enjoyed it. As the first book in a series, there are a lot of characters to meet and is clear who the characters in upcoming books will be, so be prepared for that. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
romancebookworm More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read that reminded me of Fast & Furious. I love me some bad boys and Aiden fit the bill! Aiden is working with the FBI to take down some drug dealers and that is always a good thing. There were some spots that I struggled with connecting with Madison but it got there. I really liked the fact that she learned from her mistakes and chose to better herself. The roller derby bit was awesome. This was the first in the series and I can't wait to see where Aiden's crew goes from here. If you like fast cars, hot bodies and romance then this is the book for you. Get it now!
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
I've been on a bit of a romance kick as of late and the summary of this one was just too good to pass up. Also this sounded like romantic suspense which I can never resist. It was a pretty good choice on my part as I enjoyed this one. Last weekend we took the kiddos for a quick weekend getaway to an indoor water park and while the kiddos swam I sat poolside and devoured this book. It was the perfect read for a weekend like this as I was able to set it down and pick it back up with ease, jumping right back in where I had left off. It was fast paced enough to keep my attention and had me intrigued throughout the entire book. You can't ask for more than that! What I really enjoyed about this book though was the chemistry and developing relationship between Aiden and Madison. These two were so different from each other but I couldn't help but love them together! One of the things that I loved about Madison was her drive and motivation. She used her divorce from a truly bad individual to better herself and really develop her own identity. I loved that she was in roller derby which isn't something that I know much about. Heck, the entire book could have focused on her roller derby experiences and I bet I would have loved it. It was so unique and fun, and I definitely wanted to read more about it. I also really liked Aiden's character and was pulled in by his back story. There is definitely more that the author hasn't shared in regards to Aiden and his partner Julian. Actually all of the secondary characters or Aiden's "group" that he worked with left me excited as I'm eager to read their books. The relationship between Aiden and Madison though was definitely what I wanted to read the most about and I really enjoyed watching this relationship develop. The ending of this book was definitely the most intense part for me! I found myself unable to put the book down by that point (no worries we were home by then). I liked the way it ended but am curious to see what happens next. Because you kind of know that everything can't possibly be over...not yet anyways. Bring on the next book! Overall, I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a fun read! The characters were really great and left me especially eager to learn more about some of those secondary characters that we got glimpses of. I loved the racing and car themes that were present throughout the book. And I especially adored the parts that focused on roller derby. This book was a solid read and if I still did ratings would probably be an easy 3.5 stars. I found it a perfect way to spend the weekend and can't wait to see what this author comes up with next. Recommended! Bottom Line: A fun and suspenseful read that I enjoyed. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher as part of a Tasty book tour.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Buckle your seatbelt, it's a wild ride... At the beginning, it takes some time to set the stage, and give the scoop on the cast of characters. I was somewhat surprised to learn this was the first book in the series, since it gave off the feeling, that a lot has gone down with the group, before the story ever starts. But after the slow start, things are really starting to happen. There are so many players, and so many layers of the tale, from gangsters, criminals, street gangs, to the law, and from undercover ops, to street racing to roller derby, and somehow it all seems to be connected to each other, in one way or another. And if that doesn't leave you breathless, add to the mix a hot and heavy attraction between Aiden and Madison. They might have little choice about working together, against her ex, but the instant trust Madison has for Aiden is by choice. Aiden is convinced there's no place for a closer relationship of any kind in his life, but for the first time he meets Madison, he claims her 'his'. The story has its moments, the dialog is sparkling at times, the characters themselves seems to be on the edge, and breathless constantly. The trust issues, for a good reason, are frequent, but the sense of family formed by friends is still strong. I liked the story, and the strong personalities of the characters, it reminded me of certain movies. I'm convinced there's a huge fan base for this kind of books, where your knowledge and love for cars of all kinds, will be appreciated, as well as the passion to do the right thing, and let the justice win, no matter what the cost. Energetic cast, events that roll on over each other, no dull moment, and sizzling romance, makes this a very promising new series ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great New Series! This is a great book; this is the first book of the Hit Rides series by Sidney Bristol. Aiden DeHart runs a classic car garage which is a front for an FBI operation. His mission is to get some evidence from a drug dealer’s ex-wife. Madison has sworn off bad boys ever since her divorce from her sleazeball ex-husband. When a sexy guy in a muscle car offers to help, she hopes that he will be her ticket to safety. If you are looking for a great romance with suspense then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
To me this book was a little different from your normal romance books. The story started off a little slow and I felt a little lost in the beginning. I think it would have been helpful to start off as to why Aiden was helping the FBI. It felt like the beginning jumped right into the middle of the story. The FBI is using Aiden’s garage for an undercover operation. What they thought was going to be a yearlong undercover operation to shut down some drug dealers, has turned into three long years. The Feds threaten to shut down the operation if they don’t see results soon. So Aiden and his team step things up. Aiden is hired by Madison’s cheating, drug dealing ex-husband, to retrieve a hard-drive Madison took from him when she left. After getting away from her ex, Madison just wants to live her own life. But not only is she being harassed by her ex and cops asking her to get evidence against her ex, she now has this "bad boy” looking for something. She is determined not to get involved with any more ‘bad boys”, especially one she thinks can get her killed. But they can fight their attraction for only so long. While the H and h were interesting characters, I think the secondary characters were more appealing. I liked how they all worked as a team. Overall this was a solid story. You just need to give it time because it does pick up. I am looking forward to the stories of the other characters.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Fast cars, hot guys, danger, excitement and roller derby this book has it all. After a slow start this book takes off and whirls you into a world where trust is a precious commodity and sex is off the charts. I love the Madison Haughton character. She has made some mistakes but has been doing her very best to overcome them. She is smart, tough and sweet. Aiden too has a past he is working to overcome and can’t afford to be as smitten with Madison as he is but love hits you when it will not when you will it. The crew is filled with fun characters I want to get to know better. Stick with it and enjoy the ride.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Aidan is an operative for the FBI. But if this brings down Michael Evers that is all Aidan cares about. But it had already been three years and the higher ups were getting impatient. But it was personal for Aidan as Evers killed his sister and good cop brother in law as a message. C T and Kathy were also undercover FBI that Aidan worked directly with at Aidan’s garage. Evers had a man - Dustin work for him. Now Dustin had contacted Aidan and wanted to see him. After Aidan met with Dustin he found out he wanted Aidan to get a flash drive his ex wife Madison had and get it in any way he wanted to. Aidan makes contact with Madison tries to reassure he is not on Dustin’s side in fact wants to back stab him. Madison doesn’t trust Aidan but is attracted to him but she knows the last thing she needs is another bad boy. As Aidan and Madison spend more time together Aidan finds he is attracted to Madison. Pretty good story and plot but almost half the book was fairly slow going and the second half doesn’t make it all better for me normally and didn’t enough in this case . Normally I would not have even finished the story but for some reason i did.I was happier for finishing this story. Characters were good especially Aidan and Madison and all the ups and downs they go through. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Get your heart racing… Blazing Miami sun. Cool classic cars. Dangerous undercover assignment. In Sidney Bristol’s scorching new Hot Rides series, the cars are fast and the romance is furious… Aiden DeHart has a history—and secrets. His classic car garage is a front for an FBI operation. His current mission: get some evidence from a drug dealer’s ex-wife, then get out. Madison Haughton sending his engine into overdrive isn’t part of the plan, though, especially considering she might not be as innocent as Aiden thought… Since her divorce from her sleazeball ex, Madison has sworn off bad boys, gotten some sweet tattoos, and become a star of Miami’s roller derby scene. But however fast she skates, her ex is always on her tail. When the sexy guy in the muscle car offers to help, he could be her ticket to safety—or a detour down a deadly road… Review: I have only read one other short story by this Author and liked what I had read and then I read the description was intrigued. The story started out a little slow, but it picked up rather quickly, especially once Aiden and Madison meet and all heck kind of breaks loose. Really though, as the Author sets up the book and series we get to meet a lot of characters, so of course it took a little time to get acquainted with them and so the slowness of the maybe first quarter of the book. I really liked Madison she is different (at least not your typical heroine), she is strong and smart. Aiden is undercover working for the FBI and on a mission to find justice for his dead sister and brother-in-law. Both characters were great but I liked Madison just a little more. I loved that Madison is in the roller derby and that it was part of the story, it made it unique and a fun aspect to both her and the story. I liked the action too. Once the story-line started rolling there was lots of action and drama. It was like reading the Fast and the Furious. I thought it was a very good start to new series. There are fast-cars, roller derby, sexy times, shooting, drug dealing, gang wars...hey whats not to like??? 4Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
missalicia2013 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC in exchange of a honest review... Fast and Furious holds no candle to this book! It has drifting, fast cars, hot guys, and street racing. Aiden is undercover working with the FBI and has been running this case with his crew the Hoovers for a while. He has an in with a mark but he needs Madison. Madison broke away from her ex-husband Dustin barely with her life. Now she does roller derby and waitresses. She is not a victim anymore but she is not free. Aiden offers her a chance to be free. Will she take it? Can Aiden protect her from her ex? This book is hot and steamy too! It has it all.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Fast cars, drug dealing, Miami heat, FBI assets, roller derby, foul-mouth bad boys...What more could you want from this fast-paced romantic suspense? The characters are well written and leap from the page and the sex is panty-soaking h-o-t. The scene of the roller derby bout had me rung out and I felt like I had been banged up after performing a few hip shots. From one scene to the next, this book is a full out thrill ride! **Received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This one has a lot going on and starts out a bit sluggish but I'm definitely glad I stuck with it. There is a ton of action with fast cars, roller derby,and undercover FBI operations but there is also a great romance between Aiden and Madison. This one looks like a great start to what could be a great series. Can't wait to read the next one. This is one I definitely recommend.