Accelerate by Tracy Wolff

When I read the synopsis of this book, I seriously thought it sounded like a retelling of Gone in 60 Seconds. Then in the first few pages, I felt a very Fast and Furious vibe. I’m not a car or a race person, but I wanted to give this a try since I remembered enjoying other Tracey Wolff novels I’d read.

Trigger warning: There is a description of rape in this book.

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I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One-Sentence Synopsis
A drag-racing ex-con trying to go straight is backed into a corner by a crooked cop and unwittingly drags the woman he’s attracted to into danger. For a full synopsis, see this book’s Goodreads page.

The Good Stuff
I was surprised at how fast this one grabbed me. I didn’t think I’d find it interesting, since drag racing and cars aren’t my thing, but by the second chapter, things were happening and they were happening fast. Not going to lie…there was some adrenaline packed into this book.

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I loved the dialogue and interactions of the characters. There was a scene where the people who worked at Nic’s garage are bantering back and forth, and it was hilarious and genuine. Even the dialogue between Nic and Jordan is enjoyable, though it sometimes feels like they’re going around in circles.

Things That Made Me Go Hmmm
Nic has a guilt complex, and I get that. He feels bad because he messed up when he was younger and his brother continues to make him feel guilty. But I think he takes it a little far. After awhile, the whole guilt thing was overplayed, especially when he seemed to feel bad that he hadn’t been there to stop Jordan’s tragedy…even though he didn’t even know her then.

The synopsis is a little misleading, and I feel like either something was taken out of the book or was changed later. The synopsis that I read said Nic had to steal 10 cars, but it’s really just one. Unless I missed the 10 car reference amidst all the sex. I suppose that’s possible.

The Romance Factor
Though slightly melodramatic, I liked the romance between Nic and Jordan. It was somewhat of a case of insta-love, but it was also paced well so that it didn’t feel like a stretch. Not to mention I can completely buy into the whole adrenaline rush leading to strong feelings scenario. Since I thought both characters were likable, it wasn’t hard for me to want to see them together. 4/5

The Steam Factor
Though I thought the sex scenes were well written and both hot and romantic, I was a little concerned by all the pleasure screaming Jordan did. Especially when they were in a house where Nic’s sister, brother, and nephew lived. 4/5

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Final Thoughts
This story was pretty much the full package: action, romance, sex, bad guys. I really enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in this series.

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