Book Reviews

Torque (Drag and Drift 2) by Chacelyn Pierce at Evernight Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 28-June-2013

Book Blurb

Rance is thrilled to finally meet his friend's roommate he's been eyeing via social media. One problem, the feeling isn't mutual. Hudson wants nothing to do with him and the street racing world. If Rance is anything, he's tenacious, and he soon realizes that Hudson's attitude is nothing but a shield over his heart. Winning a race is easy but earning Hudson's affection might prove to be the toughest challenge yet.

It's no secret, Hudson Maas doesn't trust easily, and over the years he's created a thick armor over his heart to keep from getting hurt again. It shouldn't matter, Rance isn't his type and no guy in their right mind would want to date him with his disability. Situations soon demand Hudson must trust the one man he shouldn't. However, depending on Rance seems to go a lot further than a ride home.



Book Review


When someone has been hurt deeply enough, and/or often enough, they usually give up on intimacy, build a couple of walls around their heart, and shut down anything that used to be perceived as a weakness. Feelings are the first to go. No matter what happens, or who comes along, the fear of being hurt is strong enough to have them veer away from any further risk.

Such is the case for Hudson in this story. He has a bad limp and is very sure that he'll be hurt if he entertains the thought of a relationship. So, he refuses to have fun at all. When his soon-to-be-ex-roommate drags him out for a "night of fun" on his birthday, and takes him to see illegal street racing, Hudson is angry at the waste of time – no way is he going to find anyone interesting among these hooligans! –and the danger of getting caught attending an illegal event. He's an upstanding citizen and has no intention to get arrested! As for the potential date? Hudson is sure that the man called Rance will just be after his money!

Rance isn’t exactly your average street-racing hooligan. Yes, he enjoys to let go on the weekends, and fast cars are his passion, but he's a respectable businessman during the week. Why won’t Hudson believe him? Rance is interested enough in the enigmatic man who looks angry and uncomfortable all the time to make a move. He is also determined to break down the emotional walls Hudson keeps in such good repair.

What follows is the beginning of a mental and emotional fight for Hudson's heart. Rance pulls out all the stops, and I loved watching these two spar with words then make a go of having some fun between the sheets. If you like stories with a twist, if you enjoy reading about characters who are wounded and stubborn but ultimately cannot resist charm and a serious attempt at winning them over, and if you're looking for a read that is entertaining but has the serious undertone of a man with a bad limp and a scarred heart finding love, then you will probably like this short story.

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 12630 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-May-2013
Price $2.99 ebook
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