Series: The 'Cuda Confessions #1
Published by Bad Apple Press on April 17th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
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Not every relationship is about love.
The odometer on my sex life was stuck at zero the day my mother dragged home a husband I’d never met. Dale brought his two grown sons to help pack and move us into their house. Both were hard-bodied and handsome, but Caine didn’t speak to me. Colt, on the other hand, said crude stuff like, “Wanna ride with me? Then I’m gonna need gas or ass,” but I couldn’t take my eyes off his rippling muscles and challenging blue eyes.
Some are about speed, sex, and defiance.
When Colt offered me a ride to school, I thought the ‘gas or ass’ thing was a joke, but he wasn’t kidding. Though he barely touched me, he shattered the innocence I couldn’t wait to shed. Even then, I sensed I’d never be the same. He and Caine soon upped the stakes, putting me behind the wheel of cars that could reach insane speeds. They kept challenging me to find my inner wild child, pairing illegal drag races with high-octane sex games, games like 'winner gets head'.
And some are about trying to break you.
It wasn’t long before I was hooked, but I always planned to walk away. Then everything spun out of control and walking wasn’t an option. I had to run._____
**Disclaimer: This is a tale of a young girl’s crush that turns to hatred and back to love. Gas and Ass is the crush-to-hate part of the story. There’s no HEA inside these pages, so if that’s a must, this isn’t the story for you. If you can delay gratification, however, the hatred-to-love part is the basis of the sequel, Turn and Burn.
This book will not be for everyone. First of all, it’s a stepbrother trope, which I know a lot of people don’t like, but I’ve enjoyed since Cher and Josh got together. There are menages, stranger sex, dubious consent, and no HEA. There are a lot of heavy issues here. I wasn’t expecting most of them, but they’re there. The story continues into two more books, so if you’re the kind of reader who prefers to get their HEA right away, I would recommend waiting until they’re all out. Although, I’m only guessing that it ends happily. I really have no idea where this story is going, but I can’t wait to read the second one and get at least a little more of it.
I was not expecting this book. I’ve read a few other stepbrother books and most of them were pretty similar. They were regular romance/erotica novels, just between stepsiblings instead of strangers or friends or whatever. This one really took advantage of the family dynamic in a way the others didn’t, which is what made the difference for me. and her mother, a single mom, are close, but her mom, Macy, is the type of woman who completely loses herself in every man she dates. She never ignores or neglects Shelby, but they’re not nearly as close when Macy is dating. But the relationships never last, and she and Shelby are close again. But because she’s so flighty, and so likely to be taken in by boyfriends who are looking for a quick score, Shelby is the one who keeps an eye on their finances and makes sure they don’t get behind in their bills. When Macy shows up, unexpectedly married to someone she’s known a month, Shelby is expecting more of the same, just complicated by legal issues. Frankly, I was expecting this to happen, too. But Dale ended up being one of my favorite parts of this book. Shelby is seventeen when the book opens, but she turns eighteen pretty quickly, before anything really gets started. She’s physically attracted to both of her stepbrothers, but Colt is the one she really wants. Which is unfortunate for her, because Colt, both of them, really, if we’re being honest,but especially Colt, is a dick. He’s such a piece of shit to Shelby. We don’t really find out just how much of a piece of shit until close to the end, but he’s never good to her.
The author’s note at the beginning of the book should be read. I read some, don’t read others, but I did read this one, and it helped me see how this book was intended to be read. And it explained why I could practically smell the exhaust fumes during the drag racing scenes. Eden Connor grew up in a place just like this one, and it shows. It just felt so real – I could hear the bitchy high school girls and the football coach with his “So sorry you were offended by my sexist comments” crap.
There are a lot of unanswered questions here, and I don’t really know how or if Eden Connor is going to be able to redeem Colt or Caine. I read the preview of the second book, Turn and Burn, at the end of this one, and it made me immediately go download it so I can keep going with this story.