Grinding Gears by Lissa Matthews #Review #AfternoonDelight

Grinding Gears by Lissa Matthews #Review #AfternoonDelightGrinding Gears by Lissa Matthews

Series: Bad Boys of Racing #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
on March 3, 2015
Pages: 152
Format: eBook
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four-stars  

Grinding Gears is the next installment in the Bad Boys of Racing series that began in May of 2010. It’s been a while and left me wondering why we had to wait so long, but anyho, the wait is over. The story starts out with rookie race car driver being set up on a blind date with an older woman. He may be young but he knows what he likes and wants. After meeting Alli, he knows he wants to get to know her better both in and out of the bed.

Alli was comfortable as a paralegal until she figured out she was the life of the party and the others were moving on. So she goes back to school and is very close to passing the bar to become a lawyer. The last thing she needs is a man in her life, demanding her time.

These two … shakes my head … seriously. She fights, pushes and does some mean things to Jason. Jason comes across as the mature one most of the time. He’s really into Alli, but there comes a point where he just isn’t going to put up with her shit any more. Alli for her part finally learns what she is doing and how it makes her … well sad. So she learns to bend.

Unfortunately, I am not into racing, so some of the book just wasn’t something I could relate too. There was a side story of long lost brothers and even a secret with Alli’s third friend (the first book is her friends book…I suspect the next book will be the other friend’s story).

Overall, there is some heat in the sheets moments, a lot of good times outside of the bedroom and a lot of self reflection to be had, all in a very short book. Age differences are a popular theme for this author. While the ages are huge, they do make a play in this one as Jason is young and Alli is slightly older. But since I am older than my husband, I can only laugh at people who think that is a problem.

For a quick read, this is your book and it will leave you feeling a little steamy at the end.

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About Lissa Matthews

Living in North Carolina, talented, multi-published author, Lissa Matthews, has many loves in her life: Family, friends, NASCAR, football, music of all kinds, cooking, BDSM, and last, but not least, coffee. She loves it so much she and those who know her are surprised she hasn’t floated away on a caffeine-induced cloud while giving life to feisty heroines and hunky heroes.

Lissa’s love of romance came from every book she has ever picked up. No matter what she read, she fell in love with the written word. The promise of escape, the deep, intriguing characters, and the winding journey from beginning to end, constantly drew her into bookstores and libraries as she was growing up.

Her first stories were written in junior high and she kept it up through college. She would stay up late at night when her kids were little reading romance and still penning her own stories. In 2007, when she and her family moved to North Carolina from Florida, she began pursuing writing as a profession and she couldn’t imagine doing anything else… Well, except maybe writing in her own cupcake bakery/coffee shop. But that dream is a ways down the road… Lucky for Lissa, she believes in dreams coming true.

Lissa is married with two children and seven, yes, seven cats. She blames her oldest child for the cats.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • I like the older- younger scenario in stories, but I notice that many times the older one’s actions makes the younger one seem so much more mature. But, the race car sports romance aspect sounds cool and I’m glad she finally snapped out of it.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Haha- I am older than my husband so I guess he is more mature by my action, lol. Lissa, the author, is a big NASCAR fan. I just don’t get into it.

      • Oh man, so not true of you guys. You have a great marriage and partnership from my perspective.

        I just remember four books I’ve read for review and all four of them had the older woman and younger man and all of them had the younger guy so much more even-keeled and confident. It was like a formula: older woman and younger man have a shot at relationship and so its expected that she will freak the heck out and try to sabotage it. It was funny, but there is another one I read that I was waiting for the angst to kick up and when it didn’t I laughed at myself for tensing up over nothing. The same thing seems to happen in stories where a single unattached guy/gal falls in love with guy/gal who come with ready-made family- it’s just assumed that the one with the family is going to have a freak-out moment and sabotage the romance.

        I’m like you thinking its silly because we have three of these relationships in my husbands family and all three work fine. And one of them is a full twenty year age gap.

        I’m not enamored with NASCAR either, but my dad’s cousin raced stock cars and it was cool to watch him even when it was just practice.

  • I’m older than my boyfriend too, not a problem at all 😉 When I started reading erotic romance, I loved Lissa Mathews, but it’s been a while since I retried one of her books. I’m not sure I would still enjoy that one, but well, I’ll have to read and see. Thanks for sharing !

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I am older than my husband, so it never bothers me. I love Lissa Matthews and was so glad I got to hug her two years ago.

  • I’ve never read a book with a large age distance such as this one but even in real life people look down their noses at those that are in relationships with such a large age distance.
    But at the same time I don’t see the problem between ages because if two people love each other enough to look past the age, it really shouldn’t matter. But that’s just my opinion. 😉

    • Shari Delighted Read

      As long as there is love, I don’t really care about age gaps. I am older than my husband, but everyone thinks I am younger.

  • I don’t mind the heroine being older…I have a friend that married someone ten years younger, so the age distance doesn’t bother me. And being older than the husband isn’t a bad thing, because women last longer in life so I figure it evens out. great review…I am into racing but not sure how much I would like the heroine…but the hero sounds fantastic.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Sometimes age is mental not physical. So it doesn’t bother me either.