I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by Teresa Noelle Roberts
Published by Samhain Publishing Drive (Cougars, Cars and Kink, #1) on February 9th 2016
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
"He s a kinky dream come true and her only protection from danger."
"Cougars, Cars and Kink," Book 1
Eight months after her (cheating, almost-ex) husband s death, Suzanne Mayhew has a plan to move on with her life. First step: sell off Frank s classic cars, starting with the red vintage Mustang convertible he never let her drive. Second step: get her unexplored kink on with a delicious younger man.
Preferably the one an old friend sends around, ostensibly to check out the Mustang. Neil Callahan Boston cop, Dom, fifteen years her junior.
Neil feels the mutual sizzle, but if the blush staining her cheeks is any indication, her flirting skills are a little rusty. Though his instinct tells him to take things slow with the recent widow, he can t resist inviting her along for a test drive for the whole weekend.
Throwing caution to the wind, Suzanne takes him up on it. But they re barely out of the driveway when Neil s cop instincts kick in. They ve got a tail and it looks dangerously like her ex s secrets looming large and deadly in their rear-view mirror.
"Warning: Spies, lies and vile bad guys. A meddling BFF. Inappropriate use of kitchen tools. Completely appropriate use of rope and floggers. Your mileage may vary, depending on battery life.""
I’m always down for a good sexy suspense story, so when I came across this book from Roberts, I was anxious to give her a try.
I’m a little reluctant to read stories about cheating spouses, whether the spouse is dead or not, because it’s a trope I’m not comfortable reading. I have to say though, I really liked the way it all played out in this book. I can’t really reveal any details without giving away huge spoilers, but I really enjoyed the way this book concluded, on all fronts.
Suzanne wants to move on with her life, and selling off her husband’s prized car collection is the start of that new life for her. Having a younger, sexy man show up unexpectedly and show interest in the car makes her weak in the knees. I loved the way Suzanne was eager to get her cougar on, and didn’t have too big of a hangup over the fact that she was older than he was. I liked the way their age difference didn’t play a huge factor in the drama between them.
One aspect that can sometimes make me roll my eye in kinky books is when the hero and heroine are book secretly part of the BDSM community, but somehow find true love in the aisle at the grocery store. It just seems so fake and obviously set up. I was starting to wonder if that would really annoy me about these two, but then loved the way we found out that there were outside forces bringing these two together because of their kinks and desires. I laughed out loud a few places, and really liked the extra layer that all added to the story.
The suspense of this book was really well done, and while parts of it had me thinking “yeah right….” I found that subplot to be enjoyable–with a little suspension of belief. I liked the fact that Neil was able to take charge and make sure that he was able to keep himself and Suzanne safe, all while still working within the parameters of his job and his skill set. So many times in suspense stories, the hero somehow gains all these extra espionage skills he didn’t have before, and I liked that Neil didn’t have that same kind of miraculous knowledge.
The sexy between Suanne and Neil was super hot, and although I wanted them to explore a bit more of their kink on the pages, I liked that the balance between suspense and sex. It was well done, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
All in all, I think this was a great first book in a sexy new series from Roberts. I enjoyed the hero and heroine equally and can only hope that we get to explore their relationship even more in future books.
I give Drive a B-