by Kim Karr (Goodreads Author)
Every city needs a hero, but Detroit’s white knight just might be a villain.
A rough childhood branded Jasper Storm trouble. A bad boy. Not worth a damn. His love of cars was the only thing that could battle his delinquency. With the need for speed in his blood, he overcame his wayward ways. Mostly. All grown up, the broken city of Detroit hails him their shining star. And the man behind a new cutting-edge automobile is ready to turn this bankrupt town around.
Everything he does in life is fast. He talks fast, f*cks fast, and drives fast. But when one reckless turn brings him face-to-face with the childhood he has tried very hard to forget, he finds himself on the edge of wondering if he shouldn’t slow down.
Charlotte Lane was the tomboy who lived next door. She was his best friend. He was her protector. Then tragedy struck and she disappeared, forever—or so he thought.
Jasper has many reasons to hate Charlotte and keep his distance, but she’s infiltrating his every thought and he can’t stay away. Back in town with an agenda of her own, she should push him aside. Make him turn around. Walk away herself. Yet she can't.
With the past lurking between them, they proceed with caution. That is until one sex-filled night leads to murder. When Detroit’s biggest ally suddenly becomes suspect number one, will Charlotte—the girl Jasper once kept safe—be the one to save him?
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author and Social Butterfly PR
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Part 1 of 2 of a new series
My Set the Pace Review . . .
I first came across Kim Karr with the Connection series and Loved it. Ever since then I've been reading everything she releases hoping to get the same joy of reading that series. Don't get me wrong I've liked her other books but not as quite as much as the Connection series. With Set the Pace, I had high hopes.
Unfortunately this book had a slow build and long chapters, which made me take quite awhile to get into the story. I would start then stop then repeat until I finally got my groove but it took a very long time for this to happen. I get why as there were a lot of details that needed to come to light so we get the whole back story but it felt like too much and drawn out at times.
Jasper Storm is the resident bad boy of Detroit but he also has a dream to rebuild this collapsing city. This dream is to launch his own car brand as well as rebuild a plant where there are too many negative memories.
With these memories is one shining light. His best friend Charlie. The girl who was his everything until he was 8, then she was gone. Charlotte Lane, is back home to make the wrongs of the past right but she knows being the daughter of the most unliked person in Detroit isn't going to be easy.
At first Jasper, loathes the idea of Charlotte and what memories she brings good and bad. But there is something about her that he just can't stay away from. These two become friends to lovers in the midst of a murder shit storm with many facets of intrigue, suspense and hope.
Did I like the idea of the story? Yes very much. Will I continue with the series? Yes, I'm now invested, especially with that cliffhanger. Is the story worth the slow build? So far, yes but I hope book 2 makes it completely worth the journey.
3.5 Slow building thumbs up!