Title: Shifting Gears
Author: Shawn Kirsten Maravel
My Rating: B-
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Riders #2
Main Characters: Wesley and Olivia
Release Date: June 2012ISBN: 978-1475189254
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Sexual Intensity: mild
Wesley Pierce, a Virginia State Trooper, is in search of the perfect log cabin to settle down in. After losing his brother and doing his best to care for the family he left behind he decides, a year after Nathan’s death, that he’s finally ready to move forward.
Olivia Michaels, a realtor in search of her own dream home and a way out of her parents’ attic, takes on a client who can help get her that much closer to affording her freedom. Little does she know that it isn’t the perfect home that she finds but through Wesley Pierce she manages to find herself. And maybe, if she’s capable of taking the leap, she might even manage to find love.
This novel, not unlike its predecessor in the Rider series, The Wanderer, is not a story about life altering suspense and mystery or a love that seemed impossible from the very start. Instead, this story is of love in its purest form. In life it isn’t mystery and excitement that drive our hearts but trepidation and the moment in which we all decide to jump unguarded into the arms of another.
This book, simply put, is a nice sweet romantic little read. It meanders along at a fairly sedate pace through the first 75% of the book before the action and romance picks up for a great ending.
I liked both Olivia and Wesley's characters and I loved the fact that both of them are searching for the perfect log cabin. I share that love with them so it made reading about the various houses a lot of fun. Olivia is Wesley's realtor and along the way they become friends too.
Wesley is a cop. Recently his brother, also a cop, was shot and killed in the line of duty. Olivia has a phobia about cops and I like the way Shawn Maravel wrote this book to show the sacrifices they make on a daily basis. We tend to look at them as the guys giving us speeding tickets without paying attention to the risk that puts them at daily.
Wesley is pretty hot. He drives a Harley and a big black truck....two of my personal weaknesses when it comes to guys. He also is amazing with his adorable two year old niece and his brother's widow. He's definitely stepped up to take care of them and there were several "melt my heart" type of scenes. I also LOVED the fact that he respected Olivia's relationship with her ex Jerry and didn't want to intrude on that. The fact that he'd rather have her as a friend than nothing at all....yep, LOVE!
Overall this was just a nice book to read. One of those that leaves you with a smile on your face.
I received a free copy of this book from the author.