Driving in Neutral by Sandra Antonelli: Review

August 22, 2014 Naughty Ninjas, Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

Driving in Neutral by Sandra Antonelli: ReviewDriving in Neutral by Sandra Antonelli
Published by Escape Publishing on September 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 223
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A new, quick-witted, quip-heavy romance for grown-ups from Sandra Antonelli about facing your fears - because love is the greatest risk of all.

Levelheaded Olivia Regen walks away from her car-racing career and the wreckage of a bad marriage to take on new work that’s far removed from the twists of racetrack. Her new life is about control, calm and the good friends that she adores.

But her first task on her very first day involves getting up close and too personal with her claustrophobic boss, alone in a broken elevator. Her unconventional solution for restoring his equilibrium shocks them both and leaves Olivia shaken.

Determined to stick to her plan, Olivia drives headlong into work and planning her best friend’s wedding, leaving no room for kissing, elevators, or workplace relationships. But Emerson is not one to be out-manoeuvred. Can he convince Olivia that her fear of falling in love again is just another kind of claustrophobia - one that is destined to leave them both lonely?

This is the third of my Ninja reviews for the week. I was planning to review Driving in Neutral, the September Escape release from Sandra Antonelli, on Wednesday. But time got away from me, and I didn’t finish the book on time to do it then.

Fear not, my readers, I finished Driving in Neutral earlier today – and here is my review.

So, what did I think of Driving in Neutral?

“While his sartorial choice said Lamborghini Diablo, the raging timbre of his voice said 1982 Datsun 210 with a rusted, holey muffler.”

Right from the moment that they get stuck in the elevator, and all the way throughout this fantastic book, it was clear to me that this was going to “rev my reading engine” (pardon the terrible pun).

I do harp on about it, but I love reading about the lives and loves of people who aren’t always fresh out of the nursery. There is mention of Olivia and Emerson’s ages, and those of the supporting characters, however that was all – and I couldn’t be happier with that. We get to see them being them, and not dwelling on the golden years, or whinging about getting older.

The personal and physical chemistry between Olivia and Emerson is off the charts. There’s snarkiness, moments of laugh-out-loud humour, and some definite moments of sauciness between them. Olivia’s a strong, fierce heroine – I love that she used to be a racing driver – but I also love that she isn’t all hard angles and prickliness. She has a real kindness and genuine love for her friends. Emerson’s initial gruffness and claustrophobic panic gives way to a wonderfully cheeky and funny countenance. I totally got them as a couple, and loved every moment I got to spend with them.

Speaking of the supporting characters, Sandra has created a great cast to surround Olivia and Emerson. From Ella, the Scarlett-channelling bridezilla, to Karl, the ever-so-oily ex, they all add a great touch of humour and fun to the story.

If you have not discovered Sandra Antonelli’s work, I urge you to get out there and do it. Her romances are smart, mature, funny and sexy. I am super, super happy to tell you that Sandra has provided me with yet another silver fox of awesome…..oh yeah, and a freakin’ good read!

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