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!