Going Nowhere Fast by Kati Wilde
Published by Penguin on April 18, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The brakes are off in this sizzling-hot new adult romance from the author of the Hellfire Riders MC Romance series...
Four weeks to break them all.
When Aspen Phillips’ best friend invites her on a month-long road trip, she has serious mixed feelings. Sharing their tight quarters will be Bramwell Gage, overprotective brother and all-around jerk. Bram may be ridiculously sexy, but he’s made no effort to hide how he feels about Aspen—that she’s trash who’s no good for his sister. But Aspen is determined to get along with the uptight millionaire—and to keep her promise, concealing a secret about his sister that Bram can never know.
But after a scorching kiss reveals that Bram’s feelings toward her run much hotter than she believed, Aspen's emotions swerve into a complete 180. Suddenly the girl who has nothing has everything—but only as long as the truth about his sister remains hidden. Because when all the secrets and promises unravel, she risks losing it all...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Kati Wilde can write one hell of a biker story so I had high hopes and crossed fingers when I started her first straight up contemporary new adult. After not being able to put Going Nowhere Fast down until I’d read the last page at 2:30 in the morning, I think I’ll just go ahead and throw out there that if Ms. Wilde writes it, I’ll be reading it. This was a snarkily funny slow burn full of goodness and all kinds of feels. As for the sexy times… all I can say is Wow! Seriously, that’s all I can come up with since they brought hate fucking to a level that was so hot my brain short-circuited.
Bram takes his responsibility for his baby sister, Bethany, seriously. An unfortunate first meeting has him making some assumptions and accusations against his baby sisters college roommate, Aspen. She then spends the next four years doing her best to avoid Bram without making Bethany feel like she’s in the middle. Thing is, she may be being just a bit judgmental herself. I guess no one told these two (like my Grampa told me) that when you assume, you make an ASS out of U or ME (or both in this situation).
After graduation, Bethany comes up with the idea of a month-long road trip for the three of them before heading off to different sides of the country. From the beginning, problems occur but a deal is struck and the trip goes on.
Almost the entire story is told from Aspen’s POV so it’s good she won me over quickly since I’m not usually a fan of new adult heroines. Her life wasn’t easy, but she never gave up, all the while keeping her attitude about living life to its fullest no matter what. She had her immature moments, but her loyalty and care towards Bethany won me over, no matter how much pressure Bram put on her to cave.
Bram was a little more difficult to wrap my head around. It’s obvious there was more to his over the top reaction than just wrong assumptions, but he keeps his secrets his own. As the trip progressed, he grew on me so I decided to go by his actions instead of what came out of his mouth. After that, he continually surprised me, especially when they met up with Aspen’s cousin and the Hellfire Riders. What a fun cameo!
The hate generated between Aspen and Bran personifies into a virtual character that matures into an emotional force well beyond its heated beginnings. Still, no matter how close they became in or out of bed, I knew Aspen was headed for heartbreak when the big secret came out but I was surprised at what went down when it happened.
My only complaint was with how quickly things were resolved with Bethany at the end. It was too easy for more than one reason. Other than that, this was everything I wanted it to be. Thank you, Ms. Wilde for putting my faith back in having high hopes and crossed fingers.
4.5 Hate Can Be An Awesome Aphrodisiac Stars