Stick Shift by Lissa Matthews
Publisher: Loose Id
Length: Short Story (148 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern
An orchestra musician, a private music teacher, and a homebody, Lily’s a full-figured, quiet woman who lives a fairly simple and solitary life. Aside from music, she has one big passion: stock car racing. She’s been a fan for as long as she can remember and makes the yearly pilgrimage to Daytona as often as she can. When she’s offered a chance to get away to North Carolina and attend two weeks of races, she jumps at it. Little does she know what that chance has in store for her…
Cam Carter is one of the most successful young drivers in the top tier of the stock car racing circuit. All over the country, he’s well known to racing fans, loved by some, respected by a few, and hated by others. He’s arrogant, strong willed, and a consistent winner. What he doesn’t have is balance…until he meets a pretty, very curvaceous, and unassuming fan named Lily.
Lily fears the difference in lifestyles, ages, and personalities while Cam in turn, embraces them. Can they find a way to cross the finish line and take the checkered flag together or will the obstacles push against them until they crash and burn?
Stick Shift is a pulse-pounding, pedal to the metal erotic romance that will get the heart racing and the blood pumping. Author Lissa Matthews has written a story that captivates and excites and will engage the reader from beginning to end.
Lily was a heroine I connected with immediately. She’s quiet and reserved but has a deep, inner passion that cannot be denied. When she meets the luscious stock car driver, Cam, things are just bound to heat up. He’s brash and cocky where she is shy and sweet and it’s a perfect combination. As their romance blossoms, the obstacles they face are very real and provide for a bit of tension and conflict. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the story was developed and felt that things progressed at a steady, yet natural, pace.
The writing is wonderful and as with other stories by Ms. Matthews, the BBW, older heroine and younger hero theme isn’t harped upon but is addressed in an appealing manner, so that the characters remain important and their age and physical appearances don’t define them. I always enjoy reading stories in which there is so variation between the hero and heroine but it’s their journey to happiness that’s the goal, not overcoming insecurities or fixating on things that cannot be changed. Thus is the case here and it makes for a spell bounding read that will linger with you long after the final page is read.
A definite must read for contemporary erotic romance fans, I absolutely loved Stick Shift and I’m sure others will as well. Be sure to put this title on your all important TBR list.