Set the Pace
Synopsis:Every city needs a hero, but Detroit’s white knight just might be a villain.
A rough childhood branded Jasper Storm trouble. A bad boy. Not worth a damn. His love of cars was the only thing that could battle his delinquency. With the need for speed in his blood, he overcame his wayward ways. Mostly. All grown up, the broken city of Detroit hails him their shining star. And the man behind a new cutting-edge automobile is ready to turn this bankrupt town around.
Everything he does in life is fast. He talks fast, f*cks fast, and drives fast. But when one reckless turn brings him face-to-face with the childhood he has tried very hard to forget, he finds himself on the edge of wondering if he shouldn’t slow down.
Charlotte Lane was the tomboy who lived next door. She was his best friend. He was her protector. Then tragedy struck and she disappeared, forever—or so he thought.
Jasper has many reasons to hate Charlotte and keep his distance, but she’s infiltrating his every thought and he can’t stay away. Back in town with an agenda of her own, she should push him aside. Make him turn around. Walk away herself. Yet she can't.
With the past lurking between them, they proceed with caution. That is until one sex-filled night leads to murder. When Detroit’s biggest ally suddenly becomes suspect number one, will Charlotte—the girl Jasper once kept safe—be the one to save him?
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Jasper Storm…Is he a White Knight or a Black Sheep?
Adrenaline junkie, speed racer, lives fast and fucks harder. With his mess of light brown hair, matching light brown eyes that just look like they could peg you where you stand, and a body that must make every female in his vicinity yearn for him, there is no mistaking him in a crowd. Charlotte would describe him as handsome. REALLY handsome. Maybe even handsome as hell. With a strong jaw and sensual lips, Jasper has a sharp profile. He is long and lean. He is everything she remembers from her childhood but the man he has become today….
The hand-written sign near the valet reads, “Be back in 5 minutes.”
Even standing beside Jasper for five seconds seems to make my heart beat double time. Five minutes will send it flying off the chart.
Needing to calm down, I take a step away and move to stand in front of him. “You know I can take a cab home. I’ll be fine.”
That killer smile is just too much. “I’m a man of my word, Charlotte. I told you I’d make sure you get home safely and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”
Heart still racing, I look up at him. He’s not like anyone I know, yet he’s so much like the Jasper I knew at eight years old. Without a second thought, I push the toe of my sandal against his shoe. It was something I did all the time when we were kids. “I don’t remember you being so bossy.”
Both of us feeling better, the heavy mood seems to have shifted between us to something a little lighter, and he raises a brow. “I’ve changed a lot over the past twenty years.”
Boy, he’s not kidding.
Chewing on the inside of my cheek, I want to respond with a yes, you have, but I don’t.
That seems too flirty.
Instead I stare at my once best friend. At the light and dark of his chocolate-brown hair that is more than perfect. Thick and glossy, he no longer wears it so much longer in the front that its bad habit of falling over his eyes is anything he has to worry about. Still, the way it sticks up in just the right places and allows for the perfect shape of his brows to be seen, his long, long eyelashes to be noticed, and the golden flecks in his eyes to mesmerize anyone they come in contact with, are all traits beyond perfection.
Oh God, my entire body tingles just looking at him. He has to be the sexiest man I’ve ever seen.
I shouldn’t be thinking this way.
Not about him.
And especially not after everything that has transpired today. This must be some kind of coping mechanism that I need to get under control.
Yet when he leans forward and his male scent assaults me, all of my sanity goes right out the window, along with my control.
In that moment his eyes capture mine, and for one second I think he’s going to kiss me. I tense. My pulse pounds as I wait with both desire and uncertainty. Wait for the brush of his mouth against mine. The wet slide of his tongue. The exhilaration of my fingers threading through that hair from his forehead all the way back to his neck. His stubble razor sharp against my soft flesh. His hands rough on my hips.
“Let me hold that for you,” he says.
Blinking rapidly, I realize he is reaching to take the bag from my hand and not to kiss me.
I should feel relieved.
Ok I might have said this about the last book that I reviewed for Kim, but honestly, this time I’m for real! This is hands down her best book she’s written! It’s imaginative, charismatic with a touch of sultry sass and a mysterious twist you won’t see coming! I was glued to the story of Jasper and Charlotte from beginning to end, and then to find out this is just the beginning! GAH! I’m sitting up and begging for more of Jasper in my life!
This is a little different then either your once friends turned lovers, or even second chance romance, which it is kind of both in a way. I truly believe after getting to know Jasper and Charlotte that if they weren’t torn apart by the tragic happenings of their childhood, they would have ended up together in the end. They had that connection as children that truly drew them together. The protector always prevalent in Jasper’s need to take care of the younger Charlotte, or well as he used to know her as Charlie.
Jasper is jaded, he’s one of Detroit’s bad boys, trying to make something of himself and revive a town that once thrived and flourished. He’s been through the ringer since the tragic death of his father. But to see the man he’s trying to become, the man he wants to be despite the tactics of others to keep him down, is endearing as much as it’s commendable. Jasper has spent his life’s work and every penny he has into building a prototype for the fastest sports car to hit the streets. But there is only one thing that stands in the way of his dreams.
Charlotte’s life was dismantled by the mistakes of others. Something that she could do nothing about as a child. Left to her own devices and in the care of her aunt Charlotte has come back to her roots, where it all started. What does she want back in a town where nobody wants her. One thing. The Truth! I often felt like I could hear that line from the famous Jack Nicholson. “You want the Truth. You can’t handle the truth.” Even though at the end of this one we are left with more questions then answers, I have no doubt that the next chapter of this journey is going to bring much heartbreak and pain upon our Hero and Heroine!
Jasper and Charlotte’s chemistry will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s the type of push and pull, you want and need in a good love story where the characters are supposed to really be at odds but can’t fight the attraction. Jasper’s need to protect her like he did all those years ago comes back full force the moment that danger steps in their way. You simply can’t dislike him, even when he’s being a royal jerk! Jasper’s friends will warm your heart just as much as he does, all with the exception of one. I’ve still got my eye on him and I don’t trust him. But alas I’ll have to wait till part two, to get my answers! Overall the feels from this book will set you on edge and at times make you question your own assumptions and thoughts. I was seriously intrigued by this story and the characters that make up this new series! I can’t wait for more! I encourage you to pickup Set The Pace today and let Jasper take you for a RIDE!