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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Review: Velocity by Cassandra Carr

Title: Velocity
Series: Buckin' Bullriders #4
Author: Cassandra Carr
Published: March 2013, Ellora's Cave
Format: Ebook provided for review

Paolo D’Allesandro has been living in his older brother Marco’s shadow. But he’s getting older now and realizing he and Marco don’t want the same things. He’s not sure what his next step is, but knows he needs to quit riding to figure it out.

Savannah Harrington is a grad student working on a thesis about adrenaline junkies, and she’s joined the bull riders’ tour to study the men and their motivation to willingly take part in a dangerous sport. She meets Paolo and both feel an instant connection. She can’t stay away from the sexy Italian and his mind-numbing skills in the bedroom, but knows the relationship can’t last.

Both wish their circumstances were different, but Paolo doesn’t think he has anything to offer Savannah, and Savannah doesn’t want to pressure Paolo into another life decision that will make someone else happy, but not fulfill him. As her time to go back to school draws closer, they need to figure out how to get their highest score yet—in the game of love.

Somehow I’ve managed to skip book three in the Buckin Bullriders series. So I will have a review for that coming up in the next several weeks. That’s Marco’s book, and definitely not one to miss! But this week I had an interview with Cassandra Carr for Velocity, and now here is my review for Paolo’s book.

Before I started this book I wasn’t sure how I was going to like Paolo. I mean, sure, the cover is awesome, and the model is perfection. But an Italian bullrider? Do they even exist? I’m sure they must, but it’s just not what I think of when I think of my favorite sexy cowboys. And then I had “met” Marco in previous books of this series, and he always struck me as cocky. So my bar was not as high as it had been for Conner or Brady.

Stupid, stupid Liz.

I read this book in one night. It was a nonstop reading marathon. I should have known better.

Paolo is Marco’s younger brother, and he followed Marco to the states when he was a teen. Now he is 23, and not entirely sure where is future will be. I found Paolo to be this sweet and caring guy. He wasn’t shy, but he wasn’t cocky. He has a quietness to him that really draws you to him. But then on top of that he is young and sexy, and Italian – so he’s got the accent all locked up. And he is seductive in the way he acts and speaks, especially when he meets Savannah.

What was she doing having careless flings with cowboys when she should be looking for someone to settle down with?

Paolo reached for her hand and smiled at her, and she knew why she was with him.

He made her happy.

Savannah has come to the bullriding circuit because she is writing her college thesis on adrenalin junkies. She’s not looking for romance, but when Paolo starts showing interest she thinks she may as well go for it and have a tour fling. She’s no “buckle bunny”, a term the riders use for bull riding groupies, but no one said fun isn’t allowed! I liked her. Savannah struck me as intelligent and caring. There were times I felt she might be a little pushy, but it’s only because she grew to quickly care for Paolo.  She also was generous and a great addition to the Buckin' Bullriders family.

To me, this story was about romance, hope, possibility and new beginnings. And there was of course some sexy action between Paolo and Savannah that positively made my kindle sweat. I thought this was a fantastic pairing between the two characters, they balanced each other perfectly. Where one was nervous and anxious, one was brave and explorative. When one would get scared about the status of their burgeoning relationship, the other was there to hold on tight.

If you are a fan of Cassandra, this is definitely a book to read as soon as you can. She definitely held on for the whole 8 seconds in this book, and I’m positive you will love it as much as I did.

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I'm including this banner because I technically should have posted this review with the interview, but I wasn't quite happy with how I wrote it - it needed tweaking.  Plus the post would have been crazy long.  Thanks for coming by!