Author: Janine Infante Bosco
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Publication date: October 22nd 2019
Genre: Action & Adventure Romance, MC Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
They’re called one-night stands for a reason. If you’re lucky, there’s a lot of mind-blowing sex and then you never have to see or speak to the person again. It’s fun and uncomplicated. In my case, Bash hightailed it to the airport the next morning so I definitely never expected to run into the former prospect for the Charon MC again. But when his mother passed, he dragged his pipes all the way from Texas to New York, and now he’s crashing at the Satan’s Knights clubhouse. Which also happens to be where I work and the scene of our one-night crime. If I thought forgetting the orgasm champ was hard before, it just became damn impossible.
Grief can shake a man, make him question his whole damn life and have him taking chances he never thought he’d take. Chances like moving to Staten Island, New York. Chances like prospecting for a new club. Chances like being around a certain fiery bartender who has been in my head since we shared one incredible night. Even though I should be completely focused on earning my colors, there’s a part of me that wants to chance chasing Lydia Gallo for more than one night. I want to break down her walls and uncover every one of her secrets…patch be damned.
*Editorial note: Shifting Gears is the first book in the Satan’s Knights Prospect Trilogy and is a spin-off from Khloe Wren’s Charon MC universe. It can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.*
This was the Bash origin story I didn’t realize I needed but wanted! A one night stand with a beauty with green eyes leads into a whirlwind romance and adventure for Bash. After the loss of his mother, he is stricken with grief and trying to figure out whether he wants to stay with his first MC, the Charon MC or join the Satan’s Knights. He meets Lydia, the bartender in Riggs bar. The one night of passion he has with her is what both thought would be just one night. But, a mysterious letter that could be a threat to one of the Satan Knight’s keeps Bash around for longer than one night. From there, Bash and Lydia’s lives are forever change as old secrets come to light and hard decisions have to be made. Are you ready to ride?
I loved Bash’s character and he became an instant favorite to me. He was charismatic, charming and a true southern gentleman that oozed sexual desire. I can see why Lydia couldn’t handle herself around him. Bash had patience and understanding and could pick up that Lydia was a woman who needed time and needed space to feel comfortable. He knew she was hurt and possibly broken and didn’t want enable any further behavior that could be to the detriment to their slowly blooming relationship. He was a person of reason and he was stubborn, but he had a sweet heart and was open minded. The author created a man any woman can fall for.
However, I had a love/dislike relationship with Lydia. I only say this because the light of her past secrets came out in a way where she could have prevented it early on. It could have cost her life, the lives of her friend and the people who cared for her. Her fear kept her in the dark of really feeling that she could trust people. That fear, although I cannot relate to, is something profound in this story and adds in to the understanding of Lydia as a character and as a person. The parts I did enjoy about her character was her nurturing spirit when it came to her friend. I also enjoyed her slow process of opening up about herself and letting herself feel comfortable and free again. She has a wit and her sense of humor. Even with her brutal past, she still holds that NYC toughness That I know and embrace so well. Although her secrets may have cost her life, her process to be open felt real and it was something I was invested in seeing progress in.
Both Bash and Lydia have people in their lives who care deeply about them and you see that throughout the story. They are also the folks, without realizing it, was driving Lydia and Bash closer together. Throughout the story we do get glimpses of other characters like Wolf, Riggs, Parrish and Lydia’s friend Chaz. Chaz was my favorite supporting character and his friendship with Lydia was so warm and loving. After coming out to his mother and getting the ultimate rejection, Lydia allows Chaz into her home where on occasion he goes to after shows to hang out with Lydia. Riggs, Wolf and Parrish all show Bash what members of an MC will do for someone they call their own.
The overall story was great. You are never disappointed with the Satan’s Knights. You get action, cursing, sex, romance, and moments where everyone gets together and friends for each other like they are family. Janine continues to create characters you fall in love with and each time I am ready for those heart strings to be pulled. I can’t wait to see what lies for Bash and to see if he’ll earn his colors.