Tuesday 1 April 2014

✪ Floored ✪ Ainslie Paton ✪

© Bianca Janeane

    • 350 pages
    • release date -  1 April - 2014
    Harlequin Enterprises Australia - Escape Publishing

    4.25 Stars

    They’re a car crash waiting to happen...so why do they keep crashing into each other?

    From the moment Fetch gets knocked off his Harley, crawls into Driver’s car and offers her an obscene amount of money to drive him from Sydney to Perth — no questions, no names, no chit chat — they’re stuck with each other. By the time they arrive, they’re stuck on each other.

    It’s lust at full throttle, with no seat belts. It could be more, but he’s a fake and she’s a liar. They’re both neck deep in crime, and only one of them is on the right side of the law.

    MY THOUGHTS - Bianca

    Caitlyn is a 27-year old girl who has finally gotten away from her old life - we don't really find out what that life was like at the beginning of the book, but it wasn't good. And her ex is still 'phone-stalking' her.
    She has a new job as a chauffeur now and that's how she meets Fetch! 

    He hires her to drive him around after he had an accident with his bike.
    That's not his real name of course - but we don't know that yet.

    Fetch is a very hairy, tattoed, pierced Biker-Dude.

    Then there were those blue eyes. God, they were blue. Paul Newman blue. Black Irish blue...

    He's the errand boy for a criminal motorcylce gang.
    But of course he's not really a bad guy - he's an undercover cop!!! But now his cover seems to be blown and he needs to get out of town for a little while. That's how he ends up hiring Caitlyn to drive him to Perth. Because he endangered her by hiring her, he needs to make sure she's safe. And the safest place for her is to be with him!

    And that's how we start this road-movie kind of book! ☺

    Caitlyn tries to be very cool and unimpressed by Fetch/Sean. They're both attracted to each other, but they both don't really want to start something. But the long time in the car and the talking brings them closer with every mile driven.

    And just as the book could stop with a very happy ending, the suspense part is only getting started.

    Will Sean & Cait end up together??? 
    Or are her lies, his job and all the bad guys too much?
     He was the law and she was the law-breaker.

    I can't tell you that of course.... 


    I really enjoyed reading the book!
    The problem was that, after reading Ainslie's last book DETAINED, I had too high hopes for this one :(
    I LOOOOOOVVVVEEEEDDD Detained, so I shouldn't have expected too much, but I did.
    It wasn't bad - not at all. But it just felt a bit boring.
    I really loved the characters: Sean & Cait and even Stud ☺
    But the whole road-trip part of the book was too long and too Australian and too uneventful.
    It's not that nothing happens on their drive from Sydney to Perth, but it's just a bit... hm... slow and long.
    I wanted them to have some more sexy moments - and when they DO have sexy moments they're are too un-explicit for my tastes...
    I liked the suspense part, but the suspense only happens at the very beginning and the very end.... in the middle of the book we're just driving and arguing and fighting and running - lots of running in this book, I felt all sweaty just reading it ☺
    And I think I need to get out my australian dictionary again ;)

    But - all in all I really enjoyed reading it - I REALLY LOVED SEAN - I would SOOOO watch the movie!

    I even cried a little bit here and there ☺

    Please go and buy this book....It's a really great
    ROAD MOVIE! _________________________________________________________

    MY THOUGHTS - Janeane

    ARC received from Harlequin Enterprises Australia/Escape Publishing via Netgalley for honest review

    I have been a fan of Ms Paton's work since I read Detained - if you haven't read it, go do it ~ NOW.  And I was very excited to get an advanced copy of Floored to read and review (especially after seeing the cover with Mr Visible Panty Line~!!

    And I was definitely not disappointed.  

    Floored is an Aussie road trip story, with a bit of an Underbelly/Sons of Anarchy feel to it, with a dose of romance thrown in for good measure.

    Fetch/Sean is the messenger boy for Wacker,, president of an outlaw motor cycle club.  As you expect, they are into all kinds of illegal activities ~ drugs, money laundering.  He's the butt of all their jokes, a little slow on the uptake.

    Or is he??
    Caitlyn/Driver has troubles in her past she is trying to avoid.  Now working as a hire car driver, the last thing she expects is a biker to jump in the back of her car.  As scared as she is of him, she is drawn to him.  He can't be all that bad, right?  Even if he is getting her to drive him to his drop offs all over town.

    When things take a bad turn, that's when things start to heat up.

    Buckle up, because you are about to be taken on one hell of a ride!

    Australia is a big country,  and when Fetch/Driver - Sean/Cait take on a cross country drive, things start to heat up!  Not much to do on a 4,000km road trip but get to know each other.

    And get to know each other they do!  There is still a lot of mistrust between the pair, but that simmering attraction has to lead to a little something-something.

    Of course, pasts never stay in the past, but how will it affect Sean and Cait?

    Uh uh, not telling.

    One thing I always love about Ms Paton's work is, being a fellow Australian I know about/have been to many of the places she is writing about, and it makes it a lot easier to picture for a change - yay!!

    And another thing that I loved ~ Ms Paton does not romanticise the life of the outlaw motorcycle clubs.  We get the dirt, the grit, the downright horrible side of that lifestyle.

    Ms Paton doesn't write a traditional romance, so you never know what you are going to get when you pick up one of her novels.  When things went well for Sean/Cait I couldn't help but smile.  When things went bad, I might have shed a tear. 

    If you are after a romance with a lot of twists and turns in the road, make sure you check out Floored, and any of Ms Paton's work for that matter.

    Now, what to you have for us next?



    (stolen from goodreads!)

     Ainslie Paton is a corporate storyteller working in marketing, public relations and advertising. She’s written about everything from the African refugee crisis and Toxic Shock Syndrome, to high-speed data networks and hamburgers, and for everyone from George Clooney to Barry Humphries—as Edna. She writes cracking, hyper-real romances about strong women and the exciting men who love them.