Clutch by Tess Oliver
Released: 5th November 2013
Synopsis:When Taylor Flinn’s parents shipped her off to an aunt for her last year of high school, James “Clutch” Mason had convinced himself it was for the best. Taylor, the wild, impulsive and far-too-appealing seventeen-year-old had been driving him nuts. Her school girl crush on him had been the last thing he needed. Now he had time to concentrate on his booming classic car part business, his new found love-- drag racing, and keeping his twenty-year-old brother Barrett out of trouble. But when Taylor returns from her aunt’s more grown up, utterly seductive, and attached to another guy, Clutch realizes that the only thing he ever needed or wanted was Taylor Flinn.
She came around the corner, unexpectedly and like a hurricane of stars. My mind went completely blank. I hung up and stuck the phone in my pocket.
Taylor’s long lashes curtained her smooth cheeks as she dropped her gaze.
The adrenaline rush left behind from getting my hands on a sixty-five Shelby morphed into an explosion of every emotion I’d ever felt. I lunged forward and grabbed her hand. She gasped as I dragged her around the back of the building. I pressed her up against the bricks and stared down at her.
In this 2nd installment of the Custom Culture series we're introduced to Clutch, a sexy mechanic by day and even sexier drag racer by night! If you need a mental image of this stud just think VIKING, an extremely appropriate nickname given to him by Taylor, the "little girl" who's been crushing on him big time. Taylor's unpredicatable troublesome behavior earned her a one way ticket to her aunt's house in Florida, far away from temptation...and Clutch. At the age of 18 she returns back home to her parents and doesn't plan on following the rules anymore. She's an adult afterall, and is dead set on making her own decisions. However, her parents and brother (Clutch's business parter) think otherwise. I couldn't wait to see how the story line unfolded. There was obvious attraction and affection between the two that could not be denied. The build up and the question of "will they or won't they?" was killing me!
Besides Clutch and Taylor, we're introduced to characters who made their first appearance in Freefall (book 1). All of their personalities are very unique and distinct, there's no confusing one with the next. They have a very "real" feel to them which makes them all so likeable and definitely relatable. While Clutch is part of a series and can be read as a standalone, I don't recommend doing so. I didn't realize it was part of a series and I would have definitely read Firefall before jumping into Clutch. I felt like I was missing some insider information, mostly just background info on some of the characters, which is by no means the authors fault. She does give us a brief recap as a way to get to know them which is extremely helpful. In fact, I loved Clutch so much and I was so intrigued by Dray, Nix, Scotlyn & Cassie that I purchased a copy of Firefall immediately after I finished reading.
My only issue is that I feel like the ending was a bit rushed. I won't give anything away but I will say that their issues were resolved a little too quickly and too easily. I was kind of like, "Wait, what? That's it?" The story is complete and there is no cliffhanger, that's not my complaint. It's just that the way things ended wasn't very believable and there are some loose ends that weren't tied together, but I imagine those will be addressed in the next book, which I will definitely be reading! Even with my minor issue I still feel compelled to give this a 5 star rating. It was a great, quick read and I enjoyed it way more than a 4 star rating would imply, so 5 it is!
I look forward to reading Firefall and anything else from Ms. Oliver that I can get my hands on.
Tess Oliver is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Freefall (Custom Culture, #1). She is also a full time teacher and lives in California with her husband, two kids, and a pack of pampered pets. She loves horses, chocolate, and Jane Austen books. She has a BS in Nutrition Science and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction.
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