Author ~ Cambria Hebert
Published ~ 10th January 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Nothing but a #blur…
There’s a new kid in town, and he’s hell on wheels.
From what we’ve heard, it may be because
he knows exactly what hell’s like.
You may know his brother, the NRR hotshot
(and former GearShark cover model)
It’s only natural a driver with his background and family connections
has sped his racecar into the newest, hottest division.
But that’s not all.
Arrow may be following in big bro’s tread marks,
but he doesn’t plan to stay there.
He’s swerving onto the road less traveled…
and a lot more controversial.
He’s opening up about his private struggles with sexuality
to tell a story that’s gone unheard until now.
One thing’s for sure; Arrow may have a painful past,
but his foot is heavy on the accelerator.
With speed like this, he’s bound to leave everything behind in
nothing but a #blur.
Check out the full feature article inside…
I have been dying to read #Blur, book four in the brilliant GearShark series ever since I found out Arrow was getting his own book. Arrow is Lorhaven’s younger brother and from the previous books we know that some pretty traumatic things have happened in his life and he has some serious issues that he’s dealing with. Though we’ve never been privy to them. We know he looks a little like Justin Bieber and that he has a fragility and vulnerability about him that means Lorhaven protects him at all costs. The events are revealed and believe me, they do not make for easy reading. It is blatantly obvious why Arrow is as broken as he is and why his brother is so protective of him. I just wanted to wrap him up and hug him so hard. It’s impossible not to love Arrow.
He has racing in his blood just like his brother and has to choose between racing in the new NNR like his brother and Drew, or to drive in NASCAR. The man tasked with getting him to sign is one of Ron Gamble’s racing managers Hopper. Hopper we discover, has an equally devastating past and is just as lonely and broken as Arrow. The two men sense that something in each other that they identify with. They see the broken, jagged edges of someone drowning in loneliness and despair and it is this connection that starts them on a path of healing each other.
Their story is told in alternating points of view, Arrow’s and Hopper’s. We see how emotionally crippled both men are, and know they are. We see them come together and start to heal their wounds. It takes a lot of trust on both sides to open up about their pasts and what has led them to this point. This is the part of the story that I loved the most, the words they speak to each other, the slow touches and kisses. The tentative nature of it is bone meltingly sweet. The language is romantic and heart stuttering.
“How in the hell could you have given me your heart?” I wondered aloud. “Because you’re the one who taught it to beat again.”
Their journey is a rollercoaster and it will put you through the wringer. But both men do become emotionally stronger and draw strength from each other and their love. So much so, that the standoff with Sullivan Lorhaven, Arrow’s father, near the end, had me fist pumping the air. I was so pleased that Arrow felt strong enough to step out from behind his brother’s shadow and stand up to his despicable father and show him that he couldn’t hurt him anymore.
As with all of the previous books in the GearShark series we get the GearShark magazine interview. This is a unique point about these books. The book cover is like the cover of GearShark magazine and at the start of every chapter we get a small fact (not necessarily connected with anything) and a small illustration. This makes the books more interesting and enjoyable for me.
The author has told us there will be a book 5, #FinishLine, and I’m hoping it will tie up some loose ends that were left unclarified. I want to know if there were further consequences for the perpetrators of the incidents in both Arrow’s and Hopper’s pasts. I want to see more of how all of the racing drivers are getting on and see what if anything further happens with the contemptible, loathsome Sullivan Lorhaven. This is a brilliantly written and unique series and I have loved every single instalment. I think my heart is still with Drew and Trent first and foremost, but Arrow and Hopper are right up there now too. I suggest reading the series in order, to get the most out of each book, but those that don’t enjoy m/f books might want to swerve past #Swag, book 3. However if you’ve read the previous two you’ll probably be too curious to miss it out. I adore this series so much and love the characters. I don’t want this series to end. Everyone should give this series a go, highly recommended!