4 ADRENALINE STARS (★★★★)
*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion of this book and the words in this review. ***
Even though I haven’t read the first novel in the Speed series, Ignite, I wanted to read Adrenaline as my first Kelly Elliott novel. Luckily these two books can also be read as standalones, because Ignite is about Emmit and Adaline, who do play a big part in this novel, and Adrenaline contains Malcolm and Paislie’s love story. Well, I am in love… with Malcolm and Paislie, with Emmit and Adaline, and with Kelly Elliott. Because this author really knows how to sell a believable and emotional romance between two broken people who both didn’t think they were capable of giving and receiving love.
After losing, what he thought was, the one girl he ever loved at a very young age, Malcolm knew he could never love someone else. To him women are not for feelings, but for f***ing. Malcolm believes he isn’t capable to develop romantic feelings for a female person, but that doesn’t stop him feeling longing for a family of his own every time he sets his eyes on his new best friend Emmit with his perfect wife and child. The only time Malcolm can feel again is when he is feeling the adrenaline rush while racing.
The broken Paislie also thinks she isn’t capable to love another human being. Which is quite logical if you think about the fact that after losing her mother to death, her father didn’t want her and left her at the orphanage when she was just a small child. Scared to open up her heart to men, because she fears they will leave her just like her father did, she uses sex to forget about life. Time and time again the men in her life prove to her what she already knows, she is not meant to love or to be loved. Paislie finds it very important to always be honest and she expects the same of the people in her life.
After a sizzling first meeting, both are overcome with these rare feelings for each other. Feelings they have never felt before and thought they could never feel at all. When both know only how to interact through sex, they are shocked to find out things between them are about so much more. They actually want to get to know each other. But maybe they were both right, maybe they were never meant to trust and love. It is all being put to the test when the worst imaginable thing happens.
I started reading and I was a little bit disappointed. I don’t know exactly what caused it, but I had trouble getting into the story and creating a bond with the characters. It may had to do something with the fact that everything went at a fast pace, without anything actually happening in the first, let’s say, seven chapters. I was just waiting for the moment that Paislie and Malcolm would meet.
Luckily, their first encounter, and the rest of the novel, made up for a lot. That encounter was crackling with sexual tension. Sparks were literally flying. And after that I had no problem with being fully engorged in the budding romance between Paislie and Malcolm. They had a very easy connection and we slowly got to know them as they got to know each other.
I loved their witty banter a lot and I thought Paislie’s need to always be honest, resulting in her being very blunt, refreshing. She always said what was on her mind and she wanted Malcolm to do the same. Even though she was scared as hell about everything going on between them, she knew that honesty and trust were two of the most important things to have from the start. Although Malcolm sometimes found it difficult to tell the truth, he was very cute and romantic. Totally swoon-worthy. And both their stories, the things they went through, were really heartbreaking and heart wrenching.
The novel started strong with the prologue, as it showed two important events in the earlier lives of Malcolm and Paislie. Events that shaped them into the persons they are now. The prologue really gave you a better understanding of why they were having certain thoughts and the reason behind the way they reacted in some situations.
So after that big stumbling block of almost nothing happening, I was very pleased with Kelly’s writing style and her choice for small chapters. It eases you into the story and makes you flip the pages at a record speed. Everything Kelly describes was so visual I could really see Adrenaline being turned into a movie. Especially with the perfect ending.
First I thought the book was dragging a bit in the end, but after finishing the entire novel, I think it was a very smart choice Kelly made. It gave me the opportunity to really get a good feeling of closure for not only Malcolm and Paislie’s story, but also Emmit and Adaline’s. I also really liked the friendship between the four. And the epilogue was too sweet to put into words. I absolutely loved it! After reading about Emmit and Adaline in Adrenaline, I can’t wait to get to know their story in Ignite.
Adrenaline centers around letting go of the past. But also tells a story about learning how to love and to be loved, new beginnings. It shows how to forgive and forget after getting hurt. It’s daring you to trust, when you are scared to let people in. Friendship also plays a very important part in this beautiful tale with an exceptional happily ever after. Adrenaline is touching, emotional and full with love. You should really, really, really pick this one up.
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