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#Junkie (GearShark Book 1)

#Junkie (GearShark Book 1) - Cambria Hebert 3.5 stars

Short summary: Trent is in his last year of college. He plays football, is a fraternity president of a frat that use to have a bad rep but which he took two years to repair, and enjoys going out speed/street racing with his best friend, Drew. He's also good with the ladies. Oh, yeah, let's not forget to mention his deep dark secret...he's attracted to his straight best friend Drew.

Drew is a adrenaline junkie, he loves racing and longs for the day when he can leave his day job with computers to pursue his passion full time. When the chance at sponsorship finally comes, he grabs onto it.

Both feel the pull towards each other. Trent knows what it means but needs to see if it's just Drew that can make him feel this way. Drew, is a bit oblivious even if he feels the pull. He really doesn't think to much about it until he comes across Trent in the last place he expected to see him.

A bit confusing because the characters Trent, Drew and Drew's family (Ivy, Romeo, Braden and Rimmel) all already knew each other and have developed a a strong bond before the start of this series. This book appears to be a spin-off from another on of the author's other series (#Hashtag). Reading it as a standalone didn't really work for me since I wanted to read Trent and Drew's relationship from the start when they were just became friends to best friends then...well.. to the point in this book. I felt a bit cheated because of this. There was no warning in the blurb that this was a spin-off. I didn't learn until after the fact, that when you look up the actually series (https://www.goodreads.com/series/169260-gearshark) that it was a spin-off. While it says it can be read as a standalone I felt it would have been better read in order since the characters reference a couple of conversations and reiterated feelings from previous books. This made me feel like a stranger spying a cliche of people who knew each other. I also wished there had been more romance throughout the book.

That being said I did enjoy the read. I liked Drew and Trent and thought they had great chemistry I just wish I could have seen more in the book. I liked reading the family dynamic they had with Drew's family/Trent's friends. It was also fun picking up all those interesting car facts/trivia. The last few chapters really sucked me in. I feel I need to warn other that this does end on a cliffhanger.

As for the audiobook. The book is narrated by two narrators each take on one of the main characters. It was clear, it was moderate and both read with emotion. It was enjoyable. There were times where I lost focus of which character was being voiced but that's more my fault than the narrators.