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Shifting Gears – Janine Infante Bosco

They’re called one-night stands for a reason. If you’re lucky, there’s a lot of mind-blowing sex and then you never have to see or speak to the person again. It’s fun and uncomplicated. In my case, Bash hightailed it to the airport the next morning so I definitely never expected to run into the former prospect for the Charon MC again. But when his mother passed, he dragged his pipes all the way from Texas to New York, and now he’s crashing at the Satan’s Knights clubhouse. Which also happens to be where I work and the scene of our one-night crime. If I thought forgetting the orgasm champ was hard before, it just became damn impossible.

Grief can shake a man, make him question his whole damn life and have him taking chances he never thought he’d take. Chances like moving to Staten Island, New York. Chances like prospecting for a new club. Chances like being around a certain fiery bartender who has been in my head since we shared one incredible night. Even though I should be completely focused on earning my colors, there’s a part of me that wants to chance chasing Lydia Gallo for more than one night. I want to break down her walls and uncover every one of her secrets…patch be damned.

*Editorial note: Shifting Gears is the first book in the Satan’s Knights Prospect Trilogy and is a spin-off from Khloe Wren’s Charon MC universe. It can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.*

I’d like to thank L. Woods PR for sending me an e-arc of this book it is very much appreciated. So I love MC books they are some of my favourite books I haven’t read from this author before but I definetely will be after finishing Shifting Gears because this story sucked me in.

Lydia from the moment she’s introduced in the book you can tell she feels broken and guarded, her actions show that immediately. I love Lydia’s habit of when she talks out loud without realising it and that she gets a response from whoever she is with. We got so much character development throughout the novel with Lydia and with Bash and Chaz by her side it helped.

Bash I love him, he’s so funny. He was so smooth and he did not give up when it came to Lydia. You could really see how much he loved his mum and was still grieving over her. When he met Chaz he wasn’t even bothered and just accepted he was gay and a drag Queen rather than making an issue with it. I loved the banter that Bash managed to have with everyone.

The tension between Bash and Lydia like that sexual tension at the beginning of this novel it was high. The fact they had already had the one night stand and their chemistry was there made the sexual tension even higher. I really liked Bash and Lydia’s relationship at no point did he force her to reveal about her past and was willing to be patient about it, but he was also willing to share about some of his scars. The bonding between the grief they had between Bash losing his mother and Lydia when she lost her grandmother. It was nice that they had a bit of bonding over it.

Chaz is the friend everyone needs. He is the most supportive person ever in this story and he is honestly a precious bean that needs protecting at all costs. He is gay and a drag queen and boy he works it well! I love his personality he’s so bubbly and although he has some issues with his mother he still is a bubbly person. I love how supportive he is of Lydia especially when it comes to Bash. I love that when he was in trouble he called Bash.

Riggs is hilarious, I love his friendship with Lydia and how he teases her but also how he is with Bash. I also made a really realisation that Riggs, Wolf and Pipe are all really big children. There is a scene where they are at dinner and one of Riggs children hit one of them in the balls and it was honestly hilarious.

Oh god this story is beautiful, I love Lydia confessing her love to Bash and that when she thought he was leaving she chased him. It was honestly perfect revelation and so them as a couple.

So I loved this story and I think my only thing was that it was really predictable like I guessed it was Lydia’s ex who was after her and messing with her. I kind of quickly guessed on that it was him although wherever there’s abusive partners involved 9 times out of 10 it’s always them. I’d say if you wanted to enter the MC world this would be a good first book to start with.

I really enjoyed this story, the characters and the plot. The story hooked me throughout and honestly I love these characters so much.

5 stars

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