#JUNKIE (GearShark #1)
Published: January 20th 2016 by Cambria Hebert Books, LLC
Drew Forrester is a total adrenaline junkie.
His high of choice?
The faster, the better.
He’s been making waves in Maryland’s underground racing circuit since he crossed the state line, and after speaking with him, we know he’s not hitting the brakes anytime soon.
So what exactly does it take to burn rubber and make a name for yourself in a world where the only rule is there are no rules?
You gotta be hungry…
You gotta have balls…
And you can never back down.
What’ve we learned here at GearShark?
Drew is all of the above.
We also know he’s got some secrets buried under his hood.
Secrets we think are loaded with octane and just might set the world of cars on fire.
Check out the full feature article inside…
There was nothing.
Nothing but the words.
The truth behind them.
So #Junkie is the first novel in a spin-off from the #Hashtagseries. It says in the series description here on GR that this can be read as a standalone without reading the #Hashtagbooks first, but that is a lie.
The story had a solid beginning, even though it seemed like we knew more about one character than the other, but as it progressed and new characters were mention and introduced, things started getting confusing. I had no idea who these secondary characters were and the author offered little to no explanation for them and their relationships with the main characters, which left me feeling completely lost.
It was hard to get into the book because of that, since these characters kept showing up or were mentioned and interrupting the flow of the story. It very much felt like half the plot was missing. I was guessing these characters were all from #Hashtag, and since I didn’t read that series first I had no idea what was going on/who they were/why they were in #Junkie.
#Junkie was also sexist. There were some comments throughout the book about guys not being “pussies” and how someone was getting “beat by a girl” and that a character was “turning into a woman” just because they were worrying about something. It might not bother you as a reader, but it did bother me so I thought I’d mention it.
Also as someone who identifies as bisexual, the entire “I don’t want to be labeled” talk was kind of offensive. It came across as being okay for someone to label themselves as gay or straight, but once bisexuality or another sexual identity came into play it was like the character didn’t want to be associated with the word. Like it was something shameful or dirty or that it shouldn’t be brought to attention. And seeing this was an M/M book that went out of its way to say love is love and there was nothing wrong if you happened to love someone the same gender as yours, that was not okay.
Trent and Drew’s relationship was pretty cute to read about, especially when they finally confessed their feelings for each other. There was a good build up to that moment, which made it seem all the more special. That was the highlight of the book, really, the quiet moments with Trent and Drew together.
So the ending did a wonderful job to ruin all of that. It was predictable and cliche, and it was not a happy ending. It actually ended with a cliffhanger! And since I won’t be bothering with the second installment, this was overall a very disappointing read.