Backstreets (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Backstreets: Book Two of the Hot Wire Series
Author: Kat Cassidy
Publisher: Kat Cassidy
Release Date: March 7th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Action
Page Count: 160
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


“Where there’s nothing to gain and everything to lose.”

It’s modest, but after a lifetime spent barely holding on, former car thief Peter Bauer is proud of what he’s managed to achieve. He’s got a legal, legitimate job as a mechanic, a firm grasp on his addictions, and a steady relationship with Nikos Petrakis—stable, handsome, and recently widowed. Nothing is going to upset that, not the ever-present memory of Nik’s wife, not the claustrophobia Peter is starting to feel trapped in domestic bliss, not even the sudden reappearance of Peter’s ex—the sexy and dangerous Stavros Giannopoulos.

But when Nik’s daughter goes missing, Peter will be forced back into the seedy underbelly of the LA crime world, where anything goes. Can his and Nik’s relationship survive? Can Peter?

Backstreets is the second book in Kat Cassidy’s Hot Wire series which contains themes of crime, suspense, family drama, hurt/comfort, dark humor, addiction, and abuse. It should not be read as a standalone.

As a second book in the series, I wouldn’t recommend this as a standalone. That being said, you should absolutely pick up the first book if you haven’t. This series is so full of action, suspense, thrills and romance. And, as a cover snob, I just have to squeeee. I LOVE this book cover!

We pick up a few months were we left off with Nik being the affectionate, sweet but dirty widower in love with the newly reformed bad boy Peter. But not everything is roses. Peter is having a hard time fitting into the home of Nik and his late wife and it’s coming up on the anniversary of her death. With that tension between them, Nik’s daughter is taken from school.

Since Peter is out of the game, they have to rely on Peter’s sister and father to help them figure out which Family is involved in the abduction and then decide if there’s still enough between them to make it work.

I really love Kat Cassidy’s writing style. It seems effortless and fun, but is so fast paced and full of action. The characters are seemingly simple, yet are so capable of twisting your emotions on a dime. This is really well done and I’m excited for another book!

Hot Wire series

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Galley copy of Backstreets provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday


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