Backstreets (Parvathy’s Review)

Title: Backstreets (Hot Wire #2)
Author: Kat Cassidy
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: March 7, 2019
Genre(s): Thriller / Suspense, Contemporary
Page Count: 160
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 2.5 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.

Backstreets is the sequel to Hot Wire and continues right from where the book left off. The book is all about how Peter and Nik navigate their new relationship while dealing with their past and all the new dangers that comes their way.

Backstreets is a fast paced book that pays a lot of attention to the whole story while focusing on the character growth of Peter and Nik. In this book we get to see more about them and how they deal with their past, guilt and the issues they have. There is a lot about how they both grow as a person and grow together as a couple. There were some instances in the story that was a little hard to read but overall it did not greatly affect my reading experience. I like that there is an overall story arc and more things to be resolved in the coming book. I also loved the secondary characters and how we got to read more about them. But the best part about this book is how Peter and Nik learn to navigate their relationship in a mature and healthy way and finally take the steps they need to heal.

Backstreets is another wonderfully crafted book. I just cannot wait to read the next book. Reading the first book is really necessary to be familiar with the storyline. Recommended.

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Galley copy of Backstreets (Hot Wire #2) provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


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