Series: Hot Wire #2
Author: Kat Cassidy
Publication Date: March 7, 2019
Length: 160 pages
Reviewed by Racheal
“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.
Kat Cassidy continues the storyline of Peter Bauer and Nikos Petrakis in her second book Backstreets. Night Moves is the first book in which the storyline begins with this couple and should be read first. I was thrilled to be able to read about Paul and Nikos again; Though their story isn’t as picturesque as a couple living happily after ever.
Although this dynamic couple seemed to have come through some dramatic issues in their first story, the effects of everything that they have encountered together seems to be holding them back from a committed relationship.
Peter feels like he is living in the footsteps of a deceased wife and is getting antsy not being in the life that he was used to. To Peter, crime was the only way of life for him and his family and giving that up; he seems lost even to himself. He reminds me of a retiree who knew it was time to leave the job but once the job was no longer the issue, self-worth then comes into play.
Nikos wants more from Peter and feels him pulling away. The tension is even starting to affect their working relationship at the garage. After a huge fight which sends them in different directions, a threat comes to Nikos’ little girl. One that has the two of them having to work together even though their personal issues are left unresolved. Nikos seems to want to move forward with Peter but his actions and always comparing Peter to his late wife causes many doubts to not only to Peter but other loved ones that can see his turmoil. I think that Nikos needed something drastic to happen for him to realize what he wanted.
It’s a race against time to find the little girl and the lists of suspects that could be responsible for taking her is long. Without knowing the reason why she was taken in the first place and no clear evidence to point to a possible target, Peter goes down a path he swore he would never go down again.
With tensions high, raw emotions involved, and an unknown possibility of who is after who in this cat and mouse game I was on the edge of my seat with every page that I turned.
I enjoyed seeing both families come together, their differences are what made this storyline even better. Having the clean-cut family getting a little dirty in order to play this game is what made this book even better.
Another great read and I hope to be able to read more about these two amazing men in the future.
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