Release Blitz, Reviews, and Giveaway: Set The Pace: Kim Karr

Set The Pace (The Detroit Love Duet #1)
Kim Karr
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Release Date: February 21, 2016
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Every city needs a hero, but Detroit’s white knight just might be a villain.

A rough childhood branded Jasper Storm trouble. A bad boy. Not worth a damn. His love of cars was the only thing that could battle his delinquency. With the need for speed in his blood, he overcame his wayward ways. Mostly. All grown up, the broken city of Detroit hails him their shining star. And the man behind a new cutting-edge automobile is ready to turn this bankrupt town around.

Everything he does in life is fast. He talks fast, f*cks fast, and drives fast. But when one reckless turn brings him face-to-face with the childhood he has tried very hard to forget, he finds himself on the edge of wondering if he shouldn’t slow down.

Charlotte Lane was the tomboy who lived next door. She was his best friend. He was her protector. Then tragedy struck and she disappeared, forever—or so he thought.

Jasper has many reasons to hate Charlotte and keep his distance, but she’s infiltrating his every thought and he can’t stay away. Back in town with an agenda of her own, she should push him aside. Make him turn around. Walk away herself. Yet she can't.

With the past lurking between them, they proceed with caution. That is until one sex-filled night leads to murder. When Detroit’s biggest ally suddenly becomes suspect number one, will Charlotte—the girl Jasper once kept safe—be the one to save him?

Jasper Storm has always been about adrenaline and speed. His life has been challenging, he has suffered loss and tragedy, and has lived life on both sides of the poverty line. But as an adult he has coped with fast cars and women and strong ambition. He is strong, stubborn, in control, and driven to succeed. His business success just keeps building with each new project and he is about to take on one that is most important to him and his city.  He has his life right where he wants it. And then his past walks right back up to him.

Charlotte Lane was his childhood best friend. But one night she was gone...right when he needed her most. And neither of their lives were ever the same.  She has not been home to Detroit for twenty years, but now she has returned with her own agenda.  She is caring, sweet, insecure, and a bit needy. But she is also tenacious and is looking for answers. 

Their lives are crossing again and their past comes crashing back just as they were about to start new beginnings. There are questions and a gradual forthcoming of answers. New events intertwine their lives even more. And suddenly they are thrust into a big mess with no clear answers, motives, or suspects.

This book is multi-layered and full of mysteries past and present. It involves Jasper and his three best friends and business partners for their company Set The Pace: Billy, Will, and Jake. They became his new family. Charlotte used to be. And their real family dynamics all have checkered pasts. And one big past event has had repercussions not only on their lives, but also on Detroit as a whole. 

Jasper and Charlotte are two people with a strong connection, past hurts, secrets, and an undeniable chemistry and attraction. They find themselves thrust into a situation of betrayal, tragedy, mystery and foul play. It is hard to tell who they can trust and what to believe. The past and present are tied and twisted. There are multiple antagonists and unclear agendas.

But at the heart of it is Jasper and his world that is spinning out of control. And his reconnection with the one girl who ever meant anything to him, but ended up hurting him. But she is also the one woman who has the ability to keep up with him or alternately bring him to his knees. Trust is difficult with so much baggage. They will have to face their pasts, deal with their chaotic present, and fight for their futures.

Is their deep connection and new passion and feelings enough to make them take a leap of faith?

I loved Jasper and Charlotte and totally felt their strong bond despite the previous distance and hurt. I liked  getting dual points of view especially since there were secrets and pain on each side. The city of Detroit itself mirrored both the destruction and devastation, and the hope of new beginnings also seen with this couple. This was a fast paced story full of tension, mystery, heartbreak, danger, passion, and strong emotions. I was totally intrigued from the beginning and my brain was working overtime trying to put all the pieces together to try to figure it out. We see this couple begin to work together to try to help each other. But does their presence in each other's lives just hurt the other more not only personally, but also with public perception? And there are still so many more questions.

What really happened in the past and who is really responsible? Who is out to get them? What do they want?  And  will they survive it unscathed?

I cannot wait for the next installment in this exciting duet Turn It Up! 

Beta copy provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.

Jasper Storm and his friends have worked for years to create the perfect automobile and if all goes according to plan, they will use their new automobile to help revitalize the city all 4 men love and call home.

Charlotte Lane has returned to the city she grew up in, only to have to hide her past. If those around her knew who she really was, they would never want to be associated with her.

But the boy who always protected her cannot let the tragedy truly stand between them, and when he sees her after all these years, he can’t stay away. Set the Pace takes a struggling Detroit and creates a rich world amidst the economic struggles of a once prosperous city.

These two have a past, and it isn’t always a pretty one. But I loved the flashback scenes that showed just how strong Jasper’s early need to protect Charlotte ran, and the circumstances that led them each to become the adults they are fit.

The chemistry between them is off the charts, and though they each fight it for different reasons, ultimately they can’t deny there is more than friendship between them. Knowing that, though, isn't enough to give them an easy road. Not when Jasper is trying to open a new plant at the sight of a tragic accident and Charlotte’s family has taken the blame for 20 years.

The only part of the story that gave me any trouble, and the only reason I don’t have 5 full stars marked at the top of this review, was the beginning. Before the mystery developed its outlines, the characters weren't speaking to me, weren’t capturing me. But as their pasts were revealed, and watching those pasts twist together with the present, I began to fall in love with both Jasper and Charlotte. At times, Jasper is closed off and hard to read. At times, Charlotte is a bit of a shrinking violet. But together they fill in the cracks and find what is missing.

The mystery surrounding the initial tragedy and the current events was enough on it’s own to keep me reading. But add in Charlotte and Jasper trying to figure out if there could be more between them and this quickly turned into a page turner. 

Just when I thought I had a few things figured out, new information popped out pointing suspicion another direction. This series of events repeated multiple times to the point where I wasn’t sure who Jasper and Charlotte should trust, or even who they were really dealing with. And that cliff. I must have Turn It Up ASAP, because this was an epic conclusion that has left me wanting more.
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Jasper Storm…Is he a White Knight or a Black Sheep?

Adrenaline junkie, speed racer, lives fast and fucks harder. With his mess of light brown hair, matching light brown eyes that just look like they could peg you where you stand, and a body that must make every female in his vicinity yearn for him, there is no mistaking him in a crowd. Charlotte would describe him as handsome. REALLY handsome. Maybe even handsome as hell. With a strong jaw and sensual lips, Jasper has a sharp profile. He is long and lean. He is everything she remembers from her childhood but the man he has become today….

The hand-written sign near the valet reads, “Be back in 5 minutes.”
Even standing beside Jasper for five seconds seems to make my heart beat double time. Five minutes will send it flying off the chart.
Needing to calm down, I take a step away and move to stand in front of him. “You know I can take a cab home. I’ll be fine.”
That killer smile is just too much. “I’m a man of my word, Charlotte. I told you I’d make sure you get home safely and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”
Heart still racing, I look up at him. He’s not like anyone I know, yet he’s so much like the Jasper I knew at eight years old. Without a second thought, I push the toe of my sandal against his shoe. It was something I did all the time when we were kids. “I don’t remember you being so bossy.”
Both of us feeling better, the heavy mood seems to have shifted between us to something a little lighter, and he raises a brow. “I’ve changed a lot over the past twenty years.”
Boy, he’s not kidding.
Chewing on the inside of my cheek, I want to respond with a yes, you have, but I don’t.
That seems too flirty.
Instead I stare at my once best friend. At the light and dark of his chocolate-brown hair that is more than perfect. Thick and glossy, he no longer wears it so much longer in the front that its bad habit of falling over his eyes is anything he has to worry about. Still, the way it sticks up in just the right places and allows for the perfect shape of his brows to be seen, his long, long eyelashes to be noticed, and the golden flecks in his eyes to mesmerize anyone they come in contact with, are all traits beyond perfection.
Oh God, my entire body tingles just looking at him. He has to be the sexiest man I’ve ever seen.
I shouldn’t be thinking this way.
Not about him.
And especially not after everything that has transpired today. This must be some kind of coping mechanism that I need to get under control.
Yet when he leans forward and his male scent assaults me, all of my sanity goes right out the window, along with my control.
In that moment his eyes capture mine, and for one second I think he’s going to kiss me. I tense. My pulse pounds as I wait with both desire and uncertainty. Wait for the brush of his mouth against mine. The wet slide of his tongue. The exhilaration of my fingers threading through that hair from his forehead all the way back to his neck. His stubble razor sharp against my soft flesh. His hands rough on my hips.
“Let me hold that for you,” he says.
Blinking rapidly, I realize he is reaching to take the bag from my hand and not to kiss me.
I should feel relieved.
I don’t.
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Kim Karr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is a daydreamer. So much so that if daydreaming could be a hobby it would be her favorite. It's how her stories are born and how they take root. An imagination that runs wild is something to be thankful for, and she is very thankful. :)

She grew up in New York and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She's always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and with the rest of her time embraces one of her biggest passions--writing.

Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read.

She likes to believe in soulmates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

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