Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Shooter (Burnout #1) by Dahlia West
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
Chris “Shooter” Sullivan has returned to his home town of Rapid City, South Dakota to pick up the pieces of his life shattered by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He only wants to focus on holding what’s left of his old unit together, running his garage where he builds custom bikes and cars, and pretending that his murdered father’s motorcycle gang doesn’t exist.
Hayley Turner is a young woman with her own traumatic past. Fresh off the bus from Nowhere, USA, all she wants is a job and a place to live, until it’s time for her to leave again. She doesn’t want to make friends, or enemies, least of all the ex-Army Ranger who obviously doesn’t like her. She bristles under his watchful eye. He’s even got her convinced she’s bad news.
But circumstances force two people who don’t need anyone to need each other more and more. The more Chris gets to know Hayley, the harder it is to stay detached. And the more Hayley gets to know Chris, the more she realizes she’s been alone for so long she might never recover from it.
A decent beginning to what may be a great series, but who knows if I’ll ever actually pick up the next book. Here’s why: neither of the main characters drew me in. Both of them were pretty forgettable and the chemistry between them was only so-so.
I’m also not really big on the prickly girl-with-a-secret thing. Or, maybe it was just this particular character that I didn’t connect with.
Typically, if the love interest is good enough, I can eventually look past a main character that I can’t relate to, but, unfortunately, Chris wasn’t that character for me.
I actually was much more interested in learning more about his friends, and I did definitely appreciate the group dynamic. This is why I’m not completely discounting the possibility of reading the next book in the series, but I’m in no real rush.
Overall, this book was decent. I can see why some people love it, just as I can see why some people don’t. For me, it’s somewhere in the middle.
Audiobook Performance: 4 Stars
Mason Lloyd did a decent job narrating this book. He’s no Jacob Morgan, but his voice was pleasant enough!
Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars
Little to no butterflies in this story for me, unfortunately.
Re-read Worthiness: No
I don’t really see myself rereading this one, even if I decide to take on the rest of the series.
Bookshelf Placement: No
Unless I read the rest of the series and fall in love with it, I doubt I’ll be picking up a hard copy of this book.
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars
While Chris was pretty lukewarm for me, he wasn’t a bad guy. I liked him, but there just wasn’t anything special about him.