First loves, dark pasts, and fast cars collide in this high-octane adventure.
Eva Lynn Rodgers, the daughter of a mechanic, grew up with a need for speed. So did her best friend, and later boyfriend, Nathaniel Vellanova. But when Eva left the drizzling rain of Portland, Oregon, for a high-powered career in New York, she left both Nathaniel and her past behind.
Now Eva’s back, and her BMW—like her life in general—could use a little love. Her new mechanic is the right man for the job, but he’s got some scores to settle with the girl who peeled out for the East Coast when he needed her most.
It’s time for Eva and Nathaniel to confront their demons. Passionate and dangerous sparks ignite as Nathaniel’s brutal youth rises up and pulls Eva Lynn back to him—forging a bond that, this time, won’t be denied.
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‘Forged’ was like a joyride in an Aston Martin DBS – fast, furious and enough turns to make my stomach flip!!
Nate is the perfect male protagonist – strong, hot, bad and damaged – all the qualities which female readers find appealing!! ( Yes, including me!)
Eva is a harder nut to crack, perhaps due to her circumstances and her high-powered job, and because of this I found her a less likeable character. However, Becky Banks, uses Nate and Eva perfectly as a balance – each one as fiery as the other but also as stubborn.
Becky Banks uses third person narrative, but also allows Nate and Eva to tell the story. This seems to be a trend amongst authors who are writing “contemporary fiction” at the moment and in my opinion only works when it is done well. Here Becky Banks titles Nate’s chapters which makes me feel less comfortable with the process because as a reader we should know the tone and speech pattern of our characters.
I loved Eva’s dad who was able to bring out the humanity in Eva, as she cared for him at the expense of her job, and he also brought both humour and sentimentality to the story. I think this may have been Becky Banks’ intention as he was obviously the antithesis to Nate’s father.
Becky Banks is a master of initially building up the relationship between Nate and Eva, followed by the tension around Nate’s dad.
I enjoyed this book and the pace of Becky Banks’ writing. I would recommend it to any readers who enjoy a different take on the romance story with an added bit of suspense!!
Becky Banks grew up, like the generations of Bankses before her, in the Hawaiian Islands. With the Islands as her roots, Becky was raised within the time-honored tradition of “talking story” amid a backdrop of grassy fields, blue waters, and cloud-clad mountains. She moved to the mainland after high school to attend Oregon State University, where she studied forestry, natural resources, and science education.
She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband Keith.
Becky’s first novel, The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, received Night Owl Reviews’ Top Pick Award and achieved #8 on the Amazon Bestsellers list for Historical Romance
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