Thursday, February 2, 2017

Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

Brake Failure
by Alison Brodie

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @alisonbrodie2

Release date: January 9, 2017
Publisher: Clipboard Press
Genre: Romance, Humor, Chick-lit, Suspense
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
'There's a dead man at the door,' Mrs Whitaker hissed, leaning over the desk.

Is it too late to say you love him when you're looking down the barrel of his gun?

Ruby Mortimer-Smyth is upper-class English and has been rigidly brought up to find a husband from Burke’s Peerage. She knows the etiquette for every social occasion and her souffl├ęs NEVER collapse.

 She is in control of her life, tightly in control. Nothing can knock her off balance. 

Until …

… she ends up in Kansas. 

Ruby believes that life is like a car; common-sense keeps it on the road, passion sends it into a ditch. What she doesn't know is, she's on a collision course with Sheriff Hank Gephart. 

Sheriff Hank Gephart can judge a person. Miss Mortimer-Smyth might act like the Duchess of England, but just under the surface there's something bubbling, ready to explode. She's reckless, and she's heading for brake failure. And he's not thinking about her car.

 With the Millennium approaching, Ruby gets caught up in the Y2K hysteria and makes friends with Survivalists, who teach her to use a gun and advise her to stockpile basic essentials. So, she bulk-buys caviar, Gentleman's Relish and bottles of Perrier. She falls in with a group of Hells Angels and falls foul of the law. At every turn, she comes up hard against Sheriff Hank Gephart, whose blue eyes seem to look deep into her soul. She desperately wants him, but knows she can never have him.

She's angry, angry at the emotions he arouses in her. Pushed to her limit, she bursts from her emotional straightjacket. 

As the clock strikes midnight of the new Millennium, she's bought a one-way ticket to criminal insanity.

And there's no coming back.

My two-bits:

Hilarious coming-of-age kind of story for a contemporary woman, Ruby. Her crazy antics and upbeat personality moves this fast paced story.

There were parts of this story that made me think Ruby was down right wacko. When I was starting to dislike her things took a turn. Learning more about her and her situation made her endearing. I ended up rooting for her to the end.

Loved how the romance slowly came about.


* review copy courtesy of author


  1. This one sounds cute and fun! I love the first sentence!

  2. Ha! Love that opening sentence. Now that will grab you.

    Interesting how the author kept you liking and cheering on the heroine just when you started to get annoyed at her. I think I'll add this one to the list.

  3. Thank you, Velvet, for this wonderful 5* review for Brake Failure. I am thrilled you enjoyed it. Ruby WAS snobbish and unlikable at first; that was because she was brought up by her stepmother to be like that. And it's not until Ruby gets to Kansas that she becomes the person she is really meant to be: wild, loveable and criminally insane!

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  5. Brake Failure sounds like such a fun, crazy ride!!


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