Love and larceny in Las Vegas, or my review of Overdrive



By: Dawn Ius

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: September 13th, 2016

Format: eARC


Jules Parish has screwed up.

After three years of boosting cars, she got caught. She’s too good to get caught, but she let her (ex)-boyfriend talk her into a questionable job. And now, she and her little sister, Emma, will be kicked out of their foster home, left to survive on the unforgiving streets of Las Vegas alone.


Eccentric, wealthy Roger Montgomery wants to open up his mansion to Jules and Emma. The only catch? Jules must steal seven of the rarest, most valuable muscle cars in the world—in seven weeks. Even worse, she’s forced to put her trust in three complete strangers to help her do it.

First there’s Chelsea, the gorgeous redhead with a sharp tongue and love for picking locks. Then there’s Mat, who hasn’t met a system he couldn’t hack. And finally there’s the impossibly sexy car thief Nick, whose bad attitude and mysterious past drive Jules crazy.

With nothing in common and everything to lose, can Jules and her amateur crew pull off what could be the biggest car heist in history? Or will things spin out of control faster than a Nevada dust devil?

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3 star (dragon)

Overdrive offers an adrenaline fueled plot that is both parts Oceans Eleven and Fast and Furious. Jules is in foster care, along with her little sister, and after multiple homes, Roger, a rich philanthropist, offers one last chance at stability for Jules, and especially Ems, before separate group homes. In comes a group of troubled teens who all have a unique set of skills and have been specifically chosen to finish out Roger’s car collection.

The teen cast is easily predictable, there is the teenage hacker, the rich girl with daddy issues, and the moody bad boy who has an eerily similar past to the heroine but hates her on site. Don’t worry he eventually comes around. There is also the obsessive and creepy Roger and his car fetish. Oh, and the Bad Guy, Riley, who just so happens to employ Jules ex-boyfriend, whose inclusion I didn’t really understand until near the end of the book. Predictability aside, Overdrive was impressively light on the romance and focused on the fun parts. Mainly, the list of cars that need to be stolen and the stakeouts, research, and effort that went into gathering those cars.

I loved that the main focus was the car heists, and not Jules and her little sister’s relationship, or worse her relationship with Nick, and it made Overdrive a quick and addicting read. The book functions very well as a standalone and delivers an adrenaline junkie heroine with a foul mouth whom you may have difficulty connecting with, but is infinitely understandable.

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Disclaimer: The synopsis and cover picture were pulled from the book’s Goodreads page. Neither belong to us. An advanced copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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