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Shifting Gears by Shawn Kirsten Maravel
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Shifting Gears

by Shawn Kirsten Maravel

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How many times does a person have to run into a person before they realize that they found the one? (Raiting 4.5 stars) Olivia a sweet woman who once dreamed about being a strong person defending the innocent in courts life is turned upside down as she takes on a new career path as a relator, moves into her parent's home with her dog Melon, and breaks up with her long term boyfriend. As Welsey is recovering of the lost of a brother who he was close with even a year later the two meet on a not so common mission. In this compainion novel to The Wanderer, Shawn Kirsten Marvavel creates a love story that will have the readers envolved in the world that she creates. Olivia and Welsey are both realistic characters as both are just living their lives and planning for the future despite the bumps in the road that they have been through in the past.

The book had just about scenes so that the story line was able to flow for the readers. Shawn had very descriptive words for the houses that Olivia was showing off, and what the characters were wearing so that the readers could visualize the scenes very well without it being too much. The crew of characters in Shifting Gears are memoriable and enjoyable, the overally protective father, the sweet daughter, heartbroken family members, and the Wesley who has some interesting quirks. The book was worth the wait, and I suggest others to pick it up :) ( )
  ottilieweber | Apr 24, 2014 |
This is the second book in the Rider Series. The first book, The Wanderer (see my review here), was an absolute hit with me, so I had pretty high expectations with this one. While it didn’t touch my heart like the first one did, did definitely did not disappoint either!

Olivia and Wesley are two people trying to find themselves. Wesley finds himself looking to get out of his cramped apartment and into his very own home. He feels this is the first step he needs to take in order to begin moving on from his brothers death. Olivia, currently living with her parents until she finds the perfect home for herself, works as a realtor, after deciding that law just wasn’t her thing, is also looking to move on from a past that just doesn’t seem to want to let her go.

With the help of Olivia as his realtor, Wesley begins the search for his perfect home. Between house searching, holiday dinners, gun ranges and all things in between, the two of them start to notice the attraction hanging in the hair between them. If only things were so easy. Just when things seem to be going smooth and heading in the direction Wesley wants them to, he find his dream home. Which also happens to be Olivia’s dream home, yet she keeps this to herself.

Along this journey we watch as the two of them question just what the other person feels and if they should act on the feelings or not. Insert Jerry stage left. The one who let Olivia get away. With him in the picture, all bets are off. Olivia, not sure where her heart lies between these two men, gets one heck of a wake up call when Wesley finds himself in the very same situation that caused him to lose his brother in the line of duty.

This is not a love at first sight story. You truly get to watch through the pages as the two of them not only find themselves, but what is growing between them. The side characters in this novel were brilliant, especially Melon, Olivia’s dog. Oh! Her father played quite an awesome part also! :) ( )
  TabathaV | Aug 3, 2012 |
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