Book Review | Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

As part of Alison Brodie’s book tour, I was given the opportunity to read and review Alison’s latest book; Brake Failure.

Blurb: Brake Failure is a contemporary romance with humour, suspense and a kick-ass heroine. The story is set in one of the most fascinating periods of America’s history: the months leading up to Y2K “melt-down.”

brakefinalcover“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you’re looking down the barrel of his gun?”

Ruby Mortimer-Smyth is an English debutante, destined for Ladies Day at Ascot and taking tea at The Savoy. She knows the etiquette for every occasion and her soufflés NEVER collapse.

She is in control of her life, tightly in control. Until fate dumps her down 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. She joins a group of Survivalists, who give her a gun and advise her to stockpile basic essentials, such as gasoline and water-purifying tablets. So she bulk-buys Perrier, Gentleman’s Relish and macaroons.

Ruby, far from home, is making Unsuitable Friends and “finding herself” for the first time. She falls in with a gang 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 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 on a freight train with three million dollars, a bottle of Wild Turkey and a smoking gun.

What happened to Miss Prim-and-Proper? And why did she shoot Mr Right?

Review: When you spend your life living in the shadows of your step-sister, you do end up becoming tired and at competition with everything. So when Ruby’s husband to be has an opportunity to move to Paris, something that your step-sister always wanted, it is hard not to say no.

However, when this does not plan out as well as Ruby hoped, it looks like a new life in Kansas is on the cards instead. A reluctant Ruby starts a new life in Kansas and soon her wild side appears, she comes face to face with the real Ruby, along with meeting the Sheriff, who always catches her misbehaving. We are introduced to the Sheriff at the very beginning of the book, a flash forward of what the end has in store. Once the flashback is over, we are introduced to Ruby and you realise that this will be the Ruby who shot the Sheriff, but how and why? The development between Ruby and Hank is great and it left me always thinking, will something actually happen between them?

We follow Ruby through her journey of self discovery, from making new friends to breaking the law, and getting herself into a tricky situation. We are able to watch her grow as a person and see her find out who she really is! Paris may have been a dream crushed, but Kansas helps her to find out about the real Ruby, and what she actually wants.

Brake Failure is a fun and well written story with a great pace, tone and room for laughter throughout. The many characters in Brake Failure are developed well and are interesting in their own special way. The main character; Ruby, is a fabulous character, and seeing her overcome a number of situations and finding herself is wonderful, it is hard not to like her! The book includes flashbacks, and for me, this adds a special touch to the story and I love it, allowing to book to have a number of layers within. It is a fabulous read!

Brake Failure has been the first book I have read of Alison’s, and I look forward to reading more in the future. If you are looking for a different type of book to read, or just a great romantic comedy, then I recommend this book for you. Alison did a great job with this!

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