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Feature book: Floored

1 April 2015

FlooredFloored by Ainslie Paton

Caitlyn is running from her ex-fiancé, Justin, a nasty piece of work who keeps tracking her down. She’s changed her name, her job, her address, uses a post office box to protect her location, and still he finds her new mobile number. She doesn’t trust the police, especially after finding Justin in bed with Detective Carolyn Martin, not to mention what happened with her father. She’s working as a chauffeur when a disreputable fellow slides into the back seat of her car and offers her a lot of money to drive him around.

Fetch (Sean) is an undercover police officer whose alias may have been blown by a pizza delivery guy he busted years ago. He’s spent over two years working to get into the Black Pariahs (motorcycle club) as a dim, low-level delivery boy. He enjoys the challenge of being on his toes 24/7 and is very good at inhabiting his role and telling lies.

Caitlyn knows Fetch is bad news but his blue eyes, attention to detail and gentleman-like behaviour pull her in. She also can’t resist the big tip he’s giving her to drive him around for a day or two. She’s in dire need of extra cash and sick of being hit on by drunk guys on buck’s nights. Fetch/Sean calls Caitlyn ‘Driver’ and is drawn to her, especially her don’t-touch vibe even though she flirts with him. They both break with their codes and assumed identities when extenuating circumstances force them into a road trip and their mutual attraction keeps pushing their boundaries.

The role reversal of Caitlyn and Sean (bad guy/good guy), especially with their opposite appearances really emphasises the don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover idea. The nastiness of the Black Pariahs motorcycle club provides a gritty background and real-life feel to the story. It’s a road trip story where the protagonists snipe at each other but have that underlying sexual tension. There’s a side story of a rescued blue heeler, which does chime a little heavily on the analogy stakes but it’s a good paced story where you’ll be metaphorically pushing the protagonists together and hoping for a good resolution to both Caitlyn’s and Sean’s problems. Enjoy the road trip and look out for the spot where the book gets its title, it’s not what you might think.

Reviewed by Gina

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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