Review: Driving Heat
DRIVING HEAT - Zuri Day
Kensington Dafina/Romance
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April 2015
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: DRIVING HEAT is the first book in the series, The Blue-Collar Lovers, written by Zuri Day. The hero of the novel, Byron Carter, is not the six foot plus, uber handsome, multimillionaire, Adonis body having hero that most of us Romance reading junkies are use to. On the contrary, Byron is your average height, slightly paunchy around the middle, ex-college football standout, blue collar city bus driver. What?  The heroine, Cynthia Hall, is an attractive, college/post- graduate, comfortable-salary, condo resident in a “pristine neighborhood”. In addition to that, Byron does not possess all of the very important qualifications of a mate, DHOP- degreed, home-owning professional. Will Cynthia break the rules she and her BFFs live by and “date down”? Will Byron step out of his usual “home girl” date types and step up to pursue a woman like Cynthia, described as “above his pay grade”? No spoilers here. You have to read the book to find the answers to these questions. Since the hero and heroine are such polar opposites, it makes you wonder what they have in common. First, they are both single parents raising a child. Secondly, the sexual chemistry between these two, in spite of their differences, was instant, magnetic, and combustible; no doubt about it!

The setting for the story is California where the author depicts two distinct living styles of the characters involved in this romantic drama. We get a sketchy scenario of life in Compton vs Culver City. The side characters fit right in as the drama unfolds, and we get a coherent insight of the subplots that come together to make a solid storyline. Unforgettable side characters abound in this novel. Byron’s family, especially his ‘keep it real’ mother, stand out. The heroine’s mother, is not too shabby herself as she desperately holds on to the ‘importance of keeping up appearances’. Cynthia’s three BFFs are definitely worth mentioning here, because she consults them about everything. Likewise, Byron and the four Carter boys are very close. Will any of them reappear in this series? Not sure where the author will take us, but I’m looking forward to the next book!

DRIVING HEAT is a real treat that is written as only Zuri Day can do. I know you will enjoy it, and I highly recommend it.

1st May 2015 | romcol@caribsurf.com