ARC Review: Dead Heat by Sofia Aves

Sofia Aves’ Dead Heat is an enemies-to-lovers, athlete workplace romance in K. Bromberg’s Driven World. 

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KC Hawk  has his mind on the game. Specifically the one that makes the wheels cross the finish line first at the end of every race. 

While his team is hand-picked from the best talent there is, he’s missing that pizazz factor. And Hawk knows just where to get it. The cheerleader for his greatest rival would be a great asset on his team, and in his bed.  

Sunny Cooper loves her job as PR agent for one of the hottest new talents on the track. Sure, he can be a little enthusiastic and turns up with the party boy attitude, but he brings the trophies in, and Sunny gets to have her dream job. 

Until KC Hawking offers her a better one—and ruins her dreams in a single night.13


“Yes. It fucking well is,” a deep voice behind me growled. 

I pivoted and came face-to-face with an angry driver of my own, though it wasn’t the one who employed me. The face he showed the world had slipped to expose the real man beneath, and I couldn’t work out which driver was worse. To me, they all fell into the same category. The difference was that one paid me, and this one didn’t.

While Benson’s face had turned red, Hawk’s rage glittered in a cold fury that danced behind those golden primal hunter eyes. 

And I was the tiny white rabbit, pinned by the predator. My coffee cup trembled as I clutched it too tight. 

Prey, indeed. 

He didn’t even need to touch me.

“I’ll make sure Ryan sees a trainer and provide him with anything else he needs,” I said, my voice thick and dry. 

“You’ll get him therapy after your driver attacked him?” Hawk’s fury iced over, one perfectly formed eyebrow rising in an elegant arch. 

The man had better eyebrows than most women I knew. It wasn’t fair. 

He stared straight through me, piercing my soul. A flush started beneath my jacket under the demand of his gaze, prickling along my skin. I shifted my shoulders beneath the leather that trapped a layer of heat to my skin, seeking cool air.

“I’m sorry,” I whispered. “I didn’t want to get in between two angry men.”

I’d grown up with a sister and two older brothers, and had learned early on not to get in between them when fists swung. 

Hawk glowered at me. Power and dominance rolled off him in veritable waves.

He’s the asshole. And the competitor. And you hate him.

But he’s a very hot asshole. 

My heart thudded at a sprint in my chest that only drove my discomfort higher, arousal hot on its heels slamming into me. 

I watched a man be abused by someone I worked for, and now, beneath the gaze of a furious and dangerous man, I was getting turned on.

What the hell is wrong with me?

My thoughts

Hot. Sophia Aves gives us a hot race car romance. 

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Steam rises off of KC as he thinks about Sunny – all the time (chuckle). Aves gives us a hot race car driver who just happens to be a really nice guy behind the persona. I love the interactions between Sunny and KC. 

Dead Heat is not just a romance, but there is some harassment with a potential for more violence as the story unveils. One of the villains you can understand why he does what he does. There is a plot twist which had me saying, “Dammmnnnn.” I don’t fully understand the motive behind the twist and if anything I would have liked to see a confrontation or conversation so that it makes more sense to me. 

You don’t have to have read any book in the “Driven World” series to enjoy Dead Heat. I haven’t read any and I gobbled up this romance. Aves gives us a great chemistry and repartee with Sunny and KC. I liked the suspense. Dead Heat is a quick read romance that can get your engines started. (chuckle).

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: KB Worlds LLC, 978-1922448309, 17 February 2022

Editor: McFarlane Press; Formatting: Rozie Marshall


Series: A Driven World Novel


Pages: 136

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