Winter Travers is starting a new MC series, Kings of Vengeance, and Drop a Gear and Disappear is the first book in the series. That term is mentioned a couple of times in the book, so I had to turn to the handy dandy Googletron to see what it had to say about it. The Almighty Google said this about it, when a rider needs speed all of a sudden, it’s easier to drop down to the next lower gear, because that forces the engine to rev higher immediately and gives the rider the necessary speed. It takes longer for the higher gear to rev up to get the speed needed than it would by dropping a gear. So, that’s what it means. I think that Winter named the book with more than one layer there too. You’ll see why I think that.
Quinn/Gear is recently out of prison and he’s joined an MC. He had a cellmate who told him all about the MC life, so Quinn moved to a new state and joined the Rolling Devils. He knows that they are going to put him through hell because he’s a prospect and the lowest of the low, but he’s willing to put up with it because it’s a brotherhood, and that’s what he wants.
Q/G also has a girlfriend that he lives with. Her name is Kimber. Kimber doesn’t like the guys in the club and doesn’t really approve of him being in the MC. He keeps trying to get her to go to parties, but she doesn’t want to. Finally, he gets her to agree to go to a party. And that’s when the trouble begins.
Of course there’s going to be trouble, because otherwise, it would be a super short book. And while it is a quick read, it isn’t super short. If you think that it seems familiar, you are right, because it originally showed up in an anthology, but Winter took it and expanded it a bit, et voila.
I like Quinn, overall, but I think that he is a little bit naive at the beginning. Or maybe blind. He needs to have that brotherhood so much that he’s willing to do anything he can to get it. So, is he willfully blind or just blinded by need? I don’t know, but it’s an interesting question, isn’t it?
Kimber is a strong woman and a strong character. She had to be, and she dealt with things that I wouldn’t have been able to, and they didn’t break her. I really hope that we see a lot more of her during the series, because I think that she’s going to be a force to be reckoned with, and I think that she’s going to have a lot to do and say when it comes to the Kings of Vengeance. I mean, not that a woman would rule the MC in this ‘verse, but ol’ ladies can be strong and powerful, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
I’m looking forward to seeing more characters develop as the series goes on, because we just got a small taste of most of them, and not a full dinner.
OK, if you’ve made it down to my little spoiler section, I’ll tell you why I think Winter’s title is a multi-layered kind of thing. For one thing, Gear gets dropped off and the Rolling Devils think he has disappeared. And then later, Quinn drops the name Gear, so, that’s why.
OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!