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Shifting Gears (Rider #2)

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Wesley Pierce, a Virginia State Trooper, is in search of the perfect log cabin to settle down in. After losing his brother and doing his best to care for the family he left behind he decides, a year after Nathan’s death, that he’s finally ready to move forward.

Olivia Michaels, a realtor in search of her own dream home and a way out of her parents’ attic, takes on a client...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Createspace
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Ottilie
How many times does a person have to run into a person before they realize that they found the one? (Raiting 4.5 stars) Olivia a sweet woman who once dreamed about being a strong person defending the innocent in courts life is turned upside down as she takes on a new career path as a relator, moves into her parent's home with her dog Melon, and breaks up with her long term boyfriend. As Welsey is recovering of the lost of a brother who he was close with even a year later the two meet on a not so...more
Shawn
Apr 23, 2012 Shawn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
An author's review of their own work is always a bit subjective, so I hope not to try and sway you with my bias opinion of the quality of this novel...though if I was to do so I'd be harder on myself than any reviewer could be. Instead I want to, as I've done with my other reviews for my novels, give you a bit of insight into this story and what it means to me.

First and foremost, with every book I complete my writing improves. I'm not saying that this means my stories get more intense or crafty....more
Susan (The Book Bag)
I have to be honest and say that the first time I saw this book, I wasn't much interested. As you know, if you have been following The Book Bag for any amount of time, I am a sucker for a great cover. A guy on a motorcycle, even though he has a great looking body, just didn't grab me like some other covers have.

But then I kept seeing this book 'talked' about everywhere. I checked out the author's blog and she was appealing to bloggers for some help to get the word out about her book. Once I took...more
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This is the second book in the Rider Series. The first book, The Wanderer, was an absolute hit with me, so I had pretty high expectations with this one. While it didn't touch my heart like the first one did, did definitely did not disappoint either!

Olivia and Wesley are two people trying to find themselves. Wesley finds himself looking to get out of his cramped apartment and into his very own home. He feels this is the first step he needs to take in...more
Natalie Carlisle
I absolutely loved this book. I could completely relate to the characters and the story. Everything was realistic. I really enjoyed the light read, the easy conversation, the development of feelings between the two characters. I think Shawn Kristen Maravel did an excellent job with this story and I highly recommend it.

I picked it up three nights ago to read and I read clear up to 1 am before my husband reminded me i had to go to sleep for work in the morning. I thought about it the next day and...more
Stephanie
Shawn's writing and books get better and better! I absolutely loved this book. I really enjoyed all of her books but I think this has to be my favorite book written by Shawn.

The characters of Shifting Gears, Wesley and Olivia, are so real. For me to really love a book i need to be invested in the characters. If I'm not I won't want to continue reading. But with this book i adored and loved them so much! I really love how Shawn wrote their progressing relationship. It felt real. It was not rushed...more
Michelle
This book is another of what I would call a 'real' romance. By this I mean that there is no 'love at first sight' or other unrealistic relationship declarations that can occur in the majority of romance novels out there.

The story revolves around two main characters, Wesley and Olivia. Throughout the story they are portrayed as two very realistic and determined individuals who meet and subsequently develop feelings for each other at what I would call a natural and consistent pace.

Wesley is a ver...more
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
Shifting Gears is the first book that I have read from Shawn Kirsten Maravel. I really enjoyed it and I will definitely be looking for more from her.
I loved Wesley and Olivia and enjoyed their journey towards their HEA. It had a great cast of secondary characters that added to the story and I am hoping that Shawn will write a book about Maggie and her daughter--they need a HEA also. Shifting Gears entertained me from the beginning and I loved the ways that Wesley and Olivia kept running into ea...more
Christi Snow
My Review:
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This book, simply put, is a nice sweet romantic little read. It meanders along at a fairly sedate pace through the first 75% of the book before the action and romance picks up for a great ending.

I liked both Olivia and Wesley's characters and I loved the fact that both of them are searching for the perfect log cabin. I share that love with them so it made reading about the various houses a lot of fun. Olivia is Wesley's realtor and along the way they become friends too.

Wesley is a...more
Margaret
I love a good romance and I'm glad I got the opportunity to read and review this one.

Olivia is a real estate agent, looking for a log cabin to call home. Wesley is a small town cop, looking for a log cabin to call home. When Olivia's mentor sends Wesley her way, she never expected that they'd be looking for the same log cabin to call home.

Olivia first meets Wes as she's walking her dog through the cemetery where Wes is visiting his brother's grave. She meets him a second time when he pulls her o...more
Michelle Roethig
Romantic, Sexy, Sweet, Refreshing!! I couldn't put this book down. I loved Wesley and Oliva as they developed in front of my eyes. I was pulled in from the beginning with their meeting and the pull didn't stop until the last period.

Oliva, heart-broken from her recent breakup, meets Wesley in a string of events that are both funny, heart-wrenching, and sweet. Wesley was easy to love and I was rooting for him from the beginning.

The best part, this story was not only romantic and sexy, but clean!...more
Jen Randolph
A few things.

1. Shawn, you are very talented and are not afraid to address heavy issues. My dad was a cop and sometimes it was hard not to worry that he would make it home. There was always that chance and I love how raw the emotions were, I think you captured them well.

2. Some writers with multiple stories borrow a lot from previous works. For anyone who has also read Volition and Severance will not see carry over which is nice. If I did not know it was the same author then I would never have g...more
Janosch
A real trademark of Maravel`s writing are her characters. Well presented and lively shaped they play an important role in the stories to make them even more enjoyable. As always filled with emotions we have a story which has a lot to offer for male readers this time. I like the whole cozy setup and the police / state trooper part in it. Maybe in her next book we get some detective parts in it? :D Anyways, I recommend it. It is an easy read which shows that there are still authors who put really...more
Robert
The magic of a meeting cannot be described better than this. Olivia's change in career paths not only puts her on a path of uncertainty, it paves the way to a romance that flourishes beyond expectations. The vivid images written in this book will keep you turning the pages to see more.
Bella Street
Ms Maravel is so good at creating real-world love stories with characters who become personal to the reader, taking us through all the twists and turns of romance where two people struggle to take that final step in love. Another heart-melting stop in the Rider series!
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
ahh so good! :D full review coming soon (:
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I love motorcycles and men that ride them my husband that pasted away last year had a 2007 Harley. Would very much like to read these books! Agatha P. Townsend
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I prefered this book to the first one. Really enjoyed it.
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“In her remorse, she was also willing to admit that she was sad for another reason. She no longer had a reason to see or spend time with Wesley. She would lose her dream house to him and him to the house. It seemed almost tragic how everything had panned out and it made her consider more strongly than she had before that maybe it was a sign that she should take Jerry back. She’d lost her dream and was realizing quickly that in the end that’s all it had ever been and maybe it was time that she finally woke up.” 3 likes
“For the first stretch of road Olivia’s eyes were sealed shut, her breath held hostage in her lungs.

“You might want to open your eyes,” Wesley called back knowingly, his muffled voice breaking through both of their helmets. “And don’t forget to breathe.”
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