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Pop The Clutch

(Second Gear #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Not all people need a second chance at love. Some need a second chance at life.
To Violet Foster, the past ten years have been a continual replay of an ill-fated night in high school. Without warning, she went from Downriver’s sweetheart to unintentional adult film star, her most intimate moments shared with the world in ten-second loops. She's lost friends, been forced to
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Published June 11th 2019 by Kinship Press
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May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
**Pop The Clutch generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

4 "I was in so much trouble." Stars

What a great start to a new series. This story really resonated with me because of the setting being a very small town and how one mistake turns into a disastrous event sending you spiraling. It can happen so quickly and without apology. The author really nailed that aspect of her story making it so real and relatable. I loved that we had a bad boy pining for the good girl with the feelings
Carmen Rae
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I honestly picked up and put down this book half a dozen times. We have had so much on and the kids have been so painful this week I think I read those first two pages about five times. Then I finally got an hour of quiet to push past those first few pages and I was so invested in this story.

Since this is the first book I have read from this author I had no idea what to expect. And a few early reviews I checked out mentioned that this was an emotional story. And I don't know what I was thinking
Tara Peters
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easton Cole is the bb to end all bb's. He loves his family, supports his friends, and respects women. He is also a man's man. He owns his own auto repair shop with his buddies and strives to be everything and anything to anyone who needs him. Violet is a woman who is running. She made a mistake in high school, unintentionally, and it has followed her for the better part of a decade. She never intended to come home, she didn't want to face the recriminations that were the impetus of her leaving, ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wrote in my Goodreads status: “That was intense, frustrating and awesome. “ And I stand by that statement.

I’ve been waiting for something like this from Harte, and she delivered without me even knowing she’s working on it. Yay for me.

And you, because Pop the Clutch is exactly the kind of contemporary romance one I enjoy.

Violet and Easton went to school together, but never really meshed together. Different social circles, very different backgrounds. But Violet always had a crush on Easton, and
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
Is there anything sexier than a man who displays vulnerability, is a gentleman, but is also still a man. Easton Cole runs his own business, fixes cars, takes care of his family, loves his mother, but also holds doors, cares about the feelings of the woman he's with and is vulnerable enough to be himself without being a macho jerk about it. To sum up...Easton Cole is the perfect book boyfriend in every way!!! Pop the Clutch is an excellent book, but Easton makes it even better. I have a major BB ...more
Tiffany Readz
Solid Romance

Kristin Harte gives her readers a nice, solid romance and great start to the Second Gear Series. While the blurb lets us know there's quite a bit going on here, the story is angsy and entertaining and I was instantly drawn to her characters.

Easton was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks whose mission was to turn his life around and he accomplished just that. Along with a couple of his childhood friends, he now owns and runs a successful auto repair shop in town, as well as hel
April Symes
Pop The Clutch by Kristen Harte is a fantastic read. You have a angst, drama, passion,love, working thru the landmine that is your past and yes, the family and friends.
Violet and Easton have known each other since high school. Easton had a crush on her back then and she thought he was handsome. Violet made a youthful mistake which someone capitalized on , to Violet's detriment. Her senior year of high school was made hellish and as soon as school was over, she got herself out of there.
When the
Fran Zoch, LSoR
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again Kristin Harte has made me fall in love with her writing and not want the book to end.
Easton and Violet both have had not easy lives here was becaus of an ass making her a porn star without her knowledge and his because he was from the wrong side of the track.
Together with each others backs they can get past anything at least that is what they are hoping for.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful start to a series. I loved the heartfelt feel of the storyline and I simply adored the characters. The book is very well written to the point I felt like I was right there in the small town of Downriver feeling everything the characters were going through. The author gave us a great storyline of how one high school mistake, the cruelty of teens and the internet can destroy a life for years to come.

Violet is a young girl that got caught on camera at the wrong time and as a result had h
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am going to start by saying that I had some mixed feelings with this book. On one hand, I really liked the characters, but I wish that they would have been stronger. The defining moment in Violets life was hellacious … there is no getting away from that. But she continued to allow that moment to define her and the only way to protect herself was to run away. But, I can’t say how any other character would have handled it, just my own opinion.

I am not going to get into the defining moment, becau
Kathy Rouchelle
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful yet heartbreaking story of how one teenage mistake, one mean girl and her brother and the internet can do to ruin a young girls life and drive her away from her home, creating havoc with her dreams and turning her future completely around. But coming home years later to be with her ailing grandmother should be easy if she just stays out of sight as much as possible, but for Violet, that is something that isn't in the cards when her grandmother send her to bring her car to the shop, a ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Explosive! Gearmasic!

I don't know if you believe in karma but I do. Let me start off by saying I was captivated from the very beginning. This book was invigorating from the first paragraph, stretch that, the first sentence had me. Violet and Easton had chemistry from the start.

Being a mechanic' wife oops! Cuze me, an automotive technician wife as my husband would remind me.(behind his back ma-can-nic) in my head. As a wife this book came at the right time. I had an issue with a battery. I could
Sheila Schoenauer
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*
This is the first book that I've read by this author and I have to say I truly enjoyed it. I felt the emotions running through this book almost from the start. Easton and Violet have been it for each other for a very long time but life and circumstances have kept them in different circles and out of each others paths until now. A mistake and stupid people have kept Violet running for almost 10 years. Now that her gramma needs her home there is no avoiding her home town. While I enjoye
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
I have really enjoyed this author's previous books and this latest one is no exception. It is a second chance romance that takes place in a small hometown. Being a small hometown has its perks, but also a long memory about past events. Violet and Easton have known each other since they were in middle school and both had unrequited crushes on each other. However, they ran in different circles once they reached high school. Then,Violet made a fateful mistake while a senior which led to her just bi ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that beautifully and heartbreakingly combines romance and reality. Violet and Easton's story quickly pulled me in and kept me on the hook. What can I say about Violet? My heart ached for her. A single mistake changed her life forever. From town good girl to outcast and dirty joke in what basically boils down to a simple mouse click and plain meanness and cruelty. I felt that what makes this such a compelling read is that this can and does happen to anyone and in today's world at a ...more
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May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romaine
Pop the Clutch is a heartbreaking second chance love story that will touch your heart and soul.

Violet had always been a popular girl in school. Sweet, caring and so energetic. Until one night she made a terrible mistake in high school that shattered her world. Vee Cowgirl's mistake was plastered all over the internet for the world to see. She ran but still fought her demons daily. Ten years later she returned to her small hometown since her grandmother was dying. Terrified that her past would sl
Ga Books LoverX
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whoa this book had some crazy twists and turns!

Poor Violet had not been back to her hometown in years. Due to some unsavory circumstances, she became an overnight porn star after a private (she thought) video not only got out to the entire town, but the entire internet as well. Even escaping did not save her from going through that pain, but it made it easier for people to automatically know it was her.

Easton was the guy from the wrong side of the tracks in HS, but I swear he is the most loyal,
Kari Hansen
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s been ten years since Violet made a misjudgment as a teenager that had the whole town talking and making sure that they knew their opinion of her. After she graduated high school, she couldn’t leave town fast enough but now that her grandmother is ill she must return to the town that caused her so much pain.

When he was a teenager Easton was viewed as the bad boy from the trailer park who would never accomplish anything in his life. He has turned his life around and is close to his family and
Jodi Bird (Ruby Red Romance Review)
5 STAR Review by Jodi for Ruby Red Romance Review

It's funny how the mistakes we make in our youth have a way of catching up with us. For Violet, it didn't take long. In the day and age where social media and the internet are so popular one mistake and lead to a lifetime of regret. This mistake has kept Violet away from home for ten years. Now she needs to come home to help take care of her ill grandmother. What she didn't count on was Easton. Easton is the perfect gentelman. I loved that he only
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, mistakes we make in our youth will haunt us for the rest of our lives.

Violet Foster knows this all too well, and has spent the last decade trying to forget what was the worst night of her life. But familial duty calls her back home - to the scene of the crime - where people's memories are just as long. She doesn't count on falling hard and fast for Easton Cole. He doesn't seem to care about the past, but can she give up running from it?

I liked the solid, realistic nature of the plot.
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Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gemma
I really enjoyed this story and I found the storyline to be really engaging creating a great start to this authors new series.Pop the clutch had everything i enjoyed within a romance read, drama, angst, romance, heartbreak and family.

Violet made a mistake when she was teenager and is till paying for it today. I felt for her because it was a small mistake but it had big repercussions for her. I loved seeing the way that she finally stood up for herself and got her life back.

Easton i loved loved
Amy Stephens
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pop The Clutch is an angst-filled read that will leave you begging for more.

Kristin Harte is a new author for me, and she's one that knows how to deliver a very powerful story, one that's going to hit you right in the gut. Sometimes it's hard to shake the past, especially when it's negatively impacted your life. Such was the case for Violet Harte. Pop the Clutch is about moving on from mistakes made a long time ago, regardless of how painful and devastating it was. It's about finding that stren
Jackie Ziegler
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow my first read by Kristin and I absolutely loved this story. Kind of a second chance sweet down home romance with some trying moments.

Violet and Easton have known each other since high school. She thought he was cute back then and he had a crush on her. Violet got herself into a predicament senior year and as soon as she graduated she hightailed it out of Downriver to Chicago never looking to return.. When her grandma falls ill she needs to come home to help take care of her. Running into Ea
Becky Wise
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pop The Clutch is a wonderful read. You have a little drama, love, figuring out how to get past your past and of course family. Violet has been avoiding her small home town until she couldn't anymore. Sometimes the past is the past but when it still rears its ugly head you wonder if she is strong enough. Violet is strong in many ways and you will learn this along the way. I love her. And once Violet is pushed into the path of an old crush Easton hang onto your seat. Easton has long overcome his ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I much prefer romantic action books so this was a change of pace!

I found this story to have a good solid plot and it's very well written. The character development is strong and there's lots of hints about future books.

Violet seemed a little young and whiney but then I could see myself doing the same things. Easton is a strong, caring man. I love the family and friends development. Good and bad, loving and kind, others idiotic just like all family groups.

On the con side, these 20 something char
Jessica Alcazar
If you like ... small town with a side of redemption AND second time to go for it romances ... THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU #TRUST

*sigh* THIS STORY ... it was just so incredibly heartwarming and easy and relatable and lovable and all the #feels ... EVERY SINGLE ONE!

One of the many great things about this book is its setting. Kristin Harte created a true small town. This was a town of people that everyone knew everything and no one ever forgot! Like population 20 kinda town ... and it was glorious an
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story of a woman's horrible past that won't go away not matter how long it's been but maybe with the right guy......


Violet is hiding by living in Chicago away from the only family she knows because of one stupid childish mistake from high school that will NEVER go away...unfortunately Violet has to go back to Downriver Michigan but she wouldn't miss time with her sick grandmother for anything!
Easton has liked Violet since the 8th grade but in high school
Pamela Lunder
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by Kristin Harte. It will not be the last. My heart broke for Violet and that she had gone through her last few months of high school and then to have that mistake follow you your whole life, wow just something really hard to deal with. I understand why she ran away. Then there is sexy Easton, who is strong, selfless, always wanting to help! The way he tried to take care of Violet was so sweet and loving. I really enjoyed this book. The only thing that would ha ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What an amazing read. This story was so unique because both characters were flawed and very much like ordinary people, where as most books contain billionaires and everything they could ever want and need. Both of these characters have a past that they are desperately trying to escape, but it's hard to do when you live in a small town and everyone knows you're business and forever hold it against then.

I loved that these 2 got a second chance at love. There will he so many trials and tribul
Amber Goodwin
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
For me this book was slow moving at times.

Violet ran from her past for 9+ years. Now back at home she has to deal with things that her younger self ran from.
Easton has never forgotten Violet. When he finds her back in town he knows he has to take a chance. Can friends become more?

I wanted to know what Violet went through that night when Easton picked her up. I felt for Violet at what she was dealing with. But for me, I felt she needed to learn to deal with things instead of running.

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Kristin Harte started off as a chemistry major in college but somehow ended up writing romances featuring ex-military heroes and the women who knock them to their knees…literally and figuratively. She likes drinking in the shade, snuggling under a warm blanket on a cold evening, and researching how to blow things up. Her children know nothing of what she writes, and her husband just hopes he’s not ...more

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