4 stars · Recommend · Viki's review

Blast from the past #5

In the Blast from the past post I’m going to recommend, review books, series that:

  1. I absolutely loved but I think never got the hype they deserved, nowadays you can’t even hear about them and/or just simply really underrated by my opinion.
  2. They are not recent releases, came out more than 3 years ago.

I’m going to try and do one every 2 weeks to one per month depends on my time. Not more frequently because my old review stash is depleting and not endless. I hope you are going to enjoy it. Also I’m going to try and write them as spoiler free as possible but some minor ones are unavoidable.
17396742Brei Betzold- Painted lines

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Scout has always wanted to follow in her family’s business of custom bike building. Being female never stopped her from getting greasy and slapping on paint with the best of them, and made her work even harder at opening up her own shop someday.

When an opportunity to win $500,000 dollars in prize money presents itself, Scout and her group of misfit friends sign on the dotted line to be filmed for a reality television show to win it. But like anything in life there’s always a catch to free money.

When nightmares of the past meet dreams of the future, Scout is forced to face her demons, or be quickly over run by the memories. In the midst of her inner turmoil, family will come home, and possibly a life she never expected to have could be within her grasp.


I have mixed feelings regarding this book. I really like the plot but felt like with a little tweaking here and there it could have been better, it has the potential. This was my first and I think only ( I dont know why) book from the author so I couldn’t compare it with her other works. This is a romance story with a pretty dark undertone. The synopsis doesn’t do justice for it, its inviting enough but keeps a lot from the reader.

First of I think the whole building the motorcycles theme is quite a creative idea especially back then, nowadays there is more to find like that. All of the little professional facts are really detailed but not boring even interesting which shows a great amount of research. Pair this with the marvelous writing style and the insane emotional charge of the story and you got a surprisingly realistic and believable plot. The book gives you a window into the main character troubled life.

Scout, the protagonist, practically grows up before us. After a traumatic experience she falls apart and only thanks to hard work and strict rules that she can function, rebuilds herself. She is strong, a fighter and was really appealed by how Cas and Simon treated her. They didn’t let her prevail, make her own decisions, treated her like a child, stood in her way constantly and blamed her for things not in her hand.
The other secondary characters namely the boys from the team were my favorite. They brought lightness, a little bit of humor into the plot. It was a desperately needed addition to the heavy topic.
The relationship between Scout and Thayne starts off on a rocky road. It’s slow progressing mainly because of their trust issues. But I liked Thayne, he had a way to handle and help Scout in her journey of a happy life. Unfortunately the last couple of chapters successfully destroy every bit of the relationship they built up during the whole book. I just can’t understand why, it’s really doesn’t end on a note I hoped for.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, had a couple of problems with the ending but it’s an interesting topic paired with creative solutions.



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