Published by Berkley, Penguin Group
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Personal Collection
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Kendall Holbrook is determined to make it to the top, even with the challenge of being a woman on the male-dominated racing circuit. She doesn't have time for romance-especially not with racing rival Evan Monroe, the man who nearly crushed her dream years ago. Tricked into meeting him, Kendall is experiencing all those old feelings again-and she can't deny that they still have enough chemistry to set fire to the track.
I have always liked this series from the start. It is a good series that provides a quick escape from reality since these books are always around 300 pages.
I went into this book hoping that this would be the book that put this series back in the awesome category instead of just the good category. I read the first book a while back and the first book just blew me away and the other two books that followed while good just never inspired that awe of the first book. I have to say that during the beginning of this book I was feeling the awe. I hadn’t read an adult romance book in a while and I forgot how much I miss when authors have the free range to talk about sexual things and all those steamy details that get left out of YA books. So I immediately latched on to this story and the romance that was burning up the pages between the two main characters. I have to say I give props to Evan because I never was in love with him in the other books in the series but in this book he really showed who he was and how emotional and amazing of a character he could be. I also liked Kendall for her passion for racing and her big heart under all of her walls.
These two certainly kept the beginning of this book steamy and I loved the banter between them. It was a quick start romance but these two have a history so I didn’t feel that the romance or the sex was out of place in this one. However, I do admit to becoming a little bored around 200 pages in. It seemed like things got out of hand at this point and that the author was trying to throw little wrenches into the plot in order to get the couple to break up or distance themselves from one another. I also found what happened in the last 50 pages to just be a little sudden and unnecessary because who really needs that obvious plot piece to show up and then need to be wrapped up with the whole book in under 50 pages to go.
I have to say that the reason I’m not completely in love with this book was the beginning was so strong and romantic and the last 100 pages or so felt rushed and fell apart. I would have appreciated a longer book with some real plot drama that could have had the proper time to play out and get the couple where they needed to be in their relationship. Despite these flaws I still really enjoyed the book and want to keep reading the series, especially since the last book was recently published it is time I catch up.