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Drivers, Start Your Engines

April 16, 2011

Confession time: I don’t have a car. Correction — my car is currently out of commission, which has made getting around recently a pain in the ass. Running errands and sporadic day trips don’t come as easily any more, since I now have to either get a ride, or wait until the family car is free for use. As someone who’s had convenient, reliable public transportation at their disposal for the last year and a half (and a functioning car prior to that), this sudden retraction is frustrating, to say the least.

Because of my current…situation, I thought it was only appropriate to post a review for a Harlequin freebie I downloaded from Amazon called Speed Dating. The book comes from their NASCAR line (hence the car anecdote), which I was originally leery about since I’m not particularly interested in race car driving as a sport; however, I was willing to give it a try because it was free. I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t like free?

SYNOPSIS: Kendall Clarke calculates risk for a living, but never takes any. She likes her drab suits and trite fiance, and has no complaints about either, since her safe and steadfast attitude earns her Actuary of the Year and the prestigious Sharpened Pencil Award. Hours before receiving the award, however, Kendall’s fiance tells her that he’s leaving her for a co-worker…and unborn child. In the midst of trying to keep calm and carry on, Kendall runs into celebrity NASCAR driver Dylan Hargreave. For the first time in her life, Kendall decides to throw caution to the wind and joins Dylan on his racing tour.

The next few weeks are a whirlwind, filled with pre-race kissing rituals, adrenaline-pumping laps and intensified chemistry between Kendall and Dylan. Kendall’s having the time of her life, but knows that eventually all good things must come to an end. When the season is over, she plans to resume her normal ho-hum life. But can Dylan convince her that their pre-race kisses span beyond racing superstitions?

Despite having zero knowledge of and interest in race cars, this book was a speed read (I will not apologize for the pun!). The author paints an elaborate picture of tread-marked race tracks and sweaty, screaming fans that puts the reader right alongside the pit crew. Dylan’s modesty is endearing, while Kendall’s snap judgment spirals into hilarious and awkward situations that make this book a riot to read.

The intimacy between Dylan and Kenall was definitely a slow and steady build-up. I actually enjoyed the fact that the tension between them held up through the majority of the book, because it made their unity that much sweeter and realistic. I’m not sure if a NASCAR story would be the first Harlequin I flocked to, but if it’s anywhere near as entertaining as Speed Dating, it would definitely be worth a try.

*Click here to read my review and view my star rating on Goodreads.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. dogsear permalink
    April 19, 2011 11:46 AM

    I’ve seen enough B.H. 90210s to know chicks should be leery of Dylans. I find this an odd pairing, NASCAR and Harlequin–what’s next?

  2. April 24, 2011 5:18 PM

    I HAVE THAT ONE TOO! I’ve literally had in on my Kindle for months and I can’t seem to read it. I dont know NASCAR is not my thing at all! But I mean if the tension and romance is good, maybe cars speeding around, and around, and around, and around in a circle for no apparent reason if worth me finally picking it up? I dk…


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