Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review: Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy

Title: Hard and Fast
Series: Fast Track
Author: Erin McCarthy
Read copy: eBook
Published: May 5, 2009
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 1101044713
ISBN-13: 9781101044711

An experiment in romance...

New to Charlotte, stock car racing country, graduate student Imogen Wilson meets Ty McCordle, a driver who inexplicably has her pulse racing. After an encounter at the track with a woman whose main goal in life is to marry a driver, Imogen realizes she’s hit on the perfect thesis for her Sociology degree. If she follows The Rules on how to get a man, can she steer her way to into the hearts of the drivers and establish their dating—and mating—patterns?

That’s testing the limits of passion.

Although sexy and reckless Ty is the ideal test subject, she knows she can’t pursue him for the sake of science. Yet he’s the one who’s chasing after her, and Imogen realizes that she actually wants to be caught. A southern gentleman like Ty won’t fail to disappoint, will satisfy all her curiosity—and make all the risks worthwhile...

My rating:

Yeah! Finally an Erin McCarthy book that I liked. Really liked, actually. Compared to the two I read before this one was a romance instead of a sex-fest. Don’t get me wrong, we still get multiple-pages-long sex scenes, but there also is an actual story, and a budding romance thrown into the mix.
The fact both leading characters are likable and that attraction between them is “palpable”, believable, and realistic is an added bonus.

This was a cute, light-weight, sexy, “starry-eyed” little story with two great characters (though Ty was way greater than his Emma Jean) with quite a few hidden depths (Ty’s little secret for example), though that final “hurrah” in the form of the almost template conflict situation in romance novels, thanks to the characters lack of communication skills (which in this case was a bit OCC, if you ask me, in view of all the convos they had before where they exhibited some pretty good communication skills).


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