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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy

Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Berkley/Jove Authors, Penguin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (294 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

The sequel to Flat-Out Sexy, starring a bad boy race car driver hero who's met his match—from a hot USA Today bestselling author.

Grad student Imogen Wilson realizes she's hit on the perfect thesis for her sociology degree. If she follows the so-called "rules" on how to get a man, can she steer her way into the world and hearts of stock race car drivers, and establish their dating—and mating—patterns?

Although sexy and reckless racer Ty McCordle is the ideal test subject, Imogen knows that for the sake of science, she can't give in to her growing attraction for him. 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 will satisfy all her curiosity—and make all the risks worthwhile...
She wants to know what it takes to land a race car driver. Does she want to complete the task in action? Well, no… well… maybe. He wants the only woman who is his total opposite – her. What happens when opposites attract and share a newfound love of Shakespeare? Read Hard and Fast to find out.

Erin McCarthy writes stories guaranteed to draw you in. Within a few pages, you feel like you know the characters. They could be your friends (if your friends drive race cars). Ms. McCarthy’s grasp of the race world helps engage the reader in her story.

Ty makes a great, yet damaged hero. And what hero is perfect? He’s got the driver attitude, but it covers for his other shortcomings. You want to help him as the story goes and make sure he gets a happy ending. Imogen (what a great and unique name for the heroine), for her quiet disposition, really packs a punch without coming across as snobby. People could take notes on her matter-of-fact tact.

The love scenes in this novel are wrought with passion, even when the characters don’t realize it. You feel what they feel. I also liked the secondary characters. They add another layer of believability – you aren’t just reading about someone in a book, but living the story with them.

If you want a sexy read for the beach or to read and suggest to your friends, then I suggest Hard and Fast. You won’t regret your selection! Not all racing books have to be about the cars and the attitude. Some, like this one, have heart. I give this novel 5 books.