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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Destination Daytona by Nancy O’Berry

Destination Daytona by Nancy O’Berry
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (85 pages)
Heat: Sweet, Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Azalea

Janet Duplain wasn't sure what to expect when she decided to make the trek down to Florida and the Daytona 500. She'd surprised her husband Ed with the trip only he died unexpectedly and now this is the last thing she can do to honor his memory.

Steven Brock loves NASCAR so when he rescues a woman outside the gates and finds she knows nothing about racing he plans to enlighten her. What he doesn't expect is the sparks to fly between them. Her auburn hair and deep green eyes are like a beacon calling him in. Only Janet is still carrying the torch for her dead husband. Can Steven turn on the charm and woo her convincing fair Janet that love is always better the second time around?

Janet Duplain finds herself widowed at the young age of 43. Having previously bought good tickets to a NASCAR race as a gift for her husband she now has to make a decision. Does she stay home or be daring and go to the race alone? She decides to go.

While making her way through the onslaught of people in the superspeedway to reach her seats, she’s suddenly knocked down by one of a throng of teens. Making his way through the crowd at the same time is Steven Brock, a Good Samaritan who reaches down to help Mrs. Duplain up off the floor. Janet discovers some of the contents of her purse have spilled out including her sunglasses. Steve, being the consummate gentleman, leads her to a vendor to purchase new ones. But something happens during their brief encounter, they find themselves attracted to each other.

Steve pays for the sunglasses and also buys her a NASCAR hat. To thank him for his kindness Janet invites him to sit in the seat next to her. The conversation flows and ultimately Steve and Janet find themselves having a good time, enjoying each other’s company.

This is a love at first sight romance that is sweet. I liked both the heroine and the hero. Janet is a bit vulnerable but knows how to stand up to Steve’s son who thinks that all women are gold diggers. I also liked that the characters were middle-aged, Steve in his mid 50s and Janet in her early 40s. They both exuded a nice sexuality and the author set up the love scenes in a very pleasing way.

There are no great twists and turns or big surprises in this story. It’s just a nice love story about people who find love later in life. I think you’ll find it enjoyable too.