On the Edge (Hqn Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2006
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Only to be disappointed. I read it in about a day, then sat back and wondered "What just happened?" The heroine was a bit wilty and the hero seemed to jump from one extreme to the other. And where the other books were romance agianst a NASCAR backdrop, this one seemed to be all about NASCAR...oh, and let's not forget to add a story in here somewhere. Although, I'll admit, I cheered when they ganged up on the bad guy's driver (Yeah! Crash!) For me, the most entertaining character was the spunky daughter, who had WAY more guts then I did at that age.
So, disappointing, yes. But I'm not giving up. Two out of three ain't bad, so I'm hanging in for the next installment of this NASCAR series (Yeah! Crash!).
Adam was an up & coming star on the racing circuit until he discovered that his philandering wife was sleeping with a rival driver. He quit the business to concentrate on raising his daughter, but his heart has always been behind the wheel.
After auditioning and securing a spot on Rebecca's team, a former opponent whose son is vying for the spot catches them in a compromising position and claims that Adam got the spot for one reason only. Fearing the future of her team, she fires Adam, and he's quickly picked up by rival team owner and friend Blain Sanders (of "Dangerous Curves"). Rebecca is determined not to fall for another driver who could end up like Randy and she is just not ready to let him go. But Adam isn't willing to let her dismiss him, so the race is on to prove to her that she will not be cheating Randy's memory by moving on. But a plan to boost her team proves disastrous and could result in her being estranged from the sport she loves.
Britton's third in the NASCAR series is entertaining. Though it lacks the sizzle of "Dangerous Curves," Britton makes up for it by giving her characters much-needed depth. Rebecca's anguish in moving on is evident from the start and it is nice to see a heroine not just jump into the arms of a new man so quickly. Readers familiar with the series will find themselves scratching their heads as Rebecca and Randy's last name switched from Newell to Newman for no apparent reason.
But the best (or worst) examples of why this is a terrible book? Halfway through the story, the Kentucky girl and her dad are suddenly referring to Tennessee as their home state, and in the middle of the race descriptions, the vehicles being driven switch back and forth between trucks and cars in every other sentence.
Nothing says "I don't give a crap" like getting your OWN characters' back story wrong, so why should the reader care to read this? If you are into Z-grade writing and storytelling and enjoy groaners, check this book out at the library, but don't even waste the penny 30+ sellers are offering it for on the used market here at Amazon.
Becca is attracted to her new employee, NASCAR driver Adam Drake but will not act on her feelings because she believes that romance does not belong on the racing track. She also knows how precarious her team is as financially they are shaky. Brett feels the same way about his boss, but unlike Rebecca he plans to explore his desires. However, Brett finds Rebecca to be very stubborn as she refuses to believe she can be his boss at the track and his lover at night. As Brett falls in love with the reluctant Rebecca, he pulls out all the stops to get out of the pits starting with his precocious daughter, who he believes will bring the winning flag with this race for love.
This is a fun NASCAR racing contemporary romance that readers will enjoy from the moment that Lindsey starts the engines of her father and Becca. The story line contains a fascinating theme as Becca firmly believes that love and business do not mix while Adam thinks otherwise. The insight into the business side of racing is deftly interwoven within this fun tale, which from start to finish line takes readers on quite a ride around the track.