Title: In The Fast Lane
Author: Audra North
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Kerri and Ranger
Release Date: July 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
Racing cars is in Kerri Hart's blood--literally, since it's the family business. But Hart Racing is in dire financial straits, and as the only female rookie driver, Kerri's sponsorship offers always tend to be of the unzipped racing-suit variety. It's a message she'd rather not sell to her young fans. But how can she afford not to?
LOVE ON OVERDRIVE
Ranger Colt knows how to make a woman's heart race. But when his voice pops up on Kerri's headset--while she's in mid-tailspin--she's in no mood for his charms. Colt Hardware now has a significant stake in the Hart family business, and Kerri has no choice but to work with him. But when her ex-boyfriend makes a very public, tabloid-fodder scene that threatens to tarnish her image, it's Ranger who comes to the rescue. Pretending to be engaged to generate some good publicity seems like a good plan. In fact, it works--all too well. What begins as a ruse is revving up to feel a whole lot like the real thing. Will Kerri and Ranger's fake-lationship take a wild turn. . .and lead them toward the finish?
I love the premise of this story...an up and coming stock car racer who's female. That's Kerri and she drives for her family team that her dad started when he was a driver. Unfortunately, the team is struggling with finances a bit now and that's where Ranger comes in.
Al Colt, Ranger's dad, owns a very powerful company. He bought out 80% of the racing team and puts Ranger in charge of turning their finances around. That's fine...Ranger can do this, except he knows nothing about racing. He knows nothing, but holds all the power. Kerri grew up at the track and is the number one driver but it always overlooked in the sport because she's female and has a reputation for being a hotheaded witch with a b (censored for Amazon). Yeah, there's going to be some conflict between these two, but it's not as bad as I expected it to be (the conflict). Ranger is a smart guy. He knows that he's out of his element here so he listens and tries to learn everything. I liked that about him. He knows and acknowledges his shortcomings in this situation. He's very straightforward about it all.
To complicate things, they are trying to salvage Kerri's reputation. Making her and Ranger engaged is a valid solution. It's not like they won't be spending all their time together anyway. I liked the two of them together. There are certain characteristics you expect them to bring to this relationship with the set-up of the book, but they were better than those expectations. These are two characters who yes, have conflict, but they are mature adults with huge responsibilities that take precedent over that conflict. I liked how they balanced all that in the story. Otherwise it could have easily become a book full of eye-rolling. The author didn't go that route...YES! And that made it a great romantic read. There's a respect between the two MC's that you don't get in a lot of romance novels and it made me like the story even more.
Once upon a time I was a huge NASCAR fan, so I really enjoyed this book. There's a scene where everyone is chiming in on Kerri's radio when she's trying to race that had me rolling because I could see that really happening. I love it when other drivers butt in on discussions during races. The Hart family is one that I love. I like the way this first book sets up the entire series. Family is important to racing, even though this is high stakes sport. The author managed to convey that balance beautifully in this first book in the series and I really enjoyed reading it. I'm looking forward to more from the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.