Sunday, 17 April 2011

Review: The Chase - Erin McCarthy

Series: Fast track 4
Genre: Contemporary romance
Pages: 280
Published: April 5th 2011, Berkley

Kendall Holbrook is determined to make it to the top, even with the challenge of being a woman on the male-dominated racing circuit. She doesn't have time for romance-especially not with racing rival Evan Monroe, the man who nearly crushed her dream years ago. Tricked into meeting him, Kendall is experiencing all those old feelings again-and she can't deny that they still have enough chemistry to set fire to the track.

My thoughts:
I will say the same old thing, yes this is a series, but it works fine as a stand alone novel. I jumped straight in, knowing nothing, but it did not matter since this in the end was all about Evan and Kendall.

Kendall grew up wanting to race cars, and that she sure did. It has taken years, and hard work, but finally she is proving to everyone that she can drive as good as any man can. She is strong, but she also hides her emotions too much and plays it cool. One thing that can make those emotions show is Evan who she just to date 10 years ago. He is a bit of a player, but at the same time not. And what I liked about him is that when he set his sight on her again he did not want to let go. He knew it was right. Together they made one explosive couple.

Oh yes the explosive part, there was a bit more sex than I had thought. I guess I have been reading nice books lately because this to me was a passionate book. They wanted each other, a lot. So what these do have is sexual chemistry.

It was a hot book about a couple who used to be in love finding each other again. And at the same time dealing with the issues of racing. Evan needs a sponsor and Kendall needs the guys to take her seriously.

There was one negative thing and that was one plotline at the end, I did not really care for it, and I felt it could have been left out, or another road could have been taken. And no I will not tell you what it is.

Conclusion:
A hot romance set in an interesting setting. I do not know much about racing, but I do think a romance fits well there. And it did make me interested in reading more.

Rating:
Short and nice

Cover:
Meh

Copy from the publisher.

34 comments:

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Oh I've got to get this book...When I was a little girl that's what I wanted to be...a race car driver.

Bad for me because in those days (telling me age now)...that was unheard of and unacceptable for a girl...

so I didn't get to live that dream...
But that's alright...I WILL LIVE it in the next life for sure.

Hugs
Hawk

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Sounds good!! Might be a little steamier than what I read though.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

What to know about Nascar... turn left. ;D

Btw, you read out of order! Whee! I'm not the only one! *dances*

This does sound good. I'm not into racing but if you still liked it... I need to read it for some smexy goodness!

Blodeuedd said...

Hawk
Really? What a cool dream :D But yes I can understand people telling you that that is not something a girl should or can do. Which sucks. So I am all for you being an awesome driver in your next life

Carrie
Dunno about that, perhaps it was just me that haven't read anything with passion lately..nah, it was just steamy

Melissa
There you go, you already knew more than me :)

Yes sometimes I go all out and read out of order. It is scary but I just do it.

I just feel that sports and romance works so well together, at least for me

Mel said...

Sounds like a fun read - especially if youi're in the mood for a little steamy romance! :)

brandileigh2003 said...

I like the ones that can standalone. Thanks for review.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Mary G said...

I know I might be in the minority but this one was my fave of the series. That scene when they were filming the commercial was so LOL funny. While the conflict at the end hasd bugged a lot of people, it didn't bother me (only that it's unfinished business). Kind of reminded me of all the times books get bad reviews because there's NO conflict. You can't win. I have a feeling that this would be resolved more if there is another in the series. Glad you reviewed it and enjoyed your take on it.

Anachronist said...

Nice review but the book is definitely not my cup of tea. Hawk, I am sure you have done and will do many other exciting things!

Simcha said...

I haven't read a contemporary romance in ages and have been looking for something good. Maybe I'll give this one a try.

Chris said...

I actually read the first two books in this series before the great m/m romance immersion started. :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds fun :) Your Meh made me giggle.

The Bookworm said...

It sounds like a hot romance, too bad the ending had that one negative part to it. I like his abs on the cover! lol

Jenny N. said...

I've read the first book in this series like last year. Maybe I should read the rest of the books. Glad to see you liked this one.

Mystica said...

Steamier and a hot cover as well.

Anonymous said...

"I feel the need...the need for speed." Sounds like a racy story in more ways than one:)

Unknown said...

Great review! I keep seeing this author around, i need to give it a shot, though my bookish OCD wont allow me to read it out of order LOL

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) said...

I think I read one other book in this series and enjoyed it. I'll read the rest, it was good :)

Nina said...

Okay, this book sounds hot. ;)

Julie said...

Gah! That plot twist!!! I'm still fuming over it. It's just...gah!

Aurian said...

Mmm I really have to pick up this author again, I like her sense of humor.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun one, even if I don't know much about racing.

Staci said...

short and steamy...sounds like a great filler book!

Blodeuedd said...

Mel
Indeed :) And still not too steamy ;)

Bilk
I do too, cos you can't always read in order

Mary G
Good point. I think what bugged me was what you said, no real end to it. The conflict will still be there, and I do not know how they will handle it along the way. Sure it seemed fine now, but it just felt like it was thrown in and fixed too soon

Ana
They can't all be winners :)

Simcha
I have sure read a lot lately, but they are just so fun and sweet

Blodeuedd said...

Chris
Oh really, perhaps you will go back one day...perhaps

Juju
Lol, I am glad I gave you something to giggle about

Naida
it felt a bit rushed..but all in all it was a good book

Jenny
I hope you go back and continue the books, and the perhaps I can see a review :)

Mystica
It sure is steamy

Blodeuedd said...

Steph
Lol, aye the need for speed is sure in this one

Larissa
For some reason my bookish OCD has lightened a bit ;)

Patti
I heard about this series from a friend, an I am glad I got to try it :D

Nina
I can't argue with that

Blodeuedd said...

Julie
It sure made me unhappy :( It felt wrong

Aurian
Hm, maybe I should recommend this to another friend. I just realized she had read a short story and like it :)

Carol
I am not a fan either but it works :)

Staci
Romance, passion and racing, what a mix

Ing said...

I've heard nothing but good things on this book so I seriously need to get it soon! Sexual chemistry + lots of smexing is right up my alley.

Teddyree said...

Great review, nice steamy one for holiday reading :)

Misha said...

Sounds interesting! Might be abit too steamy for me though :D

Unknown said...

I love this series! I love me some race car drivers! You're right, you can read these books as a stand alone. Each driver gets a book. But I wouldn't want to miss out on anyone or anything so I'm reading them all! LOL

That's the 2nd time I heard someone not liking something about the ending. I'm wondering what that is. I have this book on my shelf and as soon as I'm caught up on my reading, I'm reading it.

Great review!

Blodeuedd said...

Ing
Lol, then I am sure this book would please you :) It certainly had all of that

Teddyree
A perfect book for that

Misha
Hm..well I have read steamier ;)

Book Vixen
Read it and then we will discuss it, there was just this..can't say, I so want to but you just have to read it and see for yourself

Unknown said...

Okay, I need to read it soon so we can discuss :)

Anonymous said...

Great review I'm very curious to see everyones thoughts on this book because I've heard such mixed reviews. Sounds like you really enjoyed it except for the end but it didn't completely turn you off of the book.

Blodeuedd said...

BV
I sure do :) And you will also know what plotline I am talking about when you read it ;)

Deanna
The end wasn't bad it just felt, well honestly unnecessary. And it just brought this bad vibe to it

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