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.

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.

Short and nice


Copy from the publisher.


  1. 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.


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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

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

    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

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

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

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

  11. Sounds fun :) Your Meh made me giggle.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Steamier and a hot cover as well.

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

  16. 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

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

  18. Okay, this book sounds hot. ;)

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

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

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

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

  23. Mel
    Indeed :) And still not too steamy ;)

    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

    They can't all be winners :)

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

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

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

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

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

    It sure is steamy

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

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

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

    I can't argue with that

  26. Julie
    It sure made me unhappy :( It felt wrong

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

    I am not a fan either but it works :)

    Romance, passion and racing, what a mix

  27. 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.

  28. Great review, nice steamy one for holiday reading :)

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

  30. 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!

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

    A perfect book for that

    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

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

  33. 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.

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

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



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