Author: Erin McCarthy

SLOW RIDE by Erin McCarthy

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
SLOW RIDE by Erin McCarthySlow Ride by Erin McCarthy
Series: Fast Track #5
Published by Penguin on 2011-10-04
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 304
Reviewed by Shayna

As a tribute to her late journalist father, Tuesday Jones is planning a career benefit, auctioning off racing memorabilia and meet-and-greets with drivers. Ex-racing star Diesel Lange has had his own brush with death, and is determined not to waste another minute of his life- especially when he meets Tuesday. He wants nothing more than to shift their romance into high gear, but he knows she's still grieving. Can Diesel do the one thing he could never do on the track and take it slow?

The stock car racing world knows her as the sassy Tuesday Talladega, but journalist Tuesday Jones isn’t feeling like her spunky self.  She recently lost her father to cancer and the grief is almost too much for her to bear.  At a party to celebrate her best friend’s recent wedding, Tuesday is determined to put on a good front.  And surprisingly enough, she meets a man who makes her feel alive and happy once more.

 

Daniel “Diesel” Lange knows what it is to lose someone he cares about.  The former racing star has not only lost family members, he’s lost his passion now that his career is over due to a terrible accident on the track that shattered his knee.  But in Tuesday, Diesel finds passion once more.  The brazen beauty is everything Diesel wants – but is she more than he can handle?

 

Don’t be fooled by the title – in Slow Ride Tuesday and Diesel fall in love faster than a stock car driver takes the final lap of a race.  There aren’t many obstacles in Tuesday and Diesel’s path and the ones that are there are created by Tuesday herself, so a good author like Erin McCarthy can make this kind of lightning fast love story work.

 

It’s easy to see why Tuesday falls for Diesel – the man’s damn near perfect without being a cardboard character.  Diesel is sexy, patient, and generous with his time, money, and heart.  I fell head over heels for him and he might just be my favorite hero of Ms. McCarthy’s to date.  The only thing that confused me about Diesel is why he fell in love with Tuesday.  The fact that they’re total opposites wasn’t the problem.  I just couldn’t see what it was Diesel loved about her.  I actually liked Tuesday in the beginning of Slow Ride.  She’d just lost her father to cancer and my heart broke for her.  I even understood her unwise decision to self-medicate with alcohol…until it turned into self-destruction.  Tuesday spends a good portion of Slow Ride drunk and that’s where I lost my patience with her.  It’s not Ms. McCarthy showing Tuesday’s downward spiral that irritated me, but rather the fact that Tuesday is the most obnoxious drunk I’ve ever had the displeasure to read about.  She simply gets more and more selfish and annoying and it isn’t until thirteen pages from the end of the book that she figures out she has an actual alcohol problem and needs help (to cope with loss and her alcohol abuse, not for her selfishness).  To make matters worse, Diesel and Kendall (Tuesday’s best friend) make excuses and enable Tuesday’s bad behavior.  Just like in her last Fast Track book, The Chase, Ms. McCarthy doesn’t leave enough room at the end of the book to satisfactorily resolve a major issue.  Banter, sex, and fighting between hero and heroine are all well and good, but if there’s a major problem or plot twist in the story, it’s just not plausible to have that wrapped up in ten pages or less.

 

Speaking of The Chase, for the readers who were dissatisfied with the baby plot twist in that story, Ms. McCarthy addresses it in Slow Ride.  I was one of the many readers who hated that particular plotline in The Chase and while I don’t pretend to know what Ms. McCarthy was thinking, it felt like she was attempting to backtrack with how she “resolved” the storyline.  I won’t spoil how she solved Evan’s baby dilemma, but I will say that the outcome rang false.

 

Slow Ride is the fifth book in Ms. McCarthy’s Fast Track series, but it can be read as a standalone.  Those who’ve read the previous books will likely be pleased to revisit their favorite couples in Slow Ride.  Having lovedFlat-Out SexyHard and Fast, and Hot Finish, revisiting these pairs was a real treat for me.  One scene with Ryder and Suzanne (of Hot Finish) actually stole the whole book for me.

 

Slow Ride is a bit of an uneven book.  It starts out strong and then fizzles out, so it’s not my favorite book of Ms. McCarthy’s.  Still, I loved Diesel and revisiting some of her other Fast Track characters reminded me why I fell in love with this series.  I haven’t given up on Ms. McCarthy yet, and here’s hoping that the Fast Track series gets back on track with the next book, Jacked Up.

SEEING IS BELIEVING by Erin McCarthy

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SEEING IS BELIEVING by Erin McCarthySeeing is Believing by Erin McCarthy
Published by Penguin on 2013-03-05
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 304
Reviewed by Nannette

Cuttersville, Ohio is full of ghosts, and they all want Piper Tucker’s help. One guy in town just wants Piper.   Ever since Piper Tucker was young she wanted to be like everyone else, but her uncanny ability to see ghosts always put her on the other side of normal. And the apparitions are showing up now more than ever, desperately seeking help. But what can she possibly do for them? They’ve already been dead for years. Besides, she has a personal concern of her own right now. A real flesh and blood concern—named Brady.   He’s Piper’s childhood crush, and no sooner is he back in town than sparks start giving off heat. For Brady, it’s hard not to notice the sexy young woman Piper’s become, or forget the special gift she had as a girl. And right now it could come in handy, because a long-forgotten murder has been keeping a restless spirit from finding peace. All Piper and Brady have to do is solve the crime to put the specter to rest. But the passion brewing between them is just as restless, and could prove twice as dangerous.

Piper Tucker can see ghosts. The only one who knows about her ability is Brady Stritmeyer-the boy she’s loved since she was a little girl.  Brady left town years ago, but he’s come back after losing his job. Seeing Piper again is a surprise to Brady. A pleasant one when they start a passionate affair. But Brady plans to leave again, so Piper has to take what she can get and keep her heart from breaking. Will this city boy find his hometown roots and see that what he’s been searching for has been right here all along?

 

Seeing is Believing is a small-town romance with a twist. Piper’s ability to see ghosts adds to her quirky and fun personality. While she’s afraid of disappointing her father and of getting her heart broken by getting involved with Brady, the chemistry between them is too strong for her to deny. Brady is sexy and charming, and everyone likes him, but they know he’ll probably hurt Piper when, not if, he leaves. Everyone thinks Brady is no good for Piper, except Piper herself. They both have to take a chance to see if what they’ve started is a forever kind of thing. The ghost story in Seeing is Believing is interesting and entertaining and secondary to the romance. It feels a little rushed at the end. But what happens between Brady and Piper is anything but. Their love story was years in the making.

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