An experiment in romance...
New to Charlotte, stock car racing country, graduate student Imogen Wilson meets Ty McCordle, a driver who inexplicably has her pulse racing. After an encounter at the track with a woman whose main goal in life is to marry a driver, Imogen realizes she’s hit on the perfect thesis for her Sociology degree. If she follows The Rules on how to get a man, can she steer her way to into the hearts of the drivers and establish their dating—and mating—patterns?
That’s testing the limits of passion.
Although sexy and reckless Ty is the ideal test subject, she knows she can’t pursue him for the sake of science. Yet he’s the one who’s chasing after her, and Imogen realizes that she actually wants to be caught. A southern gentleman like Ty won’t fail to disappoint, will satisfy all her curiosity—and make all the risks worthwhile.
Yes, Imogen, or as Ty fondly likes to call her in private Emma Jean or Engine, finds Ty extremely sexy and has been attracted to him from day one. Ty, according to Imogen, hasn’t noticed her at all. But Ty really has seen Imogen and he likes what he sees. A chance encounter during a rain storm on the porch of a friends house turns into something so much more.
Imogen finally decides on what her thesis should be but she’s finding that she’s not really into it – she’s more into Ty…and thank heavens he’s into her. Things get hot and heavy and Ty and Imogen end up in bed. They have some pretty hot sex, but Ty likes Imogen for way more than her body. Surprisingly it’s the same for Imogen. She expected to only like Ty’s body, but he has so much more to offer.
I liked this book, but I have to say I did have some issues with it. I very much enjoyed Imogen and Ty together, but there just wasn’t enough story. They were constantly in bed together…which wasn’t a horrible thing, but I thought the book needed more umph. Couple meets, has sex, professes love and yet, I’m left wanting more, more of their relationship. When the conflict in the book came near the end of the book it wasn’t unexpected but it was very harsh and very realistic – especially considering where their relationship had been. But when it was resolved I thought that even though the book was supposed to be a HEA it felt only like a HFN. They worked things out temporarily but the heated words that were spoken, to me, could not be forgotten so easily. They had a ton of stuff to work out in their relationship.
I really did enjoy the characters in this book however and I thought that even though they were flawed, it felt true to who they were. I think I enjoy that about most characters in Erin McCarthy’s books. She always write very true to life characters and I love that.
I hope the next book, hope, hope, hope, will be about Suzanne and Ryder – secondary character in both Flat Out Sexy and Hard and Fast. I very much want them back together (they’re currently divorced) even though we haven’t heard background on why they divorced in the first place. I can’t put my finger on my desire to see them hooked back up but I just do.
Overall a pretty good book.
Rating 3.5 out of 5
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