by Erin McCarthy

May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-425-22847-0
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Trade Paperback

This book had my heart racing with passion, laughter, and happiness for these characters from start to finish. Erin McCarthy has the magic touch when it comes to contemporary romance!

Imogen Wilson is a grad student in need of a thesis. She finds it most unexpectedly in the form of a dating manual that instructs its readers, women, on the secrets to marrying a race car driver. Now Imogen just needs to follow the steps and see how they play out. Only, it is not quite that simple because keeping her objectivity around stock car racer Ty McCordle is next to impossible. He is a charmer, a bit of a rascal, and a total hottie. And what makes him even sexier: he is very interested in the bookish Imogen.

Ty has always dated women with little to recommend them except their bodies. Why he is so attracted to the prim Imogen he just cannot figure out. But the more he gets to know her, the more he understands that there is a lot more to Imogen than meets the eye. He can laugh with her, he adores her insatiable curiosity and he really, really likes her in bed. She seems like the total package. But can the academic and the race car driver find true love when their interests and lives seem worlds apart?

The hardest reviews to write are the ones where the book proves to be incredibly enjoyable and fun to read. Such is the case with Hard and Fast. Imogen and Ty really just enjoy each other, in mind and body, on every page of this story. Their courtship is quick so skeptical readers may question their confessions of love, but I thought everything felt right for these two. While I wish that some of the issues Ty had kept private came out sooner in the story, I still acknowledged that his reasons for hiding them made sense.

Frankly, I think you will be hard pressed not to delight in this story. Imogen speaks her mind, Ty appreciates her honesty, and she appreciates the true charmer he is. Hard and Fast is a rip-roaring good time. Erin McCarthy, I cannot wait for more!

Reviewed in April 2009 by Sarah.

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