Dear Reader,


Second chances don’t come around often but when they do attention should be paid. Such is the case with Hot Finish, the third book in Erin McCarthy’s Fast Track series.


Not communicating is the fastest way to end a relationship. It leads to fights, arguments, hurt feelings, and above all, misunderstandings. The dreaded misunderstanding is not only frustrating but it can quickly eat away at a relationship so that the love you once shared becomes a dream of the past. That’s what happened to Suzanne and Ryder; and after four years of marriage and two years of divorce they’re just managing to be friends until they find out, that they really aren’t divorced.

Now there are two sides to every story, and this is true with Suzanne and Ryder. While they both loved each other, and still have an off the charts attraction for each other, Suzanne never understood why Ryder married her in the first place. Consequently she spent most of their marriage living with self-doubt and insecurities while she waited for the proverbial other shoe to drop. Ryder, on the other hand, had no idea Suzanne felt that way and so he never really understood why she walked away. Finding out that the divorce was never finalized and that they’re still legally married presents the perfect opportunity to figure out what the heck happened. Or not.


Hot Finish is all about the ‘will they or won’t they’ scenario. The reasons Suzanne walked away are still there, but underneath all of that is a blazing attraction for Ryder. However attraction isn’t the only strong element in their relationship; they honestly still like each other, respect each other, and they seem to be able to share a laugh. Now doesn’t that sound like a foundation for a good relationship? I would say yes, but these two just keep getting in their own way. The fun is watching them try to make sense of the mess they’ve made in order to find their way back to each other.


Author Erin McCarthy is really good at the ‘guy speak’ and she’s also very good at one-liners. Her dialogue is crisp and has a quick rhythm that feels natural. This makes Hot Finish a fun contemporary, and in a market filled with ghosts, vampires, and shape-shifters it was nice to read a straight contemporary romance where the issue is simply finding a way to communicate and love each other despite the differences.


So, dear reader, if you’re looking for a light and fun summer read, might I suggest Hot Finish. If you haven’t yet read the first two books in the Hot Track series pick up two of my favorite contemporaries Flat-Out Sexy  and Hard and Fast.


Until next Monday, remember, there’s a book waiting to be read.



I’m curious: What are some of your favorite contemporary romances?



Marisa is an avid reader and television producer.

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by Moderator becke_davis on ‎08-02-2010 06:13 PM

I love this series! I will admit, the cover influenced me to buy the first one, because I wasn't all that interested in race car driving. But the story hooked me on the series, and I'm already eager for Book Four.


I also enjoy contemporaries by Lisa Kleypas, Victoria Dahl, Heidi Betts, Julie James, Kristan Higgins, Nora Roberts, Jennifer Crusie, Lani Diane Rich, Diana Holquist, and many more!

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎08-03-2010 06:50 AM

Becke - you're so right - the covers for this series have been drool worthy; but what's between the covers is more so.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎08-04-2010 11:31 AM

Marisa, my favorite contemporary romances, you don't have enough time and I don't have enough space but I'll list a few of my favs.


Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs and her Lakeshore series

Anything about the McKettricks by Linda Lael Miller

Suz Brockman

Jayne Anne Krentz

Emili Richards

And that's just the tip of the iceberg 



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