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Slow Ride by Erin McCarthy

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?

Favorite Quote: As she watched him walk away, Tuesday tried to remember why it would be a bad idea to have sex with him.  He was super cute. Tall. Lanky. Muscular arms. Scruffy, even dressed up for the reception. A man’s man. Which had never been her particular type. She’d always gone for the metrosexuals with good fashion sense and an extensive knowledge of wine.  But there was something about Diesel…it started with his name and ended with his butt.

Tuesday Jones is a blogger who follows the racing circuit, known better as Tuesday Talledega.  She is famous for telling it like it is.  Her, father, a journalist, has just passed away and the opening scene is his funeral, where she is overcome with emotion and breaks down on the very nice chest of Diesel Lange.  Diesel (Daniel) is a racer (Tuesday’s father’s favorite) who was badly injured in a race and has since retired.  Diesel comforts Tuesday in her time of need (which is a rare thing to see because Tuesday is not vulnerable, at least not outwardly).

They meet again at Evan and Kendall’s wedding, in which Tuesday is the maid of honor and sparks begin to fly, even though Tuesday gets stinking drunk. Diesel takes her home and evades her drunken advances, cause he’s that kind of guy.  Then he shows up the next morning to bring her to her car and gets roped into going to the wedding brunch as her date, for which he exacts a return favor from her in the form of attending a church social with him because if he went alone, he’d be subject to a “fix-up.”  Got all that?  And just what do you think happens next?  You’re right, they do the hokey pokey.

Erin McCarthy’s books are fun and sexy and this series about stock car racers has been one great story after another.  I really liked Diesel.  He was a genuinely nice guy…and Tuesday was a lot of fun.  They are both going through a lot emotionally and they come from such different places, it was definitely a case of “opposites attract.”  It was a good story, but not one of the best by this author.  The end seemed a little rushed…but still a good addition to the series. Personally, I am very excited about the next one in the series about Eve Monroe. 

Pecans:  3/5

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