Hard and Fast (Anglais) Poche – 6 juillet 2010
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The book is about Imogen Wilson, a sociology grad student and stock car driver Ty McCordle (they met each other for the first time in "Flat-out sexy").
On the first glance two people couldn't be more different but still they are fascinated by each other. Imogen likes how relaxed but still focused and sure of himself Ty is and Ty is fascinated by Imogen's need to understand why people behave the way they do and her honesty. When they get to know each other more closely and discover that together they can relax, have fun (their camping trip is hilarious) and talk about Skakespeare they are suprised but also delighted by it. But after turning their relationship in a serious one they have to realize that the differences can be hard to overcome especially when Ty reveals his biggest secret (but don't worry, there will be a happy ending for them).
"Hard and Fast" is a great book and Imogen and Ty are an awsome pair. The way they treat each other is really sweet and I loved reading about them. This book has everything a good romance needs and Erin McCarthy's way to write makes this a fantastic read.
Another terrific point is that you get to meet Tamara, Elec, Evan, Suzanne and Ryder from "Flat-out sexy" (you need to read that one before "Hard and Fast") again. That's just great because it's not like it is with many other authors where characters from previous books just seem to disappear and are neglected. It's nice to see that Erin McCarthy really cares about her characters from "Flat-out sexy" and gives the reader more of them. Elec and Tamara are still are great pair and Suzanne and Ryder are definitely not over there relationship even though they are divorced for nearly two years. And don't worry about the future because there will be at least one more book in the series (about Suzanne and Ryder, coming in 2010 - yipieh!!!).
So get yourself a copy of this great book by Erin McCarthy (one of my favourite books of the year) and enjoy reading it.
There was not as much car racing in this story as with Flat-Out Sexy, but Ty's background story of a successful man battling dyslexia was a better filler than the car racing would have been in my opinion. I loved that Ty listened to books instead of giving up completely on the "writing" world of story telling. I also loved how Ty a very strong man, was not too proud to let his assistant Toni Bodine in on his secret. I don't know what Erin has planned but I sure would love a story with Toni and Evan Monroe, Elec's brother.
The camping trip was a great side adventure! Imogen catching a fish and trying to camp in dressy casual was very amusing, but again just another thing that helps win you over with Imogen.
This story felt natural and seemed natural. The passion they felt for one another never seem forced upon the reader, and the circumstances in which everything suddenly spiraled out of control, was again, very believable.
Oh, and the cover isn't a hardship on the eyes either!
From the pre-teaser in Flat-Out Sexy, to the tale of Imogen and Ty I was never disappointed until the end when I realize, darn it, now I have to wait for Ryder and Suzanne's story!
Admirer's of Erin McCarthy will enjoy this story.
Anyone who's never read Erin I highly recommend you do! Start with Flat-Out Sexy and then lead the way to Hard and Fast, in no time you will be a fan.
Imogen Wilson is just minutes away from having her degree in Sociology. All she has left to do is research and turn in her thesis. Attending a stock car race with her two best friends, Imogen shudders having to sit next to Ty McCordle's latest blonde bimbo and listen to the woman talk. That is until the woman pulls a book out of her bag and Imogen realizes that in that one book, an instruction manual on how to catch and marry a racecar driver, is a gold mine of information for her paper. Now all Imogen has to do is complete the step by step guide and voila! Her thesis will be complete. She does not count on having to deal with Ty McCordle or the way he makes her feel and most definitely not the way he loves her.
Ty McCordle knows that his life is on the fast track to nothing. He is tired of dating women who have air between their ears instead of brains. He wants a family and that one special woman to come home to at night. Having met `Emma Jean' at a friend's house, Ty is secretly attracted to her. She is everything he has never dated and exactly what he wants. Convincing her to give him a chance, Ty does his best to make a good impression. When a misunderstanding threatens to divide them forever, Ty takes a chance on his `Emma Jean', a chance that just might lead to the loving forever that he craves.
HARD AND FAST hit me like a ton of bricks and didn't let up until I finished the last word. Having read FLAT OUT SEXY, I knew of Ty and fixation with women. I also knew that most of his fixation with them was from being bored. Imogen's character was such that she challenged the man behind the persona and I sat entranced reading their conversations. If their conversations were interesting, their love scenes were more so. Passionate and playful, they were hot enough to scorch my fingers. Each touch and caress made me blush and I loved every single hot flash!
HARD AND FAST is a great second installment for Erin McCarthy! I was captivated and completely enamored of both characters and the love they shared. Add in the facts and scenes dealing with car racing and I was set. HARD AND FAST releases in May and should not be missed!
Ty McCordle is a ladies man dating a complete, for lack of a better word, airhead named Nikki. Nikki's goal in life is to marry a driver - one that she takes so seriously she 'snacks' on bags of leafy green vegetables to remain skinny. The two of them, however, know that all they have is just a physical relationship.
Imogene Wilson is good friend to Tamara Monroe and a grad student at the University of North Carolina. Since she and Ty met she's been nothing but 'Emma Jean' to him. Prone to complete quirkiness and talking too much during inopportune times - she grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go.
They are complete polar opposites. She's northern, he's southern. She knows nothing about NASCAR, he's a NASCAR driver. She's a graduate student and the smartest women he's ever met. He has a secret about his own education that could completely change the way she looks at him.
When they finally get things going with one another, you can't help but route for these two. I literally laughed and cried - sometimes at the same time. Two real life concepts really put this book over the top for me: Shakespears and the book How to Marry a Racecar Driver. You'll also want Ty's assistant to be yours when all is said and done.
A very good continuation in what has quickly become one of my favorite series.
Ty has battled dyslexia his entire life and while charm and an excellent memory have served him well, he's more than a little intimidated by Imogen's superior intelligence. When he discovers her thesis research, he quickly decides that he doesn't want her researching with anyone but him. As the two give in to their intense attraction and their relationship quickly turns serious, Ty knows that he's going to have to tell Imogen the truth about his dyslexia. While she is surprised, she isn't disgusted as he expects, but he's the one who reacts without thinking and Imogen's euphoria is quickly extinguished by Ty's accusations.
Imogen and Ty aren't your typical romance characters. Imogen might be bookish and totally lacks the artifice of many of the women who attract stock car drivers, but that is a rather minuscule part of her charm. She is a very sexual woman who knows what she wants and is unashamed in going after it. Ty may be smooth, but underneath the self-assured bravado he's vulnerable and especially uncertain of his future with Imogen. While the sensuality between them is abundant and intensely heated, they have real, heartfelt conversations and truly care for and respect each other. Imogen puts me in mind of Dr. Temperance Brennan on the television show "Bones" - brainy and beautiful, always speaking her mind, unable (and unwilling, besides) to hide her intelligence while remaining absolutely adorable. Erin McCarthy has once again given readers a beautiful love story that fits in its very own mold. I give this book (and this series) my highest recommendation!