Author: Tina Wainscott
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: The bestselling author of Falling Hard (“An addicting read!”—Jen McLaughlin) returns to the racing hotspot of Chambliss, Florida, where the only thing faster than the cars on the track is the surge of chemistry in the stands.
Ever since she was a teenager, Grace Parnell has had one ambition: to prove her father’s innocence and overturn his prison sentence. That drive led her to become a tough, compassionate lawyer—until the case hits a heartbreaking end. Now Grace is adrift, with no idea how to rebuild her life. It’s certainly not the time to fall in love. But from the moment she meets Artemis Tanner, their instant connection is undeniable.
A motor-sports pioneer, Tanner has come to this little coastal town for the racetrack—but he’s staying for Grace. Even though the standoffish attorney seems determined to stay out of reach, Tanner doesn’t need a law degree to tell that their attraction is very, very mutual. As her visits to the track become more frequent, and as Tanner learns more about Grace’s troubled family, he starts to pry open the tiny cracks in her controlled demeanor. Hidden beneath, there’s an incredible passion waiting to be set free.
Review: What a sweet and happy romance! The characters were imminently lovable and getting to hang around with the two other couples from the trilogy was great–getting to see their happily ever after along with watching Grace find the man of her dreams–and the man who could help her fulfill hers.
The story starts off with heartache. Grace just finds out that her must important client–her dad– has been lying to her for years. He’s guilty of the crime she’s been trying to free him from since she was a child; he’s the reason she went to law school. She’s bitter and feels like her ability to tell whether her clients are lying is gone. Totally disconnected, she hits a bar and meets Tanner.
Tanner’s also been lied to in his life. Lied to by his mother and his sister. His father probably would have lied to him too if he’d stuck around long enough. He’d saved himself by working hard even in the face of devastating loss, and he seemed that same loneliness and strength in Grace. Plus he thought she was gorgeous and wanted to know what was making her so sad. Luckily he got a walk on the beach with her and a kiss goodnight before she drifted away.
Coincidences kept happening to bring them together, though. Her father’s car, the T-Bird she’d meticulously maintained, has got to get gone. It has too many memories of the man she’d believed in and tried to save. The garage she takes it to get fixed up to sell happens to be the one that Tanner’s planning on opening a drift race track at. He sees her car and waits to talk to her again because he just can’t get her out of his mind.
Feeling’s mutual, because when Grace shows up to get the car, she sees Tanner and is so happy! She’d really enjoyed meeting him but her cautious side that was so slow to trust (wonder why!) had kept her from getting as close to him as her “other” side had wanted, He was smoking hot and she’d been alone for a while, so the fantasy of a one night stand had appealed to her that night at the bar, but she just couldn’t do it. Maybe there’s a chance she can still have her fling?
What they have is too complicated, though, and before they know it they’re on a track straight to love and commitment. But that’s not what Tanner’s ever wanted before, so he’s confused. Are his feelings for Grace enough to keep him there with her?
I’ve read the others in this series and so have a soft spot for this story. It’s a great summer romance with hot sex and cool characters who’re in it to play until they realize there’s something worth winning for–each other. Thanks!