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Beach Bum Books
- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A NASCAR themed story. And a romance. And a read-it-in-one-go because I couldn't put it down?
I hit the Trifecta, ladies and gentlemen.
Buckle up, folks, because the author hurls you right into the action, the danger and the drama of high speed stock car racing. It's a knuckle-cracking, metal-screeching, high octane thrill ride that puts us right inside the head of the driver, Dell Wayne. And like the rest of his contemporaries, you might not like what you see.
Dell is arrogant, gorgeous, foolhardy, reckless, brilliant, `driven' ... oh, and did I mention `arrogant'? He's got a racing reputation to live up to ... or live down, the jury's out in everyone's mind but his own. On the track Dell thinks he has it under control, the racing officials disagree, casting him adrift to weigh his options.
Carolina Hawkins comes from a similar racing heritage. Inheriting the family business proved to be no picnic for a young woman with grease under her nails, determination and grit ... and a garage full of misogynistic gents who nay-say everything she tries to do, including her dad's trusted crew chief. The world of NASCAR is a male-only private club and women have their place ... and it's not tightening up a lug nut or designing a fuel injection system.
When Carolina's current driver isn't up to the challenge, she enlists the dubious talents of her former childhood friend. Dell agrees to sign on but not necessarily listen to her sound advice: act less like the `Madman' on the track and more like the brilliant rookie he'd been before his father slammed the wall and died on the track three years before. Did I mention Dell's arrogant?
And hot. Those two might have played together as kids but they're all grown up now and what simmers soon boils. And even with Dell still meeting everyone's expectations--that he's too wild and undisciplined, a danger to all the drivers--Carolina sees more, but can she afford the time to peel back layers when Dell's bad decisions continue to drive her closer to bankruptcy and the machinations of a man looking to acquire her assets?
Dell has his own issues, above and beyond his attraction (lust) for the owner he's racing under. His arch enemy, the man who drove his father's car into the wall, killing him, might be more than he seems. And what Dell knows about his family will change dramatically.
Carolina and Dell must keep their feelings secret, the double standard hard at work, greasing the rumor mill wheels, until it threatens to drive them apart. The business flounders and Carolina has no more tricks up her sleeve. At the eleventh hour Dell steps in, and steps up to the challenge, but when success seems within their grasp bad luck hits with all the force of a front end collision with the wall.
Okay, enough summary...
Do you like characters who are real flesh and blood, who grow, who challenge each other, who challenge *you*? Do you want action so intense you can see it, feel it, hear it? Do you want to stand up and cheer at the checkered flag? Do you want sizzle and zing in your love story?
Sweet Carolina delivers all that and more. So Readers: start your engines because you're gonna be in for a five star ride.