Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Review: Hot Finish by Erin McCarthy

Desire is about to reach its peak.

Suzanne Jefferson is broke, which is why she's given up charity work for wedding planning. Fortunately, she has a high-profile client-and best of all, he's paid in advance. There are just two teensy problems: the bride is a bona fide bridezilla, and Suzanne's stock racer ex-husband is the best man. At least she though he was her ex-husband...

Who knew Suzanne would be like this??  I never imagined it, given the short moments we see her in Flat-Out Sexy and Hard and Fast.  But I love her.  She's sassy, spunky, fun, smart, and guarding her heart like nobody's business, especially once she discovers her ex-husband of two years isn't so much of an ex-.  Here's just a few of Suzanne's gems: 

Why, so every day can be a special plunge into hell?

You have nothing to worry about.  Your penis is very pretty and more than enough to make any woman happy.

I’m hotter than two rabbits screwing in a wool sock.

Maybe you ought to slow down there, Shakespeare, because that tequila is clearly going to your head, given that you’re talking crazy.

I loved Suzanne's depth; again, because this is her story, we learn so much about how she and Ryder met and married, and how their marriage fell apart.  Their journey back to love -- and the realization that they still loved one another -- may have come a bit too quickly and easily at times, but we've known Ryder and Suzanne push one another's buttons from the previous two books in the series.  

[As an aside: is it too much to ask that Tamara and Elec just have the baby I keep imagining Ms. McCarthy is foreshadowing?  Please?]

I'm not sure what to think about The Chase, featuring Elec's younger brother Evan, which releases in March or April 2011.  Evan appeared a various times in Hot Finish, but it was difficult to pin exact character traits to him.  Regardless, I know Ms. McCarthy will write an amazing book, so I cannot wait for a continuation of this series.  

(A special thanks to Dear Author and Berkley for hosting the contest in which I won a copy of Hot Finish.  I do wish Nascar would bring short tracks back to the circuit.)

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