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Posted November 3, 2010
Ready, set, go! The race is on but so much more than winning is on the line. To the victor goes the glory but will the win be worth the losses? Does winning the race mean losing at love, or could winning at love mean never racing again? Christina Crooks' Thrill of the Chase is a high octane ride that will throw you for a loop.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Sarah is anything but a girly girl. She works in her fathers auto shop, drag races in her free time, and wears grease stains with the ease that some girls wear pearls. As an only child whose mother died when she was young, Sarah has been spoiled her whole life. That's not to say she doesn't work hard, she does, but she also has always been given free rein to do what she wants. So far the only thing in her life that she hasn't been able to get is local race hero and her longtime friend Craig, but even that is not a problem, because Sarah has a plan. However, none of those plans include her father hiring a new man to run the shop. When Gordon shows up and effectively throws a monkey wrench into Sarah's well ordered life, the ensuing chaos causes not just Sarah but everyone to reevaluate what they really want from life.
The one big fault I found with the book is that all of the main characters are wrapped up in their own lives. Each one of them has a mapped out a life plan for themselves that allows no deviation. Sarah is going to race, win and run her father's shop. Red wants to retire and to see that Sarah goes back to school whether she wants to or not. Craig just wants to race and one day marry a pretty girl who will hang on his arm. Gordon wants not to be poor anymore and is well on his way to making it, he will take over Red's garage, invent his performance enhancing parts for race cars, and marry an appropriately rich and beautiful girl. Each of them adheres so completely to the goals they have set for themselves. They don't talk to each other, instead they bark orders or blatantly disregard the thoughts and wishes of everyone, to do what they want. In the case of Sarah, her arrogance and seemingly complete disdain for logic, at least when it stands in the way of something she wants, costs her some very dear friends and almost kills her.
Of course having a goal and focus is not a bad thing, especial when tempered with common sense. As headstrong and reckless as Sarah is in the racing world, she tends to be a bit more cautious in her personal life. I truly enjoyed watching her explore her more feminine side. Her first encounter with makeup and hair products was priceless. Having grown up with only male role models, it took her awhile, but she finally did find a good balance between girl and grease monkey.
You don't have to be a fan of racing to enjoy this tale of finding oneself. Christina Crooks' characters are flawed but relatable. Her headstrong, sassy heroine is constantly reminding the boys about the Thrill of the Chase.
Originally Posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Posted September 19, 2007
Cars, love triangles, office politics, cars, racing. I dug it.
I got hold of an ARC of Thrill of the Chase that was on it's way to a reviewer friend of mine, and I surprised myself by reading it in two days. This is probably the second or third romance novel I've ever read, so genre aficionados might take my opinion with a grain of salt. I was interested to see how the drag racing angle figured in to the plot. It's not just a sheen on a love triangle. The main character, Sarah Mattel, has gasoline in her blood, and behaves exactly like the serious gearheads I've known. The set up seems standard enough: girl's chasing bad boy until good boy shows up and turns her head. Page space is about evenly split between that and Sarah stumbling through the parts of her life not directly related to work and competition, trying to decide who she is and what she wants when she's not behind a wrench or a wheel. This is a story about a woman trying to work out a functional relationship to her car AND her man. I ended up liking Sarah a good bit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.