In her ten-year career as a stuntwoman, Ellie Morgan has experienced her share of thrills. None compares to the rush of being behind the wheel of a race car for her latest movie shoot. Certain she was born to race, Ellie's ready to shift gearsbut a secret from her past holds her back.
Quinn Reynolds is tired of being in the driver's seat of his family's company, Formula Racing Design. He's ready to sellif he can get his co-owner and brother, Mac, to agree. Quinn's not sure what he wants to do with his future, but almost as soon as he meets Ellie, he knows he wants her to be part of it.
Though Ellie tries to resist her attraction to the charming businessman, she's quickly in danger of losing her heart. But after narrowly escaping "accidents" both on and off the set, it becomes clear that getting involved with Quinn could be downright deadly...
About the Author
Dee J. Adams is a writer, actor, and public speaker. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA, and RWA. She narrated most of her books in the Adrenaline Highs series for Audible.com. You can find more at her website: http://deejadams.com/ and on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/DeeJAdamsAuthor.
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Adrenaline rushed through Ellie Morgan like water at Niagara Falls. The scream of the car's engine roared in her ears. Vibration pounded against her back and through her body as the car zoomed past the grandstands. She gripped the wheel more firmly with both hands and took the corner of the oval track.
A blistering September sun sat in a cloudless blue sky, baking anyone who dared cross its path and sending the track temperature to a hundred and seventeen degrees.
Hot damn! Exhilaration raced in her every cell as the car ate up more black tar.
Sweat flowed from Ellie's pores and soaked her flame-retardant bodysuit. The mask under her helmet itched with the intensity of poison ivy. Ah, yes, the glamour of show business. If people only knew. Blocking out the sensation, she concentrated on the road.
A couple of hundred extras dotted the grandstands of the racetrack as she sped by, waiting to play their part as horrified track fans witnessing a brutal accident. Ellie didn't let all those eyes watching distract her from the job. She never did. But this job was different, life-changing. After only a week in this car, she felt as if she'd been born to race.
Apparently she wasn't the only person who thought so. Mac Reynolds, former driver, current chief engineer for Grayling Racing and one of the technical advisors for this film, had said as much during Ellie's weeklong flash-courseGod forbid she use the word crashinto race-car driving. He'd arrived a week before his wife, the woman whose story the film was based on, to help acclimate Ellie to the car. She'd caught on faster than it took to go from zero to a hundred. Even though she hadn't gotten the car up to its full speed, she'd learned the feel of it. Knew when to shift, when to push. How to adjust the tools at her fingertips and interpret information flashed on the steering wheel. She heard the engine noise as if the car spoke to her.
Negotiating life was always a challenge, and she always tread carefully, but many things came easily to her too, especially when it came to sports. But nothing matched the power of the car buzzing around her and Ellie had never been surer of anything in her life. She'd been born to drive.
"Elle, you're moving too fast. Slow it down," Mark Brown, the stunt coordinator of this particular gig, told her over the headset.
"Just trying to get a feel for it. We want it to look real, don't we?"
"We also want you alive when the stunt is over," he fired back dryly. "Keep it at the speed we discussed."
"No worries. I'll be right where I need to be." Seventy miles an hour. It seemed a shame to go so slow when this car begged to move three times that speed.
She flew past the film crew on the infield in a sapphire-blue car built to exact specification and almost identical to Trace Bradshaw's open-wheel Arrow car. You couldn't really shoot an action/adventure/love story about the woman and not include the car that rocketed her to fame.
Ellie couldn't keep the grin off her face as she circled the track atshe glanced at the speedometerover a hundred and twenty miles per hour. Hello, big daddy! This is how to live!
This was the kind of job she wouldn't mind doing on a regular basis. After ten years of stunt work, she'd grown tired of the constant damage to her body. It was time to find another career. Something not so hard on the bones, but still interesting enough to keep her mind and body occupied. A career change would be a monumental task, but if she played her cards right she might have a shot at it. Every turn around the oval had her itching to try.
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My Review This is a hard review to write. I really loved book #1 in this series, Dangerous Race, and this book didn't quite measure up to the quality of that book. It was entertaining and was a riveting read, but there were a few things that interfered with my overall rating on the book. What I liked: *this book is HOT. Dee's descriptions of Quinn during those intimate scenes...whoa! just...whoa!! *The action sequences in this book are WONDERFUL. So well-written. They definitely get your adrenaline going...and you're just the reader! *okay, I loved, loved, LOVED Mac from book 1, Dangerous Race. In this book, he is a jerk. He and Quinn are at complete odds through this book, but I liked that conflict. It made Quinn a more real person. *the secrets that both of these characters are hiding worked for me. I thought that they really enhanced the story line. *I loved Quinn's overwhelming reactions when Ellie is in danger (see the first point above...hehe.) This is a guy that when he gets emotional, he goes all alpha and it is sexy as hell. *I was hooked on the book. It kept me completely engaged and I did not want to put it down once the story started ramping up. *LOVED Quinn's character...just everything about him. My heart aches for him and his issues growing up and with Mac. What I disliked: *it took a while for the story to get going, for me personally. I would have liked it more if the action or even hints of the action were made earlier in the book. *there were points within the story where the dialogue seemed a bit cliche'd...and I realize some of that was done on purpose. Ellie is always giving Quinn a hard time about his playboy ways. There were just moments where I was rolling my eyes at the dialogue or inner-dialogues of the characters. *At times the conflict just seemed too easy and contrived, but that is most definitely a personal, subjective thing (as are ALL parts of these reviews...hehe) *I wasn't a huge fan of Ellie's character. Honestly, I have no idea why except for how long she put off Quinn. I just wanted to kick her when she continued to see him as a playboy. I know that it's easy to sit as a reader and "see" it all, but she took too long to come around for my way of thinking. I still consider myself to be a fan of Dee's writing. I cannot wait to see where she goes from here.
I really loved this book. Quinn is a playboy living & working in London. Ellie is a stuntwoman in L.A working on a film depicting Quinn's sister-in-law's career. Quinn comes to the US to talk to his brother about their business face to face. Quinn falls for Ellie nearly immediately, but she turns him and all of his cheesy lines down flat. (Those lines are bad!) He's persistant and eventually she agrees to have dinner with him - via one of the cheesiest moves I have never had the privilage to see or experience. (I probably would have agreed, too.) It was fun to watch the romance/love develop during the story. I found myself laughing, shaking my head and getting frustrated at different points during this process. What does that mean? I was TOTALLY pulled into the book and out of reality. Kudos, Dee...not many books actually do that for me. And that was only while their relationship was developing. Add to that the making of the film, different stunts/locations, each of them unwilling to disclose their own secret to each other that would make them vulnerable (but also make all of the pieces fit together) and you have a great book. However, Dee J. Adams was not done - throw in an unknown person trying to kill one of the main characters and you have the stuntwoman doing all sorts of things in their real life in order to keep herself as well as Quinn alive. I did quess who the bad guy was, but it was like my 4th guess before I got it right. (Even more praise goes to Dee for that one!) The way he was taken down - I couldn't have seen that coming if I was standing there in the scene with them. Despite living on different continents, Quinn and Ellie are committed to their relationship and both of their career changes and relocations for their HEA. This was the first book I read by this author, but you can guarantee that I will be reading a lot more from her.