When the team leader dies under mysterious circumstances, former driver Mac Reynolds takes charge. The pair clash as Trace resents his high-handed attempts to control her, while Mac fears Trace's recklessness will get her killed. Neither can throttle back the desire that spins out of control whenever they touch. Trace lets herself be seduced when Mac convinces her he finds her beautiful despite her scars, and she begins to hope for more. But Mac knows he's not nearly good enough for Trace
Don't miss the sequel, Danger Zone, coming out in February 2012.
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Power pulsed beneath Tracey Bradshaw's legs, humming through every inch of her body like a well-loved song. She pressed on the clutch, shifted into high gear and the car screamed even faster.
A warm spring sun glowed over the cool track and made conditions flawless. A perfect day to prove herself.
She loved this. L-O-V-E. Loved it. It was why she'd been put on the planet and what she was born to do.
"What do you think, Trace? Not the same as the quarter midget tracks you raced on when you were seven, huh?" Uncle Joe's voice in her ear sounded much as usual, the ever-overprotective father she never had and the all-knowing chief engineer he had always been.
"I think this one's a little faster," Tracey joked with a chuckle. "I like it better than the Brickyard too." The Indianapolis Motor Speedway had been a blast, but this track rocked. "I'm feeling really good in the turns."
She'd graduated from Indy cars to Arrow cars six months ago. She'd battled the stereotypical jokes and the inflated male egos. She was as good a driver as anyone else on the track. Hell, she was better. The best.
"What are you doing?" Joe asked as she zoomed past pit road. "I thought you were bringing it in. Over." He could go from teddy bear to gruff lion and back again in the span of a heartbeat. Too bad she couldn't adjust the volume on her earpiece. At the moment, he seemed especially loud.
"Not yet. I feel good today, Uncle Joe. Who knows? I might even break another record." The lightly populated grandstands flew by in a blur. It would be a real rush when a screaming crowd filled the seats.
"For God's sake, you're only nineteen. You set three track records yesterday. Why don't you save one or two for someone else?"
"I'll think about it." Pride swelled in her chest as a smile curved her lips. She'd been speeding her whole life. Didn't really see a reason to stop.
Considering the American Racing OrganizationAROhad been around for thirty-two years, setting these records said something.
But Tracey had so much more to say.
"Damn it, Trace. Save it for race day. Come on in. Practice time is about done anyway."
She whizzed past her pit again. "Two more. I have enough time for two more laps. Don't fret." She knew he hated that word. "I'll go fast."
"That's what worries me," he groused.
Tracey pictured Joe's tan, deeply lined face. She could see his gray-peppered brows knit together as clearly as if he were next to her. She grinned to herself. "You worry too much, Uncle Joe."
The line crackled with static. "One of us has to."
Not her. She was on top of the world. She had everything she'd always wanteda car in winning form and a man who loved her. The pieces of her life were finally coming together. Her future lay out in front of her. She'd never go back.
She focused on the road as she came up to turn four. "Almost done. One more," she said into her mouthpiece. She barely heard Joe sigh as she came out of the chute.
Something caught her eye in the empty grandstands. It only took two milliseconds for it to register. Someone, a man, threw something over the protective fence. A red water balloon? Shit! Was he kidding? Water on the track at her speed was deadly.
The balloon splattered. Fear slammed into her like a semitruck at full speed. Blood drained from her head as sweat prickled her back. It wasn't a water balloon. It was an oil balloon. The black mass splashed across the track
A death sentence.
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This book has turned me into a Dee J. Adams fan! I read it in one day, couldn't put it down. The story had great action and the love seasons are amazing!
My Review: This book starts off with a serious bang. I was partway into the second chapter when I turned to my husband and told him about how stunned I was by how much action and emotion had already occurred in this story. It does slow down a bit after that, but honestly, not by much. This is a book about racing and I know that for me, my emotions and heart-rate were racing throughout most of the book. It's a great book and definitely one that I enjoyed. Tracey has had a hard time of it...pretty much her whole life has been a series of really bad events. She grew up in the foster system after her adoptive parents died when she was 2 years old. She found her place and acceptance at the racetrack with her friends Eddie and Matthew. Four years ago (at the age of 19,) it seemed like things were finally going her way when someone threw a water balloon filled with oil in front of her race car on the track which caused a horrific crash. It has taken her 4 years to recover and come back from that. It seems things are finally back on track for her when her crew chief and father figure, Joe, suddenly dies at the track. Suddenly, Tracey's life is thrown into chaos especially when they find out that Joe was murdered. Someone is stalking Tracey. When Mac comes on the scene, he is stepping into a really difficult situation. It's a last-minute change and he doesn't know Tracey or the team. Mac and Tracey clash at every turn about every single thing. She's already on edge with Joe's death. Their conflict is not making anything any easier, but Tracey is not a back-down kind of gal. She's tough and in your face when she doesn't agree. Honestly, Mac is completely confused about how to handle her, but as things heat up with her stalker, so do the feelings between her and Mac. Their chemistry soon becomes combustible. This is a romantic suspense and the suspense and tension builds all the way through the book. There was a single point, about 2/3 of the way in, when I had a moment where I felt like the conflict between Mac & Tracey became too much, but it didn't last long before I got carried away within the story again. The action sequences in this are fabulous...both the suspense-driven ones AND the romance-driven ones! There is a secondary story which I loved just as much as the primary between Matthew (Tracey's childhood friend and pit crew member) and Chelsea (Tracey's long lost twin sister.) I loved the way that Dee wrote the story so that you were never quite sure where Chelsea stood as far as the suspense line...I definitely kept second-guessing her motives and the clues that the author provided. Overall, this was just a great read. I am, admittedly, a race fan, so I loved that aspect of the story, but I think that just about anyone would enjoy this book for the romance and the suspense. I don't think that you need to have an affinity for the sport to be able to appreciate this book. If you like the Erin McCarthy Fast Track series, you DEFINITELY need to try out these books by Dee Adams!!
At the photo-finish, I would give this 4.5 out of five stars. Despite my personal loathing for the world of auto-racing, Dangerous Race wrapped me up in it. Adams made me smell the ethanol and *like* it. I believed in the lead character, Trace, and her bumpy romance with her new crew chief. My only issue was I thought the villain was too obvious, and there should have been more politicking behind the scenes re: his personal goals. A pit crew is big - we should have seen more of the others being manipulated and taking sides, perhaps being used as unwitting stooges. However, the romance and sex scenes were deliciously steamy, there was enough humor without spoiling the tension, and the "feel" was right. I am looking forward to more by this author.
I haven't read Romantic Suspense in quite a while, and then I had to pick this one up. It sounded so good and best of all, it didn't disappoint. This was a kick ass book with incredibly well written characters. I went back and forth several times trying to figure out who amongst the cast of potential baddies was the bad guy. It was a "hold on to the edge of your seat" thrill ride. Two love stories in one book was a HUGE bonus. Cannot wait for Dee J. Adam's next release.
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