Review: The Chase by Erin McCarthy (Fast Track #4)
April 5 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Evan Monroe
Kick Ass Chick – Kendall Holbrook
Kendall Holbrook is determined to make it to the top, even with the challenge of being a woman on the male-dominated racing circuit. She doesn’t have time for romance-especially not with racing rival Evan Monroe, the man who nearly crushed her dream years ago. Tricked into meeting him, Kendall is experiencing all those old feelings again-and she can’t deny that they still have enough chemistry to set fire to the track.
Seriously?! Why would she do this…again?! Why would she put this lovely couple through an unnecessary hell?! Why, why, why?!?!
Let me just start by saying that The Chase by Erin McCarthy (the fourth book in her Fast Track series) was not a bad book. I actually found it to be a nice book. Evan wasn’t as much of a jerk as I thought he might have been and Kendall was a joy to read. They made a great couple. But then, with about 50 pages left to the book, the author throws something into the mix that just made me mad. But I’ll talk more about that shortly.
Evan and Kendall’s story is a story of young love gone wrong and reconnecting when finally everything is right. Kendall and Evan have huge chips on their shoulders, each blaming the other for their heart break ten years ago. I am glad that Erin didn’t drag that out very long. It wasn’t too far into the book when the two sit down (thanks to Kendall’s friend Tuesday) and come clean with each other. Then the real fun begins.
Evan is actually really sweet and sensitive to what Kendall needs right now. She is the first female driver to get to where she is and is having some difficulty dealing with what that means. She feels as though she is being pulled in many different directions – none of which she really knows what to do about. Evan has sort of been-there-done-that so he is doing his best to support Kendall. They really do work well together.
There wasn’t too much drama or anything in this story. It was just a lovely book about two people reconnecting and falling in love. Two people who were obviously meant to end up together ten years prior but didn’t quite get the memo until now. You quickly saw the characters from the previous book in this series which I always enjoy because reconnecting with these personalities is one of my favorite things about these books. I found this book (and the last book) was lacking in the emotional richness of the first two books in this series, but I was overlooking that because I loved Evan and Kendall and the story just had a nice happy feel to it. Then BAM! silly twist to the story hits. *heads desk*
I honestly don’t understand why this twist was thrown in there. Maybe her editor thought this book was lacking some drama? Maybe Evan needed to ‘pay’ for his past ways? I don’t feel that way, but I’m trying to understand here. This little twist did nothing to advance the story. It did nothing but pretty much screw over the heroine and her chance at a true HEA. Evan didn’t deserve it. Kendall didn’t deserve it. I just don’t know why it was put in there. And it is, unfortunately, not something that will go away any time soon. It will continue to factor in the next book (and future books if there are any). It just frustrated me so much that the final little bit of the book spoiled the happy feelings I was experiencing the whole time I was reading. And that’s a shame because I liked this book and I liked this couple. I just can’t get over that ending…
The next book in the series is Tuesday’s book, entitled Slow Ride. In The Chase book, Tuesday reminded me a little of Suzanne, only less neurotic. I wonder if I’m at all right. I’ll find out October 4th 2011 when her book comes out.
Giggle worthy quotes
“Eve’s crossed let fell down onto the floor. ‘Oh, my God. You had sex last night, didn’t you? That’s why you’re Mr. Happy this morning.’
There was no point in denying it, so Evan just remained silent. He’s let Eve have her rant for a minute or two then he’d rein her in.
‘What is it with you men? Does sex trump everything?
What planet had she been living on? ‘Yes.’”
“’Where are my panties?’ Kendall glanced around. ‘I can’t eat without underwear.’
‘That’s the weirdest statement you’ve ever made, and you’ve said some weird-ass things in the past.’”
“’I have to go to the bathroom.’
‘You can take a leak in front of me.’
‘Actually, I can’t.’
Even dumped half the bottle of beads into the large tub and pondered the mysteries of women. He was fairly certain he’d piss in front of anyone. But he wasn’t going to argue. ‘Alright. Don’t let the water overflow.’
‘How long do you think it’s going to take me?’
‘I don’t know! First you use the toilet, then you wash your hands, then you decide to brush your teeth, then tweeze your eyebrows, then inspect your face because you’re sure you have a zit starting, then put lotion on your feet…and the next thing you know there’s water on the floor and I’ve died of boredom in the other room.’”
Books in the Fast Track series –
Flat Out Sexy
Hard and Fast
Slow Ride (October 2011)