Book: Inspire Me: A Hot Rod Novel
Author: Jenna Dales
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 154
Published: Windtree Press, April, 2014
On a stormy night in Portland, Oregon, cynical ad exec Lily Bishop crashes into a stunning classic car driven by a dark, handsome stranger with strong hands. His powerful touch makes her remember old dreams she thought she abandoned twenty years ago. Back then, she traded her MFA in photography for a lucrative advertising position that twists people’s deepest desires into just another data point.
Though he’s struggling to take his hot rods to the big time, mechanic Raine Reyes won’t accept help from anyone — certainly not an uptown woman like Lily whose miles-wide reckless streak brings out the repressed bad boy in him. He knows he should run from her offer to be the new face of her next expensive advertising campaign, but he’s too tempted… by her. He sees right through her to the forgotten needs, the neglected fantasies, and the woman she always wanted to be.
I was a bit unsure how to rate this book. Although I couldn’t relate to the romance, the sexiness..well, I could envy that. The first encounter of the twenty something mechanic hero and the forty something career driven heroine was sexy. It was a fantasy come true, and though you might blame it on the high adrenaline-they met after a mild accident after all- what comes in the following chapters was no adrenaline driven moment of wildness.
Although I did love the level of spice in this book, I can’t say the same about the romance. I can understand and relate to the wariness of the heroine towards having and maintaining a relationship to a younger man, albeit a physical one. The young hero had to face some insecurities of his own, since he was a mechanic who had faced some jail time because of past mistakes, not to mention he didn’t earn as much as the heroine. All this could’ve presented a much better handled challenge romance wise, but it failed short to satisfy me. Maybe it was because this story had a somewhat shorter page number, or because it leaned towards more erotica than romance, but if it did properly deliver this romance aspect, it would’ve gotten a much higher rating from me.
The sex though, well, it was pretty damn good. From the reckless-in a good way I guess- introduction to the sexy surprise towards the end, it was all satisfying- at least as satisfied as a gal can be reading it.
For its role in increasing my level of sexual frustration, I’m adding three spoonfuls of this book into my hodgepodge. I envied the heroine for getting a good service for herself and her car, since mine keeps coming back from the shop with more problems than I sent it with. Ah, the problems of a non fictional life..
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