Saturday, June 16, 2012


Title:  Jacked Up (Fast Track, Book Six)
Author:  Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: June 5, 2012

Copy bought by reviewer

She’s holding tight. He’s hanging loose.

Eve Monroe is a stock-car PR pro who puts her career first—until an on-track wardrobe malfunction reveals more than the sexy smile of her race-car brother’s jack-man, Nolan Ford. The video’s become an internet sensation, and it’s Eve’s job to calm the sponsors and put a spin on the unexpected exposure. It may be purely a public relations job, but now that Eve’s seen what’s under Nolan’s crew suit, it’s gotten a little personal—and after a few dates she has Nolan pretty revved up. If only she’d learn to relax and enjoy it…
And they both have the same drive.
Nolan’s sure that the spontaneous birthday bash he’s throwing for Eve in Las Vegas should loosen her up. It does more than that. Somewhere between cocktails and a smoking-hot motel-room derby, Eve and Nolan wake up hitched, thanks to a post-sex-high detour to a Vegas chapel. A hangover marriage to a virtual stranger isn’t good for anyone’s image, so Eve plans to play the happy wife long enough to satisfy the press, and then quietly part ways. Now all she has to do is convince her new personal jack-man. But Nolan has plans of his own…
I have been a fan of Erin McCarthy's Fast Track since Book One, Flat Out Sexy. She writes about men who have such Southern charm, down-home appeal and throws in a shot of dirty boy smexiness that has me fanning myself.  And what's more--her characters are flawed. They have problems; excessive drinking, womanizing, prideful stubbornness, control issues, name it. It makes it easy for the reader to slip inside their fictional "world" and understand them on a much deeper level.
I adored Nolan from the get-go. He is a blue collar man who works hard and loves fierce. The love and connection he has with his large family melted my heart. He lives paycheck to paycheck but unlike most of us, he enjoys his life to the fullest. He is the glass is half-full kind of guy, which I quickly admired.
Eve is the other side of the proverbial coin. She is one to make lists, plan her life, control every little detail until she literally squeezes the fun out of life.  She comes across as hard, stiff, and known as the "battle ax". Spontaneous is NOT in her personal dictionary. 
How the hell these two hook up and react is a great ride, no pun intended. But you see the two grow together and make mistakes along the way. In fact, the first time the two get horizontal is hilarious--awkward, yet very hilarious.  I wanted to hide my head and moan at the awfulness of it, yet it still remained endearing and R.E.A.L.
Kudos to McCarthy for doing a great job in creating a flawless FLAWED  romance that touched me and was a joy to read.
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