Book Review: Speed Dating by Nancy Warren

Speed Dating by Nancy WarrenTitle: Speed Dating
Series: Harlequin NASCAR, #2
Author: Nancy Warren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Mild
Source: free Kindle book
Published: February 2007 by Harlequin

Dylan Hargreave thinks I'm an actress paid to pose as his girlfriend at a North Carolina society wedding. How did this happen to me, of all people? Kendall Clarke, award-winning actuary, the veritable shining star of number crunchers who, just hours ago, learned her responsible fiancé (sorry, ex-fiancé) called off our wedding because he'd gotten one of my colleagues pregnant. What are the odds?

Don't tell me you've never heard of Dylan Hargreave. Celebrity NASCAR driver? People magazine's Sexiest Man of the Year? Those eyes. That smile…

Forget sensible! I've assessed the risk…and I'm taking it! I usually keep the brakes on, but as of now I'm taking a vacation. From me.

Why I Read this Book: I got this book more than 2 years ago as a free Kindle book. This book never had a purchase price; it has ALWAYS been a free Kindle book. So I thought well, it must not be that good if they’re giving it away for free forever, right? Not necessarily.

What I Liked: Dylan is a NASCAR driver. I love reading about race car drivers. They’re sexy as hell. But the story didn’t include much of the NASCAR world so it will appeal to more readers I think.

Dylan and Kendall couldn’t be any more opposite. Dylan, being a race car driver, is a big risk taker. He’s a fly by the seat of my pants kind of guy. Kendall doesn’t take risks. Ever. She’s a freaking actuary; she calculates risks for a living. She is so bland and boring. Dylan even describes her clothes as being ‘mud colored’. So it was fun to see them together. Better yet, it was fun to watch Kendall loosen up with Dylan’s help.

Dylan and Kendall’s relationship starts off in a funny way. Kendall is mistaken for Dylan’s hired date but she goes with it, which is completely out of character for her.

What I Didn’t Like: Not enough smut. Oh hell, what am I saying? There wasn’t ANY smut. Dylan and Kendall get ‘intimate’ but it ALL happens behind closed doors. All the reader gets is smooches.

Dylan was too gullible when it came to Ashley, his ex-wife. He couldn’t ignore her calls and he had a hard time telling her ‘no’. It got annoying and if I were Kendall, I would have smacked him upside the head. And the ‘caught in the act’ moment was underwhelming.

I don’t like the cover at all. The dude looks like a hybrid of James Van Der Beek and a Jonas brother, which neither of whom I’m a fan of. Less face, more chest! But I guess the cover suits the book since there’s no smut.

Overall Impression: Speed Dating was an enjoyable quick read. Not earth shattering but still a fun read. And it’s FREE! I may just have to check out more book from this NASCAR series. And although Speed Dating is book 2 in this NASCAR series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone.

Brianna’s Rating:
3 Frogs

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  1. I vaguely remember reading this a few years ago. Also downloaded the freebie.

    It was cute but yeah....the cover...not a good one. lol

  2. Lol, it sounds funny, and I really can appreciate a smutt free book. Would be a nice change from the usual.


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