REVIEW: Dangerous Race by Dee J. Adams

Dangerous Race by Dee J. AdamsTitle: Dangerous Race
Series: Adrenaline Highs
, #1
Dee J. Adams
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: NetGalley
Published: September 5, 2011 by Carina Press

Four years ago, race car driver Tracey Bradshaw almost died in a horrific crash. Now scarred inside and out, she's making a comeback, but her team is plagued by a series of "accidents".

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…

Why I Read this Book: When I saw Juliana’s review on this book, I knew I had to read it. Juliana had me at ‘romantic suspense’ and ‘female race car driver’. If it weren’t for Juliana and her review, I may not have come across this book.

What I Liked: I loved that the protagonist is a female race car driver. I love reading romance novels about race car drivers period but make the main character a female race car driver and that deserves props. I love a heroine who can hold her own, especially in a male-dominated industry.

You don’t always get the mystery element in romantic suspense novels; sometimes the whole mystery aspect is given away in the beginning and thus leaves a more suspenseful feel for the reader. But I like romantic suspense novels that have both. The suspense and mystery element kept up until almost the end of the book. I appreciate that the author didn’t give away the mystery aspect upfront.

The pier/lake scene was intense! I was on the edge of my seat gasping for air.

Loved the little trick Tracey and Chelsea played at the end of the book!

What I Didn’t Like: The shift in POV from Trace’s character (the protagonist) and storyline to that of Matthew’s (a secondary character) felt a bit jagged. It was not a smooth transition and it felt like Matthew was stealing the limelight from Trace and the mystery of events surrounding her. His character got a lot of page time, which was distracting and overshadowed the main story arc at times. Matthew also had better chemistry with his love interest than Trace did with hers.

I didn’t know what to make of Chelsea’s character for a long time and it was constantly in the back of my mind. She unnerved me and I was extremely cautious.

Why would Tracey take off her helmet before climbing out of a moving race car, why?!! You just don’t do that.

Overall Impression: I’m a sucker for romance books with race car drivers. I can’t wait for the second book in this series, Danger Zone, to come out. Fans of Erin McCarthy’s Fast Track series will enjoy Dangerous Race.

The Book Vixen’s Rating:
4 Frogs

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  1. A female race car driver? Hmm, never read race car romances before but I'm definitely going to have to give it a try now.

  2. Haha...sounds fun. Female race car driver... yep. I have to check that out.

  3. It's a great read. Just think of Trace as a female James Bond and you can suspend that disbelief about some of the stuff she does at the end. Hey, isn't it about time we had a female Bond-esque character(s)?

  4. Great review! Adams posted the cover for Danger Zone a few days ago on her Facebook Page and I put it on GR - can't wait till it comes out :-)

  5. @Juliana

    I love the cover for Danger Zone!! It's hot!


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