Review: Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy

Format: E-bookhard and fast
Read with: Amazon Kindle & Microsoft Reader
Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Fast Track, Book 2
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Hero: Ty Jackson McCordle
Heroine: Imogen Wilson
Sensuality: 3.5
Date of Publication: May 5, 2009
Started On: September 8, 2010
Finished On: September 9, 2010

The second book in the Fast Track Series tells the story of Imogen Wilson and Ty Jackson McCordle both of whom we get to meet in the first book of the series which I reviewed earlier. Imogen is assistant to Tamara Briggs, sociology professor and Imogen is racking her brains to come up with a research topic for her dissertation for her graduate degree. Imogen and Ty first meet at Tamara’s place when Imogen goes to Tamara’s place to drop off some papers whilst Ty and Ryder are at her place visiting Hannah and Petey who were down with the chicken pox. Right from the very first moment Imogen lays her eyes on the sexy stock car driver, she falls inevitably in lust with him.

Imogen knows that 22 years old bouncy, bubbly and blond Nikki Borden, who starves herself, and has breast implants and lip injections to enhance her beauty is more Ty’s type of woman than she is. Though Imogen and her friends Tamara and Suzanne can hardly stand to be in the same room with Nikki who seems to have attained her thin model like figure at the expense of frying up a huge amount of her brain cells, the fact that Ty was dating the girl proved that someone like Imogen who was smart, inquisitive by nature and academic would have no chance with the walking eye candy of a man that Ty was.

So it takes Imogen completely by surprise when she sees the desire she feels for Ty mirrored in his eyes when he gazes down at her after Imogen accidentally runs into him on the porch of Tamara’s home where they were holding a little dinner party. Ty had come outside to escape Nikki and her annoying chit chatter that was driving him up the wall. Ty had to acknowledge the fact that he had let things go for too long with Nikki. He was suddenly tired of getting together with women who had nothing to offer in the conversation department. Ty knows that the fact that he has severe dyslexia is one of the reasons that he doesn’t go for smart women like Imogen who was looking and sounding more appealing to him by the minute.

The only thing stopping Imogen from jumping Ty is the fact that he is still with Nikki. But when Ty is suddenly back on the market, Imogen knows that she won’t be able to say no to the man who makes her senses hum just by being in the same room. Ty and Nikki embark on a hard and fast affair though for both of them what they have together is much more than just a good time in bed.

Things progress forward and Ty asks Imogen to marry him and it is then that Imogen who always thinks things through to death starts having little bouts of doubts about their suitability together. The conversation that takes place has Ty confessing his dyslexia which is quite a sensitive issue with him which shocks Imogen and in the end they both handle things badly which lead to a break up 12 hours after Ty proposes marriage to the love of his life.

This story though not as interesting as I found Elec and Tamara’s story was still a good read. The conversations that take place between Tamara, Suzanne and Imogen had me laughing out loud at several points. Suzanne’s outrageous nature must make her one of the favorite characters in this series. The 3rd book in the series tells the story of Suzanne and Ryder who have been divorced for 2 years, but the encounters between the two definitely shows that there are a lot of unresolved issues between them. Am pretty interested in reading their story though their story hasn’t received as rave reviews as the first two.

Ooh! And yes! I heart the cover!! Very much so!

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