Sometimes publishers bring books to my attention or offer me a copy to review and other times when I am reviewing books it’s because I found a book that I had come across that fits with this column. This is the case with Start Your Engines by Jim Cangany. I am not to proud or too embarrassed to say that while I read a lot of different genres (pretty much everything except SciFi/Fantasy because for some reason I just can’t get into those kind of books). This book falls into the romance genre which I have been reading a lot more of lately for whatever reason.
Start Your Engines is what would be called a second chance romance within the racing world. Ten years ago Brad Thomas and Gabrielle Marquez were friends who were just starting to explore the beginnings of a romance while also being fierce competitors on the track, when a crash killed a mutual best friend, and injured Brad bad enough that his career as a driver was over. Gabrielle left the United States to pursue driving in European series while the guilt that she caused the wreck that killed one and ruined a career ate at her. Fast forward ten years and Brad Thomas is a race director for a smaller struggling team with a driver that just doesn’t seem to be working out. When the owner of the team hires Gabrielle as a replacement driver will the two be able to work together for the sake of the team? And will the budding romance between the two rekindle? Add in some possible sabotage into the book and you have the story. Will Gabrielle end up staying in the States or taking the offer of a lifetime in Europe to drive with an elite team? You will have to read the book to find out what happens. This isn’t a smutty romance- more along the sweet lines. With some awesome racing action that I think drives the story along with it. You will like this story if you are a racing fan, a sweet contemporary romance fan or both. I enjoyed this story and I think you will too. It looks like this might be a first of a series of books- I can only hope that is the case because I would definitely be interested in reading more of these racing romances.
About The Author: Jim Cangany is a Hoosier through and through. He works in the legal field while looking for ideas for his next book. You can find him online at JimCangany.Com or on Twitter @JimCangany.
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I purchased my copy of Start Your Engines by Jim Cangany for Kindle- it was not provided to me by any entity. As with all my reviews on BadGroove, the words and opinions on this book are my own.
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