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The clingy ex-wife was annoying, but she was supposed to be. I was disappointed the main character didn't file a discrimination suit with the company she worked for because they demoted her because her fiance got another woman she worked with pregnant she also got demoted and nothing happened to the fiance.
I would also liked to have seen the fiance eat his heart out at some point. I could have done without the ever so sappy I-love-you-even-though-I-treated-you-like-a-prop-all-this-time especially since it abruptly ended the book. Add to that it ended at a departure gate where a guy without a ticket wearing a race car driver outfit wouldn't be allowed to go and it was kind of a let down.
Why did I give it 4 stars? Because it was well written. All the words were strung together correctly in sentences with punctuation in the appropriate places. The main character was likable. I could hear the race car driver's drawl and I like that.
Sometimes it's hard to hear an accent in a book, but Ms. Warren managed it with stuff like this: Having heard people talk like that made it easy for me to understand what she meant. It was an easy read. Easy to find my place between stops and starts around actual work.
The ex-wife was annoying, but the book wasn't. I might find something else Nancy Warren's written. I like her style. Why I Read this Book: I got this book more than 2 years ago as a free Kindle book. I love reading about race car drivers. Dylan, being a race car driver, is a big risk taker. She is so bland and boring. So it was fun to see them together. Oh hell, what am I saying? All the reader gets is smooches.
Dylan was too gullible when it came to Ashley, his ex-wife. It got annoying and if I were Kendall, I would have smacked him upside the head. Less face, more chest! Speed Dating was an enjoyable quick read. Not earth shattering but still a fun read. Jan 24, Amaryllis Turman rated it liked it Shelves: Main characters Dylan Hargreave and Kendall meet under crazy circumstances.
So when Dylan goes to her wedding, he knows that he had to bring a date and appear to be in love to prove to Ashlee the ex that he has moved on relationship wise. Kendall is an actuary sidenote: To make it worse, he tells her this on the night when she is supposed to be getting a prestigious Actuary of the Year award. Her life went from good to bad to worse in a matter of minutes.
Since analyzing risk and weighing options is something that Kendall does for a living, she kind of flips out and decides not to play it safe. Making conservative choices seems to have brought misery to her life. Throwing caution to the wind means her life will never be the same.
I can empathize with Kendall. I am not an extreme risk taker. I probably would have went cray cray too. The chemistry between Dylan and Kendall created a believable story. There are many different layers to the playboy Dylan that he keeps hidden from the public in order to market his image. And the more that Dylan and Kendall learn about each other, it brings them closer together. I guess he can thank his crazy ex-wife for helping him find his true love. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I thought this book was great up until the last part of the book.. I was really disappointed. Kendall, on the other hand, was a great character, and you could really see how her character changed throughout the book, and became a confident woman. Which is why it is so strange that the Kendall at the end of the book would attach herself to a guy who was still I thought this book was great up until the last part of the book..
Which is why it is so strange that the Kendall at the end of the book would attach herself to a guy who was still so "attached" to his ex-wife; literally at her beck and call. The point where he is caught kissing her was a great place to show how much HIS character had grown, but it didn't.
Kendall deserved better than that, especially after he promised that they would be exclusive to each other, even though their romantic relationship was fake. Why she would let that happen to herself in a pretend relationship, when she had let it happen to her in a real one, doesn't make sense.
It made the whole novel a disappointment, because I was really liking it up until that point, and still willing to give it a chance after that point, if the author made up for it in the end with a heart-felt apology, or something An epilogue would've been nice to see if anything had changed in the ex-wife area of their lives in the future, to see Dylan grown up and taking responsibility.
But in the end, he told Kendall exactly what she wanted to hear in order to make her stay, and she believed him. I'm glad it was a free download, otherwise I'd want my money back. Feb 14, Mahasin rated it did not like it Shelves: This was a stupid book. Maybe I was expecting something I don't know, even remotely "hot" or "romantic" because it's a harlequin romance, but this was neither hot nor romantic. Kendall Clarke is stupid and I wanted to hit her with an actuaries guide, upside the head, repeatedly.
And I don't normally have violent impulses to "heroines" in books. There weren't even any good racing puns, I was at the very least expecting "her body was thrown into overdrive" or hilarious pit stop r This was a stupid book. There weren't even any good racing puns, I was at the very least expecting "her body was thrown into overdrive" or hilarious pit stop references. Nov 27, Jess rated it liked it Shelves: This was a cute little contemporary romance.
I got it free through the kindle so there was no harm in me trying it. I've never read anything by Warren but I thought it was pretty good. Basically a story about a woman who is tired of being the toe-the-line personality and she decides to live a little and ends up involved with a high risk Nascar Driver.
Definitely one of those books you read when you want to see a nice HEA romance going on. I would read the author again.
A romantic novel that brought out not a few sighs from me. I just couldn't get over the almost impossible circumstances involved. But considering her tumbled emotions at the time they accidentally met, I think I can live with it. Recommended for fans of romance novels who enjoys a quick read. Speed Dating They met under mistaken identity. She was there to receive an award along with her fiancee. He was there to race his car. She was dumped he ended up being her rescuer.
Can these two people who have nothing in common end up in love? If you love reading sports car romance this is an old but goody. Nov 27, Kendra rated it liked it. Book reviewed as a guest post for BonaFide Reflections. Please see full review for excerpt and highlights at: Speed Dating is certainly speedy. I found this book on Kindle as I was browsing through titles one day. Basically Kendall has her whole life laid out in front of her.
Not shocking that Kendall immediately begins to re-evaluate some of her life decisions. And certainly not unexpected that she sheds her cool exterior for a more daring persona — at least for one night when she accidentally encounters Dylan. Dylan is in need of some luck. After a night with Kendall that deviates tremendously from his average night, he decides that he needs her longer to play a part. Well, there is a lot going on in this book.
Eventually Kendall has to make a decision. The two have come to care for each other, but it is not enough for Kendall despite considering trying to make it work. Dylan is set against a permanent future with anyone and his stubbornness threatens to cost him the one thing that could be the best thing that ever happened to him: While I moved through this book quickly, I found a few aspects annoying and repetitive.
First, Kendall is almost too sensible. She needs to take it down a notch. He takes dense to a whole new level. The most annoying aspect is the flighty, snobbish ex-wife. Get a clue Dylan! I felt like the book could have easily been a novella had the secondary characters of Ashlee and Harrison been cut out completely. Ironically, I ended up liking Harrison. A couple of kisses that could have been promising, but then … crickets.
And what fun is it when we have to conjure our own images of smexy? This is what I read for — it is my quest! Overall, the book was a fun read. Knowing nothing about the sport other than you need quick pit stops, and you need to drive very fast avoiding collisions, of course , I found that I enjoyed the alternate backdrop from the books I usually read.
I imagine that many of the details within the book concerning the life of a NASCAR driver are factual as they are very believable. So, liking the characters, not loving them, and totally bummed that there is nada for heat level. But if you are looking for a book to pass the time, Speed Dating would certainly accomplish such a feat. I just doubt that anyone would choose this book for a re-read.
Kindle downloaded from Amazon Apr 23, Kasey rated it it was ok Shelves: I didn't feel like this book was a complete waste of time, but I was a little let down.
To be fair I'm sure some people would like this book more than me. But for me the development wasn't what I would expect and the character development was lacking.
It started off strong, but things just kind of stalled. I prefer the emotional stuff to drag me in and in Speed Dating all the problems were neatly glossed over and just instantly gone. It was a little to pretty and neat without really letting the I didn't feel like this book was a complete waste of time, but I was a little let down. It was a little to pretty and neat without really letting the reader know how it was handled. Starting off this book our leads get thrown together in a very unlikely situation.
I honestly didn't mind that and was starting to enjoy the story in the beginning. But once things got rolling and we decided Kendall and Dylan were going to spend twelve weeks together I was expecting things to pick up. Unfortunately things went down hill. In twelve weeks these two did not move past a friendship until the end when suddenly or it felt that way they both realized they loved each other.
I find it honestly hard to believe that these two sexual active adults who were attracted to each other from the start spent twelve weeks together while Kendall played Dylan's arm candy and never moved their relationship on to any level. Every time it seemed like they were going to have an earth shattering moment or a ground breaking conversation the chapter ended and we jumped forward another week.
It felt like my head was spinning wondering what the heck happened. I've read plenty of older romance with the everything interesting happens in the "quadruple space" and I can live with that, but this was worse. The whole book was so chaste it was unreal. Not to mention when they finally did have sex I wasn't sure it really happened or not. After so many end chapter at an interesting moment and then jump forward a week when the chapter ended on them closing the door I truly wondered if they did or didn't or if I could even assume they did with what the author gave us.
Finally in the next chapter jump forward two weeks Kendall has a thought about them "loving" in the evening. I'm to assume they are having sex. Okay now that I've finished my rant about the sexual development in the book I have to say I'm not really a big Nascar fan, but I don't really mind it. In this story I kind of feel like Warren could have done some more research on the subject.
I wouldn't like her to go into overkill on the details, but since the majority of the book is set in that area it seemed a little glossed over. My other complaint would have to be the outrageous relationship with Dylan and his ex-wife Ashlee. Those issues were adding lots of dynamic to the book, but really it did not do Dylan any favors as the hero.
And the ending to that problem once again was just cleanly glossed over. That should have added to more of the emotional ups and downs, but mostly I just felt annoyed and then wondered what the heck happened when suddenly it wasn't a problem anymore. Jul 29, Paige rated it liked it Shelves: Had trouble enjoying this one for some reason. After her engagement is abruptly ended right before a big speech of acceptance, Kendall Clarke is mistaken by NASCAR driver Dylan Hargreave as his pretend girlfriend to accompany him to his ex wife's wedding.
Btw, his ex is obsessed with him. After enjoying her company, Dylan isn't mad to find out her true identity when she gives her speech and calls out her ex who broke up with her. In fact he wants her to accompany him to the race to keep his ex awa Had trouble enjoying this one for some reason.
In fact he wants her to accompany him to the race to keep his ex away from him. After winning the race and breaking the bad streak he's been on, Dylan wants her to keep the act going and stay longer with him. When she finds out she's been 'demoted' for her speech and given a mandatory 3 months leave, Kendall takes him up on his offer and accompanies him.
But soon, she's called out on her feelings for Dylan by his ex wife's new husband. Both are in love with people who don't love them back, for throughout the book his ex is throwing herself at Dylan who doesn't quite deter it from happening, and after constantly having to keep Dylan and his ex apart, Kendall is starting to believe it's not worth the fight for him. Knowing she must leave, Dylan uses the team and his luck as a way to make her give a two week notice.
Although Dylan can't imagine her leaving, he allows his supportive family life to make him feel he can't bring anything to a relationship and is determined he's not the one for her.
So what I hated about this book the most was it totally skipped the 'intimate' part of the book. From the end of one chapter to the next, suddenly they had been intimate. I thought part of the pages had been ripped out at first. Write the scene and move on. So after becoming 'intimate' Kendall knows she can't wait for the two weeks to run out and leaves a note during a race. Internally, Dylan knew something was up, so when he didn't see Kendall after the race he instantly went looking for her and is hit when he sees a vision of Kendall and their three children running towards them.
No longer afraid of settling down, he races to the airport and stops her before her flight. Yet just chasing her isn't enough. He has to convince her it's not the luck or his crew she wants him to stay for, but for himself. Jan 27, Anastasia rated it liked it Shelves: Kendall Clarke calculates risk for a living, but never takes any.
She likes her drab suits and trite fiance, and has no complaints about either, since her safe and steadfast attitude earns her Actuary of the Year and the prestigious Sharpened Pencil Award. For th Kendall Clarke calculates risk for a living, but never takes any. For the first time in her life, Kendall decides to throw caution to the wind and joins Dylan on his racing tour.
The next few weeks are a whirlwind, filled with pre-race kissing rituals, adrenaline-pumping laps and intensified chemistry between Kendall and Dylan. When the season is over, she plans to resume her normal ho-hum life. But can Dylan convince her that their pre-race kisses span beyond racing superstitions? Despite having zero knowledge of and interest in race cars, this book was a speed read I will not apologize for the pun!
The author paints an elaborate picture of tread-marked race tracks and sweaty, screaming fans that puts the reader right alongside the pit crew. The intimacy between Dylan and Kenall was definitely a slow and steady build-up.
I actually enjoyed the fact that the tension between them held up through the majority of the book, because it made their unity that much sweeter and realistic.
There are only a small handful of actuaries that appear in books or movies. One of them is actually in this book, which is why I read it. I'm an actuary too Up front, I will say that Warren leans too heavily on the actuaries-are-humorless-and-socially-stunted stereotype, there is no need for that. Also, none of the major actuarial professional societies give out anything at all like Warren's "Sharpened Pencil" award for actuary of the year.
I don't even know what that would mean. That grumbling There are only a small handful of actuaries that appear in books or movies. That grumbling out of the way, it is not bad for a category romance.
The heroine is smart and feisty, and the hero recognizes that the hero is actually smarter than he is and likes her for it. Also, since this is a NASCAR romance, and therefore has essentially no sex, the couple had to actually get to know each other. It made for a sweeter and more believable romance well, the premise of the story is absolutely not believable, but the relationship between the couple is pretty good In fact, I would have given the book one more star, if it weren't for an exceptionally weak ending.
A potentially interesting character is introduced, then completely abandoned. There is an exchange between two couples that ends in a threat of a 's children's punishment that didn't fit with the tone of the novel. And finally a sappy vision of the future that also felt out of place with the rest of the book.
Mar 13, Geraldine rated it really liked it. The former is what every strong man with some dark and hidden soft sides needs, and the latter is the man of every romantic girl's dream. It's good for teens and perfect for adults who are into wholesome romance novels. May 29, Crystie rated it it was ok Shelves: The way that Dylan and Kendall meet is extremely farfetched and yet hilarious.
Their fantastic first date and everything that happens was so interesting that I wanted to read more and more! Unfortunately, I did not really stay hooked so much as I finished this book because I had started it. There is some awkward language that just detracts from the story. For instance towards the end of the book they visit a friend and Kendall notes that the friend is growing orchids in her conservatory.
Kendall thinks to herself that while orchids can be difficult to grow, "these ones seemed to thrive. Last year they got 45 minutes to come to the book fair. They walked around aimlessly for five minutes and then sat down and got themselves in trouble. I needed something for them to do when they came in this year that would be fun and get them looking at the books. So this year, we set up a large circle of chairs and put random books from the carts on each chair.
Some were love stories, some were war stories, etc. As each class came in, they took a chair, wish list, and a pencil. I played some goofy music and we were off. When the music turned off they sat down.
They then read for 1 minute. They could read any part of the book cover, summary, first page, back, etc. If they were interested in the book, they wrote it on their wish list. If not, they moved on to the next one. We did about 5 rounds before we went and shopped. I had all my 8th graders students come on Tuesdays and all my 7th graders students come on Wednesdays.