Cade Nyland didn't think that anything good could come of the new dent in his classic black Sting Ray, even if it did happen at the hands of a sexy young woman. He was determined to win his twelfth road rally race of the year. Little did he know he would soon be in for the ride of his life.
TZ Blake only entered 'Chuggers Carlies' tight butt competition to win enough money to keep her auto repair shop open. What she ended up with was $2,500 and a position as a navigator in a rally race with Cade. All she had to do was pretend she knew where she was going - despite the fact she could read a road map about as well as she could resist the male heat emanating from the man behind the wheel.
It was the 'SunCoast Run', a four-day race across balmy Florida and Cade and TZ were stuck with each other in the close quarters of the vibrating '67 Mustang with a mind of its own. All factors indicated that the unlikely duo was in for a bumpy ride...and each eagerly anticipating the jostling that would bring them closer together.
People who don't know rallying that well might not get some terminology but Kate Angell didn't go overboard with confusing information. Another thing is that the book sort of portrays rally drivers as uncaring for each other (like how Cade rule of not helping other people with their cars).
This report prepared by Tina
Love Spell, Mar 2004
In Florida, as Cade Nyland, whose family owns national Action Auto parts, is backing his vintage Sting Ray into a spot, TZ Blake opens the door to her classic Mustang. Both learn that two objects cannot share the same space. She gives him a card to get his vehicle fixed at All Tune and Lube where she says she has a running account, but fails to tell him she owns the place. At Chugger Charlie's, TZ enters the tight butt competition because she needs the first prize cash to keep her garage open. Cade is one of the judges. Cade offers TZ 20K and part of the winnings if she agrees to be his mechanic-navigator because he needs someone to ride with him on the SunCoast Run race. He refuses to let her explain that she cannot read a map.
Nothing goes right during the drive yet Cade and TZ somehow remain competitive with a solid chance of winning. As they bounce along the Florida coast, they fall in love. Neither expects a relationship once the road rally ends that is if they ever finish the obstacle course.
This contemporary road rally romance is a fun drive due to a fine lead couple and a delightful support crew (except for one unnecessary embezzler who makes the race impossible). TZ's navigator skills are so bad that they could just as easily end up in the Carolinas, but her wrench turning skills are A+ gender bending delight. The love between the driving lead couple entertains the audience as does a seemingly doomed romance between a wonderful secondary driving pair. Kate Angell takes the checkered flag with this fine romantic race.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner