The Perfect Lap: A Racing Hearts in Serenity Romance
Adult; Romance; (Market)
His job is to drive fast. Hers is to put the brakes on him. When sparks fly, will love cross the finish line?
AJ Ryan is a publicity nightmare. After a questionable photo surfaces and his biggest sponsor threatens to pull out, the NASCAR champion admits it might be time to hit the brakes. Thankfully, his new no-nonsense image consultant knows just where to start… too bad she revs his engine so loudly he can barely think straight.
Ella Fisher’s career is a welcome distraction from her poor taste in men. Fresh off another easily avoidable heartbreak, rehabbing AJ’s career is just the diversion she needs. But when the pulse-pounding client actually listens to her advice, Ella wonders if there’s more to the man behind the hot mess.
When Ella is granted guardianship of three boisterous children under the misconception that she and AJ are a couple, AJ surprises her by going along with the charade. Before long they find themselves in a make-shift family that feels more real than pretend.
As their professional relationship takes a hard turn for the personal, a single overheard conversation could make it all go up in flames. Will Ella and AJ’s romance hit the wall, or will love take the checkered flag?
The Perfect Lap is the second standalone novel in the Racing Hearts of Serenity romance series. If you like bad boys with a heart of gold, strong women, and love stories with a new age twist, then you’ll adore Sedona Hutton’s fun, sexy tale.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10
Plot: The perfect blend of wholesome and sensual, the standard boy-meets-girl story is elevated to a whole new level with its unconventional plot twists and its diverse cast of authentic characters.
Prose: With a clear writing style and a knack for immersing readers in detail, this wholly charming story ebbs and flows with a delicate balance between the ordinary and the extraordinary.
Originality: The diverse, endearingly flawed characters and the story's small touches--Nora’s vegan choices, Ella’s devotion to service, alternative forms of spirituality--are a breath of fresh air. These aspects ensure that the novel is not only unique but possessed of everything that makes a good story great.
Character Development: Ella and AJ’s paths of development may be clearly laid out and prominent, but readers will still delight in the unexpected events that bring them closer and lead to their individual growth. It's the thoughtful development of the secondary characters, however--both adults and children--that truly allows the book to shine.
Date Submitted: July 11, 2019