Size: 5.00 x 8.00 in
Starting a new life isn't easy when the skeletons locked in her closet are the notorious town drunk for a father and a haunted past. But, Hadley Morgan isn't one to shy away from second chances or giving them either.
When a young, single father wrapped up in an octane fueled package takes particular interest in her, she begins to dream. But well-known drag racer Aiden Casey is also her boss, making her hesitate to grab at her chance at happiness.
Will her secrets shatter their chance at love or will his past come back to destroy both of them?
For the first time, I leaned over and kissed Aiden. The gentle press of my lips carrying all the words I knew he wouldn’t hear if I spoke them. Bit by bit he softened and my tongue found its way against his. I stoked a low, warm fire, as we kissed. It burned between us, crackling with a belied intensity.
His plate tumbled to the blanket, mine followed, no longer needed. His fingers slid up the sides of my face, expertly doing away with the pins I’d struggled with. Aiden deepened the kiss as my hair whooshed down my back.
Blindly I popped open several buttons of his shirt, my fingers seeking the warmth of his chest. When Aiden moaned, sultry and sweet, it was my undoing. I’d have let him take me in the back of the truck. Modesty be damned.
He broke the kiss, his fingers still tangled in my hair, gasping for breath. He pressed his forehead against mine, holding me suspended somewhere between arousal and wonderment.READ MORE
“I’m going to walk you to your door and you’re going to close it between us.” He slid from the truck, his body quivering slightly. I’d made him tremble. The empowering fact thrilled me.
He chastely plucked me from the bed, placing me on the grass. Disappointment stung when he didn’t hold me against him, when his fingers didn’t linger.
Self-doubt crept in. “Did I do something wrong?” My chest tightened, it was the first real move I’d made between us and now he was ditching me.
“Hell no.” He spun, took both my hands in his, and brought them to his lips. “I’m going to do right by you, at least this once. I want you to have something…innocent, from me.”
“You don’t have to do that, Aiden.” But my heart swelled ten times even as my libido screamed in defiance.
“I do, for me.” Hand in hand we walked back to the trailer.
He kissed me once on the tip of my nose. “Good night, Hadley Jane.”COLLAPSE
First of all, let me begin by apologizing to Leslie Scott for just now getting to this amazing, sexy, exciting, and romantic read! I was thrilled to read and review this for her, however, I am becoming more scatter-brained by the day as far as keeping up with my TBR and review dates!
Anyway, this book is about the ultra sexy, romantic, masculine specimen called Aiden and a little crush that develops between his employee/tenant/sister’s best friend, Hadley. Recently divorced Aiden has two adorable babies, Logan and Molly, as well as, emotional baggage from his ex-wife and the death of a friend. Hadley has spent a life of mostly turmoil, trying to re-invent herself separate from her alcoholic father that forever changed her life years ago. When one day, out of the blue, she gets up the nerve to be a bit flirty and Aiden flirts right back, things quickly change between the two of them. However, both of their pasts come back to haunt them and test how they really feel and how committed they truly are.
Never have I ever read a book of any genre that was about racing, specifically, street racing. Who knew that I would like it so much? So, I must say that the bulk of my enjoyment revolved around the main characters, their romance, challenges, etc. But damn if the racing parts weren’t exciting too! Unfortunately, I have not read The Finish Line, which was the first in this Arkadia series, nor had I read anything by Leslie Scott, but now I’m completely hooked.
Besides the excitement, drama, steamy scenes, and so forth – here is what I loved about this book… First and foremost, it was completely addictive from the first word to the last. I carried my iPad around while I was doing laundry and feeding the dogs because I could not put it down.
Secondly, for a fairly new author, Leslie Scott is a master of imagery. Whether it involved setting, characters, sights, sounds, smells, or anything in between, the author propelled me into the story making me feel as if I were there experiencing it all myself, rather than reading about it.
Lastly (though not really because I loved a million things), was the beautiful portrayal of the themes involving love, friendship, lack of judgment regarding our pasts and/or family, and most of all – family does not have to be genetic. We have the amazing opportunity to love and be loved by anyone, whether blood-related or not.
Hot Lap was beyond my expectations and I so regret not reading it earlier. Aiden, Hadley, their family, and their children will be on my mind for days. What a fabulous book!