Saturday, November 23

Faster Harder by Colleen Masters

How does a responsible, intelligent, career-driven girl find herself half-naked and hooking up with a bad boy Formula One driver in a Barcelona night club bathroom stall?

Siena Lazio is a lot of things but reckless isn't one of them.

She's only in her mid-twenties and already Team Ferrelli's Director of Public Relations and heiress to the top Formula One racing team. The esteemed daughter of Alfonso Lazio, the greatest driver F1 has ever seen, Siena seems to have it all figured out. All she has to do is uphold her family's honor and ensure her brother Enzo's public image is pristine while he rises to fame and clenches the title as Formula One's new champion.

Everything is perfect...

...Until she's swept mercilessly off her feet by the one man she can never be with. The one man who can fuck it all up.

Harrison Davies is Team McClain's secret weapon and he's the only driver who threatens to steal the championship from Enzo. The tattooed British bad boy knows how to get what he wants. And always gets what he wants.

Harrison and Siena fall deeper and deeper with each secret tryst. Passion flares, reality fades, and the lines between right and wrong begin to blur. Driven by lust and ambition the couple delves into a world of treachery, deceit, lies, and ultimate betrayal. Is Siena ready to place her fragile heart into the hands of a speed demon and will the thrill of falling for him be worth it when they wreck?

I was like a kid in a candy store when I stumbled on this book. I was that excited. Even if I'm usually very patient with holding out on books that are part of a series until the whole thing is complete so that I don't have to await for the next one to come out. But this book didn't even hit the TBR pile because I was too eager to start on it.

I'm a big Formula One fan. Huge. And by that I mean that race weekends mean getting glued to the telly from practice sessions on Thursday until the actual race on Sunday. And if I really, really liked who wins the race, I stay glued for the post-race analyses and interviews.

First of all, Siena Lazio was already a hotshot for me before I started reading. I think any woman in this seriously man's world will always be a hotshot. And then we had Harrison Davies. Trust me, I didn't have any problems picturing his character as there are a lot of hot F1 drivers. It's a nom-nom world out there.

I was a bit undecided on what to make of their relationship. I am not a big fan of secret affairs, their case especially because they not only had their respective works on the line. In Siena's, there was her family who was sure to be against her relationship with Harrison. (Damn, that brother of hers needs his own book. Or books. Fast.) But I did find the fact Harrison was all ready to go public, consequences be damned, to be a bit endearing.

There were some typos here and there but what I didn't really like in the book was the technical aspect of F1, down to jargons. I guess it wouldn't matter to non-fans but it really bothered me when a season gets referred to as a tournament, a practice session as a preliminary. Even how qualifiers go about were not best told here and even the start of the actual race. I won't go too technical but a little more realistic descriptions would've been appreciated--there are actually a lot of female F1 fans and who knows how many of those actually read romamce novels like this, right?

With that said and after the sky-high expectations I had at the start, I didn't really hate this book despite a bit of a let-down in the aforementioned. Hey, I finished it, didn't I? It was still fast-paced and that kept me turning the pages. I have been having this thing for secondary characters lately and I was glad there was no shortage of those in this book. I am still hooked to Siena and Harrison's story and I will definitely keep a look out on the next part of their story.

Final verdict: 6/10. Good read.


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