Title: Quarter Mile Hearts: An American Muscle Novel
Author: Jenny Siegel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Following an accident injuring her dad, twenty-four year old Leigh Storm returns home to the town she was once so desperate to escape.
It is only a matter of hours before she runs into Max 'Manwhore' Morgan. Dark eyed and dangerous to her heart, he is the very last person she wants to see. It might have been four years since she saw him last, but there's no denying the chemistry between them is as potent as ever. Max makes it clear he isn't about to let her run again, even if he is the one thing Leigh vowed to herself she would never date: a street racer.
After racing tore apart her own family and left a path of destruction in its wake, Leigh decided long ago that it is not the life she wants for herself. But when a wager gone wrong threatens her dad's livelihood, Leigh must go against everything she believes in.
This time there's more at stake on the quarter mile that just the family business-She's risking her heart as well.
This book started out really great…I loved the connection and chemistry between Max and Leigh, I loved the history of racing in her family and why she left town…but, somewhere along the way, things just started to lag, secondary characters became annoying and I just wasn’t invested in the HEA anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Leigh and Max (and if I’m honest, which I am, I kind of loved Max)…but there was something missing. Maybe it was the fact that the book was entirely from Leigh’s POV. I just never fully felt like I knew what Max was thinking of feeling and I kept wishing for his POV. But, I did love them together. They had wicked chemistry and sexual tension. I loved how they fought, yet got along and understood each other. I couldn’t get enough of them together. (and yes, I kept picturing Brian and Mia from Fast and Furious while reading ;) )
My biggest issue was actually Leigh’s cousin and best friend…Aaron and Beth. Initially, I enjoyed them. I loved them together, and their relationships with Leigh. But after Leigh came back to town, neither of them seemed the least bit concerned that her father had been in an accident and was in the hospital with serious injuries. They were racing like they didn’t have a care in the world. And even working under the assumption that they didn’t yet know that he’d been in an accident and was in the hospital, once they found out, I expected more sympathy and or caring on their parts. But there was nothing. All Beth cared about was her upcoming wedding and getting on Leigh’s case about how she’s an adrenaline junkie and needs to get over herself and hook up with Max. Beth and Aaron were so self involved in each other, themselves and racing years ago, that they didn’t know that Leigh had had feelings for Max, let alone that she’d hooked up with him, so it was really hard for me to believe that they knew anything now. Especially since A) Leigh hadn’t told them; and B) Max doesn’t come off as a guy likely to spill his guts about the one that got away. I just got so frustrated with Beth and Aaron that I started cringing every time they came onto the scene.
Overall, the book was (mostly) enjoyable. I would definitely read more from the author…just not about Beth and Aaron.
Jenny Siegel writes new adult romance. When she's not writing (or entertaining two little terrors) Jenny is glued to her Kindle, or plotting (also known as daydreaming) about hot tattooed heroes that will sweep a girl off her feet.