Sunday, June 1, 2014

Book Review -- Drive Me Crazy

Drive Me Crazy

Twenty-four year old Troublemaker Extraordinaire, Melanie Ann Smith, isn't asking for much out of life: a house without wheels, to travel further than her home state and her best friend's older brother, Carter Ambrose.

NASCAR racer, Carter Ambrose, has finally decided to take his doctor's advice and find a new occupation before another wreck on the track kills him.

Soon Melanie and Carter agree to a temporary relationship. One with benefits that is mutually satisfying in every way, or so each believes.

Will Carter risk it all for love, or will Melanie be left holding the trophy for second place?

We start out with Melanie Ann Smith, a twenty-four year old woman, living at home with her father in the local trailer park, painfully in love with her best friend's brother, Carter.

Carter is a retired NASCAR driving, now running a garage in his hometown. He inadvertently hires Melanie to be his 'shopkeeper,' the one keeping the paper side of the garage going.

As the story progresses, Carter realizes Melanie has feelings for him, and they enter into what seems to be a sexual relationship. Melanie tries to keep her distance, but her heart has other plans.

Carter seems to want more, but his 'open-mouth-insert-foot' syndrome nearly keeps that from happening.

Pair those problems with an overbearing mother, a alcoholic father with a gambling addiction (and a penchant for married women) and an ex-girlfriend who likes to cause trouble... and things come to a head quickly.

I'm not one for racing books, or sporting books in general. I've read two other 'sport' books before this one. I liked those books, but in general, I'm not a sporting girl.

The story flowed well and there weren't many grammatical mistakes that I saw. The chapters were nice in length. They weren't overly long, nor were they too short.  It was easy to read 5 to 6 chapters a night and not be tired. The plot was easy to follow along with as well.

My MAIN annoyance with the entire story were the characters themselves. It wasn't even the main characters that caused me to be annoyed... it was the supporting characters! There were MANY times I wanted to slap April, Carter's ex-girlfriend, for her behavior. Carter made in more than obvious he wanted nothing to do with her, and she wavered between shameless flirting and trying to make Carter jealous. Carter's mother also irritated me to the point where if it were real life, I would have been in some hot water for 'disrespecting my mama.'

However, the ending felt rushed. Melanie is gone for 3 months, only to come back to a huge party and marriage proposal that the entire town approved of. Seemed unrealistic, especially considering Carter's mom abhorred the idea of Carter being with anyone except April. For Leah to go from pushing April and Carter together to perfectly FINE with Carter proposing to Melanie just felt like the author was out of ideas to steer the plot and grew tired of writing.

Despite my opinion of the ending, I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it highly.

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New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She's the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.
Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man--and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.

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Despite the rushed ending and the characters annoying me, I really liked this book.
STARS: 4/5

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