Watching sex tapes at the office is just part of PR professional Vivian Blake’s job, especially when she has to clean up a celebrity’s image. Except that her newest client isn’t quite that easy. Racecar driver Jarod Cage is beyond hot, and his onscreen “performance” is already compromising Viv’s cool professionalism.
While Jarod hasn’t exactly been discreet about his personal life, he never thought his reputation could cost him both his sponsor and his racing career. Now he has to put his future in the hands of a tiny, pixie-like publicist. Which is becoming a problem, because the heat between them is about to redline. But when you go this hard and fast, putting on the brakes is the most dangerous thing you can do…
Source: ARC from Entangled Brazen via NetGalley
I really enjoyed this sexy racing read. As someone raised on F1, motor racing has always been a part of my life (though why I’m bothering right now is a question I ask myself often), so although NASCAR doesn’t appeal to me, I do get why it’s so beloved and looked forward to reading about a racing hero – especially one who needs to clean up his PR. And I had so much fun.
Admittedly, there are moments where Viv’s behaviour had me doubting her credentials – she’s supposed to be cleaning up his image, not jumping into bed (or closets and bathrooms) with him. Sure Jarod’s sexy and she’s utterly seduced by his bad boys ways and dirty mouth, but she’s supposed to be really good at her job… Luckily she actually is pretty good at her job, and I enjoyed reading the subtle power plays between them as Viv tries to get him to cooperate with the press, while Jarod finesses her into letting go of her rigid work mindset and even teaches her a few manners here and there.
There are plenty of scorching scenes between the pair of them and lots of heated tension, but I also enjoyed getting a glimpse into Jarod’s world and seeing Viv fall under the high-octane spell of racing. There’s also office politics and racing rivalries to keep things interesting and put pressure on the romance. Although, if I’m honest, the stuff with Viv’s boss was both blatantly obvious and a bit silly (though since I think that’s the set up for the series I’m not complaining too hard), while I can’t believe neither she nor Jarod questioned other certain happenings sooner.
Overall, though, this is fun and sexy, if a little far-fetched in places. The racing provides an exciting backdrop and as long as you don’t take Viv’s professionalism (or lack thereof) too seriously, there’s a lot to like. I’m curious to see what kind of PR issue will arise at the firm next.
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