Title: Crossing the Line
Author: Audra North
Series: Hard Driving #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
He wanted her the first time he saw her. It didn’t matter that he was on stage in front of a room full of reporters, or that his publicist was telling him to move on, or that she was asking him a question about racing. One look at her “just been bedded” hair — completely at odds with her deliciously prim appearance — and Ty Riggs is hooked.
Corrine Bellows is one of the woefully few women in a male profession: sports reporting. In a field where “Hey, sweetheart, can you fetch me a cup of copy” is part of her job description, she’s determined to keep things professional. And while interviewing Ty Riggs, the hottest new driver on and off the track, is a major scoop, Corrine knows that she is in major trouble when it becomes clear that Ty wants so much more and is determined to get it. As things heat up between them, Corrine finds herself on shakier ground. Her big secret just may destroy everything.
Source: ARC from Swerve (St. Martin’s Press) via NetGalley
I’m not quite sure what I expected from this book – I saw the author, saw it was motorsport and I was in. I think the least I expected was more high octane action and some actual racing, with a dilemma that was perhaps a little more unusual than young sports reporter expected to whore herself out in order to gain promotion and dig up dirt on otherwise clean driver.
I don’t know, this one just missed the mark for me. For a reporter who is being blackmailed, Cori shows a complete lack of interest in finding out who is behind the pressure being placed on her. Likewise, if her articles are being picked up by some many places and she’s so ambitious to move on and move up, why doesn’t she network at all and try to capitalise on her success and maybe get herself out of her bad situation? She’s pretty passive about the whole blackmail thing, except to rail about how unfair it is and thinking she should maybe tell Ty the truth. People describe her as a fighter, but for the vast majority of the book she shows zero evidence of this.
As for Ty… well, he was surprisingly dull. And naive. She is a journalist, she is young, she is obviously ambitious, because she told him, yet he goes ahead and spills all his secrets anyway because clearly she is the best person in the world to trust. Actually, it doesn’t really matter about her profession, Ty barely knows anything about her, but he goes ahead and spills his guts anyway. His complete lack of suspicion or self-preservation was pretty hard to believe for a sports star under the level of scrutiny he was at the beginning of this book.
The romance itself is instant, with Cori going all weak-kneed and unnecessary over Ty, while he just glazes over in a lustful haze. It’s all pretty immature and lacked the heat or chemistry I was expecting. It’s easy enough to read, but I needed more. Which is my overall feeling about this book, it’s okay for a quick, predictable read, but I needed more to engage my interest and make me care about what happened. Even though this is the final book in this series, it’s the first I’ve read, and on the strength of this one, I don’t think I’ll be reading the others any time soon.
Crossing the Line is Out Now.
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