Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Review - Flat-Out Sexy

Title: Flat-Out Sexy
Author: Erin McCarthy
Publishing Date: 2008
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: B+
Sensuality: Hot

Tamara Briggs is a widowed mother of two. Her husband Pete was a race car driver and died two years in a car crash. She has just started dating again and it trying to play it safe with a man who has a nice steady risk free job. The only problem is he is boring as dirt and she is not attracted to him at all. At a party she accidentally spills her wine all down Elec's front shirt and she can't help but notice how he fills out his shirt. The attraction between them sizzles immediately.

I have read one other book by Erin McCarthy, Heiress for Hire and I absolutely loved it. While I didn't like Flat-Out Sexy as much as Heiress for Hire it was still a satisfying read. Ms. McCarthy is a good storyteller. Her stories have a nice flow, good dialogue, enjoyable characters. Flat-Out Sexy is no exception. Elec (what kind of name is that) is a wonderful man. He is caring, thoughtful and completely focused on Tamara. Even though his is a race car driver and comes with high risk, Tamara would have to be an idiot to pass him up.

One of the best points in favor of this book was the realness to Elec and Tamara's relationship. Tamara and Elec's could be my next door neighbors and this book is the story of how they met. It's basically a simple story. No one needs protection from a stalker or psycho "bad guy". It is a story about two very normal people falling in love under completely normal circumstances. "Well, this sounds boring," you might say. Let me assure you that is not the case. The story flows beautifully and the cast of characters keeps things interesting.

There is a brief introduction into Suzanne and Ryder's story. Suzanne is Tamara's best friend and Ryder is another race car driver. They have a lot of baggage. They used to be married, but for whatever reason it didn't work out. I for one would like to find out. The secondary plots didn't distract, but instead only helped to enhance Elec and Tamara's relationship.

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Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Erin McCarthy writes such wonderful romances. I can't wait for the sequel with Tamara's assistant.

Ciara said...

I just bought this book and am glad you gave it a good grade. I really like her writing style. :)

Rowena said...

I read and LOVED Heiress for Hire so I'm really looking forward to reading this one in the near future. It seems like a good book, thanks for the review!

nath said...

Ohhh, I really enjoyed this one!! She did a great job, especially the older woman and younger man. I definitively can't wait for the next one in this series :) Emma Jean, LOL :)

Tracy said...

Oh I loved this one. Just a simple romance - pretty much, and it was just well done. Great review.

Jill D. said...

Katie, Me too! The sequel sounds awesome.

Hi Ciara, McCarthy's writing style is wonderful. I want to try her paranormals too. I have Immortal on my list.

Rowena, Heiress for Hire was my favorite contemporary read of that year. I just loved Danny the farm boy. Who knew farmers could be so sexy?!

Seneca said...

I read Heiress for Hire, I loved it!
This one looks good, too. Great review. It makes me want to read it :)

Jill D. said...

Seneca, I think you would enjoy it. How do you feel about older women, younger men in you romance? I usually don't like it, but I think it was done really well in this book.