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Slippery When Wet by Kimberly Raye
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Dec 12, 2008

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Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Dec08

Fast cars, sexy men, and a beauty makeover…what more do you need for a hot Southern romance? Throw in a little NASCAR and female fans will run out to buy the book. “Slippery When Wet” is author Kimberly Raye’s latest novel and is sure to hit the spot for readers looking for a little warmth in their holiday season.

Jaycee has hit the big time. She’s the first woman to break into the one of the top spots on the NASCAR circuit. Last season she was number four, this season she plans to end at number three, but she’ll need to ‘pass’ her childhood crush Rory to do so. But in the expensive sport of NASCAR, a team needs a sponsor and Jaycee’s is threatening to pull the plug! They want a softer, more feminine driver…so Jaycee pulls up her big girl pants and agrees to a total makeover (including some pretty tiny ‘big girl’ pants). When Rory appears to be cozying up to her, she’s sure it’s either: A) because of her sex goddess makeover, or B) because he’s figured out her crush; but any way you slice it, she’s determined not to let him throw her off her game. Now if she could just get her body to cooperate.

Rory has regretted turning Jaycee away for years now. She was the only one who understood him and that he could really talk to. But his father made it clear that if he didn’t give his all to driving, he would be disowned and with his mother already dead, Rory couldn’t chance it. When he gets a load of her makeover, he realizes Jaycee has certainly filled out into a gorgeous woman. But it’s not until he thinks there’s another man pursuing her that he figures out he can’t afford to let her get away from him again.

This was a fast-moving book (ha ha) that starts with a bang, slowed a bit in the middle, and then ended almost too quickly. There was quite a bit of information regarding Jaycee and Rory’s early relationship that was left out and what we did get was kind of dribbled in bit by bit over the course of the book. I never did get a good feeling for why Rory turned Jaycee away so harshly that it resulted in an almost total break…yet the small world these two moved in would have meant they saw each other regularly. With the strong feelings each supposedly had for each other, that situation just didn’t make sense to me! Maybe it was that ‘lack’ that made me feel these two were more about having sex, really hot sex, than having such deep feelings for each other. I don’t necessarily NEED for main characters to have deep feelings, but if that’s what’s intimated, then I want to be able to feel it…and I didn’t with these two.

The ‘backstage’ look at NASCAR was done well and the truth of the fickle advertising/money side of the business was a good plot device. The character of Jaycee and her inner monologue while undergoing her transformation had me laughing more often than not. I wasn’t quite as fond of the bickering between the two lead characters as I wanted to put these children across my knee and spank them into politeness at times…but maybe that’s just me.

“Slippery When Wet” was a fairly hot, quick read with a happy ending. It felt like Kimberly Raye may be setting up for another book in this world, which I would probably read as I did enjoy the backdrop and secondary characters. While it’s not a book that will head for my keeper shelf, it’s not a stinker or wall-banger either, so I’ll keep an eye out for this author’s next book and she where she takes me.
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message 1: by Daisiemae (new)

Daisiemae The Nascar theme seems to be becoming more popular. Great review JJ!

message 2: by Jessica (new)

Jessica The title is certainly enticing, titillating and amusing.

Julie (jjmachshev) Oh yeah...and tho I really like Raye's 'Dead End Dating' series...this one was just OK for me

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