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In The Groove (NASCAR #2)

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She wouldn't know a NASCAR star if he hit her with his car-and he just did.

Sarah was a kindergarten teacher until a sleazy ex-boyfriend got her fired. Now the only job she can find is driving the motor coach for racing star Lance Cooper...whoever that is. Sarah doesn't know a thing about NASCAR—she just needs a job, and she’s off to a rocky start when she doesn't even reco
Paperback, HQN, 376 pages
Published February 2006 by Harlequin
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May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like the plot - a lot. Sarah is a kindergarten teacher who thanks to her ex-boyfriend and a bit of Photoshop was forced to quit her job. Hearing that there are a lot of teaching jobs available in North Carolina she pack everything she has and embarks on a trip. However, when she gets there she can't find a job, so when she sees an ad looking for a bus driver she jumps on it. If only her new boss wasn't so attractive.

Lance is immediately attracted to Sarah. She is so different from everybody he
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you're a NASCAR fan, you'll love this book. Another excellent one in the series, and I can't get enough of them. The characters are great, the author knows what she's talking about so the characters don't look like idiots. And awesome joyride!
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: print
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Very cute funny beginning. Liking Sarah so far she seems like a character who is normal and down to earth and easy to relate to.
Love the part where Sarah googles Lance's name and 900,000 results come up. She then googles her own name and 1 comes up for "Naked and naughty teachers". Hahah! Good stuff, the wonders of google.
When Sarah and Lance hook-up, the reader doesn't get to read about it just the author telling us they did which is strange for this type of book, I also thought the hook-up
Dec 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
There are certain books it is difficult for me to approach with an open mind. I tried with this one, I really did. I wanted to like something about In the Groove, but the only thing that brought me joy was when I finally finished it. I found myself unable to walk away from this wreck of a NASCAR romance because I kept hoping it would improve. Well sports fans, it did not. However, I did learn a few things:

1. There is a NASCAR Library Collection segment of Harlequin Romance and this collection ha
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In The Groove by Pamela Britton
Sarah Tingle is most comfortable with kids, she loved being a kindergarten teacher until her ex went out for revenge, causing her to lose everything. Off to North Carolina she heads hoping to teach, instead she finds herself getting a job to drive a race car drivers bus. Sarah don’t have a clue about the racing industry and wouldn’t even know her famous new boss if he hit her with his car.

Lance Cooper was intrigued with his new employee. She could car less
Sarah Tingle is a kindergarten teacher who just lost her job due to a slight "indiscretion" from years ago. She has taken on a job as a motor coach driver for race-car drive Lance Cooper to earn some money and time to find a new teaching position. She knows nothing about racing and just needs the job.
Lance Cooper is in a bit of a slump and needs to focus on his driving. Sarah is a distraction he doesn't think he needs.

This is a really sweet romance. Very clean--only a few curse words in the who
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: heroine-ruins-it
Agggh! I finished the previous book and immediately found this one, so excited when I realized it was Lance's story. And then he's paired up with this... door mat of a woman. No back bone. No chutzpa. No nerve. No confidence. She constantly found fault in herself. Allowed others to use and hurt her without batting an eye. "Oh no, pretty girls are saying I'm ugly, I can't handle this!" Fucking GROW UP.

That bitch refused to bake Lance cookies even though she knew he couldn't win the race without t
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Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the Groove is a story about a race car driver named Lance Cooper and a former kindergarden teacher named Sarah Tinsley. Sarah is down on her luck because an ex-boyfriend of hers sold some private pictures of Sarah to a magazine causing her to lose her job and drive a bus for Lance. Lance is also down on his luck because he hasn't won a race in two years. All the critics are thinking it might be time for him to retire. But all he needs his Sarah to teach him about love.
The character's in thi
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned, romance
This book started out pretty good, but in the end it was full of missed moments of intimacy and incomplete romantic tension. And I'm not just talking about the door-in-the-face sex scene, because the biggest problem with that was that the door slammed hours in advance of the scene, leaving me to wonder what even got them to that level of intimacy in the first place. (Let alone how a reportedly insecure woman handled the moment itself.) I put the book down shortly afterward because I felt disconn ...more
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Of all the NASCAR series, I wanted to read this one the most. However, I have to say I'm a little bit disappointed.

It was a wonderful read...until I got to two-third of the story.

At the very beginning, the interactions between Lance, our hero, and Sarah, the herione, were super cute and entertaining...but like I mentioned before...until I get the the last one-third of the book. I love Lance...but I liked Sarah. Used to anyway. She was adorable at first, but when her super insecure side took over
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Former kindergarten teacher, who was recently fired from her job b/c her ex-BF falsified some pics of her as porn, got a job driving famous race-car driver's RV. Upon their accidental meeting, she was was misled by good-looking Hero that he was just the poolboy b/c he liked that she didn't know about him nor was impressed by his money or status. Attraction was instant but heroine's fear of being hurt again obstructs their promising romance.

The book was funny & romance good. Sexual chemistry
Jessica Alcazar
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
huge improvement over Dangerous Curves, but I still didnt feel a connection. I really thought I would because the beginning was fantastically witty and entertaining and Sarah and Lance had and instant connection that was fun to read, but yet I still got bored. Sarah became a pain in my ass with her low self esteem and Lance became an idiot with his doormat tendencies AND after about half way thru it lost it's fun because of it. I also felt like I was reading something meant to be read by a teen. ...more
I love Pamela Brittons Nascar books! They are always so funny and very entertaining. It's too funny that the character of Lance is always almost running people down in Pamela's books. The characters always end up getting themselves into hilarious situations. Another fave read :)
-update I just finished reading this book for the 2nd time April 12, 2011. The best part about Pamela's books it that you can go back and read them over again without it getting old. I also took this book with me to my f
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to TeresaFL by: present from Michele (GFKL on Rav)
I belong to a group of knitters who are also NASCAR fans and participated in a yarn swap based on our love of both. My swap partner sent this book to me because I'd mentioned I'd never read any of this series. What fun! For those who aren't fans of the sport, there's plenty to keep you interested and for those of us who are fans, well I certainly saw the personalities I'm used to seeing on race day in this book.

Nothing heavy, just a good fun romp of a read.
Nov 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: stefanie
Shelves: cute-romance
Sarah Tingle, a down-on-her-luck kindergarten teacher, takes a job driving the motor home of NASCAR race driver Lance Cooper. When Lance loses confidence on the track, Sarah bakes his team animal-shaped sugar cookies that she used to give to her students to conquer test anxiety. Lance wins the race, and Sarah wins his heart.

A cute, contemporary romance that makes a perfect beach read.
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
I was a little leery of this book. Wasn't sure that you could get Nascar and a romance novel to click, but Britton did. Very believable characters with enough car lingo thrown in there to keep all the fans interested. Enjoyed how they introduced the reader to all the other drivers and some of the owners. Very good book for the new reader to start with for the series.
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Sarah and Lance were such great characters and each time I thought I knew how something was going to go, it went another way. I loved seeing how this relationship developed between these two very different, yet similar people. I hope the rest of the books in this series are as good as this one was!
Sep 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, traded
I was actually suprised that I enjoyed this book. I don't usually like "clean" romance, and that's what this was. Only kissing (all the sexual stuff happened off the pages). I'm not even a NASCAR fan. I read the first few pages because I was curious about what the main character's ex did to get her fired from her teaching job and ended up finishing the book the same day.
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
This was the first novel I've read by Pamela Britton. I picked it up because I enjoy romances centered around sports themes, and I do love the sport of NASCAR. Sarah could have been a little spunkier, wanted to V-8 thwunk her in the head a few times, luckily she finally did that to herself and came around. Will give a few more from this series a try.
Sep 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Melissa by: Pam (the author)
Pam is an awesome author. She really sinks you into her books, you just can't put them down. I just love this girl! OK, she happens to be my BFF too, so I'm a little partial, but still, her books rock.
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm not much of a Nascar fan but I really got into this book. It was a great read and quite fun to watch Sarah cooly disregard Lance's fame. Sarah is a totally lovable character as is Lance. A very fun and cute read.
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
It was really confusing this book.At some places it was perfect, just right, then at some too fast, then too...something. I like the humor and Lance was just a cookie.You'd think that a hottie like Lance should get a mind-blowing story,But alas It was not.
Mar 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THE BOOK! I actually read this in 2 days! I didn't want to put it down! I laughed, I cried all the while trying to read as fast as I could to see how it ended! What a wonderful book! I will definately read more by this author.
Deborah Vespo
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I recently discovered Pamela's books and I really like them. They are clean and I could easily share them with my daughter and not blush about it. I found them for sale at the library and bought the whole bunch of them!
I loved the banter between the hero and heroine. Britton definitely knows how to write great dialogue between characters:)
If it wasn't for the very annoying back and forth from the heroine so much I would have enjoyed this much more.
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: female Nascar fans
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
Read this back in 2005. It was very typical romance novel-ish with a Nascar twist. The characters in this one weren't particularly likable.
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
A fun, fast paced read for all NASCAR fans :]
Jul 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Racecar Fans
Shelves: own
Another great NASCAR book and once again she goes to my area (San Jose State University) this time.
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