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Start Your Engines

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Buckle up for a race for the championship and the prize of a lifetime in this heartfelt reunion romance.

When racing team director Brad Thomas needs a new driver, his boss insists there’s only one answer: Gabrielle Marquez. The Indycar ace has newly returned to the United States after becoming one of the European circuit’s top drivers. But ten years ago, Gabrielle caused a
ebook, 256 pages
Published August 7th 2017 by Crimson Romance
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Kelly Cain
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this author before and he writes great sports romances. More than that, he actually makes obscure sports interesting and a wonderful backdrop to the romance happening between the main characters. Not to say that open-wheel racing (yup I learned a new term) is obscure. I know it isn't however it is obscure to me having never watched a race in my entire life... and I'm a mega sports fan. After reading this story though, I actually watched racing that happened to be on when I flipped the ...more
Paul Franco
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten years ago, a racing crash killed their best friend, and put the male protagonist in the hospital. Though the cause was a cut tire, the female lead blames herself, and he blames her too, so now that they’re forced to work together on the same racing team they have to figure out how to deal with those residual emotions, as well as romance blossoming between them.
Had to laugh at how this author made up names for the races, the tracks, even the series. In Tammy Kahler’s Kate Reilly series, every
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Start Your Engines is what would be called a second chance romance within the racing world. Ten years ago Brad Thomas and Gabrielle Marquez were friends who were just starting to explore the beginnings of a romance while also being fierce competitors on the track, when a crash killed a mutual best friend, and injured Brad bad enough that his career as a driver was over. Gabrielle left the United States to pursue driving in European series while the guilt that she caused the wreck that killed one ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a sweet reunion romance. I appreciated the "swap" from traditional in Cangany's making the female the driver and upcoming star, while the male was in the support role. Cangany did a good job of building the backstory for each of the characters, showing their history and why they aren't together to begin with despite their attraction. I did feel that he should have used that backstory though to build more tension into their initial relationship. While I enjoyed the story, and the romance, ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

Good reunion story - but there felt like a lack of romantic connection between the two main characters, Gabrielle and Brad. Ten years ago, Gabrielle caused a crash that ended Brad’s racing career and killed their mutual best friend. When they are reunited through Brad's boss hiring Gabrielle as their new driver, we get a sense of their past friendship, but mostly the overwhelming guilt both feel surrounding the death of their mutual friend, J.P.., and Brad having to give up his dream of
This is a really good book. It’s the first book by this author that I have read but I’m going to be looking for more by him. I’m not a race fan but I really enjoyed reading this one. Gabby and Brad used to be friends when things went bad between them. They are brought back together when Brad needs a new race car driver and Gabby walks in the door. This tells how friends become enemies and then they learn that love can fix all things. There’s excitement and espionage happening just like it happen ...more
Sharon Means
This was a sweet book that was well written with great characters. I love racing books and I appreciated the fact that the racer in this story was a woman. I would have given this book 5 stars if there had been any notable heat between Brad and Gabrielle. It wouldn’t have even been necessary for graphic sex scenes but a few kisses here and there left me craving more for this couple that the author just did not deliver.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tragic accident of a mutual friend pushed them apart. Ten long years passed until they met each other once again. Brad was surprised to see Gabrielle and still fostered some guilt over how they parted. Words that could never be taken back left each other feeling lost. They finally get a second chance to honor their friend and fill the aching hole that had been left in their hearts.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Although this was not the best, or most well-researched, or hottest car-racing themed romance I have ever read, I still really enjoyed it. The characters were relatable, if a little bit on the over-achiever side of normal. Brad and Gabby's relationship seemed real, and I enjoyed watching them grow together, while dealing with external job-related pressures.
InD'tale Magazine

Jim Cangany has written a very sweet story with the excitement of racing and the added bonus of mystery.

Read full review in the 2018 March issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley and the author. This book grabbed my attention from the first page. I didn't put the book down until I finished reading the last page. I wanted more to this story, and was disappointed when I finished reading it.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing was good and plot was interesting.
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