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Hard and Fast

(Fast Track #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  10,185 ratings  ·  500 reviews
The sequel to Flat-Out Sexy, starring a bad boy race car driver hero who's met his match-from a hot USA Today bestselling author.

Grad student Imogen Wilson realizes she's hit on the perfect thesis for her sociology degree. If she follows the so-called "rules" on how to get a man, can she steer her way into the world and hearts of stock race car drivers, and establish thei
Paperback, First Edition, 304 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Berkley (first published March 30th 2009)
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More miss than hit.

I'm torn between 2 and 3 stars. To tell you the truth, I partially liked this book but didn't love it. The first half was ok but dragged on a bit. There was not much happening and nothing particularly brilliant or memorable in this half. However, the second half got much better. Around midway through this half, I really thought this book would definitely get 4 stars from me. Damn, was I wrong! The last 10% of the story was a train wreck. Both Ty and Imogen (mostly Imogen) made
5+ stars – Contemporary Romance/Erotica

This is one of those books where I doubt a review is really necessary because considering how fantastic the first book in the ‘Fast Track’ series, “Flat-Out Sexy”, was and given the sexy-as-sin cover; it’s a no-brainer that even if it received bad reviews, I’d still have read it anyway and attempted to keep from drooling over the hunk-a-licious stud on the cover in the process.

But, it’s actually a great read and has lots going for it besides the hottastic b
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of erotic, contemporary romance
Here's a book that lives up to it's title! The characters in this story definitely fell hard and fast for each other, that's for sure. This second book in the 'Fast Track' series about stock car drivers was another extremely 'fast' paced, easy to read winner by Erin McCarthy. I found this one 'hard' to put down, and I knocked it out in one afternoon. This was a fairly simple read in regards to plot, but it was just smokin' in the romance/sex department. It's listed as a contemporary romance, but ...more
Miss Kim
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009, contemporary, keeper
OH MY GOD! I sat down on Saturday evening and didn’t get up until I finished this one 6 hours later!. I’ve been anticipating reading it since I read Flat Out Sexy a few months ago. I loved it.

Imogen is a friend to Tamara, the heroine from Flat Out Sexy. She is also a grad student working on her thesis. She gets sudden inspiration while at a stock car race, and sitting next one of the driver’s bimbos. The girl was reading book called “How to marry a race car drive in 6 easy steps” (or something l
I loved this book. Ty was a very sexy, wonderful and realistic hero. I loved his names for Imogen (Emma Jean, Engine). I really liked Imogen as well, as I could relate to some parts of her personality. I thought they were wonderful together, I loved the idea of the smart, shy, scholarly New York city girl with the manly North Carolinan race car driver. The love scenes were very hot! I enjoyed every second of reading this story and loved the romance so this is a five star for me!
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
I cannot fairly rate this book (but needed to give it some sort of star) - I wouldn't be grading the book itself, but rather the treatment of a topic that is near and dear to me. This book embodied one of the topics that concerns me on a personal and professional level, and in the end lived up to all my worst fears. That topic is the perception of females in grads school and the sciences (in this case, social science). To be honest, it's not just THIS book I have a problem with, but every other ...more
Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Rating: 4.5 / 5

Did anyone else keep flipping back to the cover while reading this book to ogle the stud-muffin on the front? I know I did! But seriously, enjoyable book that's sort of a borderline erotic romance. Very steamy with interesting characters and a nice romance.

Hard and Fast is the second book in Erin McCarthy's Fast Track, NASCAR-centered series. I don't think you have to read the first book in the series to understand this one, but I do think it would be beneficial to read them in or
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
After deciding to create her doctoral thesis on the dating and mating rituals of stock car drivers, Imogen Wilsen wonders if she should test out her theories on the drop dead gorgeous Ty McCordle. He's hot, he's available, and best of all, he's looking at her as if he wouldn't mind if she tested out a few of her theories on his willing body. He sets her pulses racing, which unfortunately ruins her objectivity, but that's okay because hot sex is her reward. While no longer able to test out her th ...more
I suspected this book was all about insta-lust and a throbbin' man ham, so I was pleased to find that there was a storyline involved too. A pretty good storyline even though there was no suspense, mystery, or romantic subplots.

Some of the things that popped out of Imogen's mouth didn't sound believable and the whole gist of her doctorate "thesis" (dissertation)was kind of dumb. I liked how Ty was willing to do anything and everything to win her, including dealing with his dyslexia and learning t
4 Stars - Easygoing, hot and cute - a goodfeel!

 photo glitter_heart_pink_zps8282da2c.gif Is there anything better than a smart, hot and sexy, sweet book about adults (experienced and mature) people who fall in love, get together and let me go with them to the expected Happily.Ever.After. May I also laugh, smile, meet their nice friends (new and old book-friends in the stock car word) and avoid baddies, pesky intrigue and a lot of unnecessary anxiety, I'm fortunate. Just straight on towards big love! Is that what you want, it's atle
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

**May Contain Spoilers**

Story Rating 3.5 Stars
Character Rating 4 Stars
Romance Rating 3.5 Stars
Heat Level 4 Stars
Overall Rating 3.75 Stars


When I started this book, I knowingly skipped book one of the series. I skipped it because it didn’t sound like I would really like it, but I did like the idea of the series (being set in the car racing world). I mean, who doesn't like a hot guy in a fast car? Am I right??
Anyway, with that, I gave this book a go, was okay. I was able to read it in on
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers looking for an opposites attract contemporary with a high steam factor
Shelves: contemporary, 2010
Well this turned out to be surprisingly better than what I thought it would be and considering that I didn’t particularly love the first book in this series that made it all the better. I wasn’t going to pick this one up because I didn’t like the whole NASCAR backdrop from the first book and I didn’t really like how the two main characters came together but I did like how that book finished by starting the story between Ty and Imogen –two very unlikely people to have any kind of relationship let ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
Another hot hero from Erin McCarthy. "Hard and Fast" is book two in her series about stock car racing drivers and their rocky road (yes, I couldn't resist) to romance. Ms. McCarthy knows how to write heroes and heroines that readers can relate to and identify with. This time she's provided a bad boy driver and a cerebral graduate student in search of a thesis. Now there's two stereotypes you don't usually see together!

Imogen is sure she's finally found something new and different for her sociolo
I enjoyed this erotic sequel to Flat-Out Sexy and look forward to more. The series should be read in order because the characters look to be overlapping and updating. Neat.

Hard and Fast had two neat characters (Imogen and Ty). There wasn't any bickering, but a nice budding romance that went from zero to sixty in a few pages. Imogen and Ty first appeared in Flat-Out Sexy: Imogen is Tamara's assistant and Ty was Hunter's godfather (Hunter is Tamara's child). The plot of the story morphed a few ti
♡Karlyn P♡
4.5 stars. Sexy, fun and great writing - just what I love about an Erin McCarthy book. This is an opposites attracks book, a favorite theme for me. The chemistry between Ty and Imogen was fun, and you never doubt for a moment why they want to be with each other despite their differences. Cant wait for the next in the series. Hope it is Ryder and Suzanne's story!
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I found this second book in McCarthy's Fast Track racing series an easy read, but not as compelling for me in the romance as "Flat Out Sexy." Imogen and Ty were an "opposites attract" romance, and they indeed were: Imogen was a serious Upper East Side NY girl working on her doctorate in sociology, and Ty was a sexy party-boy racecar driver working on how many women he could nail. They were introduced via the H/h in "Flat Out Sexy," and I have to say that there second meeting in this book was smo ...more
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, m-f, adult-lit
This book was much better than the first one, Flat-Out Sexy. I liked Ty in FOS, and he and Ryder are the reasons that I continued the series because I wanted to read their books. Well, I'm glad I stubbornly continued the series because I really, really loved this book.

I love Ty. Love him. He is so sweet and cute and sexy and special. It sounds lame but he really was special. He was a hero I never came across before and I just love him so much! Annnd...I wanted to hug him so badly when he was emb
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, gr2017

3 stars

I loved Ty, he was such a sweetheart and I loved that he called Imogen “Emma Jean” and “Engine”, it was so cute. Although I like awkward and quiet heroines Imogen was a bit too insensitive for me, especially near the end. Despite my issues with Imogen I enjoyed the romance, the sexy times were scorching and a lot of fun, but I must say the love declarations and marriage proposal was way too sudden, even for me.

I didn’t love this one as much as the first one, but it was still a very

Lori Foster
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Finished this a few days ago. Fantastic! Even sexier than the first one in the series.
Lots of humor, and great characterization. Loved it!
- This is the 2nd book in Erin McCarthy's "Fast Track" series. I'll be picking up the third soon!
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I really disliked the heroine in this one. She's a biatch.
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Contemporary romance. 5 stars.

Wow! I'm amazed by this hilarious, sappy and very steamy story. Where have you been and why haven't I read you before? There are few things better than trying a new author and finding a new favorite book. I laughed so much, you know really laughing my ass off, and grinning so much that my cheeks hurt. I want to read it again!

I could so relate to Imogen (maybe because I'm also a PhD student, a bit of nerd, not pretty-pretty and straightforward). She cracked me up wi
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I upped the stars on the re-read...loved their walk in the woods and lovin' up against the tree...been there, done that!
Ty and Imogen were great together. I really loved their chemistry and their banter. The smexing was steamy and I loved Ty's dominant tendancies.
Imogen is a character that has lingered with him. I often forget the heroine's names in books (perhaps inserting myself instead of them???) but I found her hilarious and her lack of "game" was just too funny in the NASCAR world of "pla
Gina *loves sunshine*
Dec 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF@18% ~ I just didn't hit it off with these characters. The instant chemistry wasn't believable. I was already a little uncertain about the series after book1 so I guess this puts it to rest! So many more books to read!!
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
You would think this line, “you’re the hottest biscuit this side of the gravy boat” said by the hero to the heroine after an extreme hot and heavy session of sex would sound very corny. But coming from Ty McCordle, Erin McCarthy’s hero in Hard and Fast, is exactly what you would expect him to say. Ty has a way with words, as does his lover Imogen Wilson. The discussions and conversations between these two is what makes Hard and Fast one of the most enjoyable books I have read so far this year. I ...more
Oct 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Erin McCarthy's characters have to have sex after the first eye contact. I am not new to a term called 'one night stand' or sizzling chemistry, or what body wants body gets but cut the crap with social analysis connected with chat and trap innuendos. It's obvious that each sentence, each word could be an innuendo for something so don't play all cute and innocent and surprised because did he really say that. No, even better, did he really say what he was actually thinking deep down (in his case - ...more
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cont-romance
This is such a great series! I had no clue it would be this good, if I had I definitely would have started it much sooner.

This book was not as good as the first but still an amazing read. What I liked the most about the series is that you get to care for the characters and their lives. I love it when an author is able to give different personalities to each of their characters. Some series I read have started to be very predictable because all the characters behave the very same way (specially i
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
This is your typical smart girl falls in love with the unattainable hot shot athlete.

Ty McCordle was introduced to us in 'Flat Out Sexy'. He came across as a laid back, ladies man, but in this book becomes more much 3 dimensional. Ty is dyslexic and never learned how to read.

The romance between Imogen and Ty was very sweet. I found myself frustrated by Imogen and her lack of being able to be discreet, but that is part of her charm. Ty's insecurity was examined and I found it heartbreaking, but
This is an amazing book. Never before have I liked every aspect of a book, but that is no longer the case. Ty and Imogene were fantastic! He was so good to her and she was not full of insecurities that some books are filled with. It was just such a great book!
Shannon C.
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance fans, Charlotte residents, Mooresville residents, NASCAR fans
4 stars: humorous, sexy and sweet contemporary romance

This is a great, light summer beach read. The story is about Imogen and Ty. Imogen is a grad student at the University of NC at Charlotte and Ty is a NASCAR driver. They meet through mutual friends and things heat up quickly. I liked the main characters and supporting cast. Their coming together was very sexy and sweet.

I was pleasantly surprised by this series. Even though it's not normally the type of book I go for, I tried it for a couple o
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
So I was really excited to read this book since I liked Imogen from the beginning of Flat Out Sexy. She has a quirky, a bit weird and crude personality. She's very smart but doesn't really know how to interact with other people. Ty on the other hand gave the impression of being the carefree player. However, there's a whole other side to his story.

He has dyslexia and was never able to learn to read. And he is actually very thoughtful and a character with deep emotions.

Imogen figures out a topic f
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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written over seventy novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for tattoos, high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.

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