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Hot Finish

(Fast Track #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  6,116 ratings  ·  414 reviews
Desire is about to reach its peak.

Suzanne Jefferson is broke, which is why she's given up charity work for wedding planning. Fortunately, she has a high-profile client-and best of all, he's paid in advance. There are just two teensy problems: the bride is a bona fide bridezilla, and Suzanne's stock racer ex- husband is the best man. At least she thought he was her ex-hu
Mass Market Paperback, 284 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Berkley
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4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance

Fast Track is one of my favorite contemporary romance series and not just because of the smokin’ hot, studtastic cover hunks...really, I swear! Flat-Out Sexy, with sweet, doting Elec Monroe falling hard for older widow Tamara and her kids, is one of my favorite romances and much more to him than meets the eye, Ty, and quirky, brainiac Imogen were loads of fun together and burned up the pages in Hard and Fast.

The sexual tension between Suzanne and her ex-husband R
Written March 4, 2015

4.2 Stars - OMG, this m/f was so much fun - I just want to hug and kiss these adorable lovebirds

I loved the first one two years ago. I enjoyed the second book last spring. Fast Track is a m/f contemporary romance series about NASCAR drivers (stock car racing) which has been very good stand-alone romances (in my taste) so far. (Reviews: (view spoiler)
Oct 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the series; contemporary romance fans
Not my favorite of the series (hard to top Elec and Tamara from Flat-Out Sexy or even Imogen and Ty from Hard and Fast), and at times I had issues with the sometimes bitchy, often snarky Suzanne Jefferson and the way she treated her sometimes clueless ex-husband Ryder, but all-in-all a pretty entertaining (if unspectacular) read.

Suzanne works as a wedding planner, and she really needs the money she would make from planning the wedding of air-headed bridezilla Nikki Borden to stock car racer Jona
Erin McCarthy’s amazing Fast Track series is considered contemporary romance, but I think it’s a little hotter than most, and that’s just fine with me ;) Flat-Out Sexy (#1) gave us the story of stock car race driver Elec Monroe, one of the sweetest, hottest beta heros you’ll ever meet. Hard and Fast (#2) was hilarious and the opening love scene was one of the most well-written, ever!, with Ty and his little “reversals”<--sweet torture.

The chemistry between divorced couple Suzanne and Ryder Jeff
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Suzanne and Ryder Jefferson were first introduced as a divorced couple in Erin McCarthy's Flat-Out-Sexy. These two would snarl and verbally spar at each another, but underneath all their blustering, they still had feelings, or at least lust for one another. Now in Hot Finish, they're in the "hot seat", so to speak. Suzanne and Ryder are on friendlier terms, although Ryder wants Suzanne back as his wife and in his bed. Suzanne feels the opposite. She wants to be start a new phase in her life. Tha ...more
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Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cont-romance

Not sure how to start this review. First I'll start by saying that I was extremely disappointed with this installment. I adored book 1, really enjoyed book 2 and just wanted to get over book 3 fast.I just never felt the love between this two. I could not enjoy a couple fighting all the time and trying to solve it later with sex. Also anything else between them just wrong, I never saw them behaving like a couple You could see it they loved each other and they could easily solve their pro
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I was soooo not looking forward to reading this book. Suzanne has gotten on my nerves since book #1 and I wasn't really sure I could handle listening to her bitchyness for a whole book!

However, I was pleasantly surprised. She's at a point in her life now where she almost has no self-esteem in a way. Alimony is over so she has to go back to work as a wedding planner and her first client is Nikki!!! Dear God! I wanted to strangle her. Which prompt my favorite quote of this whole book (by Suzanne o
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-f, adult-lit, 4-stars
I was really concerned about how I was going to feel about this book when I started it. I have loved Ryder ever since book one of this series, but...I've never really cared for Suzanne. At all. In fact, she annoyed me quite a bit. So I was worried about how that was going to turn out for me. However, the book was very good--I liked the plot--and I really liked it, which was due largely to Ryder's awesomeness.

I have a love-hate relationship with Suzanne--there were times I really liked her and ti
3.5 stars

This is the 3rd in the Fast Track series. Suzanne and Ryder's relationship has been a staple in the first two books and in this one it comes to the fore front. They are divorced, but still have a hot relationship. Although the last two years have mostly been hot with arguments, there is still a spark between them that isn't about anger. When news arrives that their divorce was never finalized, things take a strange turn. Both start to question their relationship and wonder what really w
Riverina Romantics
I was eagerly anticipating reading this book since the first in the series. I am a big fan of sarcastic humour so Suzanne is definitely a girl i would want on my team and loved every minute of reading this book.

Every chapter was filled with witty humour that had my giggling in my head as well as laughing out loud.

I don't want to drag on, so stating it simply.....THIS IS A MUST READ SERIES.

So many favourite quotes so I will only name a few:

"I cant hold it against the guy that he's marrying a wom
22/6 - I knew it couldn't go on forever, my run of good luck with romances had to end eventually (fortunately this is the last in my current pile, hopefully by the time they rise back to the top of my pile they'll be back to being 3.5 stars or higher). This ain't impressing me. The stupidness of Nikki (a cross between Paris, Jessica and a generic bridezilla) is grating on my nerves, and so is Suzanne's constant insistence on reminding us of that fact. I was irritated with the writing from page t ...more
Nov 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
By far not my favorite of the series. I didn't hate it, but I also didn't love it. I liked it enough, but was expecting a better story.

Series Note:
Third book in McCarthy's "Fast Track" series. I'd recommend reading them in order.

Ryder and Suzanne Jefferson have been divorced for two years, but neither has gotten over the other. Suzanne still thinks about Ryder and seems to bump into him all the time and Ryder still doesn't really understand what went wrong in his marriage. He still cares
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Suzanne is a fantastic character. She’s smart, fun, loving, but has this crazy hard shell around her. She’s also someone who doesn’t process with others, and internalizes. I can, yet can’t identify with her, and I like that. Suz is extremely pragmatic, and takes everything in stride except for her personal life, where she wants and expects more. Lucky for her, she’s the heroine in a romance novel, and she gets it. Suz is also very likable and has quite a temper. I appreciated that, and found it ...more
When Funmi Met Romance
Hot Finish: Steammmmmmy Five Star read that will have you racing to pick up another McCarthy book

In all honestly, I am always late when it comes to great authors and great books. This is my first time reading a Erin McCarthy book and boy have I been missing out. I know its crazy that I jumped in on the third book, but I don't do chronological lol. What I love the most about this book was how comfortably fun it was. I laughed my ass off and loved all the characters , flaws and all. I sped through
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hot Finish is the third book in Fast Track series, but it can be read as a standalone, though I recommend start from the beginning since the first book Flat-Out Sexy is my favorite book so far.

We first met Susanne and Ryder in the first book and they were present in the second one. Erin McCarthy writes amazing second characters; I loved both Susanne and Ryder in the first two books and was looking forward to read their own story.

Susanne is an amazing heroine. She is like firework: fiery with gre
The women hate is strong with this one.
After sleeping on it, I realized I'm still spitting mad about this book and the heroine, and just saying fuck you Suzanne doesn't cut it.

The heroine is weak, insensitive, manipulative, rude and just plain dumb. She never talks out her issues, never voices what's bothering her and expects everyone to read her mind.
She's trying to start up a business as a wedding planner and the one client she has, she treats like dirt.
Not to mention all the (in)discrete sk
Originally read: June 2011
Re-read: December 2015

It was easy to see that Ryder and Suzanne belonged together, if only they had communicated the first time around they wouldn't have had to have so many years of heartbreak and pain.......Great story, well worth the time spent reading it at both the first and second time around.
Ryder and Suzanne were frustrating at times, Suzanne more than Ryder. I wanted to scream at her. It felt like they just kept circling the pot and Suzanne wasn't willing to change until the very end. Very frustrating. Their bedroom scenes were smoking hot though. ...more
Ugh!I made it to Chapter 9 and I couldn't take the characters (main or supporting) anymore. Both the main characters have been in the earlier books in this series. Suzanne and Ryder Jefferson were married and have been divorced since the series began. In earlier books, Ryder was somewhat of a sex machine with other women, but has still maintained a semi-friendly relationship with Suzanne.

In this book, they found out there was a "glitch" in their divorce paperwork and are still married. Okay, I
I liked it but the conflict was a bit weak. Everything could be tied up with a simple conversation if the hero and heroine ever stopped and tried to listen to one another.
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Suzanne and Ryder Jefferson have been separated and divorced for two years – or so they thought. A phone call from their lawyer however informs them that Ryder never signed the proper paperwork to finalize the divorce. Wedding planner Suzanne is surprised, but this is what Ryder does so it is not a total shock. This just confirms the reason they are getting a divorce to begin with. Having come from little money, and still not having a lot of her own, she is a little desperate for her current wed ...more
Hot Finish was well...really hot but that's the best thing about the book. I really didn't understand the relationship between the leads and why they broke up so at the end I couldn't understand how they got back together. The worst part though was how contemptuous everybody was of a character, just because she was dumb. It was distasteful how she became the butt of so many jokes.

I understand that all of us have unkind thoughts of other people. You wonder how that hot woman could be in love wit
Shannon C.
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: humorous
I really liked the previous books in this series as well as other books by this author, such as the Vegas Vampires series, The Pregnancy Test, Mouth to Mouth, and You Don't Know Jack. Erin McCarthy usually does a great job creating a laugh out loud funny romance that's both sweet and sexy. But this newest installment fell a bit short. It's not bad--it's just that her other books were really very good so my expectations were high.

The storyline is about an estranged husband and wife Suzanne and R
Kellie Maddox-Ward
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot-sports-men
First of all I need to say that I have not read the first 2 books in this series.. YET… I’ll admit I was drawn to this book when I saw it at the Library simply because of his hotness. I was unaware that it was the 3rd in a series.

PRO’S ==>
-The cover! OMG HELLO!!
-It didn’t matter that it was the 3rd I fell into line as they gave me enough back story about the others to know what was going on.
-RYDER-.. AH-MAY-ZING! I loved the guy! Especially his silly jokes… He really got my “motor running”
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
2.5 Stars

I liked Suzanne at the beginning of the book and in the last two books but in this one she seriously got on my nerves. What the hell is wrong with her?! All she did was whine and I in no way felt sorry for her, so she had to stop living off her ex husband Ryder, big deal, get over it and get a job like the rest of the population! So, she still thinks she loves her ex go talk with him about it, stop whinging about how he can't possibly love you as he doesn't say what you think he should!
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
I really didn't care for this book all that much.

I've been awaiting Suzanne and Ryder's story since Flat Out Sexy and to say "I'm disappointed" may be a bit of an understatement. The only thing this book did for me was make me understand why their marriage never worked in the first place. Suzanne and Ryder's lack of communication defies description (and it doesn't really get any better throughout the book). They definitely have a passionate relationship, but I can honestly say that this is one
Laurie Garrison
This is a good quick read. If you are already reading this series you cant miss this one and if you haven’t tried this series I suggest you try it. Erin knows how to write a hot romance. Rider and Suzanne are in the first two books and are divorced.
I have never really liked the way Suzanne acts, so I figured this one would get on my nerves some, well it did. The romance is great, but Suzanne just treats Rider wrong. I was always curious about why they were divorced. This one tells about it and
Okay so yeah Suzanne was a total bitch throughout most of the story, but I kind of understood why. Does it justify it or mean that it didn't drive me nuts? Well no, but I did understand. She used her bitchiness as a defense mechanism and it ended up causing a lot of heartache.

Ryder was not totally faultless in all of the misunderstandings that took place. At times he was way to immature for me to believe that he was a really good, well paid NASCAR driver.

Not my favorite book of the series, but
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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 high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.

Other books in the series

Fast Track (8 books)
  • Flat-Out Sexy (Fast Track, #1)
  • Hard and Fast (Fast Track, #2)
  • The Chase (Fast Track, #4)
  • Slow Ride (Fast Track, #5)
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