09/13/2013 --Overall Rating = 3.5 StarsBook Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 4 / 3 / 4 = 3.5 StarsWriter’s Voice = 2.5 StarsCharacter Development = 4 StarsStory Appreciation = 3 StarsWorth the Chili = 5 Stars -- [$2.99 on Amazon]Well, this doesn't happen to me often where I get to the half point or further in book and change my mind about it and suddenly am engaged and invested. It was at this place I almost decided it would be an incomplete read for me, but something happened. I think the author finally found her groove. Up to this point, she threw elements into the story that just didn't work. Then, she focused on her characters and their individual stories and it all came together. For me, anyway.A few things I really liked about this book:1 -- The characters are was kept me in this thing from the beginning. I was puzzled by how much I didn't like them at first, but then slowly warmed to them. Their individual stories, sound cheesy and cliche' at first, but then you start to f e e l . . . them. This is key for me. It took a while and surprised me tremendously, but in the end, I'm very glad I stayed the course and gave these two a shot. They were worth it for me.2 -- The story as it unfolded. It was a bit bumpy at first, but the author eventually found her way and settled into the elements she was developing. There were a few things that she threw in that were unnecessary and not fully developed. If you can get past those places, you will probably be like me.3 -- The cover and the blurb were what sold me to begin with. I bought the book and it was on my Kindle for a few weeks, but couldn't get these things out of my mind. The whole race car driver thing pulled me. Love any book with a sports theme or element. I didn't think this was huge in this story, but enough that it satisfied me. I will say, the cover gives you an impression of that it may contain erotica. It really doesn't. Some slightly graphic sex. Sure. But nothing I'd class as erotica -- my opinion via my experience only. To each his own ...4 -- The price is exactly right.Now, for a few things I wasn’t crazy about:1 -- Can you say cliffhanger? Seriously? I won't go off on my regular tangent about his method of ending a story, but it has a HUGE cliffhanger. You really have to read this first one before the second makes sense. I'm reading #2 now and if it ends like this one did, I will be SERIOUSLY PISSED!!2 -- I don't like a book that strings me along for 50% before it settles and gets good. Normally, or I should stay very rarely [can't remember the last time it happened ... rarely], do I stick with a book I'm apathetic about at 50%. I'm reading #2 and the author seems to have improved. She jumped right in with a bang. I'm at 35% in and have been engaged from the first page. If you are like me, I encourage you to hang tight. It does get better. I promise.3 -- The cover is a bit misleading. I mentioned it before. For me, it seems like a promise of erotica. You won't find it in this book. It isn't necessary for my story enjoyment, so I'll only mention it. But, if it is for you, you won't find it here, so be aware and make your decision accordingly.I surprised myself with this one. I thought about bailing a few times. I actually started it a month or so ago and decided to give it another go. This almost never works for me, but I persevere. You just never know when you will happen on a book like this. I liked it well enough to move immediately onto #2. I'm enjoying it quite a bit.Happy Reading!