3 Stars

Quarter Mile Hearts (An American Muscle novel)

Book Blurb

Following an accident injuring her dad, twenty-four year old Leigh Storm returns home to the town she was once so desperate to escape.
It is only a matter of hours before she runs into Max ‘Manwhore’ Morgan. Dark eyed and dangerous to her heart, he is the very last person she wants to see. It might have been four years since she saw him last, but there’s no denying the chemistry between them is as potent as ever. Max makes it clear he isn’t about to let her run again, even if he is the one thing Leigh vowed to herself she would never date: a street racer.
After racing tore apart her own family and left a path of destruction in its wake, Leigh decided long ago that it is not the life she wants for herself. But when a wager gone wrong threatens her dad’s livelihood, Leigh must go against everything she believes in. 
This time there’s more at stake on the quarter mile than just the family business—she’s risking her heart as well. 

My Review

★★★ 3 Stars ★★★

Leigh Storm comes from a small American town whose main source of entertainment is racing cars at the Quarter Mile strip. Muscle cars are a favourite, and Leigh is no stranger to an engine as she is the daughter of an ex-racer and garage owner, and niece to man who lost his life doing what he loved best.

Her vow is to never get involved with a racing driver, she’s seen to much heartache. Not only did her Uncle die, but her mother left her father because racing got in the way of their relationship.

When her dad has an accident, she is forced to return to her home town that she tried to escape from 4 years prior.

Max Morgan is a racer with a reputation for loving the ladies, and other than a one night stand between them the night before she left, they have a tense relationship which involves lots of banter and insults flying between the two.

Max was gutted when she left, and despite never thinking he was good enough for her, he decides to persuade her to stay – he’s doesn’t want to let this second chance pass him by.

When a high stake bet goes wrong, Leigh has to race again to save her dad’s garage and she is reminded of why she loved racing in the first place.
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This was an OK story, and I feel that with a bit more character development and more detail, it could have been a lot more gripping. For instance, I never really knew what had happened to Leigh in the four years she’d been away, what did she do with her time, how had she grown as a person? Why did Max think she was out of his league? I had a lot of unanswered questions whilst reading.

I think the premise was great, but it slightly missed the mark for me and the lack of depth resulted in it being just an OK read for me. If you are looking for a light NA read then this might be your bag.

This is a standalone, New Adult Romance, told in Leigh’s POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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