THIS TIME, FOREVER
THIS TIME, FOREVER (3) by Pamela Britton & Dorien Kelly: In Britton’s “Over the Top,” Marley Sizemore has lusted after NASCAR driver Linc Shepherd for years, but she’s determined to keep her distance. Linc has other ideas, even if a relationship with Marley places his racing comeback in jeopardy. Kelly’s “Talk to Me” has Susie, mother of two and wife of stressed NASCAR driver Ben Edmonds, desperate to rekindle the romance in her 14-year marriage. Britton creates a vulnerable hero, and it’s a shame the short format doesn’t allow for a full exploration of the characters’ internal conflicts. Kelly’s well-crafted story might not appeal to those wanting to escape into a traditional romance.