Classic car fanatic C.J. Davis is nothing like the women from Ethan Tanner's past. The sassy, exasperating female not only outbids him on the classic Barracuda the automobile shop owner coveted, she wants his employees to work overtime to complete the car's restoration. But something about C.J. really gets to Ethan, and for the first time since his wife's death, he's attracted to another woman. Eager to pursue the relationship, he's baffled that C.J. doesn't want a commitment.

Though entertaining, this book takes an excessive amount of time to get to the core of C.J. and Ethan's relationship. Precious pages are wasted on elements that are unnecessary and lack direction.

Despite these flaws, the author maintains interest with bantering dialogue, humorous secondary characters and a plot that provokes compassion and empathy. Laudat steers clear of the traditional heroine and creates a tomboy who is sexy and feminine. (Oct., 275 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton