Hi Readers! I am glad that you joined us for this weeks Book Club Thursday. It's time for our monthly Reading Challenge. We have three lists to choose from-Easy, Tricky, and Super Tricky. I was searching through my Kindle and found something that fit from the Super Tricky list.
Read a book that taught you about a subject you are unfamiliar with
Read a book with an "on the run" or road trip theme
Trifecta Books (sounds, cover and title must all …be cute/sexy /etc)
Read a book with an “unconventional” heroine
Name that Tune
My Pick: Road Trip Theme
DRIVING HER CRAZY by Kira Archer
Driven to (sexy) distraction...
Cher Debusshere hates being the black sheep of her posh, well-to-do family almost as much as she hates driving-which is exactly what she's forced to do when her flight home for her perfect sister's wedding is grounded. Fan-freakin'-tastic. Then a hot guy offers to share both the car rental and the driving duties...only to drive her crazy by assuming she's just some spoiled little rich girl.
Mechanic Nathaniel "Oz" Oserkowski is about as blue-collar as they come. There's never been a time he hasn't worked his ass off, and he's determined to prove it to the gorgeous princess in the passenger seat. As the miles pass, they bait and needle each other...until their lust and longing gets so hot it nearly overheats the engine.
They have nothing in common. Hell, they can barely stand each other. But sometimes it takes a journey to change the destination...
I love on the run or road themed romances, so I was looking forward to reading DRIVING HER CRAZY. I was also looking forward to checking off something from the Super Tricky list from our Reading Challenges.
Now the good and not so good. The story is about two people who both need to get to New York from North Carolina. They both missed their flight by mere minutes and all other flights were cancelled due to bad weather. "Oz" rents the last car rental and offers Cher a chance to ride with him. Cher saw him earlier hugging a woman and a little boy and so when he promises that he is not a serial killer, she decides to ride with him. He is married after all and that makes her feel a little better. He needs to get to a job interview and she is attending her older sister's wedding. Ideally, the trip should last about twelve hours. Due to the weather, it takes a little longer.
I liked Oz. He is a hard working blue collar man who passed up some of his dreams to help his family. He tries to set Cher at ease. She is from a wealthy family of high achievers and she didn't have the grades to stay in med school. At times, she comes off as a snob. She is the misfit of the family and her mother is a controlling socialite. Cher hasn't ever stood up to her. This girl can be uptight! But that doesn't mean that she can't be attracted to the sexy Oz.
The not so good of the story is that it sometimes reads like a New Adult story. Cher is 24 and Oz is 26, so at times they seemed immature, especially Cher. Sometimes the chips on each of their shoulders made them so touchy which caused a lot of the trip to be less pleasant than it could have been. They both sucked at being mind readers and if they hadn't have been holding so much back about themselves, there wouldn't have been so much misunderstanding. Then was a running joke of him wanting to be called by his nickname instead of Nathaniel while he called her Cher instead of Cherice like she preferred. It got old after a while.
All that being said, I liked the book, but I didn't love it. And they got their HEA after they worked out their two different worlds problems. Their future looked a lot brighter.
SPOILER- of course Oz wasn't married. His sister and Cher's brother are the duo in the next book KISSING HER CRAZY. And come to think of it, my husband and I were 23 when we met. Maturity takes time and sometimes I am still waiting,lol.
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