Thursday, October 27, 2011

Book Club: Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy

By: Kris Gilson

First off, I must divulge that I had never read any car racing-themed book.  I just wasn’t interested.  Nuh-uh…no way.  Then came Flat Out Sexy and….OH. MY. GOD.  I was totally hooked.  This book centers around Tamara Briggs, a widow with two children whose husband died in a crash at Talladega.  She is just getting back into the dating scene when she meets Elec Monroe at a cocktail party.  She’s with a dud of a date when they accidentally collide.  Elec is smokin’ hot, the attraction is instantaneous.  Tamara dumps the dud, and they unexpectedly share a scorching night together (he was trying to be gentlemanly…didn’t work out so much!).  

There are two things wrong with this scenario…Elec is a race car driver and he’s seven years younger.   Tamara really tries to keep it light and casual and wants to do right by her children and she obviously has fears over Elec’s occupation.  Beyond the age and occupation, she has a few body image issues, but they make her more likeable and don’t detract from the story.  Elec is an all-around great guy; he’s nice to her kids and he falls for her immediately.  At Elec’s age and with his occupation and having women fall all over him all the time, you’d think he’d at least be tempted a little.  But he only has eyes for Tamara.  It makes you love his character even more and the chemistry between the two sizzles right off the charts.  

This book is fast paced and funny, but there is also emotion and depth to the story.  The kids in the story are great, never annoying, and they are not used as props, they’re integral to the story.  I liked how Tamara wasn’t willing to just dump her kids in order to be with Elec; they had to figure out how to make time into their routines.  The secondary characters are funny and charming, adding to an all-around awesome story (oh, how I loved Suzanne and Ryder and couldn’t wait for their story!).   The racing scenes and information are interesting and not overpowering and written so well that it made me want to become a racing fan.

Flat Out Sexy is the first in a series and I highly recommend reading them all….in order!

I actually found this recipe on a website called “Talladega Superspeedway Recipes and Menu Ideas”:

Apricot Honey Grilled Chicken

Makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 min.
Grilling Time: 15 min
  • Glaze Ingredients
    • 1 - Tablespoon butter
    • 1/4 - cup chopped onion
    • 1/3 - cup apricot spreadable fruit
    • 2 - Tablespoons honey
    • 1 - teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
  • Chicken Ingredients
    • 1/2 - teaspoon dried oregano leaves 
    • 1/4 - teaspoon salt 
    • 1/4 - teaspoon pepper 
    • 4 - boneless skinless (4-ounce) chicken breast halves
Preheat gas grill on medium or charcoal grill until coals are ash white.
  1. While grill is heating, in a 1-quart saucepan, you want to melt butter in until sizzling and add onion.
  2. Sauté over medium heat for 1 minute or until onion is softened.
  3. Stir in fruit, honey and lemon peel. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, you will combine oregano, salt and pepper.
  5. Rub on both sides of chicken breasts and place chicken onto grill.
  6. Grill, turning once, for 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear when pierced with a fork.
  7. Brush chicken with glaze during last 5 minutes of grilling. Cook remaining glaze in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Serve warm glaze over chicken.
A Note About Book Club
After a year of meetings and books and authors and giveaways, we've decided to close the door on what has become a really fun weekly event for all of us. However, it takes more time than we've got to give right now and since we can't do it weekly, we've decided to do it once in a while. We'll still hold occasional meetings to talk about books we love, authors we love and of course, Oreos. Thanks for making the Romance and Oreos Book Club such a fun place to hang out this last year! Thanks so much to Aly Hackett and Ronlyn Howe, who helped out behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. And to the authors who participated in the meetings and offered giveaways, thank you!


Mary G said...

Awesome Kris! You reminded me of exactly why I loved this book. Great heroine and a sexy nice guy who likes kids. I've loved all of Erin's books & I'm looking forward to the newest one.

krisgils33 said...

Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by! I loved these books, too! I hope there will be more.

Ronlyn said...

What fun! I haven't read Erin McCarthy, but I'll have to add this to my TBR which is resembling the leaning tower of Pisa lately.
Like you (before your conversion) I always thought, "eh, a race car book..." but WOW. Sounds like great fun.

Alison said...

Good Morning All!

Great job Kris! I loved this book! Elec is a definite keeper! Tamara's kids are great...I especially enjoyed her daughter Hunter! Elec and Tamara's friends are awesome, they add so much to this book.

Can't wait for more books from this series!

Hope said...

I too hadn't read any racecar book and never felt inclined too either, but I really loved this whole series. Really fast paced and great dialogue. I agree the kids added to the story, and not in an annoying way.

Great write up Kris.

And, sad to see bookclub go, I have had lots of fun and met lots of great new-to-me authors.

krisgils33 said...

Hi gang,
thanks so much for commenting. I now find the rance car theme so intriguing. Eve's books is in the works I hear. can't wait!

Marie Force said...

Great post, Kris! Thanks for hostessing! Looking forward to checking this one out when I emerge from my historical gorge. :-)

oklanannie said...

Super review Kris! It has been some time since I read "Flat Out Sexy" and it was fun to refresh my memory on the "Fast Track" series. I loved Tamara and her "real" woman issues. And Elec and his southern boy charm and loving devotion to Tamara and her kids made him a winner for me! After Professor Geoffrey, Elec was "hot wheels," and just what Tamara needed to get back in the race! I loved Susanne and Ryder, who still have unfinished business in their marriage because it's clear they haven't finished the last lap. And the rest of the great supporting cast who tempt us with another visit to the racetrack. Fun series to read with lots of fun, laughter, romance & sizzle!

Great recipe idea, too!!

Kara C said...

OH, I loved this book! Great post Kris.

Mary G said...

What I also liked about it: secondary characters so good that you looked forward to the next books.

Anonymous said...

thank you love erin books whoo
so hot all her books and this series