Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The Fast Lane by Sharon M. Peterson: Book Review

*Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

He’s the only person who can give me a ride to my brother’s wedding, and he’s also the one man I absolutely CANNOT have feelings for. My brother’s best friend is strictly off limits… Isn’t he?

I should have known my mom would go totally overboard packing for my brother’s big day. But much like my last break-up, I’d been optimistic (in denial) that it would all work out for me. Now, I can’t fit into the car. “Don’t worry,” my brother says, “I asked Theo to give you a ride.”

I flush all over and almost drop my phone. This is a BIG problem.

With his neatly trimmed stubble, fierce protectiveness and an affinity for plaid shirts rivalled only by his love of hiking, I’ve always had a crush on Theo. As a teenager, I’d even declared my feelings in a tragically bad poem. The rejection almost ended our friendship, and I’ll be taking that crippling embarrassment to my grave.

He’s the last person I want to be alone with on a six-day road trip; especially since I swore off men after my last relationship went up in flames. It would be a terrible idea anyway; he only sees me as his best friend’s little sister.

But as we fight over the playlist and are forced to share a night together when his car dies, it’s not distance that makes my heart grow fonder, it’s close proximity. Two thousand miles of flirting has my heart racing in the fast lane. Is it all in my head, or does Theo feel the same?

Will this be our second chance to go the distance, or will everything blow up in my face in the middle of my brother’s wedding?

An utterly hilarious and totally addictive road trip romantic comedy with sizzling but sweet chemistry and no third-act break-up. Perfect for fans of Emily Henry, Sarah Adams and Olivia Dade.

Sharon M. Peterson is a former middle school teacher and has the personality to prove it. One of her favorite quotes is from Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath: “It was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.” She strives to tackle life that way and create characters who do the same. Her first book, The Do-Over, was called "pure delight" by bestselling author Kristan Higgins. It's slated to be translated into three languages (which is two more than she knows how to speak). Her second book, The Fake Out, released in July 2023 and is chockfull of really cheesy pick-up lines. She lives in Washington with her husband, and four children, including two autistic sons. She has one cat, two dogs, one tattoo, and an intense fear of poodles (don’t ask). Sharon can usually be found hunched over her computer, creating characters and stories she hopes you’ll love as much as she does.

The Fast Lane is the second book in the Two Harts series. This could definitely be enjoyed as a standalone as well.

This was a fun read right from the very beginning. Our introduction to Ali and Theo was just so perfect and really set the tone for the rest of the story. I absolutely adored these two together--- they had such great chemistry as friends, but when Theo flirts!? Oh my goodness... so good! I loved getting to see their history, making me root for them all that much more too. There was really a lot going on in this story--- a road trip and a wedding (and all the mishaps those can bring), complicated family relationships, a cast of side characters that you couldn't help but adore and more. It could have easily felt like too much, but it was all blended together wonderfully and I found myself loving the chaos of it all. There were so many moments throughout that had me laughing out loud and my cheeks hurt from smiling by the end. While it was actually a little longer in length than many of the romcoms that I read, it was a fast paced read that didn't feel long at all. I could have enjoyed even more time with these two and can't wait to see what's coming next in the series.

The Fast Lane is a closed-door romance with kisses only. There is a fair amount of language as well as some innuendo throughout, and as such may not be for all readers.

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