Crash and Burn by Michelle Libby


Crash and Burn by Michelle Libby
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (168 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fennel

They’re headed for disaster in a race against love.

Racecar driver Stone Adams likes fast women and faster cars, but his playboy lifestyle isn’t making his sponsor happy. In an attempt to please the money man, Stone marries a woman in Vegas. But when he shows up at his new bride’s house, he discovers she has a fiance she neglected to mention before their quickie wedding–and a younger sister who finds the whole situation hilarious.

Grace Cromwell has always been the one to bail her big sister out of scrapes and jams. This time she doesn’t want to be the scapegoat. But a photo of Grace and Stone ends up splashed across the front page of the newspaper and she’s mistaken for his wife, so she doesn’t have much choice.

When Grace agrees to play the part of Stone’s wife in public, they both have a hard time remembering it’s all a charade.

Drunk in charge of a marriage licence may seem kinda strange, especially as the bride is not the heroine of Crash and Burn. That alone drew my curiosity and I wanted to find out how the author managed to dig her hero out of his self-inflicted dilemma, and how could Ms. Libby make me believe that ‘the other woman’ was a deserving heroine.

She did, and in a credible and believe manner, as long as you don’t take the story seriously. But then, this is a Rom Com, and Ms. Libby certainly has all her characters jumping through hoops.

In an effort to ‘clean up his image’ racing driver Stone marries in haste only to repent, and fall in love with his sister-in-law, at leisure. The author managed to turn this apparently self-serving hero into a caring and compassionate man once he comes to his senses. As for Grace, the sister-in-law, she is a mixture of loving and compassionate to the point of becoming spineless and it is Grace’s journey and how Ms. Libby maps out Grace’s transformation that is the thread that binds this story.

Good and vivid writing made up for the few inconsistencies in the plot and timing of events. The building of her characters both good and bad, major and minor, is well portrayed. The emotional twists and turns her characters have to deal with rival a mountain switchback, but remember this is a Rom Com.

If you are looking for a light humorous story, then Crash and Burn is the story for you.

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